Jeff Choquette started his 2016 Pro Late Model campaign at Five Flags Speedway mid-way through the season after taking a year and a half off from racing all together. Sunday he came out on top of a heated battle with Casey Roderick to win his fifth straight race and clinched a guaranteed starting spot in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100.

 

Choquette started the 100-lap main event from fifth and quickly settled into third behind Roderick and early dominator Cole Anderson. The three were separated by a total of more than three seconds as the race went green for the opening 76 laps.

 

PFC ZR94 300x250The lone caution, for Kody Jett who spun in turn two in the team car to Choquette, bunched the field behind the Allen Turner Hyundai pace car.

 

Roderick and Choquette both quickly got past Anderson who faded back after the restart. From there it looked like Roderick would snap the streak of finishing runner-up to Choquette until the two made contact with four laps to go.

 

From there it was a dogfight as the pair swapped paint several times over the last four laps before Choquette could finally clear Roderick and go on to take the win by several car lengths.

 

“If it would have gone green the whole way we wouldn’t have gotten to them,” Choquette told the fans from Victory Lane. “That’s how the cards fall in racing sometimes. They’ve definitely fallen our way these last five races.”

 

For Roderick the caution was not so beneficial from his standpoint. “I don’t know about that caution there,” Roderick stated with a bit of a grin. “Either way we end up second I guess.”

 

As for the contact throughout the final laps, both drivers had different takes on that as well.

 

Jeff Choquette poses in victory lane after beating Roderick for the win again. (Speed51.com photo)

Jeff Choquette poses in victory lane after beating Roderick for the win again. (Speed51.com photo)

“Every time we get around each other we end up we’ve got to hit each other. I like to race a little cleaner than that but, time after time you get hit, you’ve got to retaliate a little,” Roderick said. “Maybe I’ve should have done it a little more than I did, I just don’t agree with racing like that.”

 

“Just good hard racing,” was Choquette’s take on the day. “Hopefully we can ride this momentum and go on to win next week.”

 

With the win, Choquette finishes the 2016 Allen Turner Pro Late Model point standings in second spot, earning a guaranteed starting spot in December’s precursor to the Snowball Derby although the Loxahatchee, Florida driver was not quick to say if he would take advantage of it.

 

“That’s up to those guys over there,” Choquette said pointing at the Jett family, who own the No. 9 Pro Late Model. “They make those decisions. I’ll do whatever they tell me.”

 

-For an on-demand replay of Sunday’s Trackside Now coverage presented by Ford Performance Parts, click here.

 

-By Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Deep South Editor – Twitter: @MarkKeeler975

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

Allen Turner Tune-Up

Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola, Florida

Unofficial Results

1 9 Jeff Choquette
2 18 Casey Roderick
3 18P Ryan Paul
4 97 Cole Anderson
5 7 Cole Daffron
6 89 Jeremy Pate
7 14 Connor Okrzesik
8 H2 Bret Holmes
9 2 Luke Christian
10 00 Anthony Cataldi
11 5 Justin   Wakefield
12 33 Dustin Smith
13 99 Wayne Niedecken   Jr
14 51 Zachary Knowles
15 1 Josh Adkins
16 55 Ronnie Osmer
17 21H Ryan Hebert
18 9J Kody Jett
19 22N Trevor Noles
20 24 Christopher Tullis
21 41 Troy Grisaffi
22 00C Branden Curren
23 92 Ron McDonald
24 22H Brandon Hebert
25 30 Rusty Sanford

Choquette and Roderick Bang Doors for the Win at Five Flags