Roscoe, Illinois driver Austin Nason has big things in store for the 2015 racing season. The 19-year-old has a full schedule and a number of goals he’d like to accomplish along the way as he continues his climb up the racing ladder. One of those goals is to win two big events within 24 hours this weekend starting with the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS 7-Up 100 at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio. This event will air live on 51 TV.
This weekend, he will run his Super Late Model at Toledo on Saturday and will then head home to Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Illinois to compete in the Spring Classic season opener for the Big 8 Series.
“We have been preparing for this weekend since we got home from Florida,” Nason recently told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Last weekend, we went and tested at Rockford Speedway. The test went well. The car was fast and had good speed on the long runs.
“Our new Lefthander Chassis car is almost done for Toledo. We haven’t raced there yet, but looking forward to going there later this week. I heard that there is a lot of side-by-side racing and it’s a fast momentum track.”
Nason and his team plan on racing at many different places throughout the Midwest and the South hoping to get his name out there this year.
The 19-year-old from Roscoe, Illinois grew up around auto racing. His father, Fred Nason, is a former championship driver at Rockford Speedway. Austin would help his dad in the pits or assist around the tracks in any capacity, including garbage collection at the famous Oktoberfest Race Weekend.
In the last five years, he has moved up from running Sportsman cars at Rockford to running Super Late Models around the Midwest.
Last year, he finished second in the Big 8 Series point standings with three wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 10 starts. Those victories came at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisconsin, Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota, and the season finale Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
He also made three starts in the ARCA Midwest Tour.
Earlier this year, Nason made the trip south to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) to compete in the Pro Late Model and Super Late Model divisions. He made three starts in his Super Late Model with one top-five and two top-ten finishes. He also made four starts in his Pro Late Model where he picked up a win along with three top-five and three top-10 finishes.
With all of this seat time, Nason continues to be a student behind the wheel.
“There’s been a lot I have learned outside of Rockford, especially when you get to start in the bigger races,” Nason explained. “I have learned to save my tires, realize I can’t win on the first lap and how to be patient with the other drivers.
“Saving tires has been the hardest for me. Because I was so used to just going right at the start of the races. But, this past year, I have learned a lot about saving your tires and car for the end.”
This weekend at Toledo Speedway, he has high expectations for himself.
“I expect to run up front and be there for the win in both events,” Nason exclaimed. “I would be happy with a top-five finish in both races.”
You can watch Austin Nason make his run to the front this Saturday by seeing the 7-Up 100 in person at Toledo Speedway or watching the live 51TV pay-per-view broadcast.
-By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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