Though runner-up Tim Russell led in the early going and gave him a good run, it was a very strong third Governors Cup win at the end of 200 laps for Wayne Anderson. Anderson set fast time and started on the pole in the running of the 43rd Annual Governors Cup at new Smyrna.
Though the race had nine cautions, there was several very long green flag runs, making for some good racing for the fans who braved the chilly temperatures.
Twenty-six cars took the green flag with not only the Cup title on the line but the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and Triple Crown Championships as well.
Jeremy Colangelo came in with a 13 point lead over Russell, but the youngster from Deland could only manage a 9th position finish giving Russell the Sunbelt crown. A double disappoint for Colangelo as Brian Finney (Merritt Island) finished two spots ahead of him to squeeze out the Triple Crown title by a few points.
Clearwater, Florida driver Billy Mowery was the Hard Charger, coming from the 15th position to take third place in the Q Auto & Accident Attorneys race car. Mowery was hoping for a late caution to get a shot at the leaders, a caution that never came.
Chad Pierce (Orlando) took fourth and Travis Cope (Hernando Beach) rounded out the top five. Last year's winner Jeff Choquette was back to defend his title, ran third for much of the race, faded to the sixth spot in the final stages.
Wayne Anderson and Billy Mowery will both be guests on Inside Florida Racing"heard on RealRacinUSA.com Monday night 7 PM.
Full race reports and photos coming later.
In the Sportsman Shootout, though the race was dominated by Steve Gainey the first to cross the finish line was Wayne Morris. Morris was Dq'ed in tech.
The win went to #25 Patrick Thomas who finished 2nd on the track.
OFFICIAL RESULTS NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY NOVEMBER 22, 2008
GOVERNOR'S CUP 200
1. #84 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood 2. #36 Tim Russell, Longwood 3. #55 Billy Mowery, Clearwater 4. #57 Chad Pierce, Orlando 5. #27 Travis Cope, Hernando Beach 6. #70x Jeff Choquette, Loxahatchee 7. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island 8. #78 B.J. McLeod, Wachula 9. #05 Jeremy Colangelo, Deland 10. #12 Corey Freed, Orlando 11. #64 Joe Winchell, Dade City 12. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay 13. #14x Martin Maresca, S.W. Ranch 14. #53 Brad Bischoff, Myakka 15. #39 Dwayne Dempsey, St. Petersburg 16. #70 James Glover, Largo 17. #62 Travis Wilson, Bartow 18. #43 Dennis Schoenfeld, Concord, NC 19. #5 Dustin Skinner, Port Orange 20. #11 David Rogers, Orlando 21. #21 Shane Sawyer, Buford, GA 22. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City 23. #92 Matt Bowers, Mt. Dora 24. #36x Earl Beckner, Orlando 25. #00 Robert Yoho, Pinnellas Park 26. #5 Joe Boyd, Riverview
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT 75
1. #25 Patrick Thomas, Oveido 2. #79x Steve Gainey, Bradenton 3. #25x Timmy Todd, Jr., St. Cloud 4. #45 Mike Soukup, Deltona 5. #1 Bart Weatherford, Lakeland 6. #111 Donny Williams, Mt. Dora 7. #98x Josh Hermann, Lakeland 8. #17 Phillip Bessett, Samsula 9. #156 James Wright, III, Auburndale 10. #16 Patrick Mennenga, Bellview 11. #69 Don Milam, Bellview 12. #98 Roger Welch, St. Petersburg 13. #30 Richie Sheppard, St. Petersburg 14. #3 Duane Best, Sarasota 15. #01 Travis Roland, Lake Alfred 16. #44 Ed Michalak, Titusville 17. #13 Aaron Williamson, Mulberry 18. #55 Richard Elkins, Jr., Auburndale 19. #05 Steve Redditt, Orlando 20. #7 Tom Raiser, Naples 21. #35 Rick Kase, Odessa 22. #77 Wayne Jones, Athens, GA. 23. #49 Jason Foster, Melbourne 24. #67 Jimmie Best, Sarasota 25. #56 Wayne Morris, Mulberry DQ'D