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Steckly wins at Riverside, Lawrence DNF in Ohio

by Bill Cawthon on

Scott Steckly racked up his third victory of the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tires Series season by taking the checkered flag in the Wounded Warriors Canada 300 that ran Saturday night at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Steckly and the No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge Challenger took control of the race on Lap 157 and built up a lead that saw him cross the finish line nearly a lap ahead of runner-up Marc-Antoine Camirand. Steckly’s margin of victory was 11.745 seconds.

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With the win, Steckly doubled his points lead over Andrew Ranger to 12 in what is still a tight race for the series championship with two races left on the calendar.

Steckly now has 19 career wins in NCATS competition, tying him for second place with D.J. Kennington. Ranger, who has 20 victories, is the leader.

Kennington, who set a track record in qualifying earlier in the evening, was in the lead early in the race but saw his hopes for his first win of the season vanish when a drive train failure forced him to retire after just 40 laps. This was Kennington’s first DNF in 69 races. Ironically, his last DNF was at Riverside in 2009.

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Cameron Lawrence took the pole in the Next Dimension 100 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. But that was as good as it got for the driver of the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Challenger.

After fighting for the lead for the entire race, Lawrence was all but guaranteed a top-five finish until three laps from the end of the race. His car was forced off the track and blew a tire, ending Lawrence’s race day and keeping him from collecting some much-needed points.

Lawrence was credited with a 17th-place finish and his bonus points for qualifying were all that kept him in the lead in the driver standings. He’s now just six points ahead of Camaro driver Gar Robinson, who won the race.

Joe Stevens, in the No. 11 Mopar Challenger, finished seventh, his second-best finish of the season. He leapfrogged over Tony Ave and Tom Sheehan to take the No. 8 spot in the driver standings.

More Racing Updates

ARCA: Next race is the SuperChevyStores.com-Allen Crowe 100 on Sunday, August 23, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Formula One: The Belgian Grand Prix kicks off Friday, August 21, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. The race itself is scheduled for Sunday, August 23.

NHRA: Pro Stock and Funny Car qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals gets underway next Friday, August 21 at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota.

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals is the second-to-last event in the regular 2015 Mello Yello drag racing season. So far, only two Funny Car drivers, Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman, have qualified for the Countdown to the Championship. Tommy Johnson Jr., currently in third place in the standings, should clinch his berth at Brainerd. A decent showing at Brainerd should also reserve a berth for Allen Johnson, who is the highest-ranked Pro Stock driver who hasn’t yet secured a spot.

Last week, the NHRA announced new rules for the Pro Stock class in 2016.

Pro Stock is transitioning from carburetors to electronic fuel injection and the NHRA has named Holley as the sole provider of EFI components.

For the 2016 season Pro Stock teams will be required to remove all hood scoops and to reduce the length of wheelie bars to a dimension to be specified by the NHRA Tech Department.

IMSA/Tudor United Sportscar Championship: Virginia International Raceway hosts the Oak Tree Grand Prix next weekend. Qualifying is set for Saturday, August 22 with the race scheduled for Sunday, August 23.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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