Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

The Associated Press
Dave Steele, left, is congratulated by Steve Lewis, right, owner of the Nine Racing team, for which Steele drives, and John Procida of Toyota Motorsports after Steele finished as the top qualifier for the Copper World Classic USAC National/Western Midget Car Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Will Powers)

Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

Dave Steele, left, is congratulated by Steve Lewis, right, owner of the Nine Racing team, for which Steele drives, and John Procida of Toyota Motorsports after Steele finished as the top qualifier for the Copper World Classic USAC National/Western Midget Car Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Will Powers)

DESOTO, Fla. (AP) -- Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.

Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report says Steele was driving a sprint car when his vehicle's left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing Steele's vehicle to go up in the air, spin 180 degrees and hit the retaining wall.

Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42.

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted that Steele was ''one of the best and such a good guy to hang out and have a beer with.''

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