STECKLY SECOND IN FINAL ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Scott Steckly driving the No. 22 Racing/Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge Avenger was hungry for the win at the final road course race of the season...
STECKLY SECOND IN FINAL ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR
Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Monday August 18, 2008: Scott Steckly driving the No. 22 Racing/Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge Avenger was hungry for the win at the final road course race of the season on Sunday in the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres 100. However in turn nine of the ten turn, 1.53 mile street course he would be denied the win as contact with second place runner J. R. Fitzpatrick would allow Andrew Ranger to slip through and take the win with the Steckly Dodge crossing in second.
Racing in front of the enthusiastic fans in Trois Rivieres is always exciting for the drivers and 2008 would be no different. J. R Fitzpatrick sat on the pole and would lead the first 28 ciruits of the 42 total laps with Steckly close on his bumper. On lap 28 Steckly took advantage of a slight miscue by Fitzpatrick involving a lapped car and the Tow Truck in a Box driver moved into the lead. While Fitzpatrick stayed close for a few laps, Steckly started to build a slight cushion between them when late on the 40th lap a spinning car would bring out a full course caution, resulting in a green, white, checkered finish. When they took the green, Steckly and Fitzpatrick were nose to tail. On the last lap Fitzpatrick got up beside Steckly several times but they battled back and forth until turn nine when Fitzpatrick got into the turn a little hot and collided with the No. 22 Dodge driver. Ranger was in position to take advantage and he slipped by both cars to take the win in front of his hometown fans. Steckly was able to keep moving and crossed the line second. "I know second is not a bad finish but when you are that close it is hard not to be disappointed," said Steckly after the race. "It was a great points day though so we can't complain about that." When asked about the last lap with Fitzpatrick Steckly said, "It was just good hard racing. J. R. is back in the points a bit so I knew he had one thing on his mind and that was the win."
Steckly has put his Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge in victory lane three times in the 2008 season and has been challenging for the win on four other occasions. With this being the last road course event of the 2008 season Steckly was looking to add a road course victory to his resume. "We have won on the 5/8 mile track of Cayuga this year and the smaller tracks like St. Eustache and Barrie and it would have been neat to have a road course victory as well. Three second place finishes are pretty good though." Steckly did not finish out of the top four in any of the four road course events this year.
Jason Hathaway picked up his first podium finish when he crossed the line third with D.J. Kennington fourth and J. R. Fitzpatrick finishing fifth.
Unofficially the 22 Racing Team take a 113 point advantage in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series points into the final four oval events of the season. After enjoying a much needed weekend off the teams will head to Cayuga Speedway just outside of Hamilton Ontario for event ten of thirteen on Saturday August 30th.