Nascimento Jr.


Nascimento Jr.

 

Eric Nascimento Jr., or Bubba as he is known, is in his rookie season in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. He currently sits tied for 11th in the championship standings and third in the Rookie of the Year chase, as we continue our championship countdown. The 18-year-old is a recent East Union High School graduate and a star on the high school gridiron. He is also eager to head back to his home track in Madera, CA, to continue his quest to break into the top 10. He also will look to close the gap on his rookie counterparts, in hopes of that title.

Nascimento Jr. is driving in his families Eric Lee Nascimento Motor Sports Toyota Camry, which was a new FURY Race Cars Super Late Model at years beginning. The team has shown good race-speed, at several events this year, but has come up just short of a top 10 finish. At Madera Speedway, he had his best finish of 11th, following it up with a 12th at Kern County Raceway and a 16th at Irwindale Speedway. The team has had good race and practice speed, but will be looking to figure out their qualifying program, as their average start is 19.3.

“Our new Fury Race Car has been working good for us, very fast with minimal adjustments”, Nascimento Jr. told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “We have had good speed in practice, but we haven’t quite gotten down the qualifying yet.”

The series will now head back to Nascimento’s home track in Madera, for the “SPEARS Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51 FIFTY LTM”. The 1/3rd mile track was the site of his best season finish, as well as his career best SRL finish of 10th in 2018. That is followed by the October Classic at Kern County Raceway, which produced his season’s second-best finish. The final event of the season, however, is the event that excites the upcoming Modesto Junior College Freshman the most.

“I am super excited about the next three races, but I am most excited about the Vegas (Bullring @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway) race in November”, Nascimento volunteered. “I look forward to Vegas mostly because we were really fast there earlier this year. I just screwed up in qualifying, and wrecked in the race. I also look forward to Vegas because it is the last race of the year, and it will be my last race before I have my first college football game.”

Nascimento is certainly within striking range of the top 10, sitting only 21 points behind 2001 NASCAR Southwest Tour Series Champion Craig Raudman. If Bubba can make just slight improvements at Madera and Kern, a good Vegas run could see his goals reached. Goals that were made possible by the support of his team and sponsors.

“I can’t thank Nascimento Motorsports, Jetsetter Express, David’s Racing Products and Skip Co. Welding Supplies enough for their support this season.”