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When Rev Racing added a slew of new personnel to its shop during the 2011-2012 offseason, the biggest coup might have been the addition of Randy Goss.
Goss, a former motorcycle racer himself, led the No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota driven by rookie Kyle Larson to the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship.
“I wasn't even sure he'd come here,” said team owner Max Siegel. “That's a credit to Jefferson Hodges, our director of competition. The championship-caliber experience he has, his commitment to our organization, this program and to his team was amazing.”
Goss spent the entire 2011 season as the crew chief for Max Papis in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but he made his name years earlier. In 2002, he won four races with Greg Biffle en route to the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship that year.
The following season, with Biffle as a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, the duo combined for their first career Cup win in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
Goss' resume was an important piece to the championship puzzle, Larson said.
“Randy Goss has tons of experience. He brought Greg to the Cup series and developed him,” Larson said. “He's got a ton of experience, been around a long time and was a racer himself in motorcycles. That's pretty cool.”
But Goss also brought a more intangible quality to the table at Rev Racing.
“He's a really good guy,” Larson said. “It's a lot of fun just to watch and listen to him at the race track. He gets really stressed out, especially during practice... On the No. 6 team, we're all a bunch of calm guys – and that's why it's so funny to watch him. It's fun to almost mess with him sometimes.”
One thing they can't mess with is his championship-winning resume.
“That's one of the things that I was talking about, about what we're looking for here,” Siegel said. “Both from an organizational structure and chemistry standpoint, and what (Goss) brings as an individual, his energy in invaluable.”