Stephen Nasse Scores New Smyrna World Series Crown

Stephen Nasse captured his first Super Late Model title this past weekend at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. Photo by Jim Dupont

A little over a week ago, Stephen Nasse pulled into Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway with a few question marks.

Even though he was set for action with his new team, Jett Concrete Motorsports, Nasse was confident they would get things started off on the right foot.

Fast-forward a whole week and the confidence is overflowing for the Pinellas Park, Florida, native.

Nasse won the opening-night Super Late Model feature as part of the 52nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and followed that with six straight top-five finishes, which was enough to hand him the crown by a mere one point over Sam Mayer.

“It was a little bit difficult, our first week working together, things are always going to be a little bit rocky at the start,” Nasse said of his relationship with his new team. “I had worked with the Jett guys once or twice before, but a few of the guys, it was my first time seeing them. It took us a couple of days to get adjusted. I had to learn them and they had to learn me.”

Nasse’s week got started on the right foot with the victory, but he wasn’t necessarily pleased with the way he concluded the week. He was hungry to win even more.

“We were actually really lucky that first night, we had some clean air and we had a good starting spot,” Nasse said. “It’s kinda hard when people are behind others and have some dirty air. We had a good car.”

Although some of the top stars of the short-track level competed during the week — including Harrison Burton, who won the 100-lap finale Saturday night – Nasse was able to outlast them all, including Mayer, his closest challenger.

“It’s definitely one of the strongest fields for the whole week, normally the heavy hitters don’t come until the end of the week,” Nasse said. “But guys like Burton and Ty Majeski – they made it tough. All I can do is keep trying my best and giving the feedback that I can. I just keep driving the tires off it.”

Finally – after what felt like forever for the 23-year-old – he finds himself a champion in the record books of the World Series at New Smyrna.

“My girlfriend asked me why I wasn’t excited, she said it was something I had been shooting for,” Nasse said. “I spent so much time, I’ve been running it since I was like 13. I came down to one point from winning the title before, and in my mind, I had already won this championship, it just wasn’t there on the books.”

“A couple hours after the race, it started to hit me a little more. I wanted to go in there and win as many races as possible. At the end of the day, they didn’t have anything on the championship rules that said you had to win X amount of races to win the title.”

Other winners on Saturday night included Cole Anderson in Pro Late Models, Patrick Thomas in Sportsman and Wayne Parker in Florida Modifieds.

World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, FL
Race Results – February 17, 2018

Super Late Model 100
1. Harrison Burton
2. Stephen Nasse
3. Tyler Ankrum
4. Derek Kraus
5. Steve Wallace
6. Paul Shafer, Jr.
7. Sam Mayer
8. Carter Stokes
9. Ryan Moore
10. Anthony Sergi
11. Matt Wallace
12. Brad May
13. Darrell Gilchrist
14. Mason Diaz
15. Justin Ashburn
16. Steve Weaver
17. Derek Griffith
18. Nicholas Naugle
19. Jared Irvan
20. Chet Morrison
21. Fredrick Moore
22. Joe Graf, Jr.
23. Mike Dahm

Pro Late Models
1. Cole Anderson
2. Mike Skinner
3. Corey Heim
4. Jackson Boone
5. David Weaver
6. Peter McVey
7. Nicholas Naugle
8. Bubba Pollard
9. Kevyn Terry
10. Michael Clancy, Jr.

1. Patrick Thomas
2. Matthew Green
3. Earl Beckner
4. Timmy Todd, Jr.
5. Jeff Colburn
6. George Alexander
7. Sean Bass
8. D.J. Farr
9. George Dahm
10. Michael Soukup
11. Mike Dahm
12. Rick Ciriello
DQ: Jason Vail

Florida Modifieds
1. Wayne Parker
2. Jerry Symons
3. Josh Todd
4. Kevyn Terry
5. Bruce Bennett, Jr.
6. L.B. Skaggs
7. Shane Reiss
8. Ben Bosowski
9. Alan Bruns
10. Matthew Wheeler


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