The 53rd running of the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 will go at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Smyrna Speedway.
The prestigious Super Late Model race will cover 200 laps over the track’s half-mile, banked oval in Samsula.
Entries have poured in from all over Florida, plus other takers from the southeast. As of Saturday, three-time defending race champion Ty Majeski had not posted an entry.
“He may show up late,” NSS general manager Rusty Marcus said earlier this week. “We have some guys who do that.”
Majeski is making the turn from Late Model star to NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie. He has made 12 Xfinity starts this season for Roush Fenway Racing, including Saturday’s race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
At least 25 Super Late Models are expected in the pit area.
Among those expected to compete for the coveted trophy include 2018 Super Late Model track champ Brad May; 2018 World Series Champ Stephen Nasse; two-time Governor's Cup champ Jeff Choquette; and veteran Bubba Pollard.
The inaugural Governor’s Cup was held at the newly opened Tampa Golden Gate Speedway in 1965. The race was commissioned by Florida Gov. Hayden Burns.
The race started its history on the west coast of Florida but landed on the east coast when New Smyrna Speedway agreed to host the event in 1988.
The Governor’s Cup has been the launch pad of many racing careers, most recently Erik Jones. In 2011 at the age of 15, Jones became the youngest driver to win New Smyrna’s biggest race.
Jones captured his first NASCAR Cup Series victory when he captured the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway in July driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The general admission is $30 while reserved seats are $35. Pit passes are on sale for $40. There is no charge for children 11-and-under.
For more information about the race, call New Smyrna Speedway at 386-427-4129, or go online to newsmyrnaspeedway.org.