Tim Steele Glad to be Back

Steele glad to be back truckin' By Marty Smith WEST ALLIS, Wis., (July 4, 1999) Tim Steele's return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was uneventful, even boring, but one he's perfectly content with. For Steele, Victory Lane was virtually...

Steele glad to be back truckin' By Marty Smith

WEST ALLIS, Wis., (July 4, 1999) Tim Steele's return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was uneventful, even boring, but one he's perfectly content with. For Steele, Victory Lane was virtually in a different zip code Saturday afternoon, but his 14th-place finish in the DieHard 200 at The Milwaukee Mile was successful none the less -- he crossed the finish line in an unblemished truck.

"It wasn't the finish we wanted, but you're never satisfied unless you win if you're a racer," said Steele, a former three-time champion of the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series. "But it felt good to be back in the truck, and I'm looking forward to being back for the rest of the year."

Steele was badly injured during the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at I-70 Speedway on May 22. Following the single-truck accident, Steele was left with serious internal bruising and muscle damage.

After two weeks of much-needed rest and recuperation, Steele -- and all involved with the No. 21 HS Die & Engineering Ford for that matter -- is in his best condition yet to contend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"We're back, and we'll get back into the swing of things," Steele said. "And if we can keep getting better finishes, that's all we can ask for."

Steele is elated with Saturday's run, as it's only the second time all season he's finished in the top-15. He posted a 13th-place run at Pikes Peak International Raceway the week before the accident.

"We ran all day and made adjustments," Steele said. " We adjusted on it all day, and with no cautions, it didn't help our situation as far as getting the thing adjusted. It was after the caution we finally were able to do some of the adjusting that we wanted. We ran consistently about four tenths to a half second faster after we made the adjustments."

"It's just really nice to be back," Steele continued. "We'll see if we can build on this run and have more positive finishes as the year goes on."

Source: NASCAR Online

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