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Hard Charger Award Goes to Chris Steele at The Dirt Track

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The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway was filled with bad memories for Chris Steele. The racer and his crew were remembering how bad their car was damaged in November of 2006.

Chris Steele in his yellow No. 2, photo by Big Mack
Chris Steele in his yellow No. 2, photo by Big Mack

Chris Steele won Hard Charger Award at The Dirt Track, photo by Big Mack
Chris Steele won Hard Charger Award at The Dirt Track, photo by Big Mack

“Last Friday night we purchased our pit passes and began to wonder if the cards were stacked up against us,” said Steele. “Our racecar hauler would not start and we had to have it towed into the pits to unload. We discovered our starter had gone bad but we were able to get a pit crewmember to replace it. We also drew a number that put us in the rear of the 5th heat race out of the 6 heat races for the night.”
Chris Steele races from 21st place to 4th place, photo by Big Mack
Chris Steel races from 21st place to 4th place, photo by Big Mack

Chris Steele uses K&N Engineering Products, photo by Big Mack
Chris Steele uses K&N Engineering Products, photo by Big Mack

The top three cars in each heat race automatically forwarded into the main and positions four through seven went into two consolation races. Steele struggled to find a line that suited him in the heat and made it to the 6th position. This gave him the 11th starting spot in the 8 lap consolation race.

After the green flag, Steele starting picking off cars and made it to 2nd place. This put him in the 21st starting spot in the A main.

“I was cautious at the beginning of the feature but made it to 17th place by the lap 10 caution,” said Steele. “I knew it was time to move and put my Monte Carlo in the front the pack.” Steele passed cars at almost every lap, sometimes two cars a lap. As the checkered flag waved, he passed Jack Pennington coming off turn four for the 4th spot.”

He was awarded the Hard Charger Award for the weekend event at Lowe’s. “We won it for our efforts after starting 21st in the A main event and coming so close to winning,” said Steele. “I am so proud of these guys for not giving up. Our K&N Engineering Products always perform flawlessly for us. They make our racing program flow so much better.”

Look for the yellow # 2 at I-77 Speedway in Richburg, South Carolina this weekend. Steele also has plans for the BIG 10 Series Races at Cherokee Speedway and Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee.

Follow Chris Steele's progress throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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