General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
For the second time in three races, Jason Hathaway found victory lane in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series as the series staged its final-ever race at the Autodrome St-Eustache. Hathaway won the Lucas Oil 250 by leading the final 85 of 250 laps to hold off Kevin Lacroix, who started first after a qualifying rainout, by just under a second.
The runner-up finish for Lacroix enabled him to break a tie atop the standings with Andrew Ranger, who finished third and is now two points behind with two races remaining. In addition, Scott Steckly made his return to the series for the first time since 2015 as a substitute for the ill Alex Tagliani; Steckly finished 11th.
The ARCA Menards Series stages its annual throwback weekend at Salem Speedway with Saturday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200. This year’s honorees on tribute cars will include Bill Venturini and Darrell Waltrip, and the team judged to have the best-looking car will earn the inaugural Jack Harrison Trophy.
Alongside the many retro paint schemes on display this weekend, the race will also decide the annual CGS Imaging Four Crown Challenge, a miniseries first won by the late Davey Allison in 1984. As he does in the overall series standings, Venturini Motorsports’ Michael Self holds the Four Crown points lead, and his 35-point advantage over Bret Holmes means that any top six finish will give Self the title.
Driver Profile: Scott Steckly
For the first time since stepping out of the car to focus on team ownership in 2015, Scott Steckly returned to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series last weekend when he drove Alex Tagliani’s car at Autodrome St-Eustache. A four-time winner at the Quebec flat oval, Steckly took the checkered flag when the series first returned to the track in 2008 after a seven-year absence.
Debuting in CASCAR, the predecessor to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, in 2000, Steckly scored his first victory in 2006, the year before NASCAR took over sanctioning. Up until his retirement, he scored at least one win in every season he ran except for 2012, and earned four championships, the last coming in his final season behind the wheel. Currently, Steckly’s 22 Racing squad campaigns cars for Tagliani, Marc-Antoine Camirand, and Donald Theetge on a full-time basis.