By The Numbers: FL Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna

This weekend, Super Late Models compete for the final time at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in 2019, with the annual running of the Florida Governor's Cup 200.  To prepare fans for this major event, Speed51 "Stat Boy" Elgin Traylor takes us By the Numbers through the extensive history of the race.

 

3: A year ago, Jeff Choquette won the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the third time in his career. He looks to get the win total of four, held only by Butch Miller and Ed Howe.

 

4: Bubba Pollard has four top-five runs in the Florida Governor’s Cup and yet is still winless. His best finish was second in 2017.

 

8: Track champion Brad May will look to make his eighth start in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200.  He was fourth in 2016.

 

9: There have been nine different pole winners in the last nine races in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200.

 

11: Bubba Pollard will pilot the number 11 entry normally driven by David Rogers.  This will be the first Gov Cup that Rogers misses since 2004 which was the year he was hurt in a wreck at Orlando.

 

32: This will be the 32nd race for the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna.  That’s more than the races held at Golden Gate Speedway (1965-1978, 1981-1983) and what is now known as Showtime Speedway (1979, 1984-1987).

 

38: There is some unfinished business for Anthony Sergi, who led 38 laps a year ago before finishing fourth.  Sergi has two top-five runs in the Gov Cup, but the fourth-place run last year was his best.

 

200: This is the longest race of the year for the Super Late Models at New Smyrna.

 

350: Stephen Nasse has led 350 laps at the Florida Governor’s Cup with no wins. He was second a year ago in the historic race.

 

543: According to our friends at TheThirdTurn.com, there have been 543 different drivers who have raced the Florida Governor’s Cup 200.

 

$15,000: The winner’s share of the 200-lap Florida Governor’s Cup race.

 

Historical Years

 

1999 - Wayne Anderson joins father Dick as a winner of the race and they become the first father-son set of winners.

 

2009 - Tim Russell follows in his father David's footsteps as the second father-son winning pair in the Gov Cup.

 

2011 - Some youngster from Michigan came south and stole the show to win his first Super Late Model race. His name was Erik Jones and we all know the rest of the story.

 

Florida Gov Cup Pole Winners

 

2018 Jeff Choquette 17.687

2017 Ty Majeski 17.743

2016 Zane Smith 17.563

2015 Cole Anderson 17.456

2014 Stephen Nasse 17.721

2013 Bubba Pollard 17.463

2012 Johnny VanDoorn 17.454

2011 Ben Kennedy 17.336

2010 Jimmy Weller 17.511

2009 Jeff Choquette

2008 Wayne Anderson 17.364

2007 Tim Russell

2006 Travis Cope 17.836

2005 Mike Fritts 17.846

2004 Justin Drawdy

2003 Jimmy Cope 17.970

2002 James Powell 17.901

2001 James Powell

 

Bold won the race as well

 

Past Winners Florida Governor’s Cup 200

 

2018 Jeff Choquette

2017 Ty Majeski

2016 Ty Majeski

2015 Ty Majeski

2014 Travis Cope

2013 Augie Grill

2012 Augie Grill

2011 Erik Jones

2010 David Rogers

2009 Tim Russell

2008 Wayne Anderson

2007 Jeff Choquette

2006 Jeff Scofield

2005 Mike Fritts

2004 Jeff Choquette

2003 Wayne Anderson

2002 Mike Fritts

2001 James Powell, III

2000 Jimmy Cope

1999 Wayne Anderson

1998 Billy Bigley, Jr.

1997 David Rogers

1996 Jack Cook

1995 David Russell

1994 Pete Orr

1993 Pete Orr

1992 Bobby Gill

1991 Bobby Gill

1990 Bobby Gill

1989 Dick Anderson

1988 Dick Anderson

1987 Butch Miller

1986 Butch Miller

1985 Butch Miller

1984 Butch Miller

1983 Leroy Porter

1982 Jimmy Cope

1981 Mike Eddy

1980 Not Run

1979 Jim Fenton

1978 Dick Trickle

1977 Robert Hamke

1976 Ed Howe

1975 Ed Howe

1974 Ed Howe

1973 Wayne Reutimann

1972 Ed Howe

1971 Jack Arnold

1970 Don Gregory

1969 Robert Hamke

1968 Gary Balough

1967 Dumont Smith

1966 Bobby Brack

1965 Wayne Reutimann

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51 photo

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By The Numbers: FL Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna