GOEDE THUNDERS TO ELKO CHECKERS
By: Tom Ace
It’s been a season to remember for Jacob Goede.
A sixth Elko Speedway track championship and ten feature wins across the Midwest were enough to crown Goede the 2019 NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion.
So it’s quite fitting that Goede put a cherry on top of a career season with a win in Saturday night’s 11th Annual Thunderstruck 93 celebrating the life of Dan Ryan, the fifth race of the 2019 Big 8 Late Model Series season.
Goede, who earlier in the evening set fast time and broke the Big 8 Late Model Series track record, started the race from the twelfth position following the pre-race inversion. Starting on the front row for the 93 lap main event were fellow Minnesotans Michael Ostdiek and Chad Walen.
Ostdiek stepped out to the early race lead, pacing the field over the course of the first 25 laps. Walen caught him on the 26th lap and the two drivers raced side-by-side for the top spot until Walen was able to sneak out front on lap 30.
When the mandatory yellow flag flew at lap 39, it was Walen leading while Goede had already advanced to second place. It didn’t take Goede long to take the top spot, firing past Walen on the race’s forty-first
Goede was never seriously challenged again for the lead, but behind him the battling was intense. Walen and multi-time Big 8 race winner Chris Marek waged a close-quarters battle for the runner up spot over the course of the race’s final 20 laps. When the checkered flag flew, it was Walen coming home in second, with Marek settling for third.
Aside from Goede’s twelfth-to-first charge, Nick Murgic made a fantastic run through the field, advancing from his 14th starting position to finish the race in fourth place. Youngster Devyn Stocker earned his first Big 8 Series top five in just his second start by rounding out the top five. Minnesota drivers displayed dominance on their hometrack by sweeping the top thirteen positions in the 26 car
The race for the Big 8 Late Model Series championship tightened up Saturday night. Three-time Series champion Michael Bilderback did extend his point lead slightly (32 points from 27) but also saw more
drivers move into contention to challenge for the championship with just two races to go. Walen’s solid night and second place finish moved him to second place in points, while Nick Egan slipped from second to third. Brody Willett still harbors hopes of a championship in fourth, while Justin Neisius slipped into the top five in points on the strength of a seventh place finish.
The top five drivers in Big 8 Late Model Series points are now separated by just 59 points as the “Best Weekly Warriors in the Country” get ready for 108 laps this Saturday night September 28 at
Rockford (IL) Speedway as part of the 54th Annual National Short Track Championships.
Big 8 Late Model Series
Official Race Results
11th Annual Thunderstruck 93
Saturday September 21 2019
Elko (MN) Speedway
1 Jacob Goede (Carver, MN)
2. Chad Walen (Prior Lake, MN)
3. Chris Marek (Elko, MN)
4. Nick Murgic (Rosemount, MN)
5. Devyn Stocker (Farmington, MN)
6. Adam Bendzick (New Prague, MN)
7. Justin Neisius (Eagan, MN)
8. Michael Ostdiek (Lakeville, MN)
9. Steve Schultz (Webster, MN)
10. Grant Brown (Prior Lake, MN)
11. Joe Neisius (Rosemount, MN)
12. Ryan Kamish (Farmington, MN)
13. Michael Haggar (Hanover, MN)
14. Brody Willett (Alburnett, IA)
15. Michael Bilderback (South Beloit, IL)
16. Bryan Wrolstad (Faribault, MN)
17. Owin Giles (New Market, MN)
18. Andrew Schultz (Webster, MN)
19. RJ Braun ® (Wales, WI)
20. Nick Egan (Slinger, WI)
21. Tyler Kingery ® (Prior Lake, MN)
22. Mark Greb (Coralville, IA)
23. Lawrence Berthiume (New Hope, MN)
24. Donny Reuvers (Dundas, MN)
25. Jerry Mueller (Richfield, WI)
26. Barry Tanner Jr (Bloomington, MN)
Fast Time: Goede (14.549, New Big 8 Track Record)
Car Count: 26 Big 8 Series Late Models
Saturday September 28 “54th Annual Nat’l Short Track Championship”
Rockford (IL) Speedway (108 laps)
Saturday October 5 “50th Oktoberfest Race Weekend” La Crosse (WI)
Fairgrounds Speedway (38 laps)
Big 8 Late Model Series Point Standings (Top 10)
(Following the “Thunderstruck 93” at Elko (MN) Speedway)
1 Michael Bilderback (455)
2. Chad Walen (423)
3. Nick Egan (416)
4. Brody Willett (403)
5. Justin Neisius (396)
6. Jerry Mueller (341)
7. RJ Braun ® (340)
8. Dale Nottestad (330)
9. Tyler Kingery ® (245)
10. Jon Reynolds Jr (229)