Saturday 11:45pm ET - Scott Bishop was able to grab his second Speedweeks win in the Pro Truck Series on Saturday night. The race went off much better than the race last night. There were no black-flagged trucks.
Pro Trucks Results
1Scott Bishop 2Larry Jordan 3Ricky Moxley 4Scott Reeves 5TJ Duke 6George Gorham Jr. 7Michael Pilla 8Pat Mahoney 9Mark Evans 10Zach Jarrell 11Tyler Laing 12Mike Marcelino 13Philip Luizzo 14Paul Antley 15Cole Powell 16Tim Gertsch 17Les Law 18James Campbell 19Kevin Henry 20Heath MacDougall 21Logan Bordeau
Saturday 11:15pm ET - All week long, Jeff Choquette has made New Smyrna Speedway and Speedweeks his personal playground. He was winning races most of the week, and making it look easy most of the time he was doing it.
So, it played out perfect that on Saturday night, during the Pete Orr Memorial 100, that Choquette really had to work hard for another Super Late Model win.
Choquette jumped out to an early lead, but had to hold off a charging Tim Russell to secure the win and the Speedweeks Super Late Model Championship.
“We were always good on the shorter runs,” said Choquette. “We were good on them all week long. But there toward the end, Russell was a little bit better. We were just good on the short runs. But the race ended our way, just like everything else this week. It just fell our way tonight. I don’t even know what to say. We were just extremely lucky.”
Russell started deep in the field, but made a charge toward Choquette. The longer the race ran under green, the better Russell was too. However, a late caution that resulted in a green-white-checker finish hurt Russell’s chances of the win.
“I saw him coming in the mirror,” said Russell. “He was better on the long runs. I couldn’t get my car to turn in the middle. I finally figured it out there at the end and got the car to come off the corner. It just took me too long to figure it out. He was just better at the end.”
“I think if we would have stayed green the rest of the way, it would have been interesting,” said Russell. “We started running him down late in the race. But you have to hand it to him, he had a better car and he was better off the restarts. They really helped him.”
Even better is that it capped off what was a great week for Choquette. And it was a race named after one of the biggest and brightest stars that Florida had ever seen.
“This win means a lot to me,” added Choquette. “You know, I was never able to meet Pete Orr. But I know he was an awesome, awesome guy. This is my second win in this race. I just enjoy coming to win his race. That means a lot to me.
“This whole week couldn’t have went any better. We could have won two more races I guess. You can’t win them all though. Just to win one, I feel fortunate. Just to be out here competing, I feel fortunate.”
Super Late Model Results
1Jeff Choquette 2Tim Russell 3Jack Landis 4Ryan Sieg 5Louis Mechalides 6Ricky Carmichael 7Trevor Sanborn 8Patrick Conrad 9Justin Drawdy 10Scotty Crockett 11Kurt Jett 12Darrell Midgley 13Kevin Bayless 14Jeremy Gerster 15Eddie Gainey 16Chris Staggs 17Steve Weaver Jr. 18Gary Terry 19Derrick Wood 20Nevin Gainey 21Travis Kittleson 22Jay Middleton 23James Andrews 24Rusty Ebersole 25David Rogers 26Brad Bischoff 27John Coffman
Saturday 10:25pm ET - The Pete Orr Memorial is halfway over and Jeff Choquette has dominated up to this point. Choquette leads Tim Russell, Justin Drawdy and Jack Landis.
Saturday 10:00pm ET - The Pete Orr Memorial has just taken the green flag. It didn't start without a bang though... as David Rogers, Brad Bischoff and John Coffman all wrecked on the frontstretch.
Saturday 9:30pm ET - It was a dream week for Jimmy Blewett. So needless to say, its almost perfect that it ended with another SK Modified win and the SK Modified Championship as well.
“You know, it is all this team, and that is something that I really learned from my brother,” said Jimmy. “He taught me to always treat your guys well. Even if you had a bad night, he told me to make sure you told your guys good job. And because of that, they were always there to make the car better and make things good. That is why we won this Championship.”
Blewett took the lead right from his outside front-row starting spot in Saturday night’s shortened 30-lapper (the race was originally scheduled to be a 50-lap race, but with only 13 cars starting, the race was shortened) and led all the laps to win his fifth SK Modified event of the week.
The amazing stats on Jimmy Blewett. He won eight total Modified races here last here (5 Tour Mod wins, 3 SK win). This year, he backed it up with eight more wins (3 in the Tour Mod, 5 in the SK).
