Rider, crew chief
Hartland, MI native Goss was one of the top dirt-track riders in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Between 1979 and ’86, he won 16 national events and captured the 1980 and ’83 AMA Grand National championships, both times as a member of the Harley-Davidson factory team. “Mr. Consistency” narrowly missed winning additional titles in 1981, when a bike failure late in the season cost him critical points, and in ’84, when a broken leg put an end to a dominant four-national-win campaign. Amazingly, he still finished third in the championship despite missing the season’s final four events. Goss won all four types of AMA national races: mile, half-mile, short-track and TT. After retiring from motorcycle racing at the end of 1986, Goss launched a successful career as a NASCAR crew chief, heading a 2002 Xfinity Series championship for Greg Biffle and a 2012 K&N Pro Series East championship for phenom Kyle Larson. Goss was an inaugural inductee into the Dirt Track Hall of Fame and inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 1998.