Jeff Steckler was born
in Bismarck, ND, raised on a dairy/grain farm in Elgin, ND. On the
farm, Jeff had to know how to fix anything and everything. Jeff
learned many mechanical abilities on that old John Deere. He attended
grades K-12 in the same building in the metropolis of Elgin (population
of 900 during the week and almost 1,200 on the weekend). Jeff completed
an Associates degree in Occupational Therapy at the Academy of Health
Sciences in San Antonio, TX. He also went through a nursing and
respiratory therapy program at another college. Jeff is now the
owner and business operator of a physical rehabilitation center
in Modesto, CA. www.progressivetherapy.com
Jeff’s auto racing history started when his dad gave him
the "old" family car when he was just 14. It was a two-door
1972 Chevelle. Jeff started out doing the quarter mile drag racing
stuff, working up through the local ranks. After moving back to
California in 1990, he and a friend built up an Enduro car. Jeff
was instantly hooked on circle track racing.
After Enduro racing, Jeff raced at Stockton 99 Speedway. He finished
16th in points, only making 1/3 of the races. He sold that car to
the friend who got him into racing in the first place, and became
the team's (Sons of Thunder Motorsports) Crew Chief. He did that
for 3 years. Next, Jeff bought an American Race Truck. First year
out, he finished 4th in the points. He stayed in the top-ten in
points all three seasons. He sold the race truck and found a great
home with Campbell Racing as the Crew Chief.
Next, Jeff couldn't stay away from behind the wheel,
so he bought an American Race Truck. First year out, he finished
4th in the points. He stayed in the top-ten in points all three
seasons, but as usual with any racing, he ran out of time and money.
He sold the race truck and found a great home with Campbell Racing
as the Crew Chief.
Jeff has been married for 20 years to a beautiful
woman, Melissa, and has 4 wonderful children. Without her support
and understanding, he would not be able to go racing. The most important
thing in Jeff’s life is his walk with Jesus. Jeff is quite
involved with the leadership at his local church, First Baptist
of Modesto. www.fbcmodesto.com
He is a member of the local Rotary club, the Modesto Chamber of
Commerce and has served as committee chair.