September 21, 2019- Elko, MN
By Jason D Searcy - Tom Ace - Dean Reller
It’s been a season to remember for #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN).
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 and supporting the organization to combat ALS named “A Race Worth Winning.” Kaden Ryan, Grandson of Dan Ryan, was the honorary starter on-track.
Goede, who earlier in the evening set fast time and broke the Big 8 Late Model Series track record with a lap time of 14.549, 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 #18 Michael Ostdiek and #52 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.