MOORESVILLE, N.C., (Oct. 9, 1999) Channellock Inc., and Team SABCO have signed a three-year partnering in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division that will place open-wheel standout Dave Steele behind the wheel of the No. 82 Chevrolets. ...
MOORESVILLE, N.C., (Oct. 9, 1999) Channellock Inc., and Team SABCO have signed a three-year partnering in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division that will place open-wheel standout Dave Steele behind the wheel of the No. 82 Chevrolets. The No. 82 team will be the first fulltime NASCAR Busch Series entry ever pieced together by car owner Felix Sabates, and the longtime owner feels that Steele is the perfect balance between experience and youth.
"I've said all along that we (car owners) have to start looking beyond the Winston Cup and Busch garages for new talent," said Sabates, who also owns the Nos. 40 and 42 NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams. "Dave came to our attention earlier this year as one of the possible up-and-comers in NASCAR and we were able to evaluate what he had to offer."
Steele, 25, began racing go-karts at the age of seven, where he accumulated 25 feature wins before moving to the Florida sprint car circuit. The Tampa, Fla., native began competing full-time in the United States Automobile Club (USAC) circuit in June of 1996. Since then, he has earned 14 Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car wins, two MCI WorldCom Midget Car series victories and two Silver Bullet series trophies.
Last season, Steele tested the Indy Racing League waters and this year has gradually moved to stock cars. He entered two American Speed Association (ASA) events at the beginning of the 1999 season with plans to compete in selected ARCA and NASCAR Busch Series races before season's end.
"It's always been a dream of mine to race in NASCAR and I finally have the opportunity," Steele said. "It's not every day that an opportunity like this is put in front of you&it was something I've been working towards my whole life."
Channellock has been a fulltime NASCAR Busch Series sponsor since 1991, and currently sponsors the No. 40 entry.
Source: NASCAR Online