CORDELE, Ga. – The coast cleared for Jeff Choquette. When it did, the West Palm Beach, Fla., driver went on to score his second career ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest victory.
Choquette took the lead when Chase Elliott and David Ragan tangled at the front of the field with two laps remaining. Elliott and Ragan, two home state heroes at Watermelon Capital Speedway, both were knocked from a potential victory, but Choquette was ready to take advantage of their misfortune.
Choquette then held off another Georgia racer, David Odell, during a final two-lap shootout to the checkered flag to earn SpeedFest victory number two, adding to his SpeedFest win at the now-closed USA Int’l Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., in 2008.
The bad luck for frontrunners was not limited to just Elliott and Ragan, however. 2012 Snowball Derby winner Erik Jones dropped from the race after late-race contact with Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek ran out of fuel just a few laps short of a potential podium finish, while other drivers such as Austin Theriault, Johnny Sauter, Travis Satuer and more found themselves out of the race after being near the front throughout the 200-lap feature.
Connecticut’s Scott Heckert finished an impressive third, while 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Rookie of the Year Anderson Bowen and Bubba Pollard rounded out the top five.
The day started off much better for 17-year-old Elliott than it finished, however, as Elliott picked up his third-straight JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour SpeedFest feature victory in the Premier Building Systems 100 Sunday afternoon.
Alabama Late Model standout Justin South had a strong runner-up finish in the JEGS Tour 100-lapper, while Pollard ran third. Alabaman Korey Ruble was fourth, followed by Mike Garvey.