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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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Fitzpatrick Nabs NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Test

By Official Release

TRG Motorsports, of Mooresville, N.C., announced today that it will hold a two-day test session at Iowa Speedway on Sept. 23 and 24 with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio driver John Ryan (JR) Fitzpatrick.

The Chevy Silverado test session will be monitored on behalf of TRG by Team Principal and CEO Kevin Buckler and veteran crew chief Butch Hylton.

“We are really excited about aligning ourselves with another talented driver like JR Fitzpatrick,” said Buckler.

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Steckly Back In Victory Lane

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, Ont. – Scott Steckly won the Pizza Pizza 300 at Barrie Speedway after taking the lead from Don Thomson Jr. on Lap 247 restart and led the final 54 laps to collect his fourth NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio victory of the season.

After visiting Victory Lane three times in the first four races this season, Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) was held to the runner-up position four times over the next five events.

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Qualifying: Thomson Collects 6th Pole

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, Ont. - Picking up his sixth pole of the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio season was Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet).

In time trials for the Pizza Pizza 300 at Barrie Speedway, Thomson laid down a lap time of 14.066 seconds which translates to an average lap speed of 85.227 mph.

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Practice: Micks Fast At Barrie

By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR

BARRIE, Ont. -- Turning the quickest lap in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio practice for the Pizza Pizza 300 at Barrie Speedway was Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford).

 

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