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Great Scott! Steckly Claims First Canadian Tire Series Title

By Official Release

FRASERVILLE, Ontario – Scott Steckly wrapped up his first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio championship Saturday night, holding off a late-season challenge from Don Thomson Jr.
 
Steckly finished 17th in the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 250 at Kawartha Speedway, while Thomson finished fifth, to earn his first NASCAR championship by 24 points. Jason Hathaway picked up his first career victory in a race that was called after 174 of the scheduled 250 laps because of rain.

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Qualifying: Seven Up For Thomson

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

FRASERVILLE, Ontario – Don Thomson Jr. collected the pole position for the Dodge Dealers of Ontario Dodge Ram 250 at Kawartha Speedway. It was his seventh NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio pole of the season.

He clocked his fastest lap in at 18.190 seconds for an average speed of 74.217 mph on the .375-mile track.

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Practice: Thomson Out Front

By Official Release

FRASERVILLE, Ontario – Don Thomson Jr. needs to run well and get a little luck if he’s going to catch Scott Steckly for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio title.

Thomson (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) took care of the first one as he topped the speed charts in the 45-minute practice session at Kawartha Speedway Saturday. The scheduled one-hour session was cut short by rain.

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Ranger To Miss Finale

By Official Release

Will Drive Nationwide Race; Shepherd To Fill In

There was a scenario in which Andrew Ranger could have successfully defended his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio title in the 2008 finale this Saturday at Kawartha Speedway, but instead he will be at Kansas Speedway to participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event.

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News & Notes: Steckly Not Quite Out Of Woods For NCATS Title

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

In a perfect world, Scott Steckly wanted to simply start his car this Saturday at Kawartha Speedway to clinch the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio championship.

The world, however, is an imperfect place and Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) will have to do more than flip the ignition switch. Should Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) win the race and lead the most laps, Steckly will have to finish 13th or better to claim the title.

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Thomson Win Keeps Title Hopes Alive

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ANTIGONISH, N.S., Canada – Don Thomson Jr. won the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 at Riverside International Speedway to keep his championship hopes alive as he trails Scott Steckly by 67 points heading into next week’s final race of the season.

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Qualifying: J.R. Wins Riverside Pole

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

ANTIGONISH, N.S., Canada – JR Fitzpatrick won the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 pole at Riverside International Speedway. In the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by SIRIUS Satellite Radio qualifying, he was the first car out and set the fast time at 14.935 seconds for an average lap speed on the .333-mile high-banked oval of 80.268 mph.

It was the second pole of the season and the fifth of his career for the 20 year-old driver out of Cambridge, Ont., in his No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

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Practice: Thomson Tops Charts

By Official Release

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – As has been the case many times this season, the No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet of Don Thomson Jr. topped the charts in practice for the Atlantic Dodge Dealers 300 at Riverside International Speedway.

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Gibbons Announces Retirement

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

After 30 years behind the wheel of a race car, Peter Gibbons announced his retirement. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season finale at Kawartha Speedway on Sept. 27 will be his last race in the No.1 Canadian Tire/Mobil Super Chevrolet.

Stepping away from the competition has been something Gibbons, 46, has pondered for quite sometime but feels now it is the right time to make the move.

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News & Notes: Chisholm Looking For More Than A Good Run

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

It’s a tall order to prepare a racecar for competition when a vital piece of information is lacking. How fast should it be going? There are questions still buzzing around inside Donald Chisholm’s mind, but not nearly as many as a year ago.

Chisholm (No. 98 Nova Construction/Pioneer Coal Chevrolet) made his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio debut last Sept. 16 at his home track, Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., but the book of knowledge on his new car was very limited.

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