During a cold week of practice (at least for us Floridians, you know in the 40’s) at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, star Fountain Motorsports driver Jeff Choquette finds himself on the wrong side of luck and a huge opportunity missed. Having spent the days leading up to the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby dominating the time charts, the FMS crew were high flying heading into Friday’s time trials. Bolstering their confidence was the late season addition of Alex Query as their Crew Chief.
Choquette and Fountain Motorsports settled in for the start of Sunday’s race in 19th position with extremely high hopes; less than two-tenths of a second separating the first 19 Super Late Models. As the field took the green flag the fireworks began almost immediately as Jeff raced passed several cars on his way to the front, which featured the likes of non other than NASCAR’s Kyle Busch. As the first 40 laps clicked off, Jeff was picking apart the field, obvious to any observer as the hard-charger early on. By lap 44, Jeff had raced his Fountain Motorsports #33 from over a half track behind the leaders to 4th position and less than a quarter-track separating him from the front.
Several cars tangled in the middle of turn four blocking the exit. Jeff dives into three, locks up the brakes and spins his Super Late Model in unison with the car in front of him. He receives the brunt of the damage as the entire right side is torn wide open. As the #33 limps back to the pit, we watched, holding our breath that maybe just maybe the damage was only cosmetic. The crew proceeds to put new right side tires on the car and whisked Jeff back around the track, avoiding going a lap down. A bright glow starts to be clear through the wheel well coming from under the hood. Choquette’s car is on fire. As he comes around to enter the pit a second time he has to be extinguished by the fire crew, it becomes evident that the race is over for Jeff and Fountain Motorsports. A severed oil line finally ends the day for Jeff and Fountain Motorsports.
With the unfortunate events of this past weekend behind them, Jeff Choquette and Fountain Motorsports are very optimistic about the future, mainly in light of the tremendous strides they have made with Alex Query. We are very optimistic and looking forward to next season and the many developments that are coming for Jeff and the Fountain Motorsports team. Stay tuned!
November 3, 2009
While Jeff Choquette and the Fountain Motorsports team were trying to complete the second leg of a back to back win effort at New Smyrna Speedway Saturday, FMS Racing Quarter Midget Driver Matthew Green was taking a checkered flag of his own in Tampa. In his Fountain Motorsports Quarter Midget, Matthew Green won both the heat and the main event in the Light World Formula class with a half track to spare. After the dominating performance, Matthew geared up for the Light X-160 class in his black Quarter Midget. Finishing 2nd in the heat race, Matthew had to start in the back of the pack after needing a tire change during hot laps. He managed to make his way back to the 3rd position for the completion of the race. A fun point of mention is that Matthew Green’s Quarter Midget was equipped with an on-car video camera. Stay tuned for the short video segment and experience the race from the 10 year olds driver seat!! Congrats to Matthew for another Checkered Flag to add to his collection!
It was a beautiful night to be racing in Orlando Friday night as Jeff Choquette and Fountain Motorsports geared up for the Marion Edwards 100 on October 23rd followed by the Solar First Late Model 100 at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday. Jeff qualified the #33 Late Model in the top ten and took the Green Flag in the 6th position. After a very clean first half of the race with limited caution flags, the front running late models of Tim Russell and Brandon Johnson tangled and subsequently went to the rear. This was all the motivation Jeff would need as his Late Model came to him with heat in the tires. Claiming the front of the Pack, Jeff would lead the remaining laps as he pulled away to victory. It was a great night for Jeff Choquette and FMS Racing as they jumped back into the swing of things and a very busy November to come.
After the nights rest, it was back to work for the Fountain Motorsports team as they set out to make it back to back wins, this time at New Smyrna Speedway in Samsula, FL. Jeff Choquette again qualifying in the top 10, but this time drawing the pole to start the 100 lap race. It became clear that Jeff’s car was set up for the long runs as he struggled on the restarts to fend off the very competitive pack. It also became clear that Jeff’s #33 machine would be able to fend off and lead the event if the racing was as clean as the previous night in Orlando. After 90 laps completed, Jeff was comfortable out front of the pack with a four car length lead. An unfortunate tangle in the back of the pack brought the race to a green-white-checkered finish. Jeff tried his best to hold off the competition as he took the green out front, but couldn’t manage to hold off Tim Russell and Brandon Johnson. Finishing in third place was a great end to a very successful weekend of racing and a great springboard into November.
