Stephen Nasse will never forget his win in the 2019 Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. One year ago, Nasse pulled off one of the best comebacks of the 2019 season to win the Super Late Model portion of the event and claim the coveted gladiator sword.
After pitting for a loose wheel under yellow on lap 31, the Florida driver drove back through the field and passed Casey Roderick with three laps remaining to score the stunning win.
Over a year after his big win at “The Last Great Colosseum,” Nasse returns to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend looking to double up on gladiator swords.
Nasse looked back on that big win and looked forward to a repeat performance while appearing on “The Bullring”
“That was pretty awesome. It was definitely hard-fought with how the race was starting out,” Nasse said. “We had really high hopes, I knew the car was strong and with the drive we were able to create, especially after the first green flag run.
“When I had to start in the back initially, I was pretty upset and I’m pretty sure I was doubtful that I could drive back through the field. Once we started running there it was pretty clear my car was a lot better than at least the people around me.”
He admittedly hadn’t thought about the stage he was on just before taking the green flag for 100 laps. It all came to Nasse once taking the checkered flag and seeing his family in victory lane.
“It wasn’t really something I was thinking about before the race, but then getting to victory lane after the race and seeing my nephews’ reaction and me and my dad going to races there as a kid, being able to knock that off the list was pretty special. The sword sits in my parents’ living room, it’s definitely a centerpiece there.”
Saturday’s U.S. Short Track Nationals starts a busy stretch of marquee races for Nasse, who has the $10,000-to-win Full Throttle 100 at Citrus County Speedway and the Winchester 400 in back-to-back weeks following Bristol. Races such as the All American 400, Florida Governor’s Cup and the Snowball Derby follow soon after.
With several races in a short period of time, wins are not what he is the most worried about.
“The biggest thing that worries me right now is that I’ve got a ton of big races coming up and I’ve only got so many race cars and so much time, especially with them being stacked week after week. Hopefully we can keep the nose and fenders clean and all the body parts on the car. If we have to spend too much time between races on the car fixing things, it makes it a lot easier for little things to get missed or forgot about and parts end up breaking. Hopefully we can come out with the cars clean and with a couple trophies.”
Nasse now looks to become the first repeat Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals winner outside of the Street Stocks. That win is the only thing on his mind as he tries to add a second gladiator sword to the collection.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Bristol again. I hope we can manage up the same results we got last year and hopefully dominate that race just to speak volumes about what we’re trying to accomplish this season.”
The Pinty’s U.S. Short Track Nationals will once again be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV. Click here to purchase your pay-per-view ticket today.
Click here to watch a replay of Monday’s episode of “The Bullring”.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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