Stephen Nasse is prepared to do whatever he needs to do if he’s in contention to win the Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday night. If that results in hard racing and hurt feelings, in Nasse’s words, “it sucks to suck.”
While appearing on Speed51’s The Morning Bullring on Monday, the Pinellas Park, Florida driver described what he’d do if he’s racing for the $10,000 victory in the inaugural Super Late Model All-Star Race.
“I mean, you guys know what’s going to happen. I’m going to race hard,” Nasse said. “Here in my later years, I’ve definitely gotten better at racing somebody hard without just flat out wrecking them. You know it’s going to be a hard race to the finish. I don’t want to wreck that guy. If it comes down to that, whatever happens, happens. It sucks to suck sometimes.
“But at the end of the day I know how much work goes into these race cars and that’s not my first thought is let’s just not give them no chance at all to save it. You know, I want to give him a chance, but at the same time I do it because I want to give myself a chance to come home with that money. You know, construction, it pays good. But it doesn’t feel too good working outside those 40 hour weeks in the heat, so if I come home with ten grand that’s five for me, and that means I might be able to take a week off of work and have a little vacation.”
The 10-year veteran of Super Late Model racing returned to form at Winchester Speedway this past weekend, dominating the World Stock Car Festival by picking up his first JEGS/CRA All-Stars Series victory and backing it up with the ARCA/CRA Super Series victory to cap off Labor Day Weekend.
“It speaks volumes about what we have going on, obviously,” Nasse stated. “It gives me a lot of hope going into (Winchester) 400 weekend, then you got Nashville which is kind of similar, has a lot of speed. So for Winchester I’m really excited. I knew after we won Bristol that we would have a good car going into Winchester and it obviously showed this weekend.”
But for Nasse, there’s one race that comes first: the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway, which will be held in the shadows of Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Brickyard 400 Weekend.
“Oh man, I don’t really even know what to expect honestly,” Nasse said. “I’ve never had the pleasure to see the place. I mean I’ve watched a few videos. I’ve been trying to do a little bit of research trying to figure it out the best I can so that way when we get there I’m not totally new. But unfortunately that’s just the way it’s going to have to be. Obviously it looks like a flatter race track. But I’ve been talking with my guys. We’ve been working with Terry Senneker a little bit. We’re going to get the car over to him, have him help us out, get it prepared and everything. Hopefully that will give us our best shot to go up there and have a good run because it’s tough to go to a new place.”
While Nasse hopes to put his Senneker car in Victory Lane on Saturday night, he knows that there’s going to be one particular driver with the same chassis that will be difficult to beat.
“I heard Campbell, whenever they have a race out there he does pretty good, and is always usually dominating them,” Nasse continued. “So, if I’m going to do anything I’m going to have to have something for him I hear, and you guys know that if it comes down to it if I have anything at least close enough when it comes down to it I’ll at least make it an exciting show. So hopefully, you know, we can just go there and have a good car, and come home with the ten grand because you know I don’t want to come home second.”
Fans who can’t be in Indianapolis in person to witness Nasse and all-stars from the Super Late Model world compete in the Speed51 Super Select will be able watch it via a live broadcast on the Speed51 Network. Monthly and yearly subscribers will be able to watch the race at no additional cost.
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-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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