KARNAC.com - Your Online Racing Community Since 1997 Florida Stock Car Racing
Where the weather is a little hotter
and the racing is a lot faster.....All Year Round!

Your Online Racing Community Since 1998
Stock Car Racing all year round!



Front Page | Archive | Drivers| Tracks | History | Series | Events | Got News? | Message Board |
|Columns | MotorHeads | Classifieds | Links | Weather |Search | Letters | Audio | Photo Gallery

Race Results

 Charlotte County Speedway Hangover Enduro Results

 Eve of Destruction Results - Charlotte County Speedway

 USA Sprints 2004 Southern Thunder Tour Champion Andy Kelly

 Southern Sportsman Results at DeSoto Speedway

 Mike Hovis wins Brian Davidson Memorial 150 at Charlotte County Speedway

 Todd Anglani wins LLM at Hialeah Season Finale

 East Bay Features “POWDER-PUFF” Racing Return On A Cool December Night

 Dawayne Bryan wins AACS at Desoto Super Speedway

 Billy Mowery wins Corteco Gulfcoast Modified Race at Charlotte County

 East Bay Gets Visit from Craftsman Truck Rookie of the Year David Reutimann

 Auburndale Ends 2004 Season with a Busy Night

 Styer wins on final lap of LLM at Hialeah

 Martin Pierce tops LLM 100 Lapper at Desoto

 Roger Smathers tops 55 Car Enduro at New Smyrna

 Dwayne Dempsey Wins a Pair in Winter Spectacular III

 Snowball Derby Postponed until next Saturday

 Fontaine wins AACS at Desoto Super Speedway

 Three Wide Highlights CRASH-A-RAMA at SpeedWorld

 Rick Sirmans Wins 100 Lap Feature at New Smyrna

 Wayne Jefferson Big Winner at Desoto Super Speedway

 Spencer Taylor tops FASTKIDS at Auburndale

 Robbie McAuliffe wins 75 Lapper at Sunshine's Final Night

 Jeff Choquette tops 35 car field to win 39th Annual Governor's Cup

 Richie Henry takes 50 lap LLM Feature at Hialeah

 Jeff Choquette Wins Governor's Cup, Rick Sirmans takes FMSC 100

 Six Classes Crown Six 2004 Champions At East Bay Raceway Park

 Pamela Weaver big winner at Auburndale

 Ron Campbell tops 25 lap OWM at Sunshine

 Eric Black returns to Victory Lane at New Smyrna Speedway

Citrus County Speedway

Southern Short Track Stock Car Racing

Motorheads Directory of MotorSports

November 22, 2004
Jeff Choquette tops 35 car field to win 39th Annual Governor's Cup
by Jane Smith

Samsula, Fla. (November 20, 2004) A perfect day, a perfect night greeted fans at New Smyrna Speedway as they filled the stands for the 39th Governor's Cup. Thirty five of the South's best Super Lates were on hand to give the fans plenty of exciting action as Justin Drawdy of Ft. Pierce broke the track record in his qualifying lap with Travis Kittleson of Merritt Island breaking the record. The field was set with thirty five of the best and best they are.

Pre-race ceremonies included State Senator Bill Posey reading a letter from Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the crowd along with Grand Marshall David Rogers saying something that touched many hearts. "I never thought I would be saying this but gentleman, start your engines."

David Rogers has run every Governor Cup for the last 30 years and it was only because of an accident this year at Orlando SpeedWorld that his No. 11 TM Ranch Dodge was not in the field. Rogers also has won the Governor's Cup twice and hopefully again soon.

The thirty five car field saw some new faces to Florida stock car racing. Chase Austin of Edoria, Kansas is a 15 year old 9th grade student who comes to asphalt stock car racing from driving a dirt Late Model and Sprint car. Butch Miller, well known and respected in the sport of auto racing, was his crew chief. This was Chase's first big asphalt race and he did very welll.

