It was a familiar sight at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) Thursday night as Jeff Choquette pulled the Jett Concrete No. 9 back into victory lane for the third time this season. On a day filled with afternoon and evening rain showers keeping the field on its toes every lap, Choquette was able to hold off all challengers to win the Clyde Hart Memorial.
“We didn’t have as good a car we had at Speedweeks and we had a little bit better car at the Red Eye,” Choquette told Speed51.com in victory lane.
“Now it’s summer time and the track is a little bit slicker. We should have compensated for that. But it was a good run. We were able to get the lead early. I did that because of the rain, but it only came a little bit. I thought that was going to hold it off, but we got going there again and I was able to hold them off the rest of the way.”
“They said he was coming and he got to me pretty quick. I felt like he tried to ride behind me and put some pressure on me, so I just tried to stay calm and run as hard as I could while I maintained my stuff,” Choquette explained.
“Then we got to some lapped cars and I felt like he fell off of me so I just tried to run his pace as hard as he was going to run so I could make sure I saved as much as he did and it ended up paying off in the end. It usually doesn’t work out that way.”
May agreed that Choquette had the better car throughout, but was thankful that his team was able to acquire a new Fury chassis to give him a fighting chance.
“This is a brand new car. First time with it. Just an awesome feeling car,” May commented. “First half of the race I thought man, I’ll just be able to stick on his bumper, wait it out, just take care of my stuff, and if he makes a mistake, get up there and just try to take off.
“But, the longer we started running, they told me I was starting to glow the brakes a little bit. I started trying to change a couple things to save the car and I felt like we just slowly lost it. I probably wore it out trying to stay up with him. I know he was really good tonight. It’s awesome to be in a Fury Racecar. Big thanks to RK Edwards, Bobby Sears and everybody who got us into this. Jeff Fultz, Mike Fritz for all their help and advice on these cars. We pretty much brought it out here, put the setup on it they said, and came out here with a car that was really fast. So we’re really happy with that.”
Wily veteran David Rogers came in third after riding the high side around the field on a Lap 62 restart.
“The outside here is always better. My car was good enough I could get by Brad and them, but he had a better car than me. I didn’t hold him up,” Rogers stated. “I thought maybe he could run Jeff down because he had raced with him earlier.
“I was just there you know. I didn’t really have anything for either one of them guys. The end of the race I thought I might have something for Brad. I was running him down. He was starting to get real loose. That’s a brand new car for him. So unfortunately for me he’ll get better and I kind of am where I am. Pretty good run for us, you know. You can always be better when you’re third.”
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-Story by Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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Clyde Hart Memorial Unofficial Results
New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna, Florida – July 5, 2018
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