It seems like the time is now for Stephen Nasse to win the Florida Governor’s Cup 200. After several close calls it appears that one of the tracks hottest drivers in 2014 is ready for the challenge. The race, which is in its 49th year, has seen the cup head out of the state on Interstate 95 each of the last three seasons. Nasse is hoping to be the one that can get the job done at his home track of New Smyrna Speedway.
“Everybody kind of has their track,” said Nasse. “They look forward to it coming around every year because they know they’re going to be contending for this win. I think New Smyrna is definitely that for us. The Governor’s Cup is also the race that we look forward to the most.”
Nasse has an impressive track record at New Smyrna over the course of his young career. He has two wins in the season-opening Red-Eye 100, two Bright House Challenge Series wins in 2014 and a total of six wins at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing over the years. All of those wins have come in his trusty car.
“It’s that same car,” Nasse told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’ve wrecked it, I’ve won in it. It has seen its good days and it has seen its bad days. It is old, but I pretty much started with this race car and I plan on finishing with it too.”
In recent years Nasse could have won any of the Governor’s Cups he’s been in, but something always seems to derail his progress at the big event.
“Last year I think Augie Grill and I were about equal,” said Nasse. “I was able to keep my lead out front for a while, but when we got the caution, Augie came in and pitted and tried to make his car better because I think he knew we were a little better than he was. Then that restart came around and Johnny VanDoorn was on the inside and then the night ended after that. I don’t know what happened. There’s a whole bunch of different stories to it, but at the end of the day I got wrecked. I should have won that race I think.”
Fresh off a solid day at the Winchester 400, Nasse hope to ride the momentum and win the cup for the first time in his career.
“Winchester was definitely an unfortunate series of events there,” he said. “It was a crazy up and down day, that’s for sure. I think it should give us a little bit of momentum, and with it being one of our best race tracks should help a lot too.”
Nasse has already stated he wants the cup to stay in Florida.
“It’s been three years now, because Erik Jones won it, and then Augie Grill won it two times,” explained Nasse. “I’ve told Augie the last two years that the win was staying in Florida but it didn’t end up happening. I’m going to tell him again, but hopefully I can stick to what I say this time.”
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