3: Augie Grill is chasing the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the third consecutive year. Grill is already three-for-three at the track having won the 2013 Cracker 200 in between his two Governor’s Cup wins. Grill would be the first driver to win three in a row since Bobby Gill in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
16: 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.
“We have been working on some stuff here in the shop and hopefully it will pan out,” said Russell. “We were second a year ago and we want to get another win for our family team. It means so much to win this race; all you have to do is look at the list of past winners. It’s the biggest race we have other than Speedweeks.”
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.
25: According to records that we have available, David Rogers is set to make his 25th start in the Florida Governor’s Cup race.
“Is that all?” asked Rogers. “I’ve been around so long that 25 doesn’t seem like enough. It’s pretty cool to hear numbers like that because nobody races that long these days. We have some heavy hitters coming to New Smyrna and we have a good long run car. I think we will be good.”
Truth be told the actual number of starts is likely well over 30, but with missing information we can’t confirm anything more than 25 officials finishes at this time. If you have info that could help us, please email [email protected]
81: Michigan driver Brian Campbell will be behind the wheel of the Anthony Campi No. 81 marking the third year in a row that the car will be piloted by a driver from Michigan. Another Great Lake State driver, Johnny VanDoorn, piloted the No. 81 to second-place finish back in 2012.
200: The Florida Governor’s Cup 200 is 200 laps making it the longest race of the season at New Smyrna Speedway. This year will be the 49th annual running of the race.
$500: Progressive Racing Engines is the sponsor of the pole award which is worth $500.
$15,000: The first-place prize is going to be worth $15,000 at this year’s Florida Governor’s Cup. The prestigious race has been won by an outsider the last three seasons and drivers from the Sunshine State are hoping to keep the $15,000 in the state of Florida this time around.
– By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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