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.
Godspeed Dave Steele, will never forget going to my first USAC pavement race and my dad telling me to watch him and try to learn.— Chase Briscoe (@ChaseBriscoe5) March 26, 2017
Man, I love open wheel racing, but something has to change. RIP Dave Steele. One of the best pavement sprint car and midget guys ever.— Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) March 26, 2017
Our prayers go out to the family of Dave Steele. Our former teammate, he was one of the best open-wheel drivers of this era. Godspeed - TSR— Tony Stewart Racing (@TonyStewart_Rcg) March 26, 2017
Devastated we've lost Dave Steele tonight. One of my favorite sprint car drivers & a guy who drove for us at Panther. Prayers for his family— J. Douglas Boles (@jdouglas4) March 26, 2017
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