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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series: Steckly wins Komatsu 300

News Release

9/17/2011 11:05:57 PM

Antigonish, N.S. - Scott Steckly came out on top in a fierce battle with Pete Shepherd III to win the Komatsu 300 presented by Wilson Equipment at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday and extend his lead in the championship standings of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Steckly - who set the pace in practice and qualifying on the .333-mile oval earlier in the day - battled back-and-forth with Shepherd for much of the 300-lap event, before pulling away in the closing laps.

He became the fifth different driver to win in five visits by the series to the high-banked Nova Scotia track.

The victory marks a series leading third win this year for the 2008 series champion from Milverton, Ont., and his 11th career series win. He now leads defending series champion D.J. Kennington by 94 points as he is in search of his second series crown.

Shepherd held on for second, with Donald Chisholm third and Kennington in fourth. Kerry Micks finished fifth, the last car on the lead lap. Completing the top 10 were J.R. Fitzpatrick, Jason Hathaway, Ron Beauchamp Jr., Chris Raabe and Mark Dilley.

The race was slowed due to caution just two times for 32 laps while the lead changed hands eight times among four drivers.

The Komatsu 300 presented by Wilson Equipment will be telecast by TSN on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series closes out the 2011 season on Saturday, Sept. 24 in the Kawartha 250 at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont.