Stephen Nasse took home a $10,000 paycheck in Sunday’s HarrisonsWorkwear.com 150 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway after overtaking Sammy Smith on a restart with three laps remaining.
Nasse was unsure if he could pass Smith despite having a faster car but was thrilled that everything worked out in his favor so he could celebrate in victory lane.
“I always seem to get the short end of the stick on restarts,” Nasse said. “Sometimes it’s my own doing but it’s a tough deal when you’re in that little restart zone and I tried to get Sammy the best I could. We were able to get a pretty good jump on him and I appreciate Carson [Kvapil] for running me clean there.”
Kvapil had the car to beat from the drop of the green flag, as he led the first 100 laps uncontested before a competition yellow brought the field to pit road for tires.
When the green flag came back out, it only took Smith four laps before he drove past Kvapil and pulled away from the field.
As Kvapil’s car faded, Nasse methodically chipped away at Smith’s lead and found himself on the leader’s back bumper with four laps to go.
A caution for a crash between Jake Garcia and Hudson Halder set up the three-lap shootout, with Nasse lining up on the high side alongside Smith.
Nasse powered ahead of Smith on the restart but suddenly found himself being challenge by Kvapil, who was determined to get back up front after dominating earlier.
Kvapil drove his car deep into Turns 3 and 4 coming to the checkered flag but ultimately had to settle for second. He attributed his car’s sudden shift to the adjustments made during the competition caution on Lap 100.
“I knew we had a really fast car,” Kvapil said. “We tightened the car up but it was wrecking loose and I was holding on for the last 50 laps. Luckily the bottom lane got checked up [on the last restart] and I was able to roll to second.”
Nasse was thankful that Smith was fair with him on the final restart and did not do anything overly-aggressive that might have knocked both of them out of contention.
“Sammy ran me clean,” Nasse said. “I’m sure he could have run me a little dirtier and could have run me up the hill really easily. I appreciate that and I’ll remember that for next time.”
With Ty Majeski not entering Sunday’s race, Nasse assumes full control of the Southern Super Series points lead as he looks to defend his title from 2020.
HarrisonsWorkwear.com 150 Results:
1. Stephen Nasse
2. Carson Kvapil
3. Sammy Smith
4. Matt Craig
5. Chandler Smith
6. Jett Noland
7. Jeff Fultz
8. T.J. Duke
9. Kyle Plott
10. Jeff Batten
11. Garrett Smithley
12. Justin Crider
13. Nick Neri
14. Randy Gentry
15. Jake Garcia
16. Hudson Halder
17. Mike Garrett
18. Perry Patino
19. Zane Smith
20. Lee Tissot
21. Connor Okrzesik