Driver of the #51 Super Late Model from Pinellas Park, FL
(Special thanks to Stephen’s sister, Kristen, for her assistance!)
How did you get into racing?
My family has deep roots in racing. My grandfather started a race team back in the day at our local track. My dad was always a race fan and met my mom at New Smyrna Speedway. My dad bought me my first go kart at age four, and I’ve been racing ever since.
This is your first trip to Slinger Speedway; what have you heard about the place? Tuesday was your first trip to Slinger Speedway; what did you think?
I’ve heard it’s really fast and that suits my driving style. I like tracks with a lot of speed and I’ve heard they get real racy up there and you might have to use the bumper. That’s my kind of racing.
Follow-Up Question on Saturday: What did you think of Slinger Speedway?
The facility is awesome, I like that everything ran on time and was organized. The fans were amazing! We’ve gotten so many new requests for t-shirts up in that area, and I can’t tell you how many people came over and said thanks for coming up this way. The racing obviously I wish went better for me, but man it was a tough track. We definitely need to go back and do our homework and hope to come back stronger next year.
Why did you decide to come to the Slinger Nationals this year?
I’ve been trying too the last couple of years, but we couldn’t make it happen. This year, thanks to Jett Motorsports, we put a deal together and made it work.
How did you pick your car number (#51)?
I used to race #69 and I couldn’t have that anymore. The #51 was open; Kyle Busch was my favorite driver and he ran that number so I went with 51.
Who do you need to thank…
….Crew: My Jett Concrete guys are awesome.
….Sponsors: All American Concrete is my family-owned business who sponsors me. JEGS has also been helping me out.
….Anyone else: My family for always supporting me.
What is your “real job”?
During the week, I run a pile driving crew. We put foundations in to build new houses.
Which driver that you have raced against do you respect the most and why?
The ones that respect me.
What is your favorite racing memory?
Winning Bristol right now is the top of my list since that just happened. But also winning at tracks close to home when all my family can be there is pretty special too.
For the Slinger fans that may be unfamiliar with you, tell them about the different names above the window on either side of your car.
Well it goes back to the respect question, the ones that like me know me as “Stephen”; the ones who don’t respect me might know me as “Nasty Nasse”
If you could have dinner with any three people (alive or dead, real or fictional), who would they be?
Dale Sr, Tim Richmond, and Dick Trickle. I think that would make for a real good conversation!