DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jacob Goede had a great season in 2014 at Elko Speedway, and judging by the results so far this year, he could be celebrating again this September.


The defending Minnesota state champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series picked up where he left off last year and is leading the standings in the North Star State as well as Elko’s Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model division seven races into the schedule.


The Carver, Minnesota, native has already racked up five wins and top-10s in all seven starts this season and he has also won the pole in qualifying every time out this year – but didn’t win from the pole every week.


“We have a unique system at Elko where we invert and draw each week in the heat races and feature so sometimes you might start on the front row and others you are back in the field a little,” Goede said. “We were able to have a good start last time out and get another win.”


Goede picked up his fifth win last Saturday night after starting seventh in the 20-car field. Goede leads fellow Elko competitor and former track champion Donny Reuvers by 60 points (251-191).


In the national standings Keith Rocco maintains his hold on the top spot over Lee Pulliam by 43 points (615-572). Despite missing the Saturday feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl to compete in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event, Rocco scored a win Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway to stay out front as he battles for his second national crown. Pulliam remained second with a pair of wins at Radford, Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway.


Ryan Preece (Stafford, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Riverhead Raceway) remains in third with Kres VanDyke (Kingsport Speedway, Lonesome Pine Raceway) fourth and Matt Bowling (Langley Speedway, Motor Mile, South Boston Speedway) fifth.


North Carolina’s Josh Berry (Greenville Pickens Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Motor Mile, South Boston, Langley) ranks sixth followed by South Carolina’s David Roberts (Anderson Speedway and Greenville) in seventh. Trey Gibson (Greenville, Anderson), Kyle Barnes (Kingsport, Lonesome Pine), and rookie Thomas Tillison Jr. (Salina Highbanks Speedway, Flint Creek Speedway) complete the top 10.


For Geode there is still a lot of racing to do in his No. 72 Chevrolet sponsored by Baby Gowdy, Goetz Trucking, Karrow Jewelers and Carver Automotive.


“The competition has been outstanding this season at Elko as it always is in our division,” Goede said. “Donny has won a bunch of championships at Elko and if you can beat him and the others in our division you have beaten the best.”


Goede also competes against his brother, Matt, who he says is one of the toughest competitors he has ever seen or faced – literally. Matt is racing with a broken right arm and left wrist after he suffered injuries in a dirt bike accident.


“My brother Matt had three straight top-three finishes at one point racing with a cast on both arms and that is pretty awesome,” Jacob said. “He now has a smaller cast on the left wrist and a brace on the right arm and I expect him to challenge for wins pretty soon.”


NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.


The Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.


The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December.


Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.


Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.


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Hot Start for Goede at Elko; Rocco Leads National Standings