Day two of the World Stock Car Festival saw a familiar scene during the ARCA/CRA Super Series race as Stephen Nasse cruised to his second win in as many days at Winchester Speedway. The Florida driver was nearly untouchable after taking the lead as he put the finishing touches on a weekend sweep after winning Sunday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race.
Nasse set fast time in qualifying Sunday and started fifth after the invert. He wasted no time moving through the field, having worked to second in the first 25 laps. He rode behind defending series champion Josh Brock for several laps before making the pass for the lead right at the halfway point. It was easy-going for Nasse after taking the lead as he went unchallenged the rest of the way for his second ARCA/CRA Super Series win of the year.
“It was a wild weekend for us, honestly. The race kind of played out the same way as the Pro race, we were able to get out front and take control,” Nasse told Speed51.com. “The car was on kill, it didn’t miss a beat, it didn’t really spin the tires, I think everything’s pretty fresh.”
A pair of victories on the high-banked oval has Nasse excited for next month’s Winchester 400 and other big races coming up at the end of the season. Only competing in Pro Late Model events sparingly, pulling the sweep had extra meaning to the 2017 Southern Super Series champion.
“I’m really looking forward to the 400, I kind of had to lay back there at the end just in case of a late-race caution that never came,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the longer races that are coming up at the end of the season and it should be a good one.
“I’ve never been able to do this before, we don’t run the Pro cars too often,” he continued. “It’s a different kind of high so it definitely feels really good to know we had the best two cars overall.”
While Nasse and the Jett Concrete crew celebrated in victory lane, tempers flared on the frontstretch after the race. Jack Dossey III and Dalton Armstrong were unhappy with each other after a run-in on the race track.
Dossey’s crew and the Richie Wauters crew engaged in a physical altercation after the conclusion of the race, which saw Armstrong be taken to the ground by a police officer providing security at the track. Words were exchanged between the crews after they had been broken up.
Dossey and Armstrong finished fourth and fifth after racing each other over the last several laps. Dossey told Speed51 he expected Armstrong to give him a break while he chases after the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship and he was not going to give up the position easily.
“I’m not sure, Dalton and me have always raced well together,” he said. “If he was racing for points I always gave him a break and he apparently can’t return the favor. I’m not going to pull over for anybody, I’m trying to stay ahead in points and battle with Josh Brock. It’s racing for a reason; you don’t pull over for anybody. I’m sorry if that hurts other people’s feelings.”
Armstrong shared displeasure with the two-time JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion, saying Dossey should have let him go as the faster car. He came to pit road from third during a yellow just before the halfway point and worked his way to fifth before racing with Dossey to the end.
“We had a fast race car there and was coming up through the field and I don’t know, the No.20 car just blocked me for twenty, thirty laps straight there,” Armstrong stated. “He’s racing for points and I was f—— lenient to him, I could’ve just put him into the wall. He chopped me off four or five times and I had a better car, he should’ve just let me go. It’s usually what you do if somebody has a better car, you let them go and quit trying to race them for thirty laps. A little frustrated but we had a good, fast car.”
Two former ARCA/CRA Super Series champions started on the front row of the 100-lap main event and finished second and third, with 2013-2014 series champion Travis Braden passing defending champion Josh Brock to take the runner-up spot. As the regular season champion, Brock is already locked into the championship race at next month’s Winchester 400.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series will take part in the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway once again in the final race before the Winchester 400 on September 21. Dossey, Hunter Jack, Greg Van Alst, Austin Kunert, and Logan Runyon will look to join Brock in the “Championship Four” and compete for the series championship.
ARCA/CRA Super Series – Winchester Speedway Results:
- Stephen Nasse
- Travis Braden
- Josh Brock
- Jack Dossey III
- Dalton Armstrong
- Eddie VanMeter
- Jeff Fultz
- Cody Coughlin
- Scotty Tomasik
- Hunter Jack
- Greg Van Alst
- P. Crabtree
- Jaren Crabtree
- Logan Seavey
- Carson Hocevar
- Austin Kunert
- Logan Runyon
- Rick Turner
- Shawn Amor
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.com