The third time was the charm for Stephen Nasse as he picked up the Super Late Model win on Night #6 of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. It’s the seventh World Series Super Late Model win and 10th overall for the Central Florida standout, who quickly worked to the front from his fifth starting spot after just missing the invert.
The race-winning move came with 14 laps remaining after slight contact sent early leader Augie Grill up the track out of turn four. Nasse was able to pull away after a late restart while championship contenders Derek Griffith and Jesse Love battled for the runner-up spot.
The Tour-type Modified feature threw a wrench into the surface at the beginning of the Super Late Model event, a hurdle that Nasse was able to clear before long.
“Them Modifieds really put some rubber on that track and I think a lot of the guys were scared to use that bottom through one and two to start out with. That’s my preferred line down there, I try to pass cars and set them up over there off two to get them in three and four,” Nasse said on the NBC Track Pass broadcast. “Once that lane was open I was rolling. I got by a couple of them pretty quick, I was able to get behind Augie there and trail him. He started slipping off the corner and was able to get by him.”
The win gave Jett Motorsports a clean sweep of the night’s Late Model races with Jett Noland’s Pro Late Model triumph earlier in the night. Nasse’s focus remains set on the main event on Saturday night, a 100-lap finale with many big names expected.
“All in all a fun night, glad to get the win for the Jett Motorsports team. They won the Pro race tonight and then to win the Super again, it feels really good,” he said. “We still have some work to do. We needed some drive off, everybody was struggling with that. We’re going to go to work on it, there’s a lot of people who put a lot of effort into this team.”
Tuesday night’s winner Derek Griffith added another podium result to his World Series run with a second-place finish on Wednesday night. The runner-up result expands his point lead in the division, but only by a couple points with Saturday night winner Jesse Love finishing just behind him in third.
For Griffith, the second-place run did not come easy.
“We got banged up a little bit coming through. We started third and kind of got run up way high over there in turn four trying to get by someone on the outside. After that, I lost some momentum,” Griffith said. “It’s so hard to pass in 35 laps, everyone’s on the money. If no yellow had come out I would’ve probably finished fourth. We have a good car, just circumstances kind of bit us.”
Two-time Snowball Derby champion Augie Grill and NASCAR Truck Series driver Gus Dean rounded out the top five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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Super Late Models – Night #6 Results:
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