The fifth Pro Late Model race of the 2017 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) was led to green by Jason Vail and Brandon Oakley, but it was Jeff Choquette that took the win after 100 laps of door-to-door excitement.
Pole-sitter Vail ran into problems in the early going after his transmission ended what could have been a promising night for the driver out of Clermont, Florida.
Choquette took the lead on lap 12, going around Brandon Oakley and never looked back flying off to the victory. It was his third consecutive Pro Late Model win in this year’s World Series and all but clinched the Pro Late Model points championship, a championship that would be his first.
“It feels real good; we were kind of skeptical for a short-run so we are glad it turned into a 100-lapper,” Choquette told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Hopefully we can get it hooked back up tomorrow night and be back here in Victory Lane again. I have to thank Jett Concrete for giving me these awesome cars.”
“Tonight we were better on the short runs, so we are excited for tomorrow night and hopefully we finish well enough tomorrow and enough things go our way and we can wrap this championship up.”
Behind Choquette was Carter Stokes, the driver that won the opening race for the PLM before wrecking early in the cancelled Saturday race in the one lap they did get completed before rain hit.
“We are going to work on it to make it better for tomorrow,” Stokes said. “My guys have worked hard on it all week. When we unloaded this car, it wasn’t great but obviously it’s not the car we unloaded at the beginning of the week, but I can’t thank all my sponsors enough.”
Stokes summarized his week in one word, with that word being “gains” and would go on to elaborate on that word.
“So far, it’s been an up-and-down week,” Stokes continued. “We unloaded with the 33 car, the one we use most of the time and it has a lot of wins in it. We won the first night but wrecked it the second night and have been working on the backup ever since. Hopefully we have something for tomorrow.”
Going into the final night of Pro Late Model action, Choquette leads Todd Stone by 18 points and Matt Wallace by 21 points and tonight’s runner up Carter Stokes is 22 points out of Choquette.
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-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent – Twitter: @RNoblesSpeed51
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