Sunday July 16, 2000: Stratford's Scott Steckly in the ...
Sunday July 16, 2000: Stratford's Scott Steckly in the #22 AW Millwrights/Erb Transport Pontiac finished a strong 13th in Saturday's running of the Exide 99 on the streets of Toronto. Steckly started from the 26th position and survived a first lap crash that saw several of the forty-one cars that started, sidelined for the day.
During the morning practice session that started on a wet track due to an earlier rain shower, Steckly continued to post better times each lap. This was the Stratford area drivers second ever road course event, the first being here last year for the Miller Lite 100 where he finished in seventeenth. The qualifying session was scheduled for later in the day and the AW Millwrights/Erb Transport Pontiac went out and posted the 26th quickest time.
The Exide 99 was slowed on the first lap by a spectacular crash that also collected the Steckly Pontiac. After limping back to the pits the team were able to make the necessary repairs to the front-end fibreglass and get Steckly back on the track. When racing resumed twenty minutes later Steckly found himself at the rear of the field in thirty third. With some great driving and smooth passing the 22 Racing Pontiac wound up in thirteenth. An elated Steckly said after the event, "We are definitely celebrating after this one. The rad was bent in a "V" shape and I can't believe it didn't overheat. It just felt like the car was getting better and better as the race went on, even though it looked bad with no front fenders or hood. A thirteenth for us is incredible when you take into account this was only our second road course race and there were forty one cars out there."
Steckly and his 22 Racing Team will have the next two weeks off as they are not making the trek to Western Canada for the two national events in Edmonton and Calgary. The funding was not in place to make this trip so Steckly and his team made the decision to concentrate on their eastern program in 2000. The 22 Racing/AW Millwrights/Erb Transport team remain in 9th position in the Eastern Points and hope to move up during the final Eastern Points race in St. Eustache on August 6th.