Rogers hoping to win signature race in his hometown

Drivers discuss what significance of Governor's Plate

Drivers discuss what significance of Governor's Plate

Published on July 14, 2017

Norris Rogers and Allstar Seelster have drawn Post 3 for the $22,000 Governor’s Plate final, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge on Saturday night. Ed Harvey of Tyne Valley owns and trains Allstar Seelster.

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

A Governor’s Plate victory.
Rogers will drive Allstar Seelster from Post 3 in the $22,000 race at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway on Saturday night.
“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 winning 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.”

It would mean the world (to win). It’s my hometown.

Norris Rogers

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.”
Adam Merner and Forever Paradise have the rail in Merner’s first Governor’s Plate.
“It’s pretty exciting,” added Merner.