Herald Journal, Jan. 23, 2006
New Germany snowmobiler win world championship race
By Dave Cox
Equipment failure early in the race did not keep Jacob Goede from hanging on to win the 2006 Vintage World Championship on the ice oval track in Eagle River, Wis. recently.
Goede, 21, is the son of John and Lisa Goede of New Germany.
The race, which took place Jan. 8 this year, was extra challenging for Jacob, who said that his brakes had been overheating during the preliminary races, and he lost them completely going into turn three on the second lap of the main event.
“It was pretty challenging. These sleds don’t have much front suspension, so it was kind of a rough ride,” Jacob said.
The track has long straightaways and tight turns, and the other racers were able to brake going into the turns and take a low line.
Because he was not able to use his brakes, he was forced to take a high line through the turns. In spite of this, he was able to hold on to win the championship.
Jacob has competed in this event on two other occasions, most recently in 2003, but this was his first win.
He drives a 1973 Polaris Starfire that he and his family built from parts of other sleds three years ago.
Racing vintage snowmobiles can require frequent maintenance, and Jacob has had to make some changes to his sled every year.
“We had to put on a different track and suspension this year because they changed the requirements,” Jacob said.
There were 30 people in the running for the vintage world championship this year. Heat races and semi-finals narrowed the field to 12 racers in the main event.
The race was part of a three-day event that drew 530 entries from as far away as Alaska, Quebec, Ontario, New York, and California, Jacob commented.
“That was pretty exciting,” Lisa said. “It is fun when all of the hard work pays off.”
Jacob has been racing snowmobiles for five years, and has won several races in Minnesota.
“Travelling is expensive, so we try to pick events that are closer to home,” Jacob said.
His years of racing experience may have helped Jacob hang on to get the checkered flag in the championship.
He is relatively new to snowmobile racing, but he has been racing cars since he was seven years old, starting with quarter midget go carts, and moving up to late model cars at Elko Speedway in Elko, when he was 16.
Jacob racked up an impressive seven quarter midget championships at Elko from 1992 to 2000.
He has enjoyed early success in the late model class, finishing high in the rankings each year.
In 2005, he won three features at Elko, and another at the I-94 raceway in Sauk Centre.
He finished second in the season-long championship points chase at Elko.
Jacob said that his family has been very involved in his racing career.
“My parents got me into it,” Jacob said. “My dad used to race in the late 1980s and early 1990s.”
Jacob’s brothers, Matt and Alex, also help out, and have raced quarter midget go carts.
The next snowmobile event for Jacob will be in Freeport, during the I-94 Ice Days Festival at the end of January.