Showtime Speedway concluded its Ice Crusher weekend Sunday afternoon with some of the nation’s top Super Late Model stars in attendance. At the end of the day, Florida native Anthony Sergi held off a strong field of Super Late Model stars to claim the $10,000 payday.
On his way to victory lane, Sergi defeated the likes of Jesse Dutilly, Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse and many of Central Florida’s best.
“It feels great to beat some of the big names that were in the field; Jesse Dutilly, Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse,” Sergi said. “It feels really good to get a win out here at Showtime. So it’s really awesome.
“You definitely feel (the pressure). Jesse Dutilly, in the Central Florida Area, he’s a big name down here at these short tracks; he just has so much grip off. But I definitely think we had the car dialed in and I’m just really excited that we were able to keep it out front.”
Dutilly held on to second, fending off a hard-charging Bubba Pollard.
“The car was a lot better than it’s been here in the past,” Dutilly stated. “We didn’t get a good qualifying run in so I think we qualified 10th. Once the race started we just drove right up there to the lead. Sergi’s car was just so strong. He held on and didn’t fade at all. So, I’m happy we finished second but at the same time we’re going to go home and try to make it better.”
While Pollard didn’t pick up the victory, he was happy with a podium finish at a track he had never been to before.
“It was a lot of fun to come somewhere different like a tight little bullring like this,” Pollard said. “It keeps you on your toes. You gotta be on your game, so it was a lot of fun. We get lazy at some of them bigger tracks. So, yeah, we just missed it a little bit. We were just a little tight off really the whole time we’ve been here and during the race it was hard to pass. We took a little bit too much motor out of it. I could get under those guys but couldn’t finish it. So, just part of it. We learned, had some fun, and we’ll have to come back and do it again.”
Stephen Nasse finished fifth on the day, fading late after a long battle with Bubba Pollard.
“It was a lot of fun racing; we just ended up having a couple of flat tires come up.” Nasse said. “I was on the outside of that No .26 car (Pollard) and I don’t know, he couldn’t keep it up off the bottom I guess, and he ended up getting into me a couple of times. But I’m sure we’ll go back and forth. It is what it is, good hard racing and there’ll be more to come.”
With a big victory under his belt, Sergi will now look forward to another big race coming up in less than a month.
“My next race will be at The Rattler and then the weekend after that will be the next $10,000 race here. Hopefully we can get two back to back here and also go race with the big guys up at Opp.”
The Super Late Models will return to Showtime Speedway March 28, for the third leg of their triple crown series with another $10,000 payday on the line.
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-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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