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Stephen Nasse set for full CARS Late Model Stock season

And now, introducing something completely different for Stephen Nasse in 2024.

“We’re going to do a lot more of the Late Model Stock stuff,” Nasse told Short Track Scene on Friday at Speedfest. “We’re planning on running the CARS Tour, the whole tour.

“We’re still doing all the big Super Late Model races, a majority of them. We have a busy schedule. It’s like 36 races we have planned out. We’re going to put an emphasis on the Late Model Stock and the CARS Tour. That’s the big change for this year.”

Nasse had previously dabbled in the discipline but jumped all in this past autumn when he acquired a Forrest Reynolds chassis and paired with Chase Pistone to crew chief it. He raced a CARS Tour race at Tri County and then ran the South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway.

He has really enjoyed racing in that category and with the series, dating back to when CARS Tour had a Super Late Model division.

“Well, I think the series is going in a good direction,” Nasse said of CARS Tour. “It’s got the right people in place to make it even more popular. It has a really big fan base and I want to perform in front of as many fans as possible. That’s the CARS Tour right now. They are going to continue producing that product.”

Nasse, who shared a beer with three-time series champion Bobby McCarty after that race at Tri-County, says CARS Tour just has a more professional on-track product, which is very appealing to him too.

“They have a lot of veteran drivers that are good racers and guys that don’t want to go out there and tear up their equipment,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong. There are still some wrecks in CARS Tour but I have seen a lot of respect between racers when I run those races. I feel like the racers in that series are some real racers.

“You don’t have a lot of young punks, and there might be a few here and there, but even the young drivers race for the old school veteran guys and I just feel like it is a series of old-school racers because of it.”

Nasse praised McNelly for being the first modern pavement promoter to suspend drivers for bad behavior.

“Also, their Pro Late Model series really feels like a development deal for these kids to learn the right way before they get into a Late Model Stock,” Nasse said. “A lot of these kids today jump right into a Super Late, never win a race, and then they’re off to NASCAR.

“CARS Tour feels like an education, multi stages to get where you want to be, and then you get to race the veterans in Late Model Stocks. There isn’t a huge power difference in the cars but going straight to a Super is a lot and too many young kids do that. They come Super racing and they’re in over their head and it’s out of control.

“But I really enjoy Jack and his series. He’s a good buddy and I’ve always supported him. With the ownership group that’s come in and the people they have in place, I just think it’s a great deal and a good place to race this season.”

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 also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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