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A Black Snake Tries Late Modified Racing Action at Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina

A snake put a wrench in the action for the Chris Steel Racing team at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina.

The Chris Steele Racing Team returns to Late Modified action at The Dirt Track at Lowe's in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Chris Steele Racing Team returns to Late Modified action at The Dirt Track at Lowe's in Charlotte, North Carolina
The crew unloaded his Crate Late Model yellow bodied green GRT chassis with its 350 cubic inch engine and someone saw a snake. “A five foot long black snake was crawling toward the hauler and then it went under the truck,” said Steele. “From there it went into the hauler's engine compartment.”

Chris Steele Racing Team takes second place at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina
Chris Steele Racing Team takes second place at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina
Steele and his team did not see the snake for hours. “It came out later and crawled under my race car,” he said. “I pushed my car to pit road by myself. It turned out okay because our transporter driver and another racer pinned down the snake. They walked across the track and released it back to the wild.”

After the snake incident, it was back to the business of racing. Steel drew the outside pole position for his heat race and won. It was not a simple win because hard charging Ross Bailes knocked on Steel’s back bumper. That bump set the tone for the feature.

Steele had the inside pole position. “At Cherokee Speedway I prefer having the outside pole,” he said. “When the green flag dropped, Douglas Davis took the lead and I fell into second. Bailes was on my rear.”

Steele pulled a door-to-door with Davis on several restarts but could not make the pass complete and took second place. “We had a good car at this race,” he said. “Our K&N air filters make sure we get the maximum air flow every time we race. Our K&N performs flawlessly.”

The Chris Steel Racing Team returns to action at The Dirt Track at Lowe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 22 and at Wythe Speedway in Wytheville, Virginia on May 23.

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