Berlin No Problem For Steele
September 23, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
“As soon as we unloaded this afternoon, I told my crew chief Tom (Sokoloski) that the HS Die-SofTech Ford was going to be good,” said Steele in victory lane. “This just feels extra good to win in front of my hometown fans. I really believe we’re on track to get this team back to where it was when we were winning a lot. It’s no doubt another step in that direction. This’ll definitely help build momentum for Charlotte.”
Early in the race points leader Frank Kimmel felt like he did not have the right car setup.
“The car was loose and then we had to make that extra stop for a new tire; but once we go that behind us, it seemed like we were starting to catch the leaders there at the end; but hey, no excuses; Tim (Steele) drove a great race and deserved the win,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel, who started from the pole, wrapped up his third ARCA RE/MAX series championship in four seasons by finishing third.
“We locked up the championship so we’ve got plenty to celebrate over here,” said Kimmel. “Just like to thank my car owner Larry Clement, ET Sharp, my brother and crew chief Bill, all our sponsors’ Advance Auto Parts and the folks from the Pork Producers Council for all their support.”
The only contender to grab the win from Steele was rookie Chad Blount, who finished second, .528 seconds behind the leader.
Jeff Finley finished fourth, just ahead of Jason Jarrett.
Shelby Howard, who is the youngest driver in ARCA history at sixteen years of age, had an impressive finish in sixth place.
The ARCA RE/MAX series returns to action in two weeks at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.