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Drivers get the green flag for the start of the USAC Silver Crown auto race Thursday, May 10, 2007, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Sprint car driver David Steele was killed in Florida speedway crash


Sprint car driver David Steele was killed in a crash during a race in Florida Saturday. 

Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. 

"Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends who were all in attendance, to see him try to win his 100th Florida race," Desoto Speedway officials said in the Facebook post.

Steele, 42, was attempting to win his 100th race in Florida when the wreck happened during the opening lap of Saturday night's Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.

Steele was driving a sprint car when the left front wheel of his vehicle struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing his vehicle to fly into the air, spin 180 degrees and hit the retaining wall, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. 

Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. 

Drivers have been posting tributes to Steele on social media since his death. 

Steel was "a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club's most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s," the USAC said in a release

He also drove in three IndyCar Series and two NASCAR Busch Series races during his career. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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