Going into Friday night’s Dick Trickle 99 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, Nick Murgic’s last major Super Late Model victory came in exciting fashion when he held off Casey Johnson for the win in the 2015 Dixieland 250. Four years later, the Minnesota driver was back in victory lane in a Super Late Model, having won the Dick Trickle 99 during Oktoberfest weekend by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Murgic entered the final segment in fourth place overall, seven points behind Ty Majeski. With Majeski’s early exit in the final segment due to a mechanical issue, the overall win came down to Murgic, three-time race winner Dan Fredrickson and Erik Darnell. Murgic and Fredrickson were tied after the final 33-lap segment, with Murgic taking the overall win by virtue of his fifth-place finish in Segment #3 compared to Fredrickson’s ninth.
The 28-year-old did not find out he had won the race until after climbing out of his car, where he was met by a very ecstatic family and crew on the frontstretch.
“After we crossed the checkered I knew I saw Dan and the No.7 (Erik Darnell) back there a little bit. I was giving it everything I had, I knew I was close,” Murgic told Speed51.com. “It was unfortunate that Ty fell out, he was the class of the field and Dan had to go to the back to start the second segment, so it kind of put them at a disadvantage.”
The win comes as redemption for Murgic in more ways than one after recent struggles in the Super Late Model ranks. He had also originally won the Trickle 99 back in 2010 before having the race stripped away from him in post-race tech and ultimately being awarded to Fredrickson. Nine years after that fateful night, being back in victory lane was a good feeling.
“We’ve struggled in the Super Lates for the past couple years and this really makes it feel good to put something together,” he said. “It wasn’t exactly what we’re hoping for, nothing stellar, we didn’t win any segments. It’s a ton of fun to be able to race against a stout field and come out on top.”
This is just unbelievable, I had won this one nine years ago and ended up getting disqualified out of the third segment for being two pounds heavy on left-side weight,” he continued. “It feels good to finally be back here but nine years later.”
Fredrickson finished second in the first segment to only have to start at the tail for Segment #2 after going out on track late. He fought his way to eighth in the segment, but it would ultimately decide who won the race.
“The first race we had the car way too tight and I just rode around behind Ty there. We went to change the gear among some other things and a gear was broken in the rear end and it chewed all the bearings up, so we borrowed parts from our neighbor and bonded them together to get through the night here,” Fredrickson said. “We came out late so we had to start last and the car was very, very fast, but starting last was too far back. We caught up to those guys but it just cost us too many points coming out late and starting last.
Carson Kvapil finished third, followed by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Jacob Goede and Erik Darnell to round out the top five.
Majeski, Casey Johnson, and Jonathan Elien took segment wins.
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SLM – Dick Trickle 99 Results:
- Nick Murgic
- Dan Fredrickson
- Carson Kvapil
- Jacob Goede
- Erik Darnell
- Jonathan Elien
- Casey Johnson
- Andrew Morrissey
- Gabe Sommers
- Skylar Holzhausen
- Billy Mohn
- Derek Kraus
- Ty Majeski
- Austin Nason
- John DeAngelis Jr
- Michael Ostdiek
- Michael Sauter
- Nick Barstad
- Justin Mondeik
- Jason Weinkauf
- Rich Schumann Jr
- Matthew Henderson
- Bryan Syer-Keske
- Griffin McGrath
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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