Dan Fredrickson has been one of the most recognizable and most successful drivers in the Midwest for several years now. The Lakeville, Minnesota native has won just about everywhere in Wisconsin and is a two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion.
Fredrickson will embark on a new challenge during the month of February. He will head to New Smyrna Speedway for Florida Speedweeks after competing in two nights in 2017. Fredrickson has seen success during Speedweeks, but that came in the early 2000’s at the start of his Super Late Model career, when he took home two wins in 2001.
His last attempt in 2017 did not go so well. He competed in two races during the week, with his best finish being 14th in a 75-lap feature on Tuesday night that year. After taking a year off, he is heading back down to New Smyrna with a new weapon in his arsenal.
“I ran down there in 2000 and 2001 at the start of my racing career and I had really good success,” Fredrickson told Speed51.com. “I’ve always been too busy to get back down there. We tried running down there for the last couple races a few years ago but we didn’t really have the car to race down there and it didn’t go very well. We’re trying to get a new Fury car done in time to bring that down there. I’m pretty excited.”
Fredrickson says the biggest challenge of racing during Speedweeks is the difference between the rules packages in Florida and the Midwest. He hopes that the new Fury race car will help bridge the gap between he and his competitors.
“I don’t know exactly why, but it’s very different,” he stated. “They run a different tire and they run a four-barrel carburetor with basically the same engines that we run up here with a two-barrel carburetor, so it’s like 120 more horsepower and the tire is quite a bit different. For whatever reason, my setups in the past have not been great down south, so I’m excited to get this new Fury car down there and take it out for a beat.”
As of now, Fredrickson has no clear plans in place as to whether he’ll be chasing the week-long championship, but he has one main goal he’d like to accomplish before even loading up for the long trek from Minnesota to the Sunshine State.
Once his team gets to the track, they plan on taking it one night at a time while attempting to reel off some wins.
“My first goal is to actually get the car done and get there. My second goal would be to win some races,” Fredrickson stated. “We should be able to do pretty good if we are prepared. I’m still undecided on whether or not I’m going to race every night. I think we’re just going to start out and see where it goes, but I don’t really have any kind of agenda to go prove anything, so I’m going to make sure we’re having fun too.”
The first night of fun during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway takes place on Friday, February 8. The nine nights of racing concludes on Saturday, February 16 with the Orange Blossom 100 for Super Late Models.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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