Friday, February 13, 2009

World Series: Nasse Wins Crate Late Finale, Wagner Secures Title

Thirteen year-old Stephen Nasse of Pinellas Park, Fla. has won the 50-lap finale for the ASA/Crate-type Late Model division at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway's 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Nasse took command of the race with 10 laps remaining as the car of early leader Sean Bass lost power on the race's final restart. David Wagner of Akron, Oh. was able to finish in second place and clinch the division's 2009 championship, unofficially, by 56 points over Patrick Laperle, 282-226.

Laperle, of St-Denis, Que., won features on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before a hard crash took him out of Thursday's race. The 2008 American-Canadian Tour champion was able to complete one pace lap with his badly bent car on Friday night in order to collect last-place points and lock up second place in the World Series championship. Unofficially, Nasse finished third in points, just four markers behind Laperle.

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