One of the best feelings you can attain in any motorsport competition is the feeling of knowing you are statistically ahead of the hunt. In a marathon season, the steady tortoise usually outdoes the heady hare, and in Keith Steele's case, he was able to combine tremendous consistency with speed to burn. In a fantastic showing during the 2009 TORC season and with his most recent victories at Bark River, Steele has finished first in every round of the SRT Limited 2WD Truck class so far, which affords him with a 53-point lead over his next closest competitor, Luke Johnson. With eight out of 10 rounds completed and only 50 season points remaining, Steele has the championship in the proverbial bag.
Of course, a man would be nothing without his machine. Behind the wheel of his #29 Monster Energy Kumho Tire Chevy Limited Truck, Steele has willed his way to 10 straight wins looking back to the 2008 season. In a lengthy comment from the pit area, Steele made sure to thank all those who helped him to the 2009 championship.
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"This is a real team effort. Without my family and friends this would not be possible. My brother JJ is my crew chief and the two of us really work well together. My wife Izzy keeps us organized and headed in the right direction. All the help from family members every week has been incredible. At the beginning of the year, with all the changes that happened over the winter, I didn't know where we stood with Monster Energy, but they continued their support to get us to the track. Kumho Tires added their support early in the season. Roger Harrison from J & H builds a great transmission and Lee Cooper at Wolverine Performance created a motor that ran great all year long. I have to thank Ricky Johnson, Mitch Covington, Traxxas, and AMSOIL for putting together the TORC series and giving all of us a place to race."
The Man in Black will wrap up the 2009 season at the 40th Anniversary Off-Road Racing Celebration in Crandon, Wisconsin on September 5-6. Next season, Steele is looking to make a serious run in the PRO 2WD division, where his contenders will include the likes of Ricky Johnson, Todd LeDuc, Rob MacCachren, and Jeremy McGrath.