The top four drivers in the final laps of the Trickle 99 weren’t just racing for the third segment win; they were racing for the overall win. Those top four finishers ended up taking the top four spots overall, with Dan Fredrickson taking the block of cheese for a record-extending fourth time.
After entering the final segment tied with Skylar Holzhausen in the overall standings, Fredrickson finished third in the segment to take the overall win by a single point over Holzhausen. It was his first win in over three years, with his most recent win before Friday night coming at Madison International Speedway in June 2017.
Even with his closest points competitors around him, Fredrickson was still calm and collected with the overall win on the line.
“I knew we were good by one or two points still. My car was really good and I could’ve probably contended for the win but it was a points race between three segments,” Fredrickson told Speed51. “You have to know where you’re at and I knew where we were at so we rolled right there in third. I’m glad to be back in the winner’s circle here.”
Fredrickson nearly failed to make it into the field through qualifying after timing in 14th, but he quickly showed he would still be a force to be reckoned with. It was business as usual after that first segment, moving up eight spots in the process.
“We started straight up from qualifying, we were pretty fast in practice but screwed up in time trials there. We started 14th and got up to sixth. I thought we were pretty decent. In the second segment we passed a lot of cars and I think we ended up second there, the leader was way out by the time we got to second so I just drove around.
“The third segment was fun. The competition I was racing was excellent. Some of the other people need to get their head checked a little bit. The slower guys have no class but I got by them anyway. We’ve got a busted fender but maybe some hurt feelings in the pits but we got the win.”
With his fourth win in the event, Fredrickson continues to be the only driver to have more than one Trickle 99 triumph. It could very well be five after losing last year’s race on a tiebreaker.
Even with his continued success in the event, he admits he’s not a fan of the format.
“It’s exciting, it’s dicey. Honestly, I don’t like this, it’s kind of hard on the car. You bang around a lot because they put huge inverts on the field and restacking it. You’ve got to slide in there three-wide. The fans love it and I guess I’m good at it, so we’ll take it.”
Holzhausen found himself one spot short of the overall win after setting fast time in qualifying earlier in the night. He fell back to fourth in the opening segment, setting up a margin he would ultimately not be able to overcome.
“The car was pretty stellar, we just needed a little more grip there at the end of the race to run with the No.36,” Holzhausen said. “It was getting dicey there with having to start in the back. I’m happy with the finish but I wish we could’ve had one more spot.”
His runner-up was his best Trickle 99 result since he won the event back in 2012. After showing speed all day Friday, he turns his attention to Sunday’s ARCA Midwest Tour finale in search of his first Oktoberfest main event win.
“We haven’t ran this good since 2012 in this race. I hope this speed stays with us and we can put up another strong run Sunday.”
Andrew Morrissey and Casey Johnson finished third and fourth, with the top four separated by just three points. Rich Bickle Jr rounded out the top-five.
Morrissey, Chad Butz and Johnson were the three segment winners.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
Oktoberfest – Trickle 99 Results:
- Dan Fredrickson
- Skylar Holzhausen
- Andrew Morrissey
- Casey Johnson
- Rich Bickle Jr
- Chad Butz
- Dalton Zehr
- Ty Majeski
- Paul Shafer Jr
- Billy Mohn
- Austin Nason
- John DeAngelis Jr
- Justin Mondeik
- Jeff Storm
- Bryan Syer-Keske
- Ryan Farrell
- Jacob Goede
- Jonathan Eilen
- Derek Kraus
- Nick Murgic
- Dillon Hammond
- Gabe Sommers
- Bobby Kendall
- Jacob Nottestad