Madison, WI (September 6, 2012) -The Keith Steele Off-Road Racing team is the perfect definition of a competitor. The team runs a limited schedule, comes to Crandon to compete with the best PRO-2WD in the country, at the track the team continues to improve the race truck’s set-up and as each of the three rounds of racing are finished, the results continually improve.
The Friday evening race saw the thirteen PRO-2WD field line up for the Round 5 race that was rained out during the June Crandon weekend. The make-up round was run on the short-short track which eliminated the Argonne Corner and the big and fast back portion of the track, including the land rush corner and Turn One.
The #29 RaceTeamGear.com Chevy started mid pack and quickly founded himself battling with some of the most respected racers in the division. Menzies, Gordon, and Kincaid all raced door to door with Keith Steele. After nine laps of the fourteen laps were completed, the RaceTeamGear.com Chevy was in fourth place. Then a miscue on the track put the Steele back down to ninth place. After fourteen laps the checkered flag was waved with Keith Steele in eighth place.
“That was fun tonight,” commented Keith Steele. “I knew back in my mind I might have an advantage with this track layout having run it a few years ago in my Sportsman days. I made one mistake and it cost me a bunch of spots on the track. We will go back to get this truck ready to run the big track at the Big House.”
The Saturday afternoon Round 11 race on the 1.6 mile traditional Crandon track saw Keith Steele starting on the front row of the land rush start in the twelfth position. The nine lap race saw the #29 RaceTeamGear.com Chevy methodically work his way for the back of the field to finish in seventh place.
“We had a great battle with Friday’s winner, Oberg,” noted Keith Steele. “Our hard work back at the shop and at the track is really showing results.”
The final TORC round of racing, Sunday’s Round 12, had Steele battling for position with some of the icons of the sport. Much of the nine laps saw the #29 Chevy competing door to door with Bryce Menzies and Scott Taylor. At the finish, Menzies crossed the line in fifth, Keith Steele in sixth, and Scott Taylor in seventh.
“Our team and our truck are really working well right now,” remarked Keith Steele. “After the massive crash earlier this year, we thought our season was over. But thanks to the support from family, friends, fans, and our great partners, we not only made it back to the track, but put our truck “on the radar” of our competitors.”
– Mike Reusche, race report
– Chris Hord, photos