This weekend marks Jake's return to the track at New Smyrna for the 49th annual Florida Governor's Cup 200. It also marks the reunion of Jake and Jimmy Cope, Jake's first SLM crew chief. Jake says that Jimmy has a great car prepared and he can't wait to get to the track. The schedule for the weekend is Thursday and Friday practice, Saturday evening qualifying and racing Sunday at 2PM. All the big names in the sport are here as usual and it should be an exciting weekend. Come out and support Jake and the team.
Jake had an exciting night Saturday at Auburndale Speedway’s 100 lap Super Late Model feature race. After qualifying third and starting sixth after the inversion, he moved up to second place in a span of 25 laps. With 30 laps remaining, he moved into the lead on a restart but a caution was thrown and he was sent to the rear of the field for jumping the restart. Not to be deterred, he aggressively sped to the front of the pack, finishing in second place. Jake said that “he thought he had the restart right, but you can’t argue with the track officials.” Even though he thought he could have won, he was satisfied with a very good finish against a quality field. The JPM team's next race is in two weeks at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park. See you all there.
Saturday night at Showtime was a very eventful night, not only from a racing point of view but also for the good things that come with racing celebrity. With the cooperation of Robert Yoho, owner of Showtime, Jake was able to entertain a group of youngsters from the Children’s Home Society of Florida once again. Jake spent about a half hour with the kids and then gave them a huge thrill by posting the winning time in his qualifying heat and starting third overall for the feature. The main event was scheduled for 50 laps, but rain came on during a red flag for an accident on the 26th lap leaving Jake with a 4th place finish for the evening. Before the feature, Yoho brought Jake to the front stretch and they talked about his work with the CHS and how rewarding it is to bring them to the races. This conversation resulted in a rousing applause from the nearly 5,000 fans, many of which found someone new to cheer for. We’re aback at Showtime for the big 103 lap feature on August 30th and looking forward to seeing all our new and old fans there.