Steele snags full-time truck ride HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 26, 1999) ARCA veteran Tim Steele has secured what he hopes will be a full-time ride in 1999 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Steele will drive the No. 61 H.S. Die Ford for as many...
Steele snags full-time truck ride
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 26, 1999) ARCA veteran Tim Steele has secured what he hopes will be a full-time ride in 1999 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Steele will drive the No. 61 H.S. Die Ford for as many races as he can until he finds a major sponsor for the truck. H.S. Die is Steele's father's tool and die shop in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Steele has had limited experience in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, where he says he has run "eight to ten" races, and the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, where he says he has 10-12 starts under his belt. But he has not run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series before. He does not seem daunted by the task ahead of him.
"How much experience do I have? None, but I figured I'd be good at it," Steele said. "I'm wishing it was December right now, because we didn't get the trucks until two weeks ago. We're kind of caught behind the eight ball right now."
Steele was at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex Tuesday testing his truck, and the team still needs to pick up a lot of speed. Helping in that endeavour will be motors provided by Ernie Elliott and the calls from the pits from crew chief Larry Moore.
"We're going to test Texas and Phoenix, too, hopefully in the same swing," said Steele, who added that those tests will fall around the first week of February.
Entering the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fray is simply the latest adventure for Steele, who started piling up trophies at the age of five when he won in a motorcycle on ice.
Steele went on to become a motocross champion, an ARCA Series national champion (1993), and an ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series champion (1996). He also has competed in the International Jet Ski Boating Association and won a race as a rookie in the esteemed American Speed Association.
Steele has 20 superspeedway wins in the ARCA series in his career, and 34 overall. His career took a detour after an injury at Atlanta Motor Speedway in November of 1997. He was re-injured at Atlanta the following August.
Source: NASCAR Online