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Stephen Nasse celebrates his Super Late Model win on opening night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. (Jason Christley/NASCAR)

Nasse Blasts Off To Hot Start At New Smyrna World Series

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — Stephen Nasse arrived at New Smyrna Speedway looking to capture the elusive Super Late Model title at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car championship. He got off to a fast start Friday night.

The 23-year-old Pinellas Park, Florida, driver led all 35 laps to take the feature win on the first night of racing at the high-banked half-mile.

Nasse built a sizable lead before a Lap 26 caution bunched up the field. But when the green waved again, he took off and rocketed to the victory by 1.087 seconds over runner-up Paul Shafer Jr.

Defending World Series champion Harrison Burton was unable to get by Shafer in the closing laps and challenge Nasse, and had to settle for third. Burton is also the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion and will be part of that series’ season opener at New Smyrna Sunday.

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Sam Mayer and David Rogers were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ryan Moore finished sixth, followed by Matt Wallace, Anthony Sergi, Brad May and Derek Kraus.

Ty Majeski, who won the 2016 title, finished 11th after being penalized for contact with Jeff Choquette that brought out the late caution. The two were battling for a top five spot when they got together on the front stretch and Choquette went spinning up Turn 1. Choquette came into the weekend having won the two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model 100-lap special events at New Smyrna in January but wound up 17th.

However, while Choquette’s night ended on jackstands in the infield, his Jett Concrete Motorsports teammate Nasse finished in Victory Lane.

The biggest moves came before the race, when Choquette won the pole over Majeski and Burton. He drew a 10 for the invert, which put Shafer and Nasse on the front row and the top qualifiers halfway back in the field.

Sean Bass won the 30-lap Sportsman feature over runner-up Jason Vail.

Choquette bounced back to win the Pro Late Model feature, a division in which he’s the defending champion, while Jerry Symons won the Florida Modified feature.

Racing at New Smyrna continues Saturday night, highlighted by a 50-lap Sportsman feature. The show also includes Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, IMCA-type Modifieds and the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.

All nine nights of racing at New Smyrna are airing live on