Keith Steele Caps Off Championship Season with Two Runner-Up Finishes
Madison,WI (September 11, 2009) - After clinching the TORC SRT Limited 2 Championship in Bark River, Keith Steele and his Monster Energy Kumho Tire Chevy came to Crandon not only to race, but to enjoy all the festivities associated with the 40th anniversary celebration. There were two rounds left in the SRT season, and Keith and his team were going to give racing their full attention, but it was a different feeling around the Steele Off- Road pit area. No matter how the truck finished, Keith Steele and his #29 Monster Energy Kumho Chevy were the first Champions crowned for the 2009 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL.
The team chose not to compete in the PRO-2WD division, ensuring the truck would be driven back into the trailer for the trip back to Madison.
Friday Night - Round 9 Just like last year, the Friday night race under the lights was held on Crandon's Short-Short track. The starting grid was set up in Potawatomi Turn One as the Limited 2 trucks lined up two by two, five rows deep.
Early on, Round 9 was a three truck race between Steele, Johnson, and Baudoux. Eventually Johnson fell off the pace and then it was the between the two other champion drivers. Keith could catch Dan but couldn't complete the pass. The finish had Baudoux first, and Keith Steele second.
Saturday Afternoon - Round 10 The final round of the season had the Limited 2 trucks competed on the traditional "Big House" track, complete with the land rush start. Once again it was a two truck race. Dan Baudoux grabbed the lead, and Keith did his best to get around the Red Ford. Once again Keith finished the race in second place. That's ten races, eight wins, and two runner-up finishes.
"This season was absolutely incredible," remarked Keith Steele. "Without my brother JJ, none of this would be possible. Along with the support of our family and friends they made this season just awesome. This Wolverine engine is just incredible. There's ten Sportsman rounds and ten PRO rounds of racing on this motor, and its never missed a beat. Roger Harrison and his J & H Transmissions are the best on the planet. Thanks goes to Kumho Tires who came on board when we showed up to Texas. Of course, Monster Energy really helped get our team to the track. There are so many people to thank, this TORC Limited 2 Championship was truly a team effort."