WSORR: Bark River: Keith Steele summary

Monster Energy Boosts Keith Steele to Super Truck Win Madison, WI (July 19, 2007) After back to back podium finishes at the FCP Brush Run in Crandon, Wisconsin, Keith Steele and his ...

Monster Energy Boosts Keith Steele to Super Truck Win

Madison, WI (July 19, 2007) After back to back podium finishes at the FCP Brush Run in Crandon, Wisconsin, Keith Steele and his #229 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado came to Bark River looking to build on their earlier success. The veteran Stock Truck competitor and current class champion, has adapted very well to the bigger, faster, Super Truck division.

Round 5

The start saw the #229 Monster Energy Goodyear Tires Chevrolet Silverado truck in behind #282 Waldvogel. On lap 2, Wandahsega passed Keith for second, and then promptly rolled his truck out of contention. On lap 3, Keith put the Wolverine Performance horsepower to the Goodyear tires and found himself in the lead. The Monster Energy Chevy held the lead, all the way to the checkered flag.

After missing the opening two rounds of racing in Owatonna, Keith Steele now has two third place finishes and a win in his first three races, in the WSORR Super Truck division.

Round 6

This time Keith grabbed the holeshot with #297 Wandahsega right behind. Wandahsega stayed right with the Monster Energy Chevy, but Keith kept him at bay. That is, until lap 6, when the ring and pinion failed, ending Keith's strong run.

After the weekend, BUMPRACER.COM caught up with Keith Steele to talk about his weekend.

With only three rounds of racing in the Super Truck division, tell me about Saturday's win. 'The win was incredible. We didn't get the truck done in time for Owatonna, but we showed our potential right away at Crandon. Getting the win, especially in this division, wasn't expected so soon. The support from Monster Energy gave our team a real boost. The Wolverine Performance powerplant, the J & H transmission, the Yank torque converter, and the Goodyear tires, are really working great together.'

Is there any comparison between your former Stock Truck and the Monster Energy Super Truck'

"The Stock Truck had a lot of limitations, in the rulebook. The Super Truck is practically a PRO-2WD truck with certain limitations, on the engine. Overall, it's a completely different machine. More power, more suspension, and more adjustments can be made to the truck, to adapt to each specific track."

It sounds like a big jump going from last year to this year.

"Yes, it is. We found out Sunday, how short the lifespan of a ring and pinion can be. Fortunately, we have been close on the chassis setup at both tracks. Now, I need to get more comfortable driving the truck. I'm working on keeping my driving smooth and consistent. Being familiar with the Bark River track and how the truck reacts, will definitely help us, when we get back here next month."

Next Race - August 11-12, Island Casino/Boss Snow Plow Off-Road Challenge II, Bark River, MI.

-credit: ls/mr

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