SOUTHAMPTON, ON- After a runner-up finish in September 6th’s 125-lap Canadian Late Model Nationals event, ‘Livewire’ Nick Goetz will be back at Sunset Speedway tonight intent on returning to the front of the field once again in the 75-lap ‘Championship Night’ season finale.
“If there’s a single thing that I’m proud of this season, it’s how far our long-run stuff has come,” beams Goetz in reference to his string of impressive outings in races 75-laps or longer.
“I can’t credit [Crew Chief] Rick [McColl], [Spotter] Paul [Geniole] and these other guys enough for coaching me through this stuff. I was the farthest thing from a long-run guy when I first got started in these cars. I would get too excited, burn my stuff up and be drowning by the end of the race. With the help of this team, I’ve learned how to exercise patience and save my stuff – it’s made a massive difference”
Goetz put his newfound patience on display last Sunday, running second to reigning Sunset Speedway champion Dwayne Baker.
“There will never be any shame in running second to Dwayne Baker,” opines ‘Livewire’. “As far as I’m concerned, that man is one of the all-time best. To be on a podium with Baker and Gord Shepherd is a pretty phenomenal accomplishment for us. We’re getting better every single week – and results like this are the proof of that”
The Southampton, ON-based driver will now turn his attention to this evening’s extended-distance event, and will once again hope to work his way to the front of the star-studded field.
“Tonight’s 75-lapper is obviously going to be a little bit different than last Sunday, but you still need to conserve your stuff,” explains Goetz.
“We’re hoping to do exactly what we did last weekend, qualify well and stay up front as long as possible. We didn’t really have to push this car until around lap-100 last Sunday, so we know it can go deep into a race without ever falling off. We’ve got the same long-run setup in it that got us a runner-up last Sunday, so I’m absolutely feeling confident about our chances”
Regardless of how tonight’s season finale plays out for the NG Motorsports team, Goetz is quick to note just how pleased he is with his team’s growth through the 2015 campaign.
“This season has been a huge step in the right direction for us,” says Goetz matter-of-factly. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve raced against some of the very best guys in this division. If we could get back to the podium again tonight, I think it would just be another reminder to everyone on this roster that we’re ready to hang with some of the top talent in this pit area.”
For ticket information on tonight’s 75-lap Championship Night finale, visit www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Nick Goetz’s 2015 efforts are made possible thanks to Lake Huron Rod & Gun, Mondo Car Wash, Boston Pizza, Super 8 Motel, Lord Elgin Fish & Chips, Rosner’s Service Centre, Roberto’s Pizzeria, Great Lakes Concrete, Austin Graphics, Pierson Motors of Kincardine and ImageWraps.ca.
Fans can stay up to date with Nick and the NG Motorsports on raceday and all season long at the official Nick Goetz Racing page on Facebook or on Twitter @NGMotorsports24.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)