After a solid campaign, Nick Goetz is entering this year confident in his team’s chances this season.
“It’s wide open, really,” he told Short Track Musings. “We’re just going to go in and do our thing each week, and hopefully try to gain as many points as we can. Not going to over try, over think things here – just take it one race at a time.”
The first night of the year started out promising, as the NG Motorsports driver posted a fourth-place finish in the first feature, before placing 12th in the second. While it is still early, it gives him early points towards the goal of earning a speedway championship this season.
“It’s a tough field, but that’s always been our goal,” he said. “I think we were pushing really hard last year for that. Things fell apart, but this year we’re just going to take it one race at a time and see what happens.”
While the aspirations remain the same, though, he knows it will be tougher than ever, noting that Sunset Speedway has the best Late Model field in the province.
“The guys are top-notch each week, and it’s actually getting tougher and tougher each year,” he said. “Guys are going doing their research more, and getting faster, and so are we. I’m looking forward to getting this season under way.”
Last season, Goetz started off the year with a win on opening night, though struggled through the middle part of the season. He was able to come on strong at the end, posting a runner-up in the final feature of 2016.
“We got one win last year and we did struggle a bit as the year before, I think we had four wins,” he said. “But all in all, we just ran into some tech issues last year, and we put those behind us and we were just trying to gain as many points as we could. We ended off the season strong at Peterborough, again. We were pretty much the fastest car there and ran into some bad luck, again, and we had to go to the back. Hopefully we go all in and come out in the championship.”
For Goetz, he got his start in racing by sponsoring Jason Parker at Sauble Speedway, which resulted in not being able to “watch him anymore,” and buying Parker’s championship car. Through the success to date, he says the most memorable moments include his first win at Sunset, and the victory last year with his whole family being in attendance.