At the beginning of last summer’s race season at the Hayden Speedway, driver Travis Goodwin had a bit of hard luck.
Mechanical problems kept his truck out of the Sport Stock Class, and the missed time kept him out of the points hunt.
The early races proved to be pivotal, too, as Goodwin would come back later in the summer and reel off win after win, only to miss out on driver of the year honors.
Not this summer.
Goodwin returned Saturday during the second weekend of Hayden Speedway racing and quickly racked up his first win of the young season.
The victory was especially sweet because Goodwin said he wasn’t sure if he would return to the dirt track this season.
“I didn’t know if I would do it again,” he said after the race. “It was harder to get sponsorships this year, but after I did get a few, I decided I better get the truck out here.”
Despite not having been on the dirt since last September, Goodwin said there was no rust when he hit the track.
“Once you get going, you can just feel the adrenaline,” he said. “You have an ear-to-ear grin, and it’s like riding a bike — it comes back.”
His goal for this season is the same as it was last summer.
“I want to be a track champion,” he said. “That’s always been my goal.
“I just have to get out here every weekend.”
Last year, the only thing in his way was his truck’s mechanical problems.
“The truck felt good (Saturday),” he said. “It felt really good, actually.
“Now, I just want to pick up where I left off.”