Posted: June 12, 2017
Golobic was the mark of consistency throughout Indiana Midget Week with no finishes outside the top-eight, including a strong second half of IMW that included finishes of 3rd, 4th and 2nd in his Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford – Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

It was just the fourth time in the 13-year history of Indiana Midget Week that the champion didn’t win a single race.  It’s the second year in a row with this occurrence, duplicating Bryan Clauson’s feat from 2016.  Golobic was hired to run full-time for Bryan’s father Tim’s new team in 2017 and the dividends are quickly paying off the self-admitted “wing” driver.

“This whole week says a lot about this team,” Golobic begins.  “I consider myself a wing sprint car driver, for the most part.  I don’t get to do a whole lot of midget stuff, so when I come back here, I always feel like I’m a bit behind the eight-ball at the start racing against some of these guys who do it so often.  This team provides such good cars.  I felt like I was right there with them from the get-go and I just got better each night.  I got more and more comfortable and my team kept giving me awesome cars.  I guess I’m just the consistent guy.  I don’t want to say I’m a points racer, but I’m not going to make any big mistakes that would cause a major catastrophe with the points at any time during the week.”

It was an Indiana Midget Week title that nearly didn’t come to fruition for the Fremont, California native.  An hour before hot laps on Friday at Bloomington, it was still uncertain whether he’d be racing that night due to illness.  Defending USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom was on standby and ready to step into the No. 17w if Golobic was unable to make the call.

“My girlfriend (Sarah) and I both got sick,” Golobic points out.  “We came down with two different things, actually.  She’s struggling with pneumonia and I had a really bad stomach flu and spent the day in E.R. before Bloomington.  I wasn’t really sure if I was even going to run Bloomington.  The team even had a backup driver ready just in case.  Deb & Matt Wood and Sarah did a great job of keeping fluids in me and taking care of me then we went to Bloomington and ran one-two-three.  From there, I just kept hydrating and getting as much sleep as I could.”

Golobic entered Sunday’s feature three-up on Courtney.  He kept tabs on USAC’s social media and website to stay in-tune with the updated Indiana Midget Week standings throughout the evening and knew precisely where he needed to be and who he had to beat.
“I’m a numbers guy, so coming into the feature, I knew exactly what I needed to do,” Golobic explained.  “My feature started off bad; I fell back to eighth or ninth.  Pickens and Rico got by me and everybody we needed to beat was getting by us.  I figured, ‘man, we got to get going here’ before finding something on the bottom.  Once I got to third, I knew “Sunshine” was second in points.  If I could beat him, I knew I’d be okay.  Spencer was out front, but he was deep enough in points, I didn’t have to worry about him.  I got to third and I knew passing ‘Sunshine’ was going to be for the Midget Week title.  I wouldn’t say I would’ve wore him out to win it, but I was definitely going to race him hard.  The way it worked out, we were running two different lines for a bit and I was able to sneak by him.  He was awesome all week. If it weren’t for engine troubles one night this week, he’d be doing this interview right now.”

In sport and in life, when one experiences the thrill of victory by one, by nature, there is inherently someone experiencing the agony of defeat.  Such is the case with Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney who saw the Indiana Midget Week title slip through his fingers with just three laps to go in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives – Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

“The goal every night is to go out and win,” Courtney says point blank.  “When it’s a big deal like ‘Midget Week,’ you want to take it home.  It’s a tough deal.  When you have one bad night, it throws a hiccup in the plan.  You have to keep trucking and I’ve got one of the best teams behind me.  I think it shows with us running one-two in points this week.  These guys never give up.  We broke a motor at Gas City.  The crew stayed up all night putting a new one in, then went out and ran third.  Tonight, Justin ran into some mechanical issues.  They pulled the backup car down and Justin ran fourth.  I can’t say enough about these guys. They’re freaking awesome.”
“I hate that I couldn’t get the midget week title, but at least one of us brought it home,” Courtney said as he searched for a silver lining.  “Second definitely sucks and it really hurts when it’s a deal like this, but you just got to move on.  Hopefully, this is just the start.  Hopefully, the rest of the season will be as good, if not better, for us than what’s going on right now.  I’m with one of the best midget teams and I think we really put our name out there this week.  People have really taken a note of us.  The last couple of nights, Keith (Kunz) got his stuff going really good again.  It’s not going to be easy the rest of the year but we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing and not worry about what they’re doing.  We’ve got three really good racecars and three really good racecar drivers.  As long as we keep doing what we’re doing, I think we’re going to be the guys to beat.”

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway include Shane Golobic (ProSource Fast Qualifier),
Spencer Bayston (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), T
anner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner),
Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner),
Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner),
Chad Boat (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger and B & W Auto Mart Perseverance Award Winner in Honor of Kyle McCain),
Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Adam Pierson (ProSource Hard Work Award Winner).