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Dave Steele, 42, killed in sprint car crash at Desoto Speedway

Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida.

Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida.  (Google Street View)

Dave Steele was killed in a sprint car racing crash at Desoto Speedway in Florida Saturday night. He was 42.

Steele was competing in the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Speed Sport reports that Steele tangled with lapped traffic, sending his No. 33 machine into an incident.

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Steele made starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, but had since returned to his short track roots where he had enjoyed a variety of success in Silver Crown, sprint car and midget car racing. Steele was a two-time Silver Crown champion and was attempting to win his 100th Florida race Saturday night.

Desoto Speedway shared the following post to their Facebook page:

Many racing drivers and fans are taking to social media to share their memories of Dave Steele and offer condolences to his family and friends.

This article originally appeared on FoxSports.com.