Travis Swain was the 2004 Caroway Speedway Late Model Champion in North Carolina and was behind the wheel of the No. 30 Bobby Orr Crew-Chief chevy. Swain is 25 years old and has been racing for two years and took to racing like "a duck to water".

Also in the field was Travis Kittleson of Merritt Island and Jay Middleton of Lake City who both ran the 2004 ASA circuit. And for the first time in many years, two Cope cars were in the field - Mike and Jimmy Cope. What a site to see again.

Justin Drawdy set on the pole for the 200 lap event and quickly jumped to the point on the green followed by Jacob Warren, Travis Kittleson, Jeff Scofield and Wayne Anderson. For the first 19 laps, it was smooth sailing until Patrick Conrad brought out the yellow when he spun coming off four going into the frontstretch. The field was realigned and the race was back on.

Drawdy held the point although he had some fighting going on behind him. On lap 37, Wayne Morris brought out the yellow when he had problems with his Do-Rite Communications ride and slowly nursed her around the track. The race goes back green on lap 40. Next to have problems is Travis Kittleson who ends up really squirrelly going down the frontstretch but does a great job of saving the car from a head-on wall hit. Kittleson ends his night early being towed into the pits.

Top ten on the restart are Justin Drawdy, Jacob Warren, Jeff Scofield, Wayne Anderson, Mike Fritts, B.J. McLeod, Jeff Choquette, Jay Middleton, Jimmy Cope and Barry Willoughby. Fritts put the pedal down and passes Anderson taking over fourth as Willoughby passes Cope for tenth. Choquette goes on the charge and takes over fifth as Anderson slides back.

J.R. McMickle of Davey brings out the yellow when he spins in turns 1 and 2 on lap 90. On the restart, David Pollen Jr.of Tampa has problems on the restart and spins going down the frontstretch causing the yellow to come out again. On the restart, it is Drawdy, Warren, Scofield, Fritts and Middleton.

The yellow comes out again for Barry Willoughby's bumper which has come off in turns 3 and 4 with cars dodging every which away. Down for the night in the craziness was Scotty Crockett, Brian Finney, Barry Willoughby, with Sean Murphy having damage. All are done for the night except for Sean Murphy.

Quite a few cars decide to pit since it is basically halfway with the new leader of the race being Jay Middleton followed by Mike Cope, Jeff Choquette, Mike Franklin and Jimmy Cope. The yellow comes out for a spin in turn 4 and quickly returns to green as Middleton leads the way over the field. A short green another yellow and new leader is Jeff Choquette with Fritts, Cope, Franklin and Drawdy in the top five.

Fritts tries to rattle young Choquette's cage but finds he is not easy to rattle as Choquette holds the point. Scofield takes over fourth from Franklin sliding Franklin to fifth. It is obvious that Scofield wants the point as he passes Jimmy Cope for third. Coming off four Choquette gets loose and Fritts take advantage and takes over the point with Choquette in second followed by Scofield, Warren and Jimmy Cope.

Scofield is able to pass Choquette and takes aim on Fritts who is now leading when Fritts has problems and slowly slides backwards into the field leaving Scofield on the point. Scofield and Choquette are doing some heavy side-by-side action when they touch sending Scofield into a wild ride. With two laps to go, Scofield is not exactly happy.

Choquette is now faced with a green, white, checkered and proves he has the stuff to make it work. Choquette, who is only 17 years old, takes the checkered winning the 39th Annual Governor's Cup followed by Jacob Warren, Jimmy Cope, Mike Franklin and Mike Cope.

In Victory Lane, Choquette told the fans that "this was a dream come true." It was later announced that Wayne Anderson won the Sunbelt Super Late Model Championship for 2004 with Jeff Scofield as the 2004 Triple Crown Champion. Congratulations to them all.

