Jacob Gomes has been a name affiliated with West Coast Super Late Model racing for quite some time now. From the local tracks in California, the SRL Southwest Tour Series, the Pacific Challenge Series and even the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Gomes has dipped his toes in them all and found success in many.
Now Gomes can be found running the Pacific Challenge Series (PCS) and other California short tracks, but prior to this past weekend he had yet to make his way to victory lane in over a year. This past Saturday he ran the PCS race at Madera Speedway (CA) and finally turned his luck around.
“It was my first win this season. It felt great to finally get back to victory lane,” Gomes told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We have been having a lot of struggles this year, mainly just bad luck, but it felt great and it really makes me look forward to the next race.”
Though he was the first one to cross the finish line, the job wasn’t that easy as he battled with Carlos Vierra for most of the race and Travis Milburn on a late-race restart creating a four-lap shootout.
“It was definitely a little tough. I lost the lead for a bit but ended up grabbing it back,” Gomes explained. “We definitely had to fight for it and it wasn’t a walk in the park.”
Every driver knows that racing comes with the highs and the lows and it’s a high like a victory that keeps teams going week after week. Going winless for almost a year is tough on a team like Gomes’ who has seen strong runs and countless victories.
The last victory came in March of 2016 when Gomes won a Pacific Challenge Series race at Madera. Since then, the 2015 SRL Champion has had a handful of podium finishes but has been struck with bad luck.
“It really builds my team and I’s confidence back up. We have been down lately and it just seems like we had something go wrong almost every race this year,” he stated. “To finally grab a win makes everyone on the team feel better about what we are doing and just makes us dig more for the next race.”
It’s been known that wins breed more wins so it will not be a surprise if Jacob Gomes finds his way back to victory lane this season.
Story by: Hannah Newhouse, Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @hannahnewhouse
Photo credit: Pacific Challenge Series