One year ago saw Stephen Nasse record his best finish ever in the Snowball Derby when he survived all of the mayhem to finish sixth.  Since then Nasse has had nothing but bad luck just about every time he’s gone to the race track.  Crashes, flat tires, parts failures, you name it and Nasse has had it happen this year.


But the Pinellas Park, Florida driver has at least been fast every time he’s gone to the race track, and that has him still feeling confident as he heads back to Pensacola, Florida for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.


“I want to go in and win like I do at every race,” said Nasse.  “But I’m going in looking to get a top five and come out with a whole race car and something that we can bring to Speedweeks.  That would be ideal.”


Nasse said his goal is a top five because this year’s entry list is as strong as he’s ever seen for the Derby, a race that usually brings the best of the best anyway.


“I’ve been looking at this entry list and this field is looking stout,” he said.  “It’s the biggest field I’ve ran in so far just with the drivers in it.  It’s going to be good.  A lot of people have stepped up their programs.”


The first time Nasse will hit the track at Five Flags in preparation for the Derby will be on Thursday, December 3, the first practice day of the week.  Nasse hasn’t done any testing and he doesn’t plan on it either.


“The track changes by the day,” he said.  “The people that are testing are going to get a little bit of help.   But you have to get your car working that weekend, so that’s what we’re focusing on.  We’re doing things at the shop that can help us.  We’ll go down there that weekend and see if we can get it rolling.”


The question now for Nasse is how does he overcome the bad luck that has plagued him this year to achieve his goal of a top five finish?


“All we can do is try to get out ahead of it and out run it,” said Nasse.  “Everything just has to come together.  You have to make it the whole race and stay out of all the trouble.  You saw how many cars got taken out last year.  So you’ve got to make it near the end and then worry about where you are with 50 to go.”


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Nasse Seeking to Shake Off Bad Luck at Snowball Derby