Heading into Saturday’s inaugural Florida Fest 150, Steve Dorer’s last visit to victory lane came back in 2019 when he won an Outlaw Super Late Model feature at New Paris Speedway in Indiana. It had been even longer since he won in his native Florida, that coming at 4-17 Southern Speedway in 2017. With $15,000 on the line, he brought an extra tool to help him snap his winless streak at Showtime Speedway – a broom.
The former Redbud winner swept the night by setting fast time in Florida Fest qualifying before driving through the field from his eighth starting position to score the win and $15,000 at Showtime Saturday night. He methodically worked his way to the front, getting by Anthony Sergi with 50 laps to go after a spirited battle. Not even a late yellow was any match for Dorer, who skated away with the win in the inaugural event.
“First, I’ve got to thank God for tonight. I prayed during that long run and I’m a big believer of God. I believe he was here tonight along with my mom and Evan,” Dorer said on the Speed51.TV broadcast.
“I knew we had a good car. I got into Anthony (Sergi) there and got him sideways trying to cross him over. I checked up and let him get his spot back, I didn’t want to pass him that way. I enjoyed racing with Stephen Nasse on the restart, he raced me clean and with respect.”
After taking his self-owned car to the first Triple Crown race at Showtime two weeks ago, he returned to the Pinellas Park, FL facility with the FLF Racecars house car owned by Tim Curry. Dorer showed speed in three starts with the No.90 in 2020, and he felt like it was a matter of time before he took that car to victory lane.
“Our other car was good here then and we came back here with this car. Tim Curry and FLF Racecars provided an awesome race car. All weekend it’s been fast, it was a joy to drive. It’s been fast at a lot of places we’ve been. Finish Line’s been working hard and I feel like he’s gotten his race cars back to where they’re competitive again.”
Southern Super Series stalwarts Stephen Nasse, Kyle Plott and Jeremy Pate engaged in a round of bumper tag in the final 20 laps as they battled for second around the tight quarter-mile. The hometown favorite Nasse prevailed to take the runner-up spot for the second-straight race held at Showtime.
Similar to the Triple Crown race held two weeks ago, Nasse had to start deep in the field after missing the mark in qualifying, starting 13th in the event.
“We started a little bit further back in the field, it was a little tough. I messed up qualifying myself, so it’s all on me,” Nasse said. “I tried to put the best show I could for the fans. It’s really nice to be here in my hometown. I wish I was one spot better but I guess two is my lucky number here.”
Kyle Plott and Jeremy Pate settled behind Nasse in third and fourth. Former Showtime Speedway track champion George Gorham, Jr. rounded out the top-five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 / Will Bellamy
Showtime Speedway – Florida Fest 150 Results:
- Steve Dorer
- Stephen Nasse
- Kyle Plott
- Jeremy Pate
- George Gorham Jr
- Evan Shotko
- Cody Stickler
- Nick Neri
- Anthony Sergi
- Michael Goddard
- Jake Garcia
- Michael Atwell
- Dave Killian
- Daniel Keene Jr
- Jett Noland
- Kyle McCallum
- Jeff Scofield
- Rich Bickle
- Austin Maynard
- Jesse Dutilly
- Michael Hinde
- Chris Fontaine