Stratford, Ontario: In what is deemed as the premier event of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series season, the Toronto Indy weekend proved disappointing for Steckly as his motor expired five laps from the end of the event. Steckly in the ...
Stratford, Ontario: In what is deemed as the premier event of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series season, the Toronto Indy weekend proved disappointing for Steckly as his motor expired five laps from the end of the event. Steckly in the #22 Erb Group/AW Millwrights Pontiac was poised to move into the top ten when disaster struck resulting in a thirtieth place finish.
Steckly who was making only his second appearance at this prestigious event had trouble early in practice when the motor developed problems. It was later diagnosed as a broken valve stud. The team decided that they would change the motor for qualifying on Saturday and worked late into the night to effect the changes. Forty-two cars took to the track early on Saturday morning looking for one of the thirty-eight spots available. Steckly posted the seventeenth quickest time over all and was happy with his qualifying effort and credited the hard work of his team for the result.
Thirty-eight cars took the green flag for the start of the Castrol 100 with the #22 Erb Group/AW Millwrights Pontiac in the seventeenth position. Steckly again employing his patient style was picking off competitors one at a time and had just set his sights on tenth place runner Peter Vanderwyst when the motor quit just five laps from the finish. A very disappointed Steckly said after the event "We changed motor builders this year as we were looking for more horsepower. We were good early in the season but motors have become a problem for us in the last coupe of events. We will have to take the Erb/AW Pontiac back home and go back to the drawing board with our motors."
Steckly unofficially moves into fourteenth in the Castrol Super Series point standings heading into the seventh event of the year at Autodrome St. Eustache, just outside Montreal on Saturday July 28th.
Podium finishers include 1. #66 Robin Buck in the UAP Napa Pontiac 2. #4 Don Thomson Jr. in the Home Hardware Chevrolet 3. #76 Al Turner in the Blue Streak Intrepid.