St-Eustache: Race notes

Great Scott, Steckly Wins Again St. Eustache, Que. -- In front of a capacity crowd at Autodrome St. Eustache, Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) won the Kodak 250. It was the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by...

Great Scott, Steckly Wins Again

St. Eustache, Que. -- In front of a capacity crowd at Autodrome St. Eustache, Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) won the Kodak 250. It was the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio event at the track and Steckly took advantage of the excitement to win for the second week in a row and for the third time in four races this year.

With Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) leading on lap 188 his Chevy suffered an electrical malfunction and stopped on the track and handed Steckly the lead. He took the ball and ran the rest of the way eventually beating D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/NPP Dodge) to the line by 2.531 seconds.

Dating back to last season, the Milverton, Ontario driver has won four of the last five Canadian Tire Series events. He cites nothing new in the program just a run of luck that he would like to continue as long as possible.

"We're not doing anything different than we've ever done," said the victor. "Just running the same program and not trying to get fancy with anything. Other guys are just as fast. I have to say that we've been very fortunate and I'll take it."

Runner-up Kennington finished second to Steckly a week ago at Barrie Speedway.

"I'm really starting not to like him," joked Kennington. "He's got a great car right now and there was little I could do about it."

Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) finished third and feels it sets the tone for the heart of the schedule coming up this month and next.

"We came here wanting to finish on the podium and we did," said Micks. "This is where we want to start making a move and carry some momentum for the next several races."

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford) and J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ron Beauchamp Jr., Peter Gibbons, Patrick Laperle, in his series debut, Brad Graham and Doug Brown rounded out the top 10.

There were seven lead changes in the race involving six drivers and the pace was slowed 11 times for 51 laps for caution.

Unofficially, in the championship point standings, Steckly has a 113-point advantage on Kennington.

The Canadian Tire Series begins its two-race swing through western Canada in two weeks with the A&W 300 on July 19 at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. which will be followed a week later by the Canadian Tire Series 100 on the temporary road course at City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Alb., as part of the Rexall Edmonton Indy weekend.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Peter Gibbons , D.J. Kennington , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Brad Graham , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Scott Steckly , Doug Brown , Andrew Ranger , J.R. Fitzpatrick