September 15, 2012. Antigonish, NS – Scott Steckly returned to the Riverside International Speedway on Saturday with a previous Riverside victory under his belt and a chip on his shoulder about the win that got away last weekend in Barrie.
After a collision with another driver last weekend at the Barrie Speedway that ripped a possible first-place win from his grip, Steckly and his #22 Canadian Tire Dodge headed to Riverside with the knowledge he can win it all in Antigonish. Steckly won on September 17 last year with a textbook race – setting the pace in practice, earning pole position and eventually finishing in the top spot.
This year Steckly showed he was still a contender for a second year and after a good practice, eventually qualified 2nd.
Once the race kicked off, #22 stayed inside the top five early on, but his Canadian Tire Dodge wasn’t running up to par.
“We added a spring rubber in the left rear and made a wedge adjustment in the right rear,” he explained after the race. “It helped a bit.”
Steckly continued to run near the front of the field, strategizing to wait longer than the rest to refresh his tires. When the crew finally made the decision to pit, they made additional adjustments to try and improve the car.
“I think we went a little too far in the changes when we took the new tires,” #22 said later. “The car just got too tight towards the end.”
Steckly battled to the finish with his tighter vehicle, striving for third place up until the final corners. Unfortunately for #22, he was edged out in the eleventh hour and finished 4th.
“Not a bad result but not what we’re capable of,” he said.
After Saturday’s race, Steckly holds on to his 4th place positioning in the overall standings with 433 points, a comfortable 44-point lead over 5th place driver Ron Beauchamp Jr.
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