Two-time Southern Super Series Champion Stephen Nasse has a special bond with the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN). After all, he did end the 2022 Southern Super Series season by winning the historic All American 400 and the famous Guitar trophy for the victory. While 2022 ended with lots of success after he also won the Winchester 400 for a second time, 2023 has been a challenge. The challenge does not have him hanging his head, but more of looking for ways to improve.
“It’s pretty obvious that we have struggled this season,” said Nasse. “Trust me it’s not been due to a lack of effort. We have a great group of guys, we have just been missing it on the setup. To be heading back to a place like Nashville where we do run well has us pretty excited. We hope we can have the type of car that we had when we won the All American 400. Even though we didn’t have the best car, we were able to put ourselves into a position to win.”
Early exits from the first few races left Nasse deep in the points, he currently sits 11th and should easily mix it up to be in the top five or better by season’s end. However getting back to winning races is the key and points will follow with potential victories. Part of that change will have his dad Jeff Nasse calling the shots from the pit box going forward.
“I am really excited to see what results we can get,” said Nasse. “My dad puts in a lot of effort to make us better and everyone on the team works hard at trying to make us better. Really we are a family team right now and it’s hard to make that work against the caliper of the teams that we are racing against.”
Before this brief break in the schedule Nasse was able to cap off a seventh-place run in the recent STARS Tour / Southern Super Series event at Hickory in May.
“Hickory was a confidence booster for us in some ways because we did run with the leaders during the race,” added Nasse. “I was happy with my car, but the adjustments we made didn’t help us to get better. It was nice to run with the leaders, but it’s a whole different deal when you are trying to beat them for the win and that’s what we are looking to achieve. We did some testing after Hickory and hope for good things in Nashville.”
The North/South Super Late Model Challenge is next for the ASA Southern Super Series at the Nashville Fairground Speedway (TN). The 100-lap contest will take place on Sunday, July 2nd as a part of the July 4th Holiday weekend. The $10,000 to win race will feature drivers from the ASA Southern Super Series as well as the ASA CRA Super Series.