Steckley's all-star appearance ends early

JIM CRESSMAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

Scott Steckley's appearance in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, Calif., was short, but still sweet.

The 36-year-old Milverton resident, who won the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship, was involved in a six-car accident eight laps in and was done for the night.

He officially finished 38th in the 40-car field, winning US$8,000.

But Steckley won't forget the week-long trip, paid for by NASCAR.

Called the Daytona 500 of short-track racing, the event featured guaranteed starting positions for the eight champions of each NASCAR touring and weekly series.

It also included being wined and dined with trips to Hollywood and an NBA game, among other perks.

Matt Kobyluck of Uncasville, Conn., emerged from a wild three-way battle with Joey Logano of Middletown, Conn., and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., to become the first two-time winner of the showdown.

Kobyluck also won in 2006, while Logano was last year's winner.

Logano, set to begin his first full season with Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup, slid up into Sellers while going for the lead in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag on Lap 250.

Kobyluck, running third, crossed the finish line a nose behind Logano, but Logano was penalized for rough driving, giving Kobyluck the victory on the half-mile Toyota Speedway.

Winning the Canadian Tire Series has opened new doors for Steckley.

In October, he was invited to the Statesville, N.C., headquarters of Gillette Evernham Motorsports, to test for the showdown in a Camping World East Series car.

"That was a great experience, one I won't soon forget," Steckley said.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

At Daytona Beach, Fla., David Donohue won the Rolex 24 yesterday to end Chip Ganassi Racing's Daytona winning streak at three races and match his late father's victory 40 years ago.

Donohue held on for the win after passing NASCAR star Juan Pablo Montoya for the lead 41 minutes from the finish.

Donohue, who started from the pole in the Brumos Porsche Riley on Saturday afternoon, combined with former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, Antonio Garcia and Darren Law to win the closest race in the 47-year history of 24-hour classic at Daytona International Speedway.

Four of the sleek prototypes finished on the lead lap -- the most ever -- and the quartet spent most of the last two hours nearly nose-to-tail on the 3.56-mile road course that snakes through the infield and encompasses three-fourths of the 2 1/2 -mile NASCAR oval.

No more than two cars had ever finished on the lead lap. The winners completed 735 laps, a total of 2,616.6 miles.

A record 25 full-course cautions kept things close and the final yellow of the grueling race came out for debris with just over am hour to go.

Donohue was just eight years old when his father Mark Donohue died after a testing accident in Formula One in 1975.


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