Eric Chase parlayed a smooth seven-night campaign into a top-ten championship points finish at the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on Friday night. The American-Canadian Tour veteran from Milton finished 13th in the ASA/Crate-type Late Model division's 50-lap finale, which was good enough to secure eighth place overall for the traditional week-long series at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.
Chase's 2009 World Series began on a rocky note with a 16th place finish on Friday, Feb. 6 after a minor on-track incident. A fuel problem relegated the driver of the Gary Clay Builders/Mansfield Heliflight/Chicken Charlie's #40 Chevrolet to 23rd the following night. An eighth-place finish on Monday, however, triggered a strong finish to the series; Chase finished fifth on each night from Tuesday to Thursday before his 13th-palce effort in the finale.
Chase and Ryan Nolin combined their efforts in 2008 to finish seventh overall at the World Series.
Defending ACT Late Model Tour champion Patrick Laperle completed only one lap of the 50-lap race on Friday night before parking his car and being scored 26th. Laperle's JPN Racing/Shear Metal Products #91 Chevrolet was severely damaged in a crash on Thursday night. Laperle won three-straight features during the week and settled for second place in the championship behind Ohio's David Wagner.
Thirteen year-old Stephen Nasse of Pinellas Park, Fla. captured the 50-lap finale over Wagner, Austin Kirkpatrick, Brandon Johnson, and Tommy Martins. The top ten was completed in order by Landon Cassill, Josh John, David Rigan, Nick Glaze, and Kawartha (Ont.) Speedway driver Shaun McWhirter.
The 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing concludes on Saturday night with events for the Super Late Models, Tour-type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, Late Models, and FASCAR Pro Trucks.
Final Point Standings
43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
New Smyrna Speedway - New Smyrna Beach, Florida
ASA/Crate-type Late Model division, after Fri., Feb. 13, 2009
1. David Wagner, Akron, OH - 282
2. Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC - 226
3. Stephen Nasse, Pinellas Park, FL - 222
4. Landon Cassill, Cedar Rapids, IA - 198
5. Joey Gase, Cedar Rapids, IA - 186
6. Kyle Maynard, Weirsdale, FL - 162
7. David Rigan, Clarence, NY - 158
8. ERIC CHASE, MILTON, VT - 146
9. Austin Kirkpatrick, Ocala, FL - 142
10. Jimmy Weller, Hubbard, OH - 126