Sprint car driver David Steele was killed Saturday night in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. He was 42. Steele, who drove in two NASCAR Xfinity races in 2000 for car owner Felix Sabates, was competing in a Southern Sprintcar Shootout Series race at the 3/8-mile paved oval. The track issued a statement on its Facebook page Saturday night: “Desoto Speedway owners and staff are saddened by tonight’s passing of David Steele in the Sprint car feature. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, who were all in attendance to see him try to win his 100th Florida race.” Steele was the U.S. Auto Club’s Silver Crown Series champion in 2004 and ’05. His 16 series victories ranks behind
Matt Kenseth crashed out of the Auto Club 400 on a restart with 16 laps remaining in the race at Auto Club Speedway. Kenseth had restarted fourth following a caution for an incident involving Gray Gaulding. Kenseth was in the middle groove exiting Turn 2 when he was tapped from behind by Martin Truex Jr. Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota slammed the inside SAFER barrier, shearing off part of the left front of the car. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was checked and released from the infield care center. It is Kenseth’s third DNF in the first five races of the season and his second in as many races. He had four last season Kenseth dropped five spots to 25th in the point standings.
FONTANA, Calif. — Mike Larson hadn’t heard of LaVar Ball until two weeks ago, but a Twitter link to an article about the controversial father of now-ex UCLA basketball star Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo fascinated him. The father of 24-year-old NASCAR standout Kyle Larson now reads any story he can find about the former NFL practice squad player. Mike Larson has seen “Little League parents” during his years supporting his son’s eventual career through go karting, sprint car racing and eventually stock cars. He’s seen parents live vicariously, destructively, through the exploits of their children. A low-key former power company employee from Northern California, Mike Larson said he couldn’t bring