Dave Steele unstoppable at Toledo Speedway. Toledo, Ohio - Dave Steele appeared to be invincible Friday night at Toledo Speedway, setting a new track record at more than 119 mph and leading the final 10 laps of the Hemelgarn Racing-sponsored ...
Dave Steele unstoppable at Toledo Speedway.
Toledo, Ohio - Dave Steele appeared to be invincible Friday night at Toledo Speedway, setting a new track record at more than 119 mph and leading the final 10 laps of the Hemelgarn Racing-sponsored 30-lap USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car race. Steele, driving the Northside Propane/Eagle Jet International Gaerte/Beast, came from the sixth starting position to capture the win and secure a private test session in a Hemelgarn Racing Indy Racing car.
"We learned a lot in the Last Chance race," said Steele. "It was tight racing at the front of the pack and was a good clean race. I had a good car tonight and was able to hold onto the win!"
The No. 09 of Eric Butze brought out the only yellow of the event, allowing Steele to zoom past the competition on the restart and into the top-three. Steele spent several laps stalking Tyler, the 2001 Toledo feature winner, before making his move in Turn 4. Steele took off like a rocket and never looked back. By the end of the 30-lap feature, Steele was making his way through slower traffic.
An excited Steele celebrated in the Winner's Circle by jumping in the cockpit of the Indy Racing League car driven by Hemelgarn Racing's Buddy Lazier. Tyler finished second, followed by Tracy Hines in third, Ed Carpenter and Derek Davidson. Incidentally, Hemelgarn's Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series driver Aaron Fike finished eighth in the field of 24 cars.
Although a private test date has not yet been determined, this will not be Steele's first opportunity in an Indy Racing car. In 1998, he made selected starts in the Indy Racing League series earning his best finish of 22nd-place at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Toledo Speedway event will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 Saturday, July 20 at 11 pm (EDT).