When Trevor Noles cut down a tire and hit the turn four wall on Lap 94 of the Super Late Model feature, it set up a six-lap shootout for the win. Stephen Nasse lined up third on that restart, with Raphael Lessard and Stewart Friesen on the front row.
Nasse felt he had a shot to contend for the win, until he and Friesen made contact on a chaotic restart. The Florida driver settled for a 12th-place finish, five laps shy of the finish.
Nasse said he initially felt his temper rising, similar to an incident with Donnie Wilson earlier this year at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. However, he opted to instead talk it over with Friesen and came away from the conversation satisfied with the outcome.
“I went up to him and talked,” Nasse explained. “I tried to calm down a little bit before I did. I was really mad, I’m not going to lie to you. When I was pulling off the race track, I was thinking about doing the same thing [as Pensacola], but it went through my mind that didn’t get me anywhere.
“He said his spotter didn’t say anything,” Nasse continued. “Turns out, my spotter talked to his spotter in the spotter stand and his spotter said he didn’t say anything. He said ‘Why would I say anything? It’s two laps to go and we’re supposed to be taking, not giving.’
Nasse also displayed immense respect for both Friesen and Gary Balough, who plays a large role in the Halmar Racing operation behind Friesen’s Super Late Model program.
“I told [Friesen] I really did think he was one of the biggest badasses at the track, coming from the dirt,” Nasse said. “I’ve watched him on TV and see a lot of his videos and stuff. He’s a really cool guy.”
I talked to Gary, I said, ‘You’re one of my idols, man,’” Nasse added. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff on him, read a lot of stuff on him. My uncles, Jimmy and Dave Fletcher, have all told me plenty of his stories. Coming from Florida, I’ve just heard so much about Gary Balough. I didn’t really want to go down there fighting with those guys because I have so much respect for them.”
Stephen Nasse will hit the track for his next race on June 11th for the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan.