Stephen Nasse returned to racing in grand style on Saturday night, picking up his third win of 2020 in the COVID-119 at Showtime Speedway. The win came after an opportunity to make a start at the track located is his hometown of Pinellas Park, Florida, a five-minute drive from his house.
Nasse was second quick in qualifying and worked his way through the field, passing Michael Atwell in the waning laps to score the win. The race didn’t come without its fair share of challenges, when a front-end issue nearly sent he and the Jett Motorsports team to pit road on multiple occasions. Circumstances kept them from going down pit road during the race, something that Nasse was grateful for once the race had ended.
“The weekend went well for us. We had a good race throughout the whole night, we were able to work up to about P4 by about lap 40,” Nasse told Speed51. “I had thought I had a sway bar or something come unhooked, like a right front shock go bad, something in the front end just didn’t feel right. Me and my team were debating on coming in and getting it fixed because I felt like we still had enough time to come through the field, I just felt like we didn’t have a car that could win the race.
“Thankfully, we weren’t able to come in, every time we were about to come in they threw the one to green. Thankfully, we stayed out and were able to get the lead from Atwell there and run away from it.”
It was Nasse’s first race since the CARS Super Late Model Tour season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 7. He admitted having no fans in the stands felt different, especially considering Showtime is his home track and he is normally accustomed to having a big fanbase of friends, family and other fans in attendance to cheer him on.
“It always feels good to get back behind the wheel of a race car anytime, no matter where you are or what kind of car you’re driving, I always enjoy it. It was nice to get out there and cut loose and relax and have some fun at the same time. It’s nice only being five minutes away from that racetrack. My team’s still in Jacksonville so it’s a couple hours for them. Unfortunately, the fans couldn’t come out this time but usually we would have so many fans, friends and family out there. But again, at the end of the night it only took me a few minutes to get home, get in the shower and get to bed, that’s always nice.”
Saturday’s COVID 119 win marked his third victory of 2020, after wins in the Pro Late Model race at CRA SpeedFest and a Super Late Model win on Night #6 of the World Series of Asphalt. He feels he is well on his way to his goal for the 2020 season, with several chances to earn more wins as racing continues to return.
“That’s number three for us on the season. I told my guys and my friends I really wanted to hit that ten-win mark this year and I definitely believe we can do it. I want a few of those wins to be big wins, too,” he stated. “We’re on our way to it and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Rattler, a place where I’ve had a lot of success at and hopefully get number four.”
Super Late Models – COVID 119 Results:
- Stephen Nasse
- Jesse Dutilly
- George Gorham Jr
- Anthony Sergi
- Michael Goddard
- Cody Stickler
- Collin Allman
- Michael Atwell
- Chase Lovelady
- Steven King
- Keith Zavrel
- Travis Wilson
- Dustin Dunn
- Jamie King
- Daniel Webster
- Nick Neri
- David King
- Robert Yoho
- Chris Fontaine
- LJ Grimm
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Rowdy Manufacturing