Travis Goodwin, left, Carolyn Gochee, center, and Isadora Hitz line up during a caution Saturday night. Goodwin, Gochee and Hitz finished first, second and third, respectively, in the Sport Stock class Saturday night at the Hayden Speedway.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Travis Goodwin, left, Carolyn Gochee, center, and Isadora Hitz line up during a caution Saturday night. Goodwin, Gochee and Hitz finished first, second and third, respectively, in the Sport Stock class Saturday night at the Hayden Speedway.

Travis Goodwin wins 3rd straight Sport Stock race

Hayden Speedway results

Race results from Saturday at Hayden Speedway

Sport Stock heat

1. Travis Goodwin

2. Casey Madsen

3. Carolyn Gochee

Sport Stock main event

1. Travis Goodwin

2. Carolyn Gochee

3. Isadora Hitz

Street Stock heat

1. Trent Durham

2. Heath Chamberlain

3. Rhonda Wisecup

Street Stock main event

1. Trent Durham

2. Mike Anderson

3. Rhonda Wisecup

Super Street Stock heat

1. Loren Herring

2. Kurt Ashley

3. Tom Holiday

Super Street Stock main event

1. Loren Herring

2. Kurt Ashley

3. Mike Kochenower

Limited Late Model heat

1. Rocky Wisecup

2. Floyd Gutierrez

3. Don Merrill

Limited Late Model main event

1. Ernie Gutierrez

2. Rocky Wisecup

3. Don Merrill

IMCA Modified heat

1. Chance Harms

2. Jimmy Rossi

3. Matt Harms

IMCA Modified main event

1. Matt Harms

2. Nate Hitz

3. Jimmy Rossi

Travis Goodwin can smile when it rains.

A little water on the track means he can race the way he wants to.

On Saturday, rains lashed the track at the Hayden Speedway, and Goodwin did what he's done all season on less-than-ideal conditions.

Won.

"It was good, a little sloppy," he said. "But that's how I like it.

"I just find what works, and stick with it."

Guiding the No. 13 pickup in the Sport Stock class, Goodwin, of Craig, was able to get the top poll position and never let up.

This summer is technically Goodwin's second year on the track, after competing in a few races in 2007.

"I had been coming out here to watch the races for a while," he said. "It was something I always wanted to do."

When the opportunity arose, Goodwin took it.

Through a friend, Goodwin learned the No. 13 Nissan pickup was for sale.

"I paid $500 and was ready to go," he said.

Goodwin's truck looks slightly off-kilter when viewed straight-on.

The truck leans to the driver's side, which Goodwin said helps him in the turns.

"It's set up that way - with less air in the tires - to help me get around the corners," he said. "It helps going in and coming out."

His first year on the track would prove frustrating.

In his second race, he blew the truck's motor.

Problems continued earlier this season, when Goodwin tried to slowly break in his motor while competing.

"I would go out for five or six laps and be completely fine," he said. "But after that, the battery would drain."

With a new battery, Goodwin began his assault on the track, taking the last three checkered flags in the Sport Stock class.

He said he's been aided by track conditions and experience.

"I know Carolyn (Gochee) has been out here before, but I'm like the seasoned veteran," he said. "A lot of the others, this is either their first or second year."

Should Goodwin capture Driver of the Year honors in the Sport Stock class this year, he would move up to the Street Stock class next year.

"I just want to keep moving up," he said. "I will keep racing (in the Sport Stock class) until I win.

"Eventually, I want to drive in the dwarf cars."

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