Goede Comes Back Home Wins Titles
Experienced Driver Wins First Track & State Titles At Elko
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a family reunion that the Goede clan holds each Saturday night during the racing season at Elko Speedway, it was the elder of two racing brothers that retained bragging rights in 2014.
With family patriarch John presiding over the team, brothers Jacob and Matt Goede battled weekly in 2014 for supremacy at the famed .375-mile Minnesota asphalt oval. It was Jacob who came out on top of the amicable sibling rivalry as he won the Elko track championship out of the Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model division, and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title.
“We had an up and down year, but in the end it turned out pretty good for us,” Goede said. “We started the season well the first week and then we kind of went through a tough stretch starting with a fender bender in week two and then we went through some motor issues that took us a while to figure out.”
It was also a homecoming of sorts for the 30 year-old Carver, Minnesota, native. After competing in the ARCA Midwest Tour from 2008-2013, Goede returned to his home track to compete full time for the first time since 2007.
“This was a special year winning my first super late model championship at Elko in front of my wife Erica and daughters Reese, 2, and Johanna who was born last November,” Goede said. “I had finished second about three times before there, so to finally get a title there is something special to me and my family.”
Goede went on to score seven wins during the season and always had a fast car in qualifying as he won the pole almost every week, but the power plant issues kept happening.
“At first we thought we had an issue with the oil pump and we worked on that and seemed to have it fixed and we went on to win a race,” Goede said. “But when I got to Victory Lane the next week the car blew out all of the water while we were celebrating and we found a gasket problem. We thought we had it fixed but the next week the motor ran hot so we decided to make a change in motors.”
After overcoming those problems, Goede also had a night where he broke a transmission and his brother Matt was able to pick up one of his two wins on the season.
/>“If I can’t win, it’s great to see Matt celebrate a win and keep a Goede in Victory Lane,” Goede said. “It was really nice when we both won a race one night when they held a doubleheader. That was pretty neat.”
Goede was able to put his No. 72 Goetz Trucking/Big Johnson Tire/ Karrow Jewelers Ford up front thanks to the dedication of his crew led by dad John, younger brother Alex and father-in-law Randy Waibel.
“We are a small crew but we work hard and I couldn’t have won this season without their help, and also other sponsors who stepped up and believed in me,” Goede said. “I just have to thank all of them: Randy’s Auto & Fab, HEI Collision Center, MURGIC Racing Engines, Northern Racing Products and Lefthander Chassis. Also my wife’s company Baby Gowdy.”
While the mechanical engineer plans on returning to go after a second title, he hopes to race his brother Matt down to the wire for the title – and hopes they can do it without too much action.
“We have always raced each other hard but clean and I would imagine it would be that way if we can compete for the title next year at Elko,” Goede said. “Besides, we can’t wreck each other, because if we do we have to help each other fix our cars.”
Jacob, his brother Matt, and all the other competitors will return to action at Elko Speedway when the 2015 season opens on Saturday May 9.
Matt Goede (28) races against his older brother Jacob at Elko Speedway. The brothers combined for nine wins last season at their home track. Photo courtesy of Elko Speedway.