‘It would mean the world’

Rogers hop­ing to win sig­na­ture race in his home­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Nor­ris Rogers hopes to add one more piece to an al­ready im­pres­sive driv­ing resumé.

Rogers will drive Al­ls­tar Seel­ster from Post 3 in the $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate tonight at Red Shores at Sum­mer­side Race­way.

“It would mean the world (to win),” said Rogers, who has three ca­reer third-place fin­ishes in the Gover­nor’s Plate. “It’s my home­town.”

Sum­mer­side na­tive Wal­ter Chev­erie, who will drive Hot Deuce from Post 7, knows how it feels to win a Gover­nor’s Plate af­ter fin­ish­ing first with Bar­ney Baron in 2000.

But like all Sum­mer­side horse­men, the Gover­nor’s Plate means a lot to Chev­erie.

“I can re­mem­ber com­ing and climb­ing up on top of Andy Perry’s barn to watch the Gover­nor’s Plate,” re­called Chev­erie. “It was quite a thrill.”

Gary Chap­pell, the win­ningest driver in the his­tory of Sum­mer­side Race­way, will steer Crombie A from Post 8.

“It’s nice to get the op­por­tu­nity,” said Chap­pell. “I didn’t ex­pect it.”

Gover­nor’s Plate is a spe­cial night for driver Marc Camp­bell. Camp­bell drove Ys Lo­tus to vic­tory in the 2016 Gover­nor’s Plate, and re­called at­tend­ing the race as a young­ster with his grand­fa­ther.

“I like it up here,” said Camp­bell. “I like the peo­ple on the back­stretch. They have the bar­be­cues out on the truck, they are hang­ing out over the fence, it’s just a cool night.”

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