Another chapter was added to the rivalry between Stephen Nasse and Bubba Pollard in a dramatic finish to the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway, as the two clashed on the final lap.
With Pollard leading entering the third turn on the final lap of the Pro Late Model event on the eve of the 53rd Annual Snowball Derby, the two drivers made contact and Pollard spun off the front bumper of Nasse. Nasse crossed the finish line first, and initially went to victory lane.
However, Five Flags Speedway officials determined the contact between he and Pollard was avoidable, penalizing Nasse and unofficially dropping him to 22nd in the running order.
As a result, Jake Johnson celebrated in victory lane, admittedly in disbelief. Johnson had started 31st in the event after winning the Last Chance Qualifier earlier in the afternoon., and charged his way through the field. That charge put Johnson in third place when the two leaders collided.
“I don’t really know what to say,” said Johnson in victory lane. “I blew qualifying out the window but luckily I’ve got a bad— fast race car. Thanks to Chase Pistone, we were able to take this thing to victory lane.”
“I was just focusing on hitting my marks and just making sure if we got a late caution I would be able to pounce. I didn’t really see, I just saw cars and smoke. I was keeping it wide open, that’s all I know.”
Following the finish, Stephen Nasse and his team reported to the technical inspection area and discussed the outcome with officials. Nasse’s car went through the inspection process.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Brandon Zumbach / Speed51 Photo