Rubbing is racing and Central Florida’s Sportsman drivers know it. In the 75-lap Sportsman feature directly following the 52nd Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200, Kody Jett, Patrick Thomas, Sean Bass and a host of others battled tooth and nail to show the crowd on hand the most action-packed racing that the class could provide.


Through it all, it was the cream that rose to the top of the running order at the conclusion of the event. Kody Jett battled Patrick Thomas to gain the lead in the waning laps and pulled off the victory.


300x250 Snowball Derby PPV“Man, I’m really happy that we got to race like that,” Jett explained regarding his battle with Thomas.  “Neither one of us took each other out. We rubbed a little bit, but to me that’s racing, and if you can’t take that then I don’t think you need to race. I’m proud of all my guys, my whole team, they just did a phenomenal job.”


Thomas was equally thrilled about driving his lower horsepower backup car to a second-place finish after an incident a few weeks’ prior left his primary back at the shop.


“I thought we had him. We got a little loose center off, and we run a very low gear here, so if we get loose it really hurts the tires so you can’t get off the corner,” Thomas explained.  “Kody did a great job. He got me in lapped traffic before he could use the little bit of extra motor that he had. So we will take it for our little $3,000 motor. We had the fast time in practice, started seventeenth and we’ll take a second.”


Sean Bass, who was in a backup car as well came home in third after boasting another fender-rubbing finish with George Gorham and Jason Vail.


“I got to thank my guys. We got this car on Tuesday and we’ve had since then to prep it. This is the first time it’s raced with us,” Bass stated.  “I’m very happy with our results. Me and Gorham had a really good race at the end for third place. There was a little bit of bumping and grinding, that’s part of racing, but I’m happy for Kody Jett getting this win tonight and hope everybody watched a hell of a show.”


More information, highlights, and interviews from Saturday night’s full slate of racing action at New Smyrna Speedway can be seen by visiting 51’s Trackside Now.


-By Allick Jorgensen, Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24

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Sportsman 75 Unofficial Results – Florida Governor’s Cup

November 12, 2017 – New Smyrna Speedway (FL)

Pos # Driver
1 9 Kody Jett
2 111 Patrick Thomas
3 28 Sean Bass
4 407 Jason Vail
5 03 George Gorham
6 24 Bruce Bennett
7 71 Earl Beckner
8 44B Matthew Green
9 58 Steve Barnes
10 171 Donovan Ponder
11 111B Joshua Borem
12 63 George Alexander
13 88 DJ Farr
14 50 Jeff Wright
15 37 Kenner Brown III
16 06 Rick Payne
17 33D Mike Dahm
18 07 Scott Garrity
19 14 Adam Briggs
20 XL Jeff Cuddy
21 88 DJ Farr
22 10 Joe Hamilton
23 33 Michael Held
24 22 Shyanne Mathers
25 21X George Dahm
26 17 Jon Julian
27 31 JT Tippins



Jett Prevails in Action-Packed Sportsman Race at New Smyrna