Dan Fredrickson made a special race even more memorable Friday night when he claimed the victory in the Trickle 99 Super Late Model event at LaCrosse Speedway in Wisconsin. Fredrickson was able to honor, for a second time, one of his racing heroes, the late Dick Trickle, with the Oktoberfest Weekend victory.
“I wish I wasn’t racing for points last year in the Tour because I would’ve loved to race the Trickle 99,” said Fredrickson in victory lane. “(I’m) honored as can be to win it. This is my second time and probably more honored this time than last since we don’t have Trickle around here anymore. I miss having him come over here and shake my hand and tell me I did a good job. That always meant a lot.”
Fast qualifier Nick Murgic jumped out to the early lead in the first of three 33-lap segments that made up the Trickle 99. He put distance between himself and the rest of the field and picked up the win in segment one. Fredrickson started and finished second in the first segment.
After segment one, the field was inverted by 11 based on their finishing order, putting Travis Sauter on the point for segment two. Much like Murgic in the first 33-lapper, Sauter got out to th elead at the drop of the green and never looked back.
Behind Sauter, Murgic and Fredrickson worked their way through the field. With the Trickle 99 title going to the driver with the lead amount of points based on finishing order, two of the faster cars on the day picked their way towards the front.
Fredrickson made a move around Mugic with six laps to go to finish fourth with Murgic fifth. The two were tied with six points apiece heading in the final 33-lap segment, setting the stage for an exciting final segment.
With another inversion, the two started deep in the field. Fredrickson worked his way into seventh with 13 laps to go, while Murgic had fallen back and was in 11th. Murgic was able to make one more pass to finish 10th, but a seventh place finish by Fredrickson handed him the overall title.
“This race is fun, but it’s crazy,” said Fredrickson. “Simple math right, if you do the best you can and win the race then you’re sitting alright. It’s just pass the most cars.”
Dalton Zehr made a strong push in the final two segments, including a third-place finish in the second segment and a top-10 in the final segment to surpass Murgic and finish second in overall points with Murgic third.
– By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent. Photo credit: Speed51.com