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Hot Summer Nights Late Model Race Places South Carolina Driver in Track Record Books

York, South Carolina native Chris Steele etched his name in the record books at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley, North Carolina. He captured the $1,500 win in Chevrolet’s Hot Summer Nights Round 2.

Chris Steele and Jordan Alexander are locked in battle at East Lincoln Speedway in North Carolina
Chris Steele and Jordan Alexander are locked in battle at East Lincoln Speedway in North Carolina
Racers Jordan Alexander and Jon Thornburg shared the front row with Steele at the start of the 25 lap GM Performance Late Model main event. Thornburg bolted to the front from the pole position and Alexander took second place. Steele started fourth and patiently worked his way past Alexander and began to challenge second place racer Gary Puckett.
Chris Steele in victory lane after win in City Chevrolet's Hot Summer Nights Round 2 in North Carolina
Chris Steele in victory lane after win in City Chevrolet's Hot Summer Nights Round 2 in North Carolina

Chris Steele prepares for Late Model Hot Summer Nights Race
Chris Steele prepares for Late Model Hot Summer Nights Race

Steele made the move to second place on lap 16 and set his sights on Thornburg. “I stayed glued to the inside of the speedway as Jon motored around the middle of the track,” he said. “Jon slipped off turn four and I moved into the lead.”

Steele stayed in first place until a late caution bunched the field with only two laps to go. On the restart Steele drove away as Alexander tried to move past Thornburg for second place. “Both of them raced door to door into turn three on the final lap and they made contact,” said Steele. “Both cars went spinning. Alexander did two 360 degree spins as Puckett and the rest of the field took evasive action.”

In the end it was Steele winning over Puckett, Josh Harwell, Alexander and Mike Walker. “Our late model car performs so well because of the K&N products we have been using for the past 5 years,” said Steele. “K&N gives us more horsepower to our engine that cannot be gained in any other way.”

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