Speed51.com will have more with Jimmy Blewett this coming week on his thoughts of two Modified Championships.
SK Modified Results
1 Jimmy Blewett
2 Glen Griswold
3 Eric Goodale
4 Butch Perry
5 Jimmy Zacharrias
6 George Brunnhoelzl, III
7 Billy Anderson
8 Chris Jensen
9 Josh Sylvester
10 Don King, Jr.
11 Shelly Perry
12 Phil Wehrkiem
13 Jason Migonia
Saturday 8:45pm ET - It’s never good when someone wrecks a car. But when Joe Winchell wrecked his Super Late Model earlier in the week, it might have been a blessing in disguise.
After that, he and his team went home, worked on getting their Limited Late Model together, brought it out and won the final three Limited Late Model races of Speedweeks.
“That was a bad deal for that team, but we went home and worked hard to get this Late Model together,” said Winchell. “We put it all back together and we got three out of four. I really appreciate everyone that helps me on this thing.
How do you do something like that during Speedweeks when you weren’t even planning to run?
“The first day we ran the car, we were behind and kind of got down on ourselves. We just kept digging and digging and digging and we hit on something. We stayed with it, just stayed with basic stuff and it really worked with this car. Keep it simple.”
The battle for the title was something else in the Late Models. Derrick Kelley came into the day with a solid lead over Drew Brannon. However, a wreck as the field was coming to the green severally damaged Kelley’s car, who had started on the pole. While he rode around the rest of the night, Brannon was able to finish third.
It wasn’t enough though… as Kelley was able to win the title after the two tied in points. The tiebreaker was Kelley’s two wins, compared to Brannon’s zero.
Limited Late Model Results
1Joe Winchell 2Jessica Murphy 3Drew Brannon 4Kevin Ingram 5Kirk Hooker 6JR McMichael 7Steven Simpson 8Derrick Kelly 9Ben Bargnesi 10CJ Faison 11Ginney Quinones 12Alan Bruns 13Donald Williamson
Saturday 8:15pm ET - For the last two seasons, the guy that has been the face of Tour Modifieds at Speedweeks has been sorta absent.
Ted Christopher, better known at TC, has been the guy everyone has always wanted to beat at Speedweeks. And if he is not winning races, he’s normally right in the middle of things, with rivalries and sometimes even a few fights here and there.
But TC didn’t win a single Modified race at Speedweeks in 2007. And, through the first eight nights of the 2008 version, he still hadn’t won a race.
However, that changed on Saturday night, as TC did all he could to try and win the championship, by winning the 25-lap finale for the Tour Modifieds.
Jimmy Blewett, by virtue of his fifth-place finish, earned the Tour Modified championship.
Tour Modified Results
1 Ted Christopher
2 Eric Beers
3 Chuck Hossfeld
4 Bobby Grigas III
5 Jimmy Blewett
6 Billy Pauch, Jr
7 Rowan Pennick
8 Marisa Neidermeyer
9 Butch Perry
10 Jon McKennedy
11 Andy Seuss
12 JR Bertuccio
13 George Bierce
14 Billy Anderson
Saturday 7:40pm ET - The Tour Modified are rolling out onto the track. They will run first tonight, with Jimmy Blewett looking for the champinship.
Saturday 7:20pm ET - All eyes and ears were on the driver's meeting here tonight. A lot of people wanted some clarification on the restart rules after last night's Pro Truck fiasco where the top three drivers were all black-flagged on consecutive restarts for bring the field down too slow.
Scott Jackman, the Race Director of the World Series, also thanked all of the competitors for their patience and for coming out and supporting the show.
Saturday 6:15pm ET - The SK Modified feature event tonight has been shortened to 30 laps. Shelly Perry has drawn the pole for the event after the redraw.
In the Tour Modifieds, Jon McKennedy drew the pole starting spot.
Saturday 5:20pm ET - Scott Bishop took the quick time in the Pro Truck event. Bishop won the first night of competition here.
