Goede Outduels Brother To Defend Titles
Keeps Elko And Minnesota Crowns For Another Year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jacob Goede edged past his brother Matt Goede to celebrate back-to-back Elko Speedway and Minnesota championships.
With family patriarch John presiding over the team, the two brothers battled it out every week at the famed .375-mile Minnesota asphalt oval. It was the older brother, Jacob, who came out on top of the amicable sibling rivalry for the second year in a row.
The 31-year-old finished the season with 10 wins, 21 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes to sit atop Elko’s Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model division with 1126 points, 49 more than his younger brother.
“It’s a lot of fun to compete against him every week,” Goede said. “We push each other hard. We’re not to separate teams, we work together and help when needed. We haven’t caused any big issues between us, yet.”
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The back-to-back champion also finished sixth in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings with 636 points in 23 starts.
Goede won his first career track and state titles last year to become the third driver to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.
“Winning my first championship last year was a relief,” Goede said. “This year’s was the icing on the cake. We set the tone for the season opening night earning the fastest time and winning the feature. From there we just kept the momentum going.”
“This season was filled with more confidence and less pressure,” Goede said. “Before I won my first title I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I had just returned home to Elko after travelling to compete and I wanted it bad. Winning last year was a confidence booster and it caused everything to fall into place.”
Goede was able to put his No. 72 Baby Gowdy/Goetz Trucking/Carver Automotive/MURGIC Racing Engines Ford up front thanks to the dedication of his sponsors, crew and family.
“It’s all because of them,” Goede said. “I couldn’t have done it without all of my sponsors and David Gowdy, my crew which consists of my dad (John) and my two brothers (Matt and Alex) and the unconditional support of my wife and two kids.”
“I want to finish in the top-three of the national standings,” Goede said. “It’s a tough task since Minnesota only has one track, but I’m motivated.”
Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 57 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participated in 2015.
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 are among the many showcases for Whelen products.
Jacob Goede (No. 72) edges past his brother Matt Goede (No.28) en route to one of his 10 feature wins in 2016. Martin DeFries/Redline Graphics