Since focusing on his Limited Late Model program in the mid-2010’s, Jacob Goede has become one of the premier weekly racers in the Upper Midwest. It all culminated with a NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national championship in 2019.
While dominating the Limited Late Model scene over the years, his Super Late Model program has sat on the backburner, competing in select events in Minnesota and Wisconsin during that timeframe. Goede will look to get back in a Super on a more consistent basis, doing so in a big way with his first trip to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
While the event has been on his bucket list for some time now, it also provides the multi-time defending Elko Speedway track champion a chance to catch up on the Super Late Model side.
“One of the biggest things is I’ve kind of been struggling on my Super Late Model and a lot of it probably comes down to I don’t race it enough. You get behind and it’s hard to catch back up, so that’s part of it,” Goede told Speed51. “I feel like I need to race it more and I felt like that would be a good opportunity to do that, and it kind of fits my style of racing.
“The other thing is for some reason, I’ve always wanted to do the World Series. It’s been a bucket list thing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and a combination of those two things, kind of struggling and wanting to get better and learn, and it’s a bucket list deal.”
The Minnesota native was a full-time competitor with the ARCA Midwest Tour for several years in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, with two career wins and a runner-up points effort in 2011 to his credit. With the transition to the Limiteds, his starts in a Super have been fewer and further in-between. He competed in five Super Late Model races in 2020, with a best finish of sixth in the Dells Raceway Park Trickle 99.
He hopes to get more opportunities in a Super in the next season, with one of those starts potentially also coming in Florida at the end of the season.
“I love the competition, I want to race against the best guys. You always want to see where you stack up. Speaking of bucket list, the other bucket list deal is the Snowball Derby. I don’t feel like jumping into a race like that without doing something else first. The hard part about it is you get behind.
“With the Limited Late, I feel like I’ve got a really good handle on, but the Super Late the technology’s harder to keep up with, but at the same time that’s where I want to be but I can’t with family and the work schedule. I just can’t do it how I’d like. It’s not fun when you struggle so I want to improve and learn.”
Along with running weekly at Elko for several years, Goede also makes several starts with the Big 8 Series and at LaCrosse and Madison during the year with the Limited. With seven nights of racing in nine nights at New Smyrna, he hopes to put that past experience of running weekly to use with the tight schedule of the World Series
“I put it back to weekly racing and going to Elko Speedway. I kind of do that and I’ve been running for points for quite a while, so it’s kind of the same mindset. You’ve got to always finish, you’ve got to be smart on the racetrack so you do finish. I’m kind of used to that mentality and I feel it’s going to be the same way down there, you just have 12 hours to work on the car to get ready for the next day versus a week.
While Goede’s experience outside the upper Midwest is limited, it has come with success, having won at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007 with the ASA Late Model Series. As he makes his furthest trek yet, he looks for a successful Florida Speedweeks in February.
“We’ve been working hard in the shop to try and figure out what I’ve been missing and what I’ve been doing wrong. I think I’ve made some gains, I’m excited about the trip. I’m really excited, actually.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51/Ryan Nuttleman