Dan Fredrickson enters the 51st Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend as one of the most decorated drivers in event history. The Minnesota driver has seven total Super Late Model wins during the weekend between the Oktoberfest main event and the Trickle 99, more than anyone else in the event’s long history.
He will have a chance to make more history this weekend in the 200-lap ARCA Midwest Tour race. He currently has four wins in the finale, with a chance tie the late Joe Shear for most all-time with a fifth triumph on Sunday afternoon.
He enters the weekend with a light load of races under his belt, choosing to spend more time with his family over the summer. With that money saved up however, it opens the door for potential runs in marquee races to end 2020.
“I’ve actually only raced three times this year. We’ve tried to run a couple more races, but they got rained out. We got busy finding all these new things to do this summer that racing took a little bit of a backseat to simple family stuff,” Fredrickson told Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “It’s been a great year, myself and my wife and my kids are definitely itching to get back to the racetrack and get some races in.”
“We’re going to try to go to both (All American 400 and the Snowball Derby). We’ve been saving a lot of money not racing this summer and now we’re now going to spend it all in the winter.”
With Elko Speedway (MN) having ran their most recent Super Late Model race in 2017, LaCrosse has become his home track away from home.
Fredrickson drew up a unique comparison of LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway to another historic track located on the east side of the Badger State. It is a track he has had major success at, with his seven Super Late Model wins and a Midwest Truck Series win back in 2011.
“It’s very similar (to the Milwaukee Mile). Dick Trickle used to call Milwaukee a big LaCrosse or something like that. It’s pretty flat, I love it, but we’ve always had pretty good success there. I consider it almost my home track, it’s the closest track to me that has a Super Late Model race. It’s very flat, there’s some bumps and characteristics.”
While he has had his share of success at LaCrosse over the years, outside invaders have historically been unable to state the same.
“It’s one of those tracks that seems like it’s very easy to meet but a lot of people struggle. I think Bubba (Pollard)’s been up here three or four times and he just cannot get a grip on it at all. Brian Campbell, an excellent race car driver, he was baffled by the racetrack. It is different but for me it’s like a second home.”
Oktoberfest provides an atmosphere unlike any other in Super Late Model racing. With 17 divisions in action over four days, there is racing as far as the eye can see. For fans in the upper Midwest, it’s a way to cap off the racing season in a big way year after year.
“It’s a good time. It has some similarities to the Snowball Derby weekend. I’d say the partying and camping aspect of it is a lot bigger. It starts on Wednesday so it’s a long show and a lot of fun. The 200-lap race on Sunday is a great race, probably not as serious as the Snowball Derby as far as pit side goes, but it’s definitely a big one for us up here.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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