NCATS championship race down to the wire

Driver Andrew Ranger (27) leads Scott Steckly (22) and D.J. Kennington during last season's NASCAR...

Driver Andrew Ranger (27) leads Scott Steckly (22) and D.J. Kennington during last season's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Pinty's 250 season finale race at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough. (Clifford Skarstedt/QMI Agency)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:49 PM ET

There is just one race left in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season and just five points separate leader D.J. Kennington from second- place Scott Steckly — it is the closest battle in the seven-year history of the national stock car racing loop.

And there is more at stake in this race in that Steckly and Kennington are both double title holders with the winner Saturday at Kawartha Speedway becoming the first three-time champion.

Steckly said it would be a career achievement.

“It would be the biggest racing accomplishment of mine or anybody on my team,” Steckly said on Friday.

He comes into the Pinty’s 250 at the .375-mile banked asphalt oval as the series leader with three wins, seven top five and eight top-10

finishes this season.

Steckly said it shows how competitive the 12-race NCATS has become since taking over from the old CASCAR series in 2007.


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