Despite the cold and rainy weather in the New Smyrna Beach area of Florida lately, 14-year-old Stephen Nasse was hot on the track during the 2010 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Earning two victories and a fourth-place finish in the Crate / ASA Late Model division, Nasse continued to show the competition he is a force to be reckoned with on the track.
In one of the best races in years at the track, Nasse fought tooth and nail with the competition on the first night of feature-racing action. Passing the competition on the high side, he used his skills to wheel his car from seventh to the lead and into victory lane.
“The car has been great since we unloaded it,” said Nasse after that race. “It was real fast in practice. This was the last car that Eddie Brann built before he died last year. It was just super fast. I think Sean Bass might have had something for me, but I held my own and drove to the checkered flag.
“I would like to dedicate the win to the memory of “Uncle” Eddie as well as my sister Whitney, who recently had surgery.”
It didn’t take long for Nasse to celebrate once again just two nights later. After a side-by-side battle for the top spot with Austin Kirkpatrick, Nasse finished second by a few feet, but was declared the legal winner in post-race tech, giving him an early lead in the points.
Weather shortened up the Crate / ASA Late Model series to just four races, which initially favored Nasse, but trouble on the last two nights for reasons out of his control dropped him to fourth in the final title standings.
“I am happy,” explained Nasse. “Speedweeks didn’t turn out exactly the way we wanted, but we learned a lot and went to victory lane in two of the four Crate / ASA Late Model races. Kurt Jett shut his car off in front of me on the third race and I got sent to the back during the yellow. I do not think that was fair, but there is nothing I can do about that now.”
Besides the four Crate / ASA Late Model features, Nasse entered two Super Late Model races, learning what it takes to move up to the heavier cars. Even though he was involved in a few incidents on the track that kept him from finishing both races in the top five, he was pleased with the performance of the car and his team.
“The Super Late Model was really fast. I was really happy with the Pletcher Racing #51 car and I learned a lot that will translate over to future races this season.”
With the Florida Speedweeks in the rear-view mirror, Nasse now looks towards South Alabama Speedway’s 34th Annual Rattler weekend, where he will once again pilot two cars, racing in Saturday’s Pro Late Model 125, then Sunday’s Super Late Model 250.
“I am coming into this race somewhat blind,” said Nasse. “I just learned this week that we are going. We didn’t initially have any plans past Speedweeks. I will be in Pletcher Racing cars though and we have learned so much as a team with communication. That translates into speed and confidence for everyone on the team. I have also done well at tracks where I have no initial knowledge of the track or event, so we are looking for two strong runs at the Rattler.”
The 34th Annual Rattler weekend takes place at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Alabama, March 5th – 7th.
For more information on Stephen Nasse, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 788-2134, and be on the lookout for the brand new Stephen Nasse website, coming soon.