Stephen Nasse is known for leaving everything he has out on the race track. In just under one month, Nasse will be bringing his electrifying style of racing back to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida with the hopes of winning the 51stAnnual Snowball Derby.
Nasse will be piloting the No. 51 Super Late Model out of the Jett Motorsports stable, along-side his teammate Jeff Choquette for one last time this season at the coveted Derby. Nasse’s confidence comes from a successful season, with one race in particular, the Mobile 300.
“Well obviously the most success I’ve had was at Mobile. I’ve been close all season, a couple second place finishes and definitely up-front runs and maybe a couple DNF’s. But with the Mobile 300 a couple weeks ago obviously it being the same amount of laps as the Derby gives a good confidence boost going into that. I beat some of the best that weekend.”
Having the practice in the long race resulting in a win is a step in the right direction for the team. The two-car team has been successful all year beating some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country.
“I feel like my car, not even just my car but my whole team has been on top of their game. My teammate Jeff Choquette won the Winchester 400 and I feel like we had the best two race cars at the race track.”
With only a few races of the season left, teams are putting all of their efforts into having a strong car for the Snowball Derby.
“It’s been a really good few weeks for us. Leading up the Derby I have the Governor’s cup before, which will hopefully give me another win. If not a top five run, I truly believe. Which will help us going into the Derby.”
The 23-year-old driver says the Derby is unlike any other race on the schedule.
“The Derby is so hard to even learn anything off of it because you’re so much in the moment. Thinking about that one deal because you know that it a survival game, and that people are willing to wreck you to win that race. You know that if you’re up front and you have somebody fast on your bumper you’re in trouble. So, I mean it’s a tough race to do and it’s not like any of the other races.”
Knowing that the Derby is such a wild ride is nerve-wracking for the drivers and team members. But the feeling of victory for the biggest short track race in the United States is a feeling that all drivers crave.
“I mean obviously being the most prestigious race it would mean everything to us, it would complete our season. It would be the cherry on top, the icing on the cake. It would be a big deal for us.”
The 51st Annual Snowball Derby will take place on Wednesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 2 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. For more information regarding the event, visit Snowball Central presented by Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants.
-By Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Correspondent - Twitter: @2KendraAdams
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