The backdrop of South Boston Speedway has been one of the most competitive venues on the PASS South Super Late Model schedule. New faces and new winners have crept up each time out and it’s produced some of the best racing the Super Late Model touring has seen.
The latest version on Saturday night saw Floridian Stephen Nasse dominate the early stages of the 150-lap event. He had a mirror full of series point leader Zane Smith who had already notched two victories this season and Brandon Setzer, the son of Dennis Setzer, who was seeking his first win in on tour.
An epic battle that used all three lanes of the race track ended when Smith got under Nasse for the lead going into turn three. From there Nasse rode in the top lane which Setzer had been working all night. By the time they got into turn three Nasse got a bump from Setzer and the two leaders went up the track and hard into the wall ending their nights.
That left Smith alone in the lead and he was untouchable after the restart and pulled away for the win.
“We were just riding there for the longest time,” said Smith. “I got the opportunity to take my chance and I got under Nasse and Setzer got into the back of him and there was nothing he could do. We were able to pull away on the next restart and get the win. It’s been a great season in PASS and a lot of things have gone our way. We got in a wreck going for a win at Caraway, but other then that’s it’s been a perfect year so far.”
After the race Nasse found a way to smile despite the wreck.
“I got out of my car and walked over to his and he admitted fault right away,” said Nasse. “Sorry doesn’t’ fix the race car, but I’ll shake a man’s hand when he admits fault. It stinks for both of us becaise now we have race cars to fix. I think we were going to be a top three car. I don’t think we had anything for Zane tonight.”
Setzer was still upset with the outcome, but it was also all the emotion of being so close to winning.
“I made the commitment to go high and I run in the back of him,” said Setzer. “It was my fault. It ruined the night for both of us. I know they are upset, but we can race together really well. We did it at Orange County. We’ll just regroup from here.”
You can see the wreck and the highlights later this week on 51TV.
Smith led the field across the line as Late Model Stock standout Deac McCaskill finished second in his first PASS South start. Tate Fogleman, Christian Eckes, and Jared Irvan made up the top five.
With the win, Smith becomes the 13th different winner in 14 PASS South races at South Boston Speedway. Only Ross Kenseth has tasted victory more than once.
– Deac McCaskill scored a career-best second place finish at South Boston.
– Jared Irvan scored a fifth-place finish for his third top-five finish of the year in four starts. He won the race at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) in June.
– Newly announced LFR driver Christian Eckes was fourth on the night in his first start in the PASS South Series.
– The next PASS South race will be Saturday, September26 at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: 51 TV Cameras