Steckly Thinks Prairie Velocity 250 Is The Pitts:

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A beautiful night at the race track was equalled by a beautiful night on the track at the annual stop for the Nascar Canadian Tire series at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway!

A huge thanks to Burco Electric and RS Racing for inviting my crew out to the track to take in the night.

First to the race where the 250 lap feature got off to a slow start with a number of cautions in the opening 75 laps and eight different drivers taking the lead at various points. The racers then found their groove on the oval posting some very impressive lap times.

The most impressive, perhaps was the #22 of Scott Steckly. His car was the fastest for the majority of the evening, however, a late decision cost him the race.

With six laps to go the caution came out after a spin in corner three. During the caution, Steckly as well as five of the six cars on the lead lap came in for tires for the sprint to the finish.

L.P. Dumoulin, who had pitted earlier in the race for tires, decided to gamble and took the lead out of the re-start with just two laps to go. In the sprint to the finish Dumoulin was able to hold of the hard charging Steckly, who would end up in third, and Jason Hathoway.

The win by Dumoulin gives him the outright series lead as circuit moves to Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec) this weekend.

The full race recap is below.

First, hats off to the Saskatoon Stock Car Association and the series for an outstanding event. I have had the privilege to cover a number of events featuring a full spectrum of sports and the event at the track was top shelf.

Prairie Velocity 250The evening started with a short drive from Saskatoon. Upon arrival at the track I was easily directed by parking lot attendants to spot and then made my way into the track no lines very slick and fast.

Inside the track it was like a small community with many of the regular competitors swapping stories and dissecting what they had seen in the earlier qualifiers. The concessions were top drawer and the organization of moving people in and out was outstanding.

Prior to the race fans were given incredible access to the athletes! Never have I seen a situation where fans were welcomed to meet the competitors just prior to the event! All were very gracious with their time posing for pictures, signing autographs and talking strategy about the 90 minute race that was upcoming! The kids in attendance were made to feel like rock stars and a new fan was born with every smile. There are a number of other sports entities that could take a lesson from this.

Hats off to the organizers, competitors and spectators!

Can’t wait for the races on Saturday!

Here is the full race recap:

L.P. Dumoulin finally got the oval-track win he was looking for.

The road-course ace from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came out on top in a wild green-white-checkered finish to the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Wednesday in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.
Dumoulin and Joey McColm stayed out when the leaders pitted under caution inside of 10 laps to go to setup a dramatic finish on the .333-mile progressive-banked track. On the restart, new leader McColm get loose coming to the white flag and Dumoulin powered to the front. He then held off Jason Hathaway and Scott Steckly in a race to the checkered flag.

It was the third career Canadian Tire Series victory for Dumoulin in the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge. His first two came on the road course at Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013. He also took over the championship points lead by 10 over JR Fitzpatrick.
Behind Steckly, Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani brought home the top five. Like race winner Dumoulin, it was the best career oval finish for Tagliani.

McColm salvaged a sixth-place finish, followed by Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Noel Dowler and Eric Thiering.
It was shaping up to be a second straight victory at Auto Clearing for Steckly, who paced both practices and captured the pole earlier in the day. The defending event and series champion led the first 80 circuits from the pole and a race-high 153 in total. He had a commanding lead late in the race as he led 72 laps during an extended green-flag run — putting all but five other cars down a lap — before the final caution came out.

McColm and Dumoulin had pitted much earlier in the race (Dumoulin on Lap 36) for their right side tires; drivers were allowed a maximum of two tires for this event. That left them out to fend off the challenge of Steckly and Co. on fresh tires.
The race featured eight lead changes among five different drivers. Dumoulin’s only two laps led were the last two of the event.

The Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will premiere on TSN on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. and on RDS2 on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.
The Canadian Tire Series will return to action on Saturday, July 26 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec) with the National 250.

 

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