Please stay tuned as the 2009 racing season wraps up and Jeff Choquette and Fountain Motorsports attempt to take the checkered flag in Concord, NC on Saturday November 7th for the North-South Shootout, at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA on Saturday November 14th for the 26th Annual World Crown 300, back at New Smyrna Speedway on November 21st for the 44th Annual Governor’s Cup and then at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL December 2nd-6th for the 42nd Annual Snowball Derby.
September 1, 2009
After a successful day of practice Jeff Choquette qualified his #33 Late Model sixth out of a field of 36 racecars. With only 28 drivers scheduled to take the green flag, a 15 lap consolation, “last chance” event consisting of thirteen racers added the remaining six drivers to the final roster. After drawing pills Jeff started the race in the second row on the inside in the number three position. At the conclusion of the first lap, Jeff was in second position and after a caution on lap seven, Jeff had passed Cassius Clark for first place. With only one additional lead change taking place after Clark had a preferred line on a restart, Jeff led every lap until the conclusion of the race. Chase Elliott did a nice job in navigating his #9 Late Model through the field and into the number two position. Just before taking the white flag Chase made contact with the FMS Racing machine, causing Jeff to lose traction with what little rubber remained on his tires. Jeff put up a valiant effort to gain the lead back, but wouldn’t be rewarded as Chase Elliott had the preferred line and took it to the checkered flag.
The entire FMS Racing team is very proud of Jeff as he dominated the field throughout the night and took home a very respectable 2nd place finish. The team received a needed confidence booster, as they take on the second half of the season poised to make some noise in the remaining ASA SAT Series races.
August 26, 2009
After the ASA Southeast Aspalt Tour officials announced the cancellation of the “Melon 100″ (Cordele, Ga)Jeff Choquette and the Fountain Motorsports team will travel to Hickory, North Carolina this weekend to compete in the Pro All Stars Series, Over The Mountain 150. It will mark Fountain Motorsports debut with the PASS series and the 3rd start in the series this year for driver Jeff Choquette.
Series Will Return to Action on Saturday, September 12th at Lanier National Speedway
ATLANTA, GA (August 25, 2009) – Officials for the RC Cola / MoonPie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour announced today that they have canceled the Melon 100 at Watermelon Capital Speedway, originally scheduled for this coming Saturday, August 29th. The event will not be made up.
Two area companies scheduled to sponsor the race notified ASA SAT officials that they were unable to sponsor the event as prior agreed upon, thereby forcing the cancelation.
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July 22, 2009
July 8-11th found talented young Fountain Motorsports Quarter Midget racer Matthew Green travelling to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural USAC sanctioned .25 Midget event. With over 200 entrants, the Brickyard was packed with exceptional Quarter Midget driver’s from around the United States.
Over the 4 day event Matthew competed in both the Light X-160 and Light World Formula classes. He competed and finished 9th in the B-Main after suffering a hard collision knocking the chain off the car and being unable to get back on the track in time to finish the race. In the Fountain Light World Formula car, Matthew was running third in the A-Main when again, a driving incident forced a less than optimal result. This time another car jumped over the rear tail cone, causing the oil over flow line to be knocked out. A flow of oil leaking on the right rear tire made the car very hard to manage, as Matthew was knocked from a hard-fought 4th to 7th place on the last lap.
The event produced winners from seven different states and all participants ended up with commemorative medallions. In addition, numerous professional drivers made appearances, including Al Unser Jr. and Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, whom Matthew had the privilege of meeting at the event.
July 3, 2009
The weather was hot and humid after a brief thunderstorm slowed down the show on Thursday evening. After qualifing third the redraw sent us to start from the fifth position. As soon as the green flag waived, Choquette started his move through the field. Choquette was able to work his way up to second, where he put some pressure on the leader for a couple of laps, but we would not have what was needed to take the fms chevy to victory lane.
The fms team did a great job getting this car ready and I can’t thank them enough” said Choquette. We ran into some problems with the car during practice Wednesday night and the guys just did awesome getting me back on the track”.
Jeff’s next race with the fms team will be on July 11th, at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.
June 30, 2009
Jeff and the fms chevy will be headed to New Smyrna Speedway this Thursday to compete in the 11th annual running of the Clyde Hart Memorial.