The 50th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup will see the green flag this Sunday at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). 51’s “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the prestigious Super Late Model race “By the Numbers.”
3: Augie Grill is chasing the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the third time in his career. Last year he took the lead before being involved in a controversial incident with Jeff Choquette going into turn one. The move also got Choquette parked for the event.
5K: Daniel Keene Jr. is in the 5K and he’s a guy to keep an eye on as he won the PLM tune-up race in 2013. He will be doing double duty during the weekend.
11: David Rogers drivers the No. 11 car and seeks his third win in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200. He talked to Speed51.com about his Governor’s Cup chances earlier this month. Read about that by clicking here.
17: This race will mark the 16th start in the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the father-son combination of David and Tim Russell. They each have a win in the race and between the two they have 10 top-five runs and 12 inside the top-10. They also have two wins for the family team with the late Pete Orr. That’s a total of four wins for the family team.
The younger Russell also has three second-place finishes and a third in the Governor’s Cup as he looks to win it for a second time.
17.721: Was the time that led Stephen Nasse to the pole in the Florida Governor’s Cup last year. He lasted only 17 laps after having to drop to the rear for a penalty.
91: The 91 ride of Ty Majeski won 17 times this year and he took home a win in the prestigious Dick Trickle 99. One of those 17 wins came at New Smyrna in February. The Midwest Late Model star will be looking for his first Governor’s Cup win this weekend.
197: The number of laps led by Stephen Nasse in the Governor’s Cup. He’s due for his first win after having won the Red-Eye 100 twice in the past.
$15,000: The first-place prize is going to be worth $15,000 at this year’s Florida Governor’s Cup.
Out of Town Crowd: Big names like Augie Grill, Ty Majeski, Johanna Long, Cody Coughlin, Alex Labbe, Tyler Ankrum are just a few of the cars heading to Florida looking to steal the loot. Prior to Travis Cope’s win last year the Cup had left the state three years in a row.
2011: Erik Jones wins his first Super Late Model race in the Florida Governor’s Cup. Since then he’s won two Snowball Derby’s and three Winchester 400’s.
2006: Jeff Scofield wins the race, the triple crown and the FASCAR title all on the same night.
1999: Wayne Anderson wins the Cup becoming the first father-son winner of the race.
1992: Bobby Gill takes his third cup in a row.
1988: Dick Anderson wins the first Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway.
1976: Ed Howe scores his fourth Governor’s Cup win.
1965: Wayne Reutimann wins the first Florida Governor’s Cup 200 at Golden Gate Speedway.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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