By Steven Blakesley
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (April 9, 2013) – 2012 Ocean Sprints champion Shane Golobic of Fremont captured the biggest win of his career on Friday night, storming from the outside pole to the World of Outlaws win at Antioch Speedway. The victory was Golobic’s first against the Outlaws to add to his red hot start to the 2013 season.
“Definitely by far my biggest win. It’s like the pinnacle of what we do in open wheel racing. Beating the outlaws – they’re the best, bar none. In my opinion, the Outlaws is the best of the best in the Sprint Car world. It’s something I’ll never forget and no one can ever take it away from me.”
The win came driving Joe Vonschriltz’s #121 entry that Golobic has driven to wins throughout his career. The relationship between Vonschriltz and Golobic began when the San Jose State engineering student was 16.
“I can’t say enough about (Joe). He took a chance on me when I was 16 and we had some early success followed by a sophomore slump but he stuck with me,” Golobic said. “There’s no car that’s better out there and it makes my job a lot easier. Even though we’re not a big outlaw team, we have equipment that’s just as good.”
Golobic used his lapped traffic experience from running bullrings such as Ocean Speedway to win Saturday’s event. Starting outside front row, he battled with 2012 King of the West Jon Allard but finally was able to break through on lap 10 for the lead in heavy traffic. World of Outlaws championship contender Joey Saldana closed the gap on Golobic to within two car lengths, but Golobic fended him off to win the 30 lap contest.
After winning the 2012 Ocean Sprints champion, Golobic has gone on a tear across the country in a variety of different race cars.
Golobic finished fifth in the USAC National Midgets Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway in November. In January, he climbed aboard the Wilke-Pak Motorsports entry against 270 entries for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, OK and put together an outstanding seventh place run in the feature.
His March runs with the Outlaws included a fourth place finish at the Mini Gold Cup in Chico and a sixth at Merced. Golobic also finished eighth against the Civil War Sprints at Antioch as well..
“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to drive a bunch of good cars and different types of cars,” Golobic said. “We’ve been able to come out with some good finishes. The past year or so we’ve just been going really good. Hopefully we can make this season the best one yet.”
The 2013 season for Golobic will include numerous starts in the 2011 Ocean Sprints champion Keith Day Trucking #22. The team will hit nearly the entire Ocean Sprints remaining schedule along with several ASCS races. All told, Golobic will run numerous times at his home track in Watsonville across Ocean Sprints, King of the West, and USAC.
His first start at Ocean will come on Friday night against the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo regulars.
“Well obviously coming off the win, I’m definitely bummed we won’t make it to Hanford. But I’m really excited to get in the 22 car and get going with them,” Golobic said. “Really excited to get working with Rick Bragg and all the guys. They’re really helping me out with an awesome opportunity.”
Other races on the slate will include numerous King of the West starts for Joe Vonschriltz and USAC National Midget starts in May at the Hut 100 and a trip to Belleville, KS for the Belleville Midget Nationals in August.
A complete schedule of events for Shane Golobic Racing is available on the SGR website. Sponsorships are still available with Shane Golobic by contacting him through firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Golobic racing is sponsored by Country Builders with a special thanks to Joe Vonschriltz, Wilke-Pak Motorsports, Keith Day, Doug Bock, and Steve Osborne for the support. Race fans can follow Shane Golobic on Twitter @ShaneGolobic or on his website at www.ShaneGolobic.com