Jeff Choquette will make a rare Super Late Model start this weekend in the Florida Governor’s Cup with a shot at history. The West Palm Beach native would tie Michigan greats Ed Howe and Butch Miller with a fourth win in the historic race if he were to park it in New Smyrna Speedway victory lane Saturday night.
While he has only made three other starts so far in 2019, Choquette has made each race count. He is two-for-two at New Smyrna with his win in the Clyde Hart Memorial in July, and most recently in the Southern Super Series Hart to Heart 100.
“I haven’t done that much racing but the three races I’ve run, two have been at New Smyrna and one’s been at Inverness (Citrus County Speedway). The Inverness outing didn’t go too well, we won the other two at New Smyrna,” Choquette told Speed51.com. “The Hart to Heart had some really good competition with the Southern Super Series. You had Casey Roderick, Stephen (Nasse), a teammate who finished second to us. That was a good outing. We’re going back to New Smyrna for the Governor’s Cup and then we’ll be at the Derby. We’re batting two for three right now, and hopefully we can finish out with two more.”
Choquette is one of three drivers who have won the Governor’s Cup three times. He also hasn’t lost a Super Late Model race at the Florida half-mile oval since the 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. When asked about his success at New Smyrna, he boiled it down to one thing.
“Laps at New Smyrna. You look at everybody that’s ran well at any track anywhere, they’ve had a lot of laps at the place,” Choquette explained. “Back in the day, Dick Anderson, David Rogers, Wayne Anderson, all those guys have done extremely well at New Smyrna in the past and they’ve had a lot of laps around the place. Seat time is kind of what everything boils down to whenever a driver does well at a place.”
While Choquette has been away from the track for the majority of the 2019 season, Jett Motorsports has seen success around the country with fellow driver Stephen Nasse. Nasse has led Jett Motorsports to five wins this season, most notably leading all but eight laps at the Winchester 400 to give the team the famed rifle for the second-straight year.
“It always helps when you know, just from a confidence standpoint when you go to a race track and you know the team’s been racing every weekend and they’re able to unload with something that they know works and they’ve been running everywhere,” he said. “They ran extremely well this weekend up at the All American 400. Nashville and New Smyrna are completely different places but from a setup standpoint I think they’d got to be at least close enough. The guys have been running everywhere all year, been running good wherever they went. That gives us a good baseline to start off with and a good notebook to go back on.”
With a chance to tie the record for most Governor’s Cup wins and a trip to Pensacola for the Snowball Derby looming, a win for Choquette would be big.
“Any win is big, if we end up in victory lane this weekend I think that would be Governor’s Cup win number four. I don’t think there’s too many people with their name on the trophy four times, so that would be big. Any momentum you can carry from week to week is nice.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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