The state of Michigan has seen four of its drivers win the prestigious Florida Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Mike Eddy, Butch Miller, Ed Howe and Erik Jones have all tasted victory on the East Coast of Florida.
Wyoming, Michigan’s Brian Campbell will be the next Wolverine hoping to taste that sweet taste of victory. He will be making his first trip to New Smyrna on November 23 to run the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 in the No. 81 Anthony Camp Racing Driver Development/Port City Racecars machine.
“I think the whole thing is exciting,” said Campbell. “We are taking a couple of guys from Port City. We want to figure things out and run well with Anthony Campi. They have good top notch equipment and we are really looking forward to it. We’ll go down there and test, learn as much as we can learn and let the driver learn as much as he can learn and get ready for the Governor’s Cup.”
In recent years, drivers from Michigan have made some big noise in the race. Jones won the show in 2011 and fellow Michigan Johnny VanDoorn ran second to Augie Grill a year later. Now Campbell looks to keep the streak of non-Florida winners alive as the out-of-towners go for four in a row.
“I have never been there, but I have watched a whole bunch of racing there,” said Campbell about New Smyrna. “I am looking forward to it. We have run with some of those guys, Bubba and Augie a bunch.”
It will be the final race of the 2014 season for Campbell who was seventh at the All American 400 a few weeks back. The season started off well for Campbell with ARCA/CRA victories at Toledo Speedway (OH) and Berlin Raceway (MI). From there the season took a drastic turn and Campbell was winless for several months before taking the Tony Bettenhausen race at Illiana Motor Speedway (IN) for the second year in a row.
“Nashville was the best seventh-place finish I have never had,” said Campbell. “The car was very good, but I am not going to say it was good enough to win because Nemechek was really good. We always know our cars are fast, but the whole pressure to run well in and against a big field and finish catches up with yeah. We just need clean races, yeah we finished, but if we have clean races we are going to finish up there.”
Campbell hopes for a clean race and perhaps a big win many miles from home at New Smyrna. The Florida Governor’s Cup 200 gets underway on Friday, November 21st with the first of three days of action. The main event will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 23.
By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager. Twitter: @Elgin Traylor