Thomson Wins Delaware Thriller
Holds off Steckly for Canadian Tire Series victory
DELAWARE, Ont., Canada -- Don Thomson Jr., in just his third race with Ed Hakonson Racing, held off Scott Steckly in a late-race dash to the checkered flag to win the Keystone Light 200 Saturday at Delaware Speedway.
In the process, Thomson, out of Hamilton, Ont., extended his streak of top-five finishes to eight, dating back to last season. With his move to EHR from Fitzpatrick Motorsports in the offseason, the streak covers two teams and, at least, four different cars factoring in road courses and ovals. The last time Thomson finished outside the top five in a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event was August 2010 when he finished 22nd at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Que.). Additionally, it was Thomson's seventh series career victory and now has a win in each of the five seasons for the Canadian Tire Series.
"Over the winter I was thinking about hanging up the helmet when Ed Hakonson called to ask me if I was interested in joining them and I was," said Thomson. "To win a race this soon with a new team is a testament to how hard everyone has worked in putting this thing together."
Thomson took the lead from Steckly on Lap 155. A spin by Kerry Micks on Lap 188 set up an eight-lap sprint, with Thomson holding on for his first victory since August 2010 as he beat Steckly to the line by just .185 seconds.
"One of the most respectful racers out there is Scott Steckly," said Thomson. "I knew that he wasn't going to drive through me, so all I needed to worry about was me and doing what I needed to do."
Steckly, like Thomson, is off to a hot start this season which has the complexion of the way he started the 2008 season in which he won the series championship. In three races this year, the driver out of Milverton, Ont., has one win and a pair of runner-up finishes.
"It has been a great start which, I think, is critical in this series," said Steckly. "You have to keep it up, though. In 2008, we struggled a bit at the end and it was pretty close."
On the race track as the laps were winding down, Steckly was not willing to gamble by making an aggressive move on Thomson for the win.
"I could get the nose under him, but then I didn't have any bite," Steckly said. "I could have been really aggressive, but that could have backfired