Crew member beats in the hood of a race car with a jack handle after the bullring race; Threatens life of the driver and his family
Anderson Speedway hosted a Monday night special this week. ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Models entered the track for the Redbud 400.
The event purse was enlarged over previous showings. The 400 lap race around the 1/4-mile bullring paid $15,000 to the winner.
Watch the video of the Anderson Speedway altercation and read comments from both drivers below.
A caution with 5 laps to go setup a Monday night shootout for the win. Stephen Nasse started on the front row alongside KBM driver Raphael Lessard. These two swapped lans and traded light contact as they swapped back and fourth for the lead. It was a thrilling battle for the race win.
As they battled at the front, Josh Brock was able to close to the back bumper of them both. He had a lane to his own, his exit and entry wasn’t pinched like the two running side by side ahead.
Nasse lost the battle for the lead and came under under fire for 2nd. Josh Brock had a look under Nasse. They made contact a few times in a side by side bullring battle as Lessard began to drive away.
On the final lap, Brock drove it down to the bottom in turn 3. Nasse might have taken a slightly light entry to slot in behind him and attempt a cross over on the exit of the corner. Nasse put the bumper to Brock as he slotted in behind him.
Brock got sideways and backed it into the fence. Nasse crossed the line in second as Brock remained parked in turn 3. KBM driver Lessard drove to the win.
Stephen Nasse: “Basically he got into me and then when he passed me, I got into him and he couldn’t save it. I didn’t mean to purposely wreck him,” Nasse explained to RacingNews.co .
“I didn’t know they were running for points. I felt kinda bad that he wrecked until after the race when his crew threatened me and my family. We had a great run, and my guys at Jett Concrete are seriously the best. We will go out and get them next time!”
And the opposing view…
Josh Brock: “It was a really tough way to end the day,” said Brock in a team PR after the race. “I felt as though we had one of the best cars here and wanted the chance to see if we had anything for Raphael (Lessard, race winner). After going two laps down early because of involvement in another incident, the team stuck together and battled hard.
“We knew it was a long race and we had a good car. Slowly we got our laps back and then raced our way back to the front and put ourselves in a position for a win or top-three finish. It’s disappointing when that’s taken away from you.”
“We are more than a team, we are a family,” said Brock. “We win as a family and we lose as a family. Any time something happens to our family, we defend one another. After the incident on the track some of my race family took their defense too far over the line. In this sport, tempers run hot and it was the end of a long and stressful race where we overcame a lot of adversity to have a chance. I was mad, as was everyone wearing a Josh Brock Racing uniform, but that can’t be an excuse.”
“As the driver and leader of this team, I take responsibility for the actions of my team and apologize to Stephen and his team for our involvement in the altercation after the race. We raced eachother hard, just like we are supposed to at the end of a prestigious race like the Redbud 400, but this time it ended with a wrecked racecar and some unfortunate social media attention.”
After the race…
Things got insane in the pit area of Anderson Speedway in Indiana. Josh Brock was the point leader of the ARCA/CRA class coming into the point paying event. That’s something Nasse was unaware of.
A crew member from Brock’s crew ran over the Nasse’s car with a jack handle. He began swinging it hard and knocking in the hood as a crowd of fans and crew surrounded.
A video of that jack handle altercation surfaced. However, it has since been taken down. A separate video highlights a later point in the altercation. That video is shown below.
“That’s chicken shit mother*ucker,” crew members for Brock approached Nasse on the infield.
“I didn’t know it was for the championship,” Nasse responded to the crew.
The volume was jacked to max as a different crew member told Nasse, “I’ll kill you on the highway punk. I’m gonna be waiting for you. I’ll kill your *uckin kids and I’ll kill your family. *uck you!”
Nasse responded, “Get the *uck out of here. You ain’t even looking at me straight. Look at me crackhead. You’re looking over there.”
Officials were finally able to break up the scene. The two crews were separated and they went their own ways.
You can watch a portion of the post-race altercation as well as the final laps below.