Dominating is just one word that can be used to describe Jacob Goede’s 2015 campaign at Elko Speedway (MN). Out of 11 races in the track’s Super Late Model division this year, Goede has driven to victory lane seven times.
“I expected to win a few, in 2014 I won seven on the way to the championship and thought that was a great year,” Goede told Speed51.com powered by JEGS, “But I never expected to win this many this fast. I wasn’t super happy with my car towards the end of the points year at Elko, but we actually learned a few things down at Octoberfest that carried over towards Elko and this year has started out awesome.”
Goede captured his first Super Late Model championship last year at Elko, coming out on top of a close battle with Paul Paine. That success from last year transfers over to this year and gives Goede confidence as he eyes back-to-back championships.
“I really think the biggest thing is was winning the elusive championship last year. I’ve been so close for many years, whether on the tour or at home at Elko, and to finally get it was almost a relief and a big confidence booster,” says Goede. “Along with that, my car has been super fast, and that helps a bunch. So far (knock on wood) I have set fast time in qualifying every week. We invert for heats and feature lineups, so I have had to win from different starting spots.”
So far Goede holds a 78 point lead in the Elko Super Late Model standings, but the guy chasing him is none other than his brother, Matt. Whether it’s snowmobiles in the winter or stock cars in the summer, the Goede brothers have enjoyed racing together and, of course, a little brotherly competition as well.
“We are very competitive for sure. I think we would both do anything for each other though,” Goede stated. “Racing for a win together could get exciting though, I’m sure.”
While Jacob’s rise to the top of the class at Elko has seemed easy at times, the complete opposite is true for Matt, who has overcome adversity and still sits second in points.
“What’s even more impressive on Matt’s part is he broke both his arms in a dirt bike crash in May,” Jacob Goede explained. “The first Saturday he just started and parked to get some points, but after that night he said he was racing the following week. We modified his casts, had to buckle him in, do his helmet, but he went out and finished second. He didn’t give up like most would do.”
Even with nearly an 80 point cushion, Goede doesn’t count his chickens before they hatch. With regular names like Paine, Bill Mohn, Chad Walen, Nick Panitzke and Mark Lamoreaux competing at Elko on Saturday nights, Goede knows his work is far from over.
“There is a lot of racing left,” says Goede, “Last year I had 2 DNF’s due to a motor and a transmission/driveshaft, so I know anything can happen. I just want to take it one week at a time, I mean we’re not even half way through the season yet. I know I can’t win them all, but I’m going to try, I mean that’s the goal every time you pull in the gate, right? I guess that’s the main thing now, I have won races, so that pressure is off. Now I just want to be consistent and not do anything dumb on the racetrack. Also, I want to keep working on my car. I would really like to win Thunderstruck at the end, and I have a few more things I need to try yet.”
Goede and the rest of the Elko Speedway regulars return to action Saturday, August 1 when Elko Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
-Photo credit: Cricket Prints