Four straight Oval wins in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series go to 22 Racing's Scott Steckly ST. EUSTACHE, QC: Monday July 7, 2008: The No. 22 Racing Team of Scott Steckly ran true to form Saturday night by winning the Kodak 250 at Autodrome St.
Four straight Oval wins in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series go to 22 Racing's Scott Steckly
ST. EUSTACHE, QC: Monday July 7, 2008: The No. 22 Racing Team of Scott Steckly ran true to form Saturday night by winning the Kodak 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache, event number four of the thirteen race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2008 schedule. Steckly is now four for four on the ovals dating back to the last event at Kawartha Speedway in 2007. He also finished fourth and qualified on the pole for the only road course event at Mosport on Father's Day weekend during this stretch. This streak sees the Erb Group/Tow Truck in a Box/Reefer Sales Dodge Avenger team with a healthy 113 point lead in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standings heading into event number five in two weeks.
Steckly would be the first competitor to time trial and he finished up with the seventh quickest time which lined him up in the fourth row on the inside for the start of the Kodak 250.
Trouble was imminent though when the 22 team noticed an oil leak during the on track autograph session. A quick look showed them that they were not going to be able to make a fast fix and when the field rolled off for warm up laps, Steckly brought the car to pit road for repairs. The22 Racing Team were able to make a speedy diagnosis and repair a leak in an oil line. Steckly would then lose his seventh place starting position and was relegated to the rear of the twenty four car field for the start. Never giving up is the motto of the entire team and they set out to get the 22 Dodge back to the front of the field.
During the racing action, Steckly did everything that was needed to bring the car home in one piece. A caution on lap 107 would bring him to the attention of his crew for tires and fuel and when they lined up for the restart the No. 22 Dodge was running in tenth. Steckly would then start to pick off the competitors one at a time. On lap 188, leader Don Thomson's car quit on the back straightaway and a chain reaction crash resulted in the Steckly Dodge getting rear ended by the No. 1 of Peter Gibbons. When the dust settled Steckly had taken the lead and Thomson and Gibbons were on pit road for repairs. The Erb Group Dodge team never looked back and even with several more caution periods and re-starts they were never seriously challenged for the win. "We did it the hard way tonight," stated a happy Steckly. "That problem at the start could have ruined our whole night but I have to thank my team, they remained focused and got the job done. Our pit stops have been terrific as well so I have a lot to thank my crew for." When asked how long they can keep up the winning streak Steckly commented "Hopefully for the whole year," he laughed. "But we really need to find some more sponsorship so we can finish the season."
The team now plan for their two race Western swing with the A & W 300 on Saturday July 18th at Sun Valley Speedway in the beautiful Okanogan Valley at Vernon, B. C. Then the Edmonton Rexall Indy event where the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series joins the IRL at the Edmonton Municipal Airport temporary course on July 25/26th. Steckly and his team look forward to the return to Sun Valley as they were two laps away from victory when a re-start allowed J. R. Fitzpatrick the opportunity to narrowly beat them at the finish line for the win.