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Stephen Nasse forced to a back-up car after first Snowball Derby practice

A rear-end failure means the No. 51 will be a FURY and not a Senneker …

Matt Weaver | STS

The best laid plans often go to waste.

Stephen Nasse selected his Senneker Performance chassis over his FURY Race Car for the Snowball Derby after testing both cars on Monday. All it took was one practice session for Nasse to reverse course.

A gleason issue in the first practice session forced Nasse to revert to his FURY.

“We had the same problem as the last time we came down here,” Nasse said. “The stagger we’re told to run was just a little too much for the gleason. We came back and backed off it, thinking it would help a little bit and the rear end ended up going bad on us again. We had a really strong test on Monday but it hasn’t been the same since.

“I can’t even drive down the straightaway straight, so I know it’s the rear end. It’s tough, hard to swallow, and we have other gleasons in the trailer. But this is the Snowball Derby and you don’t want to risk it here.”

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So instead, Nasse is going to turn to his “old faithful Fury” that he has ran since the 2016 season.

“It has the spool in it and that’s a little more reliable than the gleason these days,” Nasse said. “We have two really good race cars and I think both were capable of winning the race. The Senneker was just a little better.”

However, there is something to be said for familiarity.

“I think the FURY is going to be better on long runs,” Nasse added. “It suits my driving style more. I’m not used to the Senneker yet. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and at least we have a lot more time to figure it out.”

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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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