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Stephen Nasse returns to his primary car despite gleason concerns

The old-reliable FURY back-up car was not good in the final session on Thursday …

Bruce Nuttleman | Ultimate Lap Photo via STS

Stephen Nasse spent all afternoon chasing his figurative tail.

Nasse began his 2018 Snowball Derby effort in his new Senneker Performance chassis but broke a rear-end early in the first practice session due to the gleason and stagger package that it’s recommended to run.

Instead of simply installing a new gleason in his new Super Late Model, Nasse decided he would feel more confident behind the wheel of his “old reliable” FURY Race Cars chassis that he has driven since 2016.

But after a couple of runs in his FURY, Nasse struggled so mightily that he ultimately decided just to install the back-up gleason in his Senneker Super Late Model and go that direction for the remainder of the weekend.

The back and forth process has been a dizzying process and one that he knows has worn out his team.

“The FURY didn’t work out the way I thought it would,” Nasse said. “All the drive that I had on Monday, the turnability was non-existant today. Everything that I thought I had on Monday was gone. I don’t know if the track changed or what, but Jeff (Choquette, teammate) and I can’t figure it out.

“I went out and ran slower times in the FURY off the bat than I ran with my Senneker with what I thought was a bad rear end.

“So, I told my guys ‘I know you don’t want to hear this, but we have got to change’ and they thankfully understood it.”

READ MORE: Thursday Snowball Derby practice recap and results

All along, Nasse felt like the Senneker was just a tick better, even if he didn’t have the notebook, or the immediate feel for it. If they can retain that speed, he says it will have been worth it to just play with both on Thursday

There are still two more practice sessions on Friday.

But Nasse made the initial change back to the FURY because he didn’t trust the gleason in the Senneker. Is there any reason to believe it won’t fail again during qualifying or the race on Sunday?

“It’s just one of those deal where we have to suck it up and hope that it doesn’t happen again,” Nasse. “We’re going to have to go to the two inches and a quarter stagger and pray.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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  1. mik

    December 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    please explain gleason

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