Fresh off a strong showing during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, Stephen Nasse is prepared to tame South Alabama Speedway and meet the rattlesnake in victory lane at the Rattler 250.
The 20-year-old Super Late Model racer will make his way to South Alabama Speedway with the DLP Motorsports team for the Southern Super Series season opener on Sunday, March 20.
“So far this season we have been consistent. That gives us a lot of confidence heading into the Rattler,” Nasse said. “We were very strong all week long during Speedweeks and stayed out of trouble. So I’m hoping to keep that up and most importantly get a win.”
A win at the Rattler isn’t out of the question for the Pinellas Park, Florida driver. Over the past two years he has captured two top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place finish in 2014. He also qualified second for the race one year ago and started the race from the outside of the front row.
“Our motor and equipment package seems to work well there,” said Nasse. “I like the way the track drives throughout the daylight conditions, all those things seem to play well in our favor.”
While Nasse has found success at South Alabama Speedway as of late, when it gets right down to it, anything less than a win would be considered a disappointment. Now a veteran of Super Late Model racing, he has a new focus for 2016.
“Anything short of a win wouldn’t be a success,” explained Nasse. “At this point in my career I’ve settled for good finishes while trying to earn the respect from my fellow competitors, but now everyone is getting younger and I don’t have anything to prove so all I’m concerned with is winning.”
Nasse acknowledges the stiff competition that he’s up against and knows that earning his first win of 2016 is easier said than done. Not only is he up against the best of the best in Super Late Model racing, but he also must survive 250-laps at South Alabama Speedway to put himself in a position to take the checkers.
“You have to qualify up front and stay out of trouble in the long races,” said Nasse. “Logging laps are important and then hoping for a shot to win at the end. If we can be around at the end, I’m confident we’ll have the DLP Motorsports machine up front battling for the win.”
The Rattler 250 weekend kicks off with practice and qualifying on Saturday, March 19 and concludes with the 40th annual Rattler 250 on Sunday, March 20. Race fans unable to attend the race at South Alabama Speedway can watch Nasse live via an online television-style broadcast on Speed51.com.