It may have only been 100 laps, but Saturday's Marion Edwards Memorial 100 was one of the most difficult wins of Stephen Nasse's career.
The 19-year-old driver from Pinellas Park, FL was battling a bug of some sort all day long while he was at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), but he was still able to top the talented field of drivers in one of the track's most prestigious races.
"I couldn't keep down any fluids the day of the race and I was so dehydrated," he said. "I actually had to get oxygen from the ambulance earlier that day just because I didn't have any energy in me whatsoever. I was just drained. I don't know what was wrong, but by lap 50 I was dead."
But that didn't keep Nasse from fighting all the way to the end to score the win over David Rogers.
"It was definitely one of the most physically draining races I've ever been in even though it was only 100 laps," he said. "But the way my body was prepared for it that day it definitely put a toll on me that's for sure. Other than that we had a smooth, nice car and everything turned out pretty great."
Nasse was at New Smyrna testing things out for the upcoming Governor's Cup 200 at the end of November. He qualified eighth, but would start fourth after a redraw.
"We got a good initial start and then rode behind Jeff (Scofield) for about 25 laps or so and then ended up getting by him," he said. "From that point on we just had to cruise out front."
Nasse isn't sure when he'll be in the car next. He said it could be this weekend at Auburndale Speedway (FL), but that's only if he's feeling better. Otherwise he said he'll be back in action at Winchester Speedway (IN) for the Winchester 400.
The Winchester 400 is a race that Nasse is excited to race, because he feels he can get a win there.
"I'm looking forward to Winchester," he said. "We've had a lot of great cars there. We've definitely had top five cars there every time we've been there."