FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure" Award
Who Handled the Pressure the Best This Weekend?
As Decided by a Panel of Industry Insiders for Speed51.com
There was a lot of great racing this past weekend between local weekly racing, the PASS South Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), the debut of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Toledo (OH), the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway (NC) and the Pro Late Models at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Gresham Motorsports Park (GA), plus a whole lot more.

There were just as many pressure-filled moments in those races, as well.  Some drivers came through and thrived under pressure, while others weren't able to take the heat.  Staying cool under pressure is often the difference between winning and losing both in the driver's seat and under the racecar's hood.  While a driver has to remain cool under pressure, so does his or her racecar, which is why FLUIDYNE's line of innovative cooling products for a wide variety of cooling applications have become the racer's choice.

Fittingly, FLUIDYNE is presenting a new FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" on Speed51.com.  An esteemed panel of industry insiders voted on which driver remained the coolest when the heat was on.  Votes didn't necessarily have to be for the best win, rather someone who remained cool under pressure to prevail with a win, strong finish or another achievement.

The winner of each FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" will receive a product certificiate from FLUIDYNE.  Check out www.fluidyne.com for the latest products and information on staying cool.

This week's winner of the FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" is...

Stephen Nasse
PASS South Super Late Model

Some of the biggest stars in the history of PASS Super Late Model Racing, North or South, have etched their names into the record books as winners of the Easter Bunny 150 PASS South Super Late Model event at Hickory Motor Speedway.  Names like Mike Rowe, Ben Rowe, Ryan Lawler, Corey Williams and last year's winner Preston Peltier have all had their Easter baskets filled with PASS South prize money as winners at Hickory.

Those names had to move aside for the youngest-ever winner of the Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night, as 15-year-old Stephen Nasse invaded PASS South for the first time and went to victory lane.

Competing in a prestigious event is pressure

enough for a 15-year-old Floridian like Nasse,  but having to hold off PASS South regulars such as Peltier, Jay Fogleman and Ryan Blaney down the stretch is no small feat, either.

Nasse's true showing of coolness under pressure came in the race's final green-white-checkered restart.  Nasse restarted second, a spot he didn't occupy for long either before the final caution or after.  He dominated the 150-lap event, lapping into the top-10 at one point of the race.  But, several late restarts allowed Peltier to close in and eventually get by Nasse.  Some paint-swapping between tye youngster Nasse and the veteran Peltier ensued in the battle for the lead, but what else should be expected when a prestigious race win and $5,000 is on the line?  Peltier held the lead on the final restart, but using the outside groove, Nasse got a good restart and pulled away from last year's PASS South Champion in the final laps to win his first-ever PASS South race.

For his performance at Hickory, Stephen Nasse was voted as this week's winner of the FLUIDYNE "Cool Under Pressure Award" by our panel.  Nasse will receive a product certificate from FLUIDYNE, the leader in innovative cooling products for a wide variety of cooling applications.

Claude Plante, Jr. - JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour
Ted Christopher - NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Brian Campbell - JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour
Hunter Robbins - Five Flags Speedway PLM
Thomas Stinson - NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour