STECKLY GETS CAUGHT UP IN WRECK AT IRWINDALE IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA, Sunday January 25, 2009: After making the long trek from Ontario to Southern California, the No. 22 Racing Team of Scott Steckly had high hopes for a great Toyota All-Star ...
STECKLY GETS CAUGHT UP IN WRECK AT IRWINDALE
IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA, Sunday January 25, 2009: After making the long trek from Ontario to Southern California, the No. 22 Racing Team of Scott Steckly had high hopes for a great Toyota All-Star Showdown. But an early race incident left Steckly in the wall with the Bollegraaf/Tow Truck in a Box/Canadian Tire/Erb Group/AW Millwrights Chevrolet damaged beyond repair.
Steady rain on Friday washed out all but a late half hour practice. With 56 cars in attendance the 22 team got only about 15 laps practice before the short session ended. These cars are significantly different than the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series cars Steckly piloted to his 2008 championship so practice was crucial for him to get the feel of the car.
On Saturday prior to qualifying, the drivers were each given five hot laps in groups of 15 before their two time trial laps. When qualifying was complete Steckly was scored in the twenty fifth starting position for the forty car field. "We didn't qualify as well as we had hoped," said Steckly. "The car was really tight in the short practice we got so we loosened it up a bunch for qualifying and we picked up about half a second."
At the drop of the green flag for the Toyota All Star Showdown, Steckly quickly found himself in a pack of cars who appeared determined to win the race on the first lap. They were racing three and four wide from the very first lap. A car in front of Steckly got into another car and when the dust settled Steckly with nowhere to go was up against the wall with another competitor in turn four. "I am so disappointed for my team and all of our sponsors for this event," said Steckly. "I was just getting comfortable in the car and was going to use the first 100 laps as our practice session. We just wanted to stay on the lead lap, make adjustments on our pit stops and work our way to the front. I want to thank Bollegraaf, Tow Truck in a Box, Canadian Tire, Erb Group and AW Millwrights for sponsoring us for this event and wish we could have put on a better show for them."
A last lap, turn four incident saw Joey Logano, who crossed the finish line in first penalized to 40th position and the win given to the No. 40 car of Matt Kobyluck.
It's back to Ontario now as work continues to prepare the 22 Racing stable of Dodge Avengers for the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, with the first event scheduled for Cayuga late in May.