Sprint Car Driver Killed in Horrific Wreck

David Steele, 42, died trying to win his 100th race in Florida
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2017 10:14 AM CDT
David Steele died Saturday night in a wreck at Desoto Speedway.   (Desoto Speedway)

(Newser) – Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida, reports the AP, after he locked wheels with another car, went airborne, spun 180 degrees, and hit a retaining wall. Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42. "Desoto Speedway owners and staff are saddened by tonight’s passing of David Steele in the Sprint car feature," per a track statement. "Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends who were all in attendance," as he tried for his 100th win in Florida, reports the Bradenton Herald. 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," while Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman wrote: "Man, I love open wheel racing, but something has to change." (Read more auto racing stories.)

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