Stephen Nasse Backs Up Speedweeks
Success With Pro Rattler Runner-Up Finish
Florida Driver Leads the Most Laps and Comes
Home Second at South Alabama Speedway
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14-year old Stephen Nasse got his Late Model start running “Crate Lates” around Central Florida in 2009 - where he posted several solid top- five finishes and grabbed a couple of wins. When the 2010 season rolled around, Nasse and his Stephen Nasse Racing team decided to kick it up a notch and focus on the Pro Late Model realm. It didn’t take Nasse long to prove he’s got what it takes as he posted two wins, five top-10 finishes in seven races when the season began during Florida Speedweeks in February. March is starting off just as well for the young driver, as now he’s got a second place finish in the Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway to add to that list.
Nasse led 80 laps of the 125 lap feature before surrendering the lead on a late race restart and finishing third on the track, behind two hot-=shoes with several years of experience on the track – Korey Ruble and Bubba Pollard. The race didn’t end at the finish line though, as Nasse was awarded the second place trophy after the race when Pollard was disqualified.
“It was a fun race,” said Nasse. “I really thought I was coming home with a first place finish but there’s always next year. I really like this track and hopefully we can come back. It was really great coming out here and seeing what this is all about and we’re definitely going to try and make it back out here some more this season and maybe we can get a win then.”
Nasse’s second place finish was impressive for his age and experience level but what was truly astonishing was that neither he nor his crew chief had ever even seen the track before they unloaded for practice on Friday.
“Actually, we have learned a lot this weekend,” explained Nasse. “The car got better the more and more we got it going out. We worked hard to watch what it was doing so we could keep getting it better all weekend and it was good on long and short runs so we really got it right in the end for the race.”
Although he’s got a full season of racing ahead of him, Nasse can’t wait to bring his #51 machine back to South Alabama Speedway to take another shot at making one of their famous trophies, featuring a preserved snake head, his own.
“We’ll definitely have more experience here when we come back,” commented Nasse. “And we’ll know a little bit more about the track so maybe we can get a win. I mean, we led the most laps out here tonight so we’ll see what next time will be like.”
Stephen Nasse will be running a full schedule of Pro Late Model and Super Late Model events during the 2009 season and be on the lookout for the brand new Stephen Nasse website, coming soon.
Stephen Nasse's #51 Pro Late Model.
Stephen Nasse after the race.