Jeff Choquette remained the master of New Smyrna Speedway with a dominant Super Late Model victory on Thursday night in the Clyde Hart Memorial 100.
The trophy should line up nicely with the one he earned back in July 2010, his still-new PPG/Tower Sealants 100 victory from February and a pair of triumphs in the prestigious Florida Governors Cup from 2004 and 2007.
Choquette has quickly become the most decorated figure in the recent history of the famed half-mile speedway.
This time, the 30-year-old needed to outdueled David Green, Michael Atwell and Tyler Ankrum. He qualified ninth in the 15 car field but methodically picked his way through the field and first took the lead on Lap 57.
Green, Atwell and Ankrum each made spirited charges but couldn’t do anything with the Jett Concrete No. 9. Green made the most headway, getting to Choquette’s door once, but he slipped and never regained the advantage.
Choquette won for the fourth time this season in a SLM in addition following his triumphs in the PPG 100, the April 30 95KSJ 95 at Mobile International Speedway and the June 3 Serf 100 at 5 Flags Speedway.
“I was struggling and if I was struggling, he was struggling,” Choquette said. “I was just trying to maintain a solid pace to stay at least a car length ahead of him. I couldn’t let him get to my back bumper because that would be it.
“I messed up once but so did he and that’s how we wound up here.”
Green wishes he could do-over the decisive lap 87 exchange.
“I was riding behind him, following in his tracks and just waiting for the right time to make the move and I think I made it too soon,” Green said. “I got into him just a little. I bobbled and let him get straight.
“That’s all she wrote.”
Ankrum led for most of the first half but faded to third behind Atwell for the middle stages. At one point, Choquette, Atwell and Ankrum ran nose-to-tail for the lead. That duel ended on Lap 72 when Atwell spun off the Ankrum’s front bumper, resulting in both drivers being sent to the rear.
However, both recovered to finish third and fourth, respectively. Defending winner David Rogers completed the top-5. The complete results from Thursday night can be found below.
- Jeff Choquette
- David Green
- Michael Atwell
- Tyler Ankrum
- David Rogers
- Daniel Keene Jr.
- Brad May
- Bobby Good
- Rich Clouser
- Anthony Sergi
- Russ Shaw
- Blaise Hetznecker
- Anthony Cataldi
- Daniel Webster