STECKLY WINS NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP Rain shortens race at Kawartha on Saturday night to 174 laps Fraserville, ON, Sunday Sept. 28, 2008: "It's like a dream come true, winning at this level of racing - it's something I have...
STECKLY WINS NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Rain shortens race at Kawartha on Saturday night to 174 laps
Fraserville, ON, Sunday Sept. 28, 2008: "It's like a dream come true, winning at this level of racing - it's something I have always dreamed about," said an excited Steckly moments after the race. After overcoming adversity on the track on Saturday night, Scott Steckly and his 22 Racing Team were crowned the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship wining team.
The race started under cloudy skies and with a little misty rain in the air with the 22 Racing/Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge Avenger lined up for the Dodge Dealers of Ontario Ram 250 from the front row on the outside.
Joining him on the front row would be his closest competitor in championship standings, Don Thomson Jr.
Thomson would take the early lead with Steckly in hot pursuit for the first 30 laps of the race. A problem with the No. 4 of Thomson saw him head down pit road on a caution lap, allowing Steckly to inherit the lead. The No. 22 Dodge dropped back to second after leading a few laps and after a restart at lap 104, Steckly's Tow Truck in a Box Avenger was bumped hard by another competitor and put up into the turn 4 wall. Over the next 70 laps the team continued to work on fixing the car every time the caution flag came out. During an extended yellow flag period due to rain, the 22 Racing Team made the final repairs to the car and they were ready to go back racing when NASCAR made the decision to call the race due to the weather. When the checkered flag waved Steckly was scored in seventeenth place. With Thomson Jr. being credited with fifth position, Steckly would be crowned the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion."
"There are no real words to describe how it feels," stated Steckly after the race. "To win at the highest level of stock car racing in Canada is unbelievable. But so much of the credit goes to my crew who just work so hard week in and week out and our sponsors. A.W. Millwrights has been with me for 15 years, Erb Group 8 years and Tow Truck in a Box who came on this year and helped us more as the season went on. You can't forget about Dodge who have always been supportive of not only us but all the Dodge teams in the series for many years Last but not least I have to thank my family who have stood behind me and allowed me to chase my dream of winning this championship."
Steckly's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship is highlighted by 4 wins, 4 seconds and 9 top five finishes over the 13 race schedule.
Congratulations to Dodge for their three podium finishers in the race. Winner No. 3 Jason Hathaway, second D. J. Kennington and third Ron Beauchamp Jr.
The Dodge Dealers of Ontario Ram 250 will be telecast on TSN on Saturday October 11th at 11 a.m. EST.
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