Big names descended on the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway (FL) Saturday night for the Hart to Heart Breast Cancer 100, a race described by many as a tune up for the 51st Annual Florida Governor’s Cup on November 13.
2015 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant, young phenome Cole Anderson and Florida racing legend Jeff Choquette joined local favorites Anthony Sergi, David Rogers and Stephen Nasse in the garage area.
Nasse, who took over the lead from his chief rival Dalton Sargeant in a power move on lap six, drove away from the field and never looked back, only halted briefly for a handful of cautions throughout the night.
“It’s really nice to get acclimated going into the (Florida) Governor’s Cup. I really think we made some gains, so we kind of know what the track is going to do when certain things happen,” Nasse said. “That’s what you’ve got to do, build a notebook, so we’ll see what happens. It was a really good run today for the guys.”
In an emotional victory lane interview with Speed51.com, he briefly discussed how much winning this race meant to him having lost his grandmother to breast cancer.
“My Grandmother passed away 15 years ago on Halloween night from breast cancer, so it feels really good to get out here and win this one, especially with the Hart to Heart Foundation deal, and we’re going to donate all our winnings from tonight,” Nasse stated. “It just feels really good, I know my grandma is watching down on me now, and it just feels really good to get the win for her.”
Tyler Ankrum finished second after nearly getting tangled up in an incident with Cole Anderson on lap 85.
“I learned a lot definitely and I had a lot of fun,” Ankrum said. “We were really good on the long runs, but we kept having brake failures for 20 or 30 laps in a row and the brakes started getting really soft, and I couldn’t get the car slowed down getting into the corner. I thought we had something for the 51 (Nasse) on the short run in the end, but I learned a lot. I’d just like to congratulate Nasse on his win. We’ll see what we got next month at Governor’s Cup.”
Dalton Sargeant was unhappy with his third-place finish, but took solace in the knowledge his team gained in preparing for the Governor’s Cup weekend.
“Obviously, we’re a little bit disappointed with the result. We’re always coming out here trying to win,” Sargeant said. “But at the same time, it’s a great starting place for us in the Governor’s Cup. We just struggled finding grip here with the rear tires at first, with the restart on the bottom, and then as the run went on I started to get really tight after about lap 50 and it almost felt like we burnt the right front tire off it as well, so we got some things we really should work on for when we come back here, but we got a good base line for right now and I’m really looking forward to it.”
After an action-packed night of racing, the real winner was the Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation that was able to raise thousands in the name of helping local women battling breast cancer, including the $3,000 purse winner Stephen Nasse donated.
More information and interviews from Saturday night’s race at New Smyrna Speedway can be seen by visiting 51’s Trackside Now.
Next on the schedule for New Smyrna Speedway is the Florida Governor’s Cup weekend, November 11-13. The lineup will feature two nights of racing including the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Bombers, and Sportsman, culminating in the 51st Annual Florida Governor’s Cup Super Late Model 200.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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Hart To Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 100 Unofficial Results
New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna, Florida
October 29, 2016
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