Pro Truck Qualifying Results
1Scott Bishop19.712 2Kevin Henry19.893 3Ricky Moxley19.995 4Larry Jordan20.059 5George Gorham Jr.20.113 6Logan Bordeau20.124 7Les Law20.177 8Scott Reeves20.215 9Paul Antley20.271 10Pat Mahoney20.308 11Cole Powell20.372 12TJ Duke20.463 13Tim Gertsch20.756 14Tyler Laing20.777 15Zach Jarrell21.145 16James Campbell21.275 17Mike Marcelino21.557 18Philip Luizzo21.634 19Heath MacDougall23.101 20Michael Pilla23.684
Saturday 4:45pm ET - A total of 11 SK Modifieds took times in qualifying. To no one's surprise, Jimmy Blewett was the quickest qualifier.
SK Modified Qualifying Results
1Jimmy Blewett17.292 2Josh Sylvester17.557 3Glen Griswold17.601 4Eric Goodale17.641 5Jimmy Zacharrias17.655 6Shelly Perry17.663 7Butch Perry17.704 8Chris Jenson18.016 9Russ Savoy18.258 10Don King Jr.18.984 11Jason Migonia20.861
Saturday 4:30pm ET - With the Richie Evans Memorial event all done, several of the Tour Mods have already loaded up and went home. Only a total of 10 cars took times for tonight's 25-lap finale. There will likely be a few backup cars added to the field, but the race will be sparce tonight.
Ted Christopher was the quick qualifier.
Some of the cars that went home included Ryan Preece, Charlie Pasteryak, Kevin Goodale, James Civali and Ronnie Silk.
Tour Modified Qualifying Results
1Ted Christopher16.646 2Andy Seuss16.813 3Eric Beers16.888 4Bobby Grigas III16.921 5Chuck Hossfeld16.980 6Jimmy Blewett16.988 7JR Bertuccio17.050 8Jon McKennedy17.110 9Rowan Pennick17.193 10Billy Pauch Jr17.232
Saturday 4:10pm ET - Jack Landis earned the quick time for tonight's Pete Orr Memorial 100. Landis is one of three Super Late Model drivers to have won feature events during this Speedweeks.
There was a rather scary incident just as practice started. As the back gates were secure, the first qualifier, Jeff Choquette, took off to start his qualifying run. At the same time, a crew member from one of the SK Modified teams opened the back gate to let a Modified across the track. Choquette locked up the brakes to not t-bone the Modified of Don King Jr., and King was smart enough to see the car coming and hit the gas to avoid a collision.
Super Late Model Results
1Jack Landis17.222 2Ryan Sieg17.274 3Jeff Choquette17.276 4Tim Russell17.330 5Jay Middleton17.392 6Scotty Crockett17.406 7Justin Drawdy17.461 8Patrick Conrad17.463 9Trevor Sanborn17.500 10Kurt Jett17.533 11Ricky Carmichael17.571 12Gary Terry17.604 13Travis Kittleson17.644 14Justin Larson17.660 15BJ McLeod17.676 16Louis Mechalides17.715 17Darrell Midgley17.843 18Eddie Gainey17.948 19Kevin Bayless18.034 20David Rogers18.220 21Brad Bischoff18.232 22Derrick Wood18.274 23Chris Staggs18.290 24Rusty Ebersole18.586 25Steve Weaver Jr.18.657 26John Coffman18.845 27Jeremy GersterNo Time
Saturday 3:15pm ET - Practice for today's events has been moved up. It will now begin at 3:45.
Saturday 2:45pm ET - A couple notes of interest… Jeff Scofield will not return tonight to run the #50 Super Late Model. The car’s regular driver, Eddie Gainey, will be back behind the wheel.
All of the teams that “boycotted” last night’s race after the qualifying snafu are back here today. Also here is Brad Bischoff, a PASS South regular and Florida veteran.
Also, all three of the Pro Truck teams that were black-flagged while leading the event last night are back today as well to race in the 50-lapper.
Saturday 2:05pm ET - Well, today is the final day here at New Smyrna Speedway for the 42nd running of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Last night, the Tour Modifieds took center stage with their 100-lap feature. Eric Beers came out victories in that. Tonight, the Super Late Models will run their 100-lapper… the Pete Orr Memorial 100.
The pits are a little thinner today, with some guys leaving after a week’s long activities. Also, with the Crate Late Models gone, the pits are a little less crowded.
Qualifying will begin at 4pm today, with Super Late Models, Pro Trucks, Tour Modifieds and SK Modifieds all qualifying.
The race order today is the Tour Modifieds (25 laps) first, followed by Limited Late Models (25 laps), SK Modifieds (50 laps), Super Late Models (100 laps) and Pro Trucks (50 laps)
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