Harrison Burton finished the 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in victory lane Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), while Stephen Nasse won the Super Late Model championship.
Burton started sixth in the 100-lap feature, racing his way into the top spot by lap 25 and running away with his third victory of the nine-night festival of speed. Meanwhile, Nasse’s second-place finish earned him the title, one spot ahead of 14-year-old Sam Mayer.
For Burton, his impressive display of speed throughout the week made for a fun nine days at the racetrack, and this was the icing on the cake.
“That is the best race car I’ve ever had in my whole life,” Burton said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast after the win. “That was awesome. It was a lot of fun. I think that we came here to win races, and when you get that done, it’s a lot of fun.
“There was a lot of friends and family watching, I want to give a big shoutout to them,” Burton added. “Really, really exciting stuff. That’s what we came down here to do, we came here to dominate.”
Meanwhile, Nasse claimed the World Series of Asphalt title, as his second-place finish was enough to edge out Sam Mayer by one marker.
“It was a really good week, overall,” Nasse said. “We struggled with the car a little bit during the week. We made some really positive adjustments and made some really good gains. It showed here tonight.
“It was tough to beat that 12 car [of Burton],” Nasse added. “It gives me déjà vu to running with [Chase] Elliott. It’s just the NASCAR kids are going to take over the Super Late Model world. We’re doing our best. We’re working hard, man. It’s definitely not from a lack of effort from these guys.”
Mayer was poised for the title after impressive consistency throughout the World Series. While the 14-year-old from Wisconsin did not win a race, his string of top-five finishes gave him the points lead entering the final night. However, a seventh-place finish dashed his title hopes.
Mayer was largely pleased with his showing throughout the week, which greatly exceeded his expectations entering the World Series.
“This week has been unbelievable,” Mayer told Speed51.com. “We’ve done so much and exceeded our expectations from what we wanted. We wanted a top-five finish by the end of the week. We killed that out of the box and got two seconds, two thirds, two fourths, and a seventh. It’s not the way we wanted to end, it’s a tough one to swallow, but it definitely was a lot of fun doing it.”
The World Series also marked Nasse’s debut with the Jett Concrete racing team. The change of scenery – and performance improvement throughout the week – left Nasse smiling at the end of the week.
“They definitely say that change is always good,” Nasse said. “This change has definitely turned out to be good so far. You definitely see me with that smile a lot more. It was a good change for us, and I’m happy as hell with it. So we’re going to the Rattler and hopefully winning us another Super Series championship and a lot more races.”
Burton will also be at the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, looking for redemption after a mistake on a late restart cost him the win in the 2017 edition of the race.
“My next Late Model race will be the Rattler, which will be really fun,” Burton said. “I made a mistake last year, and it cost us that race. I’m ready to improve and get better so we can take that one.”
As for Mayer, he is unsure when his next Super Late Model race will be. Most of his 2018 schedule is dedicated to driving a Late Model Stock car for JR Motorsports, along with other endeavors.
“If we can get a ride in this thing, that would be amazing for some big races,” Mayer said. “My 2018 season’s going to be mostly Late Model Stocks, Legends cars, and a little bit of ARCA and K&N when I turn 15.”
For a full rundown of Saturday’s action, click here to see our Trackside Now updates of the race.
-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
Super Late Model 100 Official Results
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) – February 17, 2018
Pos. # Driver
1 12B Harrison Burton
2 51 Stephen Nasse
3 58 Tyler Ankrum
4 9 Derek Kraus
5 66 Steve Wallace
6 7 Paul Shafer, Jr.
7 22 Sam Mayer
8 33 Carter Stokes
9 74 Ryan Moore
10 20 Anthony Sergi
11 6 Matt Wallace
12 9M Brad May
13 2 Darrell Gilchrist
14 24 Mason Diaz
15 98 Justin Ashburn
16 112 Steve Weaver
17 12G Derek Griffith
18 08 Nicholas Naugle
19 28 Jared Irvan
20 86 Chet Morrison
21 30 Fredrick Moore
22 12j Joe Graf, Jr.
23 24M Mike Dahm