SOUTHAMPTON, ON- After having a promising run cut short due to battery issues in Sunset Speedway’s ‘Championship Night 100’ on September 13th, ‘Livewire’ Nick Goetz is ready to return to competition in the first annual 125-lap Canadian Limited Late Model Championship on Thursday, September 18th.
“I can’t even describe how excited I get for extended distance events, I can’t wait to unload on Thursday afternoon”, beams the oft-energetic Goetz.
“Our car seems to get better in longer runs, so 125-laps should fit right in our wheelhouse”, adds Goetz.
The third-year competitor will look to rebound from a frustrating mechanical DNF suffered in his last Sunset Speedway appearance, and hopes a strong performance against elite-level competition will set his NG Motorsports team up for an inspired run through the Ontario Short Track Playoff Season.
“The Playoff Season is definitely the time of year where everything seems to kick up a notch”, explains Goetz. “These guys just seem to take it to another level – so we have to do the same thing”
“Thursday night is going to give us a chance to race against the best drivers in the province, and we definitely hope to make a statement”
The 125-lap contest will mark one of the longest races of Goetz’s short career. When asked his strategy for the event, ‘Livewire’ explained he’s more than happy to apply a conservative approach.
“No one’s going to win this thing on the first lap. I’m just going to take care of my equipment through the first 50-laps, and then see where we’re at”
“We’re able to take a tire if we need to, so a lot of our strategy is going to depend on whether or not it’s worth surrendering our track position to take fresh rubber”, explains Goetz.
With a busy Playoff Season ahead of him, Goetz is quick to explain that a ‘go for broke’ style will not be in the cards for his No. 24 Great Lakes Concrete/Lake Huron Rod & Gun Chevrolet.
“I just want to race smart and keep as many panels on the car as I can”, shrugs the personable up-and-comer. “The Playoff Season is a grind. You’ve got a lot of long races in a short amount of time. If you drive with reckless abandon, you won’t have a car left by the end of it”
“We want a podium finish more than anything. We just plan on getting there the smart way”
Details for Thursday’s Canadian Limited Late Model Championship can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
To learn more about Nick and the NG Motorsports team, follow him on Twitter @NGMotorsports24.
Nick Goetz is sponsored by Lake Huron Rod & Gun, Arctic Spas of Collingwood, Mondo Car Wash, The Auto Spa, Shoreline Beacon, Kincardine News, The Ticket Line, Austin Graphics, Van Dolders Windows & Doors, TA Stewart & Son and Great Lakes Concrete.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)