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Steele Wins ARCA Winn Dixie 300

October 10, 1998

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) _ Tim Steele drove from third to first with one momentous pass Saturday, then went on to a victory in the ARCA Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Racing onto the long back straightaway on the 99th of 113 laps on the 2.66-mile, high-banked Talladega oval, Steel trailed leader Matt Hutter and Tim Fedewa. Midway down the backstretch, Fedewa made a move inside Hutter and Steele followed suit, making it three-wide heading into the third turn.

By the time the cars emerged from the fourth turn, Steele’s Ford was in command. Fedewa crashed after blowing a tire on lap 101, and Hutter came up about two car-lengths short as Steele grabbed a record 20th superspeedway victory and his 34th career ARCA stock car win.

The 30-year-old racer from Coopersville, Mich., started from the pole and led three times for 74 laps, averaging 119.925 mph in the race slowed by six caution periods for 41 laps. It was his fourth Talladega win, tying him for second in the ARCA record book with Davey Allison and just one victory behind Grant Adcox.

Steele did fall out of the top 10 for a while after pitting while leading on lap 69, but charged back through the field to get back into contention.

Frank Kimmel finished seventh, clinching his first ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series championship. His closest rival in the points race, Mark Gibson, crashed hard on lap 27. Gibson, who sustained a broken left hand, a bruised chest and a broken or sprained left ankle, was taken to a Birmingham hospital for further examination.

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