Dan Fredrickson set fast time in qualifying for Friday night’s Dick Trickle 99 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway with a fast lap of 18.786 seconds, nearly breaking his own track record in the process. The Lakeville, Minnesota driver heads into the race as a three-time winner of the event, the only driver to do so more than once.
Fredrickson, also a two-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion, spent the day trying new things for the Trickle 99 and Sunday’s 200-lap Oktoberfest finale, with little concern for making his way into the show through qualifying. His qualifying run left him surprised at the result and more comfortable with what he’s got going into the race.
“We’ve been working on a bunch of different stuff here, so I was happy it went that fast,” Fredrickson told Speed51.com. “Trying to come up with some new ways of doing things and I didn’t think it would time in that good, but really I was trying to get it to stick around longer at the end of the race. We’ll see what happens here, it’s still a little goofy.”
Nearly 50 Super Late Models took time during Trickle 99 qualifying, with only the top 15 securing their starting spots. 2015 Trickle 99 winner Ty Majeski qualified second, with teammate Carson Kvapil behind him in third for his first attempt in the race. Former race winner Skylar Holzhausen and Minnesota’s Nick Murgic rounded out the top five.
Sitting on the pole for the race has Fredrickson relieved to be locked into the event. He talked about a past Trickle 99 qualifying attempt that quickly went wrong and made the night longer than usual.
“It turns into a long evening for some guys for sure, I’ve been there too,” he said. “We went out to time in and it was so cold I hit the gas and spun out and crashed into a big muddy ditch and messed the front end up. We did win that year though from the last chance race.”
Drivers rounding out the top 10 in Trickle 99 qualifying include ARCA Midwest Tour champion Jonathan Elien, Midwest Tour 2019 winner Gabe Sommers, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Jacob Goede, Minnesota driver Michael Ostdiek, and defending Oktoberfest 200 winner Andrew Morrissey.
Austin Nason, Nick Barstad, Rich Schumann Jr, Erik Darnell, and Billy Mohn rounded out the drivers who locked their way into the race.
Derek Kraus is also locked into the Trickle 99 by virtue of his Futures Race win Thursday night.
Among the drivers who will have to race their way into the Trickle 99 later tonight are Casey Johnson, John DeAngelis Jr., Paul Shafer Jr., Luke Fenhaus, and Rich Bickle, Jr.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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