Welch/GOZ Motorsports gets off to a great start with a top-10 finish Saturday night at the Rumble in Fort Wayne.
From GOZ Motorsports: FORT WAYNE, Ind., Dec. 30 - Indianapolis-based Goz Motorsports and its driver, Nick Welch of Brownsburg, Ind., won the fourth heat and then recorded a solid ninth-place finish in the 20-lap senior heavy kart feature Saturday night in the fifth annual Rumble in Fort Wayne at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center here.
The event was the first jewel in the Triple Crown Rumble Indoor Racing Series. The second race will be the Rumble in the RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis Feb. 8, followed by the Rumble in Dayton at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio March 7-8.
After dominating the 10-lap fourth heat on Saturday afternoon, Welch and team owner Brian Goslee of Indianapolis were tabbed as one of the teams to beat in their feature Saturday night. They drew the outside front-row starting position, but at the drop of the green it became apparent that the lower groove, not the higher groove, was the fast way around the one-sixth-mile oval laid out on the Expo Center's concrete floor.
After dropping several positions immediately, Welch spent most of the race in eighth position, as the kart's set-up was just too tight for him to be able to advance. He missed a massive six-car pile-up at the start-finish line with nine laps completed to eventually take the checkered flag in tenth place, but he advanced one more spot when the kart of the apparent winner, Jeremy Warren, failed the post-race inspection.
In preliminary action Friday night, Welch finished fifth in round one of the fourth heat and second in round two of the fourth heat.
"Of course we had hoped to do better, but the car was just too tight," team owner Brian Goslee said after the feature. "We misjudged how much rubber would be on the track when our feature started. But we learned a lot, so now we should be in much better shape for the biggest race in the series, the Rumble at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis in February."
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