DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Elko Speedway is known throughout the Midwest as one of the nicest short-track facilities in the region. From first-class fan accommodations to a drive-in movie theater on site, there is something for everyone at the track.
The one thing that all fans in the area are drawn to the most? The best NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action featured at the track each week.
In the Super Late Model Division at Elko a three-way battle between brothers Matt and Jacob Goede, and Paul Paine has developed for the Minnesota state championship.
Jacob Goede led the standings through July until his brother Matt scored back-to-back wins to vault from third-place to the lead. Paine has used a string of consistent top-10 finishes to move into second place leading into last weekend.
Last Saturday night, Jacob captured his fourth win of the season in the Dwain Behrens Memorial to recapture the lead in both the track and state points.
Jacob holds just a two-point edge on Matt (240-238) with Paine a close third at 236 points heading into the final six weeks of the season.
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.
Anthony Anders (South Carolina), maintains his lead in the national standings, although the battle in tightening up between the newcomer and a former champion.
Defending national champion Lee Pulliam, from Semora, N.C., cut into Anthony Anders lead this week to trim the deficit from 19 points to just six in the national standings. Pulliam picked up four wins last weekend while Anders scored just two victories on track.
Rocco remains in third place and has 12 wins, 28 top fives and 31 top 10s in 36 starts.
Ryan Preece (Thompson, Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead) sits in fourth with 633 points and Dillon Bassett (Anderson, Hickory, E. Carolina, Langley, Southern national, Greenville, Caraway) moved back in to the top 10 this week with 631 points.
Sixth thru 10th moved around a little as Peyton Sellers (South Boston, Langley, Caraway, Motor Mile) dropped one position from last week with Kres Van Dyke (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway), Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile) seventh and eighth, respectively. Chad Finchum (Lonesome Pine and Kingsport) moved up one spot to ninth and Matt Bowling (South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National and Caraway) moved down one position to complete the top 10.
For Matt Goede, he enjoys the competition each week at Elko Speedway and enjoys racing at the track located just south of the Twin Cities in Elko, Minnesota.
“The facility is one of the nicest around and it is top notch,” Matt Goede said. “The asphalt is in good shape and there are two grooves to race on that provides some great racing for the fans.”
He adds that winning a NASCAR title would be a big accomplishment.
“I have never won a track title or a NASCAR Whelen All-American state title and that is something that would be neat to do,” Matt said. “Getting to go to Charlotte for the banquet would be a good thing from what I hear. NASCAR really treats you well during that event.”
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 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12.
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.
NASCAR IMC – Martin DeFries/Elko Speedway photo
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