Dave Steele Set For New Smyrna Midgets

Dave Steel in victory lane at Phoenix Int'l Raceway in November, 2007. (NSSN Archives photo)
Dave Steel in victory lane at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in November, 2007. (NSSN Archives photo)

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Open-wheel racing veteran Dave Steele is poised to make his return to USAC competition in this weekend’s USAC Mopar National Midget Series doubleheader at New Smyrna Speedway.

Steele, a Florida native, has never won a USAC points race in his home state. His only previous USAC win in Florida came in a “non-points” USAC Sprint race at Orlando Speedworld in 2005. Steele will be one of four drivers wheeling RW Motorsports entries at the half-mile asphalt oval.

He will join Bobby Santos, Ross Rankine and Kyle O’Gara for the Sunday and Monday night races.

“New Smyrna is one of the best tracks in Florida,” says Steele, who has had much success there in the past. “I won the only non-wing race I ever drove there, about 12 years ago, and have had several winged wins there too. It should be pretty fast, with good banking in the corners. The turns are tight but the straightaways are true straightaways, not like some of the arced ovals I’ve raced on.”

Sixty times Steele has graced victory lane after a USAC National event, 26 times in sprint cars, 18 in midgets and 16 in Silver Crown.

In five straight years (2001-2005) Dave remarkably won at least one feature in each of USAC’s three National Series (Silver Crown, sprint car and midget), a unique achievement.

In 2004 and 2005 he won USAC’s Silver Crown National driving title. His last USAC feature start came in a 2011 Silver Crown race in Indianapolis but his last USAC National Midget appearance came in the 2008 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale, Calif. His last USAC Midget victory came at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in 2007.