If one were to describe the Bright House Challenge Series 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) Saturday Night in just one word, that word would be dominant. Jeff Choquette and his No. 9 Jett Racing team stole the show from the 11 other competitors in the field. With several track and series champions in attendance, Choquette put on a clinic leading flag-to-flag.
Starting the race on the pole following an inversion, Choquette was quick to pull away from the field for an 81-lap marathon. Then on lap 82, Jesse Dutilly had a suspension issue put him into the turn two wall causing the field to bunch up. That set up an 18-lap sprint to the finish to end the 100-lap race.
When the green flag waved on the restart Choquette, lined up on the outside, quickly dived into turn one and pulled ahead of Jeff Scofield. Scofield then started to slide back and bottled up the field allowing Anthony Sergi to go around on the outside from fourth to second. But Sergi wasn’t quick enough, Choquette was already a second ahead of the field and Sergi had to deal with the likes of Brad May and David Rogers. While those three tried to settle the score for second through fourth, Choquette took home the victory.
In victory lane Choquette was both humble and gracious to his team members.
“It took a lot of guys with not a lot of sleep,” Choquette told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We were in Pensacola last night, qualified fifth, and finished second which was a good showing for my first time in this car with this team. Then we come here against the locals that are strong down here. So, to be able to come down here with a win, it was a good night.”
When asked when he was going to be back with Jett Racing, Choquette said that his next race is to be determined.
“Whenever they want to go racing they can call me up and we can go. I’m always up to it. I appreciate everything that the Jett family and Jett Concreate have done for me and I’d love to race with them anytime.”
Second-place finisher Anthony Sergi was happy with his second place finish.
“The car wasn’t perfect, but I knew on that restart that I had to get what I could get, and I took all I could get,” said Sergi. “I got out there and got out in front of all of those guys that were a little faster than I, and I was able to hold them off. So all in all it was a real good race.”
David Rogers ended the night in third, just about where he thought he’d be at night’s end.
“It was just split by the time I got through the traffic. Jeff was already gone; I wasn’t even in the same zip code as him. We still had a good racecar and then at the end when we had that little caution that’s what New Smyrna’s turned into, the guy on the outside really has an advantage over the guy on the inside. You see it in a lot of cup races and it really works here.”
The Bright House Challenge Series returns to action at New Smyrna Speedway June 30 for the Clyde Hart Memorial.
On-demand coverage from Saturday’s race at New Smyrna can be found on 51’s Trackside Now.
Bright House Challenge Series 100 Unofficial Results
1 9C Jeff Choquette
2 20 Anthony Sergi
3 11 David Rogers
4 9M Brad May
5 00 Anthony Cataldi
6 07 Jeff Scofield
7 30C Noah Cornman
8 21 Devin McLeod
9 30 Jesse Dutilly
10 36 Tim Russell
11 59 Becca Monopoli
12 5k Daniel Keene Jr.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
-Photo credit: Speed51.com