Originally written on On Pit Road  |  Last updated 12/14/14
At the end of the pair of practices for the inaugural Albert Has Energy 300, it’d be Scott Steckly and Mark Dilley topping the practice charts. Scott Steckly topped the charts in the first practice with a lap of 12.707 seconds in his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge as he looks for his second straight series championship. Joey McColm, who has had bad luck so far this year, was second quickest as he looks for his first top-five of the 2014 season. Alex Tagliani was third quickest as he looks for his second straight top-five following a fifth-place finish last week at Circuit ICAR. Steve Mathews and J.R. Fitzpatrick would round out the top-five as Fitzpatrick comes into Edmonton as the series points leader, only two points ahead of L.P. Dumoulin, while Mathews makes his third start. Mathews will be making his third start of the year as he teams up with his third different team of the season, hoping to repeat the podium finish from Autodrome Chaudiere. Mark Dilley was sixth, followed by D.J. Kennington, Noel Dowler, L.P. Dumoulin and Jamie Krysik. Meanwhile, it’d be Mark Dilley topping the charts in the second and final practice with a lap of 12.591 seconds in his No. 02 Johnsonville Sausage/Leland Industries Ford. Dilley filled in for Kerry Micks at the last minute last weekend at Circuit ICAR, posting a 19th place finish. “We had a great car today,” Dilley said post-race ICAR per the press release by Spencer Lewis. “Where we ended up at the end was no indication of how strong of a piece this Micks Motorsports squad put together this weekend. “It’s never easy coming from the back, but it’s especially tough in a race as short as this one. We settled into a great rhythm, and were picking up spots when we ended up turned around. Once that happened, all I could do is ride and wait for a caution. Unfortunately, the rest of the race stayed green.” This marks the second season where Dilley and Micks are splitting the schedule with Dilley running the ovals and Micks running the road courses. Dilley made his 2014 season debut last month at Autodrome Chaudiere, dueling back and forth with Jason Hathaway all race long before settling for second. Without a doubt, the veteran is hoping for a pair of good races during the western swing. “Our oval program is as stout as it has ever been, so we’re really looking forward to the next two races”, Dilley said. “Edmonton’s just been repaved, so we’re all interested to see how that’s going to work out, and Auto Clearing is a speedway that we’ve had quite a bit of success at in the past. It should be a great trip.” Steckly was second quickest, followed by Alex Tagliani, Stefan Rzadzinski and J.R. Fitzpatrick. Rzadzinski made his series debut earlier this year at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and is looking to post a solid finish in front of his hometown fans. Autodrome Chaudiere winner Jason Hathaway was sixth quickest as he looks for his fourth oval win in the five oval events. “I don’t know about elite, but I would classify us one of the teams that can win at every oval we go to,” Hathaway said. “This series is so competitive with Kennington, Steckly, J.R. [Fitzpatrick] – and to have Andrew [Ranger] back this year – it’s such a competitive series.” Edmonton Late Model Champion Erica Thiering was seventh, followed by Joey McColm, Circuit ICAR winner Andrew Ranger and D.J. Kennington. Qualifying will take place at 7 pm EST with the race scheduled for 10:35 pm EST.   FINAL PRACTICE Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff 1 02 Mark Dilley Johnsonville/Leland/BDI 12.591 71.480 25 25 2 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire/Sylvania 12.610 71.372 38 50 0.019 3 18 Alex Tagliani EpiPen/Dicom Express 12.616 71.338 27 29 0.025 4 24 Stefan Rzadzinski * Goldmark Diesel/CPL Homes 12.655 71.118 51 66 0.064 5 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick Equipment Express 12.716 70.777 21 47 0.125 6 3 Jason Hathaway Rockstar Energy Drink 12.724 70.732 5 47 0.133 7 72 Erica Thiering * Alberta Has Energy 300/EIR/Travel Alberta 12.731 70.694 27 78 0.140 8 25 Joey McColm Canada’s Best Store Fixtures 12.738 70.655 7 44 0.147 9 27 Andrew Ranger MOPAR /Exide Batteries / Magneti-Marelli 12.742 70.633 5 30 0.151 10 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors 12.752 70.577 10 22 0.161 11 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare 12.808 70.269 13 60 0.217 12 48 Steve Mathews MidWest Combustion/Bill Mathews Motors 12.813 70.241 4 19 0.222 13 14 James Van Domselaar Steel-Craft Door Products/Elton 12.869 69.936 8 96 0.278 14 28 Jamie Krysik * Becca Industries/Northwoods Hauling 12.870 69.930 29 32 0.279 15 51 Nick Jewell Prairie Dodge Dealers/Sikkens Paints 12.938 69.563 40 82 0.347 16 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/MFP/Praxair 13.027 69.087 4 5 0.436 17 83 Ian Admiraal * Alberta Cancer Foundation/Western Camp Service 13.077 68.823 8 19 0.486 18 33 Bob De Lorme * Deerfoot Mechanical Ltd. 13.095 68.729 7 43 0.504 19 56 Larry Jackson OMVIC/Stratafax/B&B Decals 13.284 67.751 40 51 0.693 20 57 Shania Laforce * Laforce Construction 13.500 66.667 5 52 0.909 21 97 Jason Hankewich* Prairie Storm Const/Get-A-Grip Tire - 0 FIRST PRACTICE Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff 1 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire/Sylvania 12.707 70.827 27 41 2 25 Joey McColm Canada’s Best Store Fixtures 12.753 70.572 20 37 0.046 3 18 Alex Tagliani EpiPen/Dicom Express 12.784 70.401 16 29 0.077 4 48 Steve Mathews MidWest Combustion/Bill Mathews Motors 12.803 70.296 25 38 0.096 5 84 J.R. Fitzpatrick Equipment Express 12.843 70.077 21 39 0.136 6 02 Mark Dilley Johnsonville/Leland/BDI 12.847 70.055 36 47 0.140 7 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors 12.881 69.870 28 31 0.174 8 5 Noel Dowler EMCO/MFP/Praxair 12.887 69.838 7 9 0.180 9 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare 12.916 69.681 31 74 0.209 10 28 Jamie Krysik * Becca Industries/Northwoods Hauling 12.923 69.643 25 27 0.216 11 3 Jason Hathaway Rockstar Energy Drink 12.951 69.493 30 31 0.244 12 27 Andrew Ranger MOPAR /Exide Batteries / Magneti-Marelli 12.978 69.348 40 41 0.271 13 72 Erica Thiering * Alberta Has Energy 300/EIR/Travel Alberta 12.989 69.289 75 85 0.282 14 24 Stefan Rzadzinski * Goldmark Diesel/CPL Homes 13.032 69.061 50 81 0.325 15 33 Bob De Lorme * Deerfoot Mechanical Ltd. 13.104 68.681 55 61 0.397 16 51 Nick Jewell Prairie Dodge Dealers/Sikkens Paints 13.157 68.405 27 93 0.450 17 14 James Van Domselaar Steel-Craft Door Products/Elton 13.196 68.202 48 79 0.489 18 83 Ian Admiraal * Alberta Cancer Foundation/Western Camp Service 13.234 68.007 12 21 0.527 19 56 Larry Jackson OMVIC/Stratafax/B&B Decals 13.341 67.461 12 47 0.634 20 57 Shania Laforce * Laforce Construction 13.519 66.573 46 64 0.812 21 97 Jason Hankewich* Prairie Storm Const/Get-A-Grip Tire - 0
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