By Phil Whipple,
RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer. Photo By: Rachel Plant
BELTON, Texas — In a division so vast and talent-filled as the IMCA Modifieds, it's hard to imagine one driver going on a statewide tear to assert himself as the very best.
Yet for 31-year-old David Goode Jr., that feat has turned out to be closer to reality than fiction. Goode started his season back in February and is still going strong. In an amazing 47 starts through mid-August, he earned seven wins, 21 top five and 36 top-10 finishes.
“Actually, this level of success is a little hard to explain right now,” Goode said honestly. “I've jumped around so much in various cars. I've earned those wins in three different brands of chassis. I had one win in Stephenville with an open motor; we were going there just to play but I ended up winning.
“It just comes down to working on the cars a lot to find more speed. We do a ton of trial and error work, trying to find something that keeps us ahead of our competition. There are no secret ingredients, other than maybe hard work and dedication. We've been fortunate all year long, and it feels great.”
Goode is leading the Modified point standings at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, with a comfortable margin. He also led the IMCA National points for a time this year, due in part to the high number of races he's completed. Goode has paid his dues for 12 years in this sport, now he's at the top.
“When I was 17, I got what was called a Twister car, kind of like the Sport Compacts you see in IMCA racing,” Goode added. “I played around with it for about half a season, but my Dad had purchased a Sport Mod. He raced it for about half a year then bought a Modified, and gave me the Sport Mod.
“I ran in that division for about seven or eight seasons, and had a blast. The Sport Mod class is huge, it's where the younger drivers can make a name for themselves and learn how to race for points. I've been in that class or the IMCA Mods my whole career, and have really enjoyed every minute of it.”
Despite the season-long hot streak and unrivaled consistency, Goode still faces the same challenges any other driver faces as he goes about the business of winning races.
“I think our biggest challenge is finding the time to do all the work it takes to remain competitive,” Good explained. “We run a 24-hour towing service here, which can really consume our time. We're big on mid-week maintenance to the race car, so we make time to get it done. Time constraints are huge.”
All of this incredible success in 2019 would not be possible if Goode Jr. was a one-man team. No sir, there isn't a driver out there in the massive state of Texas who can go it all alone. It takes teamwork.
“My father and entire family are very supportive,” Goode said. “They help me pursue my dreams.”
Along with a dedicated and devoted crew to ensure his program keeps moving forward, Goode also has a couple of valued marketing partners behind his efforts.
“I'd have to say that my Dad is our biggest supporter,” Goode added. “He owns the Goode Towing & Recovery company, plus the race track in Waco. I also have Commercial Fleet Financing, Inc., Fat Daddy's Designs and Ray's Certified Mechanics. We couldn't do all this without these great folks.”
As the 2019 season starts to wind down and thoughts turn to next year, Goode has a couple of clear goals in mind.
“This has really been quite a season for us, since we were used to racing just once a week” he said. “We decided to go after it this year and see how points chasing would work out. I have never raced this often before, so this was all new to us.
“Now, we want to bag that title at Cotton Bowl, and maybe even see how well we can do in IMCA regional points. I've learned a lot about how the points system works, I believe I'll try this again in 2020. It has been very rewarding and satisfying to have this much success; I'm just so very grateful.”