Tuesday July 4, 2000: Stratford’s Scott Steckly in the #22 AW Millwrights/Erb Transport Pontiac continued posting career bests after qualifying 7th for the Autopro 150, but a late race collision cost the Steckly team another top six finish. Steckly has posted two career bests in the previous two weeks with a fourth at Mosport and their first podium finish – a third at New Brunswick International Speedway.
Steckly who took to the track for his timed session mid way through the twenty five-car group posted a 16.401. This time tied him with the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid of Al Turner but based on their other timed lap, of which Steckly’s was slightly slower he was forced to start in the seventh position. The heat race saw the #22 Pontiac line up fourth and with three laps to go in this ten lap dash, Steckly took the lead. The next lap saw Turner quickly duck under Steckly and move him back to second. On the final lap another car hit the Steckly Pontiac turning him around with the other seven cars scrambling to miss the spinning Pontiac. Luckily no damage was done and the #22 AW Millwrights/Erb Transport Pontiac was set to start the Autopro 150 in seventh.
Steckly worked hard to stay out of trouble during the first 100 laps on this one groove, hard to pass on track and ran consistently in the fifth or sixth position. On lap 123 while attempting to pass the #02 car who appeared to be slightly slower that the three competitors behind him – Micks cut down and the resulting spin cost them both a top ten finish. Steckly’s car sustained heavy damage to the front end when it went over the end of the banking in turn one and their day was done early. This resulted in a 23rd place finish and a disappointed 22 Racing Team.
The next event on the agenda for the #22 AW Millwrights/Erb Transport Pontiac team is the Exide 99 Street Fight at the Toronto Indy on Saturday July 15th. This is part of the 3 day Molson Indy weekend and the teams will be part of CASCAR history in the making as Sportsnet will televise the first ever CASCAR event live on Saturday July 15th at 3 p.m.