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Dodge gains NASCAR-CT championship

by David Zatz on

stecklyComing into the Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway, in the final race of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,  Scott Steckly trailed the points leader by five points.

To claim the championship trophy, the No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge driver knew he would not only have to win the race, but also lead the most laps to earn the maximum 48 points needed to overcome his rival.

After qualifying in first place, leading a race-high 113-laps, claiming first victory by a margin of just over half a second, and even weathering a rain storm that delayed the championship race until Sunday, it was Steckly – alongside his Dodge – hoisting the 2013 NCATS (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) trophy.

“It’s just great,” said Steckly. “I really can’t put into words what this means to everyone involved in 22 Racing. My crew works hard to give me good cars and my thanks goes out to them…. To do this is just amazing.”

Steckly’s championship position comes atop eight other Dodge drivers who dominated the Series’ final Top 10 points standings. The Top 5 was rounded out by D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge), Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-On Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge), Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache/Veloce Dodge) and L.P Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge).

Every race of the 2013 NCATS season was won by a Dodge driver.

“From the outstanding fan support to holding 8 of the Top 10 spots in the final points’ standings, we could not be happier with the results from this NCATS season,” said Jim Kiritsis, Senior Manager, National Service and Parts, Chrysler Canada. “To see a Dodge atop the podium alongside that championship trophy is just a great feeling.”

Steckly will be honored for his title run alongside NASCAR’s other feeder series champions on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards in at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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