39th Governor's Cup
Official Results

1. #70 Jeff Choquette, Royal Palm Beach
2. #51 Jacob Warren, Orlando
3. #61 Jimmy Cope, St. Pete
4. #57 Mike Franklin, Ocala
5. #25 Mike Cope, Weekiwachee
6. #27 Mike Good, Lake Mary
7. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland
8. #74J Jay Middleton, Lake City
9. #12 Justin Drawdy, Ft. Pierce
10. #32 Sean Murphy, Ft. Lauderdale
11. #0 Rich Pratt, Anthony
12. #10 Ryan Foster, Lowell, Arkansas
13. #70x James Glover, Pinellas Park
14. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City
15. #64 Bobby Coyle, Ft. Lauderdale
16. #27x Mike Fritts, Debary
17. #14 Mario Maresca, Ft. Lauderdale
18. #11 Chase Austin, Edoria, Kansas
19. #1 Fain Skinner, Land O'Lakes
20. #88 David Pollen, Jr., Tampa
21. #92 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood
22. #32x Michael Williams, Mims
23. #74 Barry Willoughby, Port St. Lucie
24. #30 Travis Swain, Caroway, S.C.
25. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island
26. #9r Patrick Conrad, Clermont
27. #28 Scotty Crockett, Land O'Lakes
28. #78 B.J. McLeod, Wauchula
29. #9 J.R. McMickle, Davey
30. #88x Travis Kittleson, Merritt Island
31. #86 Chet Morrison, Houma, LA
32. #6 Dwayne Dempsey, St. Pete
33. #98 Wayne Morris, Mulberry
34. #17 James Powell, Astor
35. #21 Scott Reeves, Royal Palm Beach

2004 Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion - Wayne Anderson
2004 Triple Crown Winner Jeff Scofield

Have an opinion on this story? Post a message on our Message Board!
news@karnac.org or send a letter to the editor!


Pit Stop
 FMCRA Race School Graduates ready for 2005 Mini Cup season Opener

 Schedule for January 8th at New Smyrna Speedway

 New Smyrna Speedway returns to racing action Jan. 8 with Riverfest 300

 Reminder for all Sunbelt - Super Late Model Drivers about SpeedFest

 Entries Are Coming In for USA International Speedway's 2005 SpeedFest

 Happy New Year from New Smyrna Speedway and Team FASCAR

 Pro Trucks and Quick Kids added to River Fest 300 at New Smyrna Speedway January 8th

 Team Cheetah Racing has Great 2004 Season


 Rick Bristol announces sale of his race team to driver R.J. Arnone

 Big Improvements being made at Orlando SpeedWorld, Entries pouring in for 2005 Winternationals

 Charlotte County Speedway Announces December 31 and January 2005 Events Schedule

 Volusia Speedway Park Announces 2005 Race Week Schedule

 USA will host 2005 Speedfest January 27, 28, and 29

 USA Sprints 2004 Southern Thunder Tour Champion Andy Kelly

 Greg Kielma Turns Over Driver Duties To Joey Barnes

 Florida Mini Cup and Santa Clause bring holiday cheer to Shriner's Hospital

 USA Sprints Return to Charlotte County Speedway

 Last Race Night Buffet a Success

 New Smyrna Speedway Ends 2004 with Full Program

 Citrus Closes 2004 with 2 Day Winter Spectacular

 Final 2004 Race Set for Saturday Afternoon at Orlando SpeedWorld

 East Bay Raceway Park Gears up for 2004 Finale and 2005 Winter Nationals

 Drivers have FINAL Chance to Practice at SpeedWorld this Wednesday

 Final Race Night Buffet will honor area track and series champions

 Bobby Orr returns to New Smyrna Speedway


 Greenwood Chevolet to Sponsor first ever FASCAR Pro Truck race this Saturday at Columbia


 FASCAR Pro Trucks debut this Saturday at Columbia Motorsports Park

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright© KARNAC.com 1997-2004 KARNAC.com is electronically published by Jack E. Smith. The KARNAC© name, logo and trademarks are owned by and used with the permission of Jack E. Smith. Reproduction or republishing in whole or part for inclusion in any work is strictly prohibited without prior written permission of the electronic publisher. Information may, however, be printed for the sole purpose of contacting our advertisers.