New Smyrna Speedway (FL) has always been kind to Harrison Burton. He’s scored wins during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing every year since 2014 when he first came to the Florida half-mile. But 2017 was by far the best edition of Speedweeks for the second generation driver.
Burton left New Smyrna on Saturday night as the Super Late Model champion of the 51st Annual World Series. Burton picked up two wins on his way to the title and finished no lower than sixth all week long.
“This means the world,” Burton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane after the race. “We came down here with one goal in mind and that was to win as many races as we possibly could and win the championship. We won two races and the championship so it was really cool to come out and accomplish that goal. This is something that we’ve wanted for a long time. I’ve been coming to the World Series of Asphalt Racing for quite some time so it’s cool to be leaving with that trophy finally.”
Burton finished sixth after starting in the third position in the finale on Saturday night.
While Burton celebrated the championship, Jeff Choquette celebrated the victory in the race after dominating the 100-lap feature. Choquette was running a new Fury Race Cars chassis for the first time as he and his Jett Motorsports team tried to shake the car down and see what they had in advance of the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (AL) next month.
“This is awesome,” Choquette said. “I’ve said it a thousand times already, but I can’t thank Jeff Fultz enough for everything he has done for us. I hope this is the first of many. This car is batting one-thousand so I’m really looking forward to the Rattler.”
Choquette held off a hard-charging Ty Majeski in the closing laps of the race. At one point Choquette had a lead of half a straight-away, but at the finish the margin was just four car lengths.
“Coming down to the end with two to go I knew how far back he was,” Choquette explained. “My spotter does an awesome job keeping me informed. We knew where he was. I think he might have been a little bit better than us there at the end.”
Choquette won races in the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model and Florida Modified divisions, which made him the first driver to win a feature race in three different divisions in the 51-year history of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
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Speed51.com will have more from New Smyrna Speedway still to come on the Speed51 Network including our “Speedweeks in 60” recap.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
Super Late Model 100
New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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