After 3 years of up and down races Jacob Gomes is back to back in victory lane. After winning in Stockton 99 on August 22nd he went on to Utah at Rocky Mountian Raceways for the next SRL race and after a late race restart with only 3 laps to go he took the lead and won the centuryboat land 122. Gomes is really looking forward to going to Kern County Raceway on October 17th and getting a good finish to move a little more up in points hes only 8 points out of the lead with only two races left in the season.
It was a podium finish (3rd place) for Jacob Gomes on April 6th as the SRL Southwest Tour stopped at 99 Speedway. That Saturday night Jacob laid down a qualifying lap of 13.2 seconds, which landed him a P2 spot on the grid; and the invert had him starting in the fifth position. From there Jacob stayed up front all night in typical close quarters racing at the storied 99 racetrack.
“During practice the car was tight off center yet still really fast,” commented Gomes. “My crew kept making adjustments and the car was getting better and better each time I went back out on the track. I’ve also learned the importance of saving my tires and equipment during the race so we can be a factor at the end of the race. That’s what I did, and as the race wound down my car was getting even better. We were close, but the 43 and the 18 were faster that night. All I know is drove the heck out of that car. Like I told my team and sponsors after the race, ‘Take a look at my car, it’s tongue is hanging out!”
That race was also the first time the SRL Tour used double file restarts, and when asked about the new rule Jacob said, “It’s great! I think we should do it at every track we race at. To me a driver can get a better shot to gain a position on the restarts, it’s more competitive, more ‘racy’ and you get a chance for a better finish. And I know it’s a better show for the fans, especially with more side by side racing.”
While driver and team ended that Saturday night smiling, there were no smiles at the next races’ end when Jacob and crew returned to 99 with the NASCAR K&N series on May 4th for another Saturday night at the races. “It was an awful night”, said a frustrated Gomes.
“The car was tight but it was handling alright. It just wasn’t the best car we’ve had at this track. And with the level of competition I race in, we always work to bring our best.” Jacob qualified in the thirteenth position and was gaining spots on the track when his night came to an abrupt halt. On lap 36 of the ‘G-Oil 150’, Jacob’s engine blew. “There was no indication the engine was about to go – I just suddenly had no power.”
And there was no getting back on the track that night. “I was excited to be racing with 51/50 Energy Drink and Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats as sponsors for our #86 K&N entry. I just hate it that I couldn’t give them a better finish. I’m ready to go racing again and I’m excited about my chances to win this Saturday at the Bullring in Las Vegas.”
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With the first race of the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series in his rearview mirror, Jacob Gomes is ready to look forward to his next race at Stockton 99 Speedway. The high expectations and goals the Gomes Motor Sports team set for the 2013 race season meant a top ten finish “just wasn’t good enough”, according to Jacob.
“We were a top five car, no question”, said Gomes. “We were fast in practice and we had a good qualifying lap (Q-5 and a new track record)”.
While the car was a little tight at the drop of the green flag, it continued to get better as the race continued. As Jacob was making the pass for third place he got tangled with another car. The SRL officials sent the #16 car to the back of the pack and it’s from there that he raced his way back to an eighth place finish.
In addition to being the first race of the SRL season, it was also the first race on the all-new surface at Madera Speedway.
“The track was definitely faster. It’s a one-groove track right now but it’s going to keep getting better and I’m looking forward to my next race at Madera”.
In the meantime, Jacob, his crew chief Dad, and all the returning team crew members are working together to get the #16 Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats Chevrolet back in victory lane. Jacob will be racing at Stockton 99 Speedway in the SRL series on April 6th.
You can continue to follow Jacob’s racing career on his website www.jacobjacobgomesracing.com; the Jacob Gomes Fan Page on Facebook or follow Jacob on Twitter @JacobGomes.