The Northwest racing community is mourning the loss of Scott Steinbach after he passed away Wednesday. Steinbach was a long-time member of the short track racing community who served as a tech official, car owner and advocate for short track racing.
Steinbach, 47, was involved in short track racing for over 20 years. He leaves behind two children, RJ and Allison, along with his girlfriend Kay Harris.
Steinbach served as a tech official at tracks like Stateline Speedway (ID), Montana Raceway Park (MT), Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WA), Spokane County Raceway (WA) and the Northwest Super Late Model Series. During his time as a tech official, he was respected for work and his positive attitude.
He also spent time on the other side of the spectrum as a car owner and crew member. He loved short track racing and being at the track every Saturday. He was known for being a happy guy that always had a smile on his face.
Steinbach was taking on a new position with the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2019 as the lead tech inspector. Officials with the NWSLMS released the following statement on his passing:
“Our racing family is deeply saddened to announce that our Technical Inspector, Scott Steinbach, passed away unexpectedly today in Wenatchee. In recent weeks our Technical Director, Dan Garber, and myself had been in discussions with Scott to expand his role and move him towards leading our inspection efforts on race day. The racing community meant a great deal to Scott and we know that his friends at the various tracks he assisted and race teams that he supported will miss him as much as our series will. We mourn his loss and offer thoughts and prayers to his family.”
Services will be announced in the coming days. Fans, co-workers and supporters are encouraged to leave a note to honor Scott on the NWLSMS Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/NWSLMS/.
-Story by: Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor
-Photo credit: Bent Wheel Backyard Racing