Fredrickson Finds The Way To Win In ASA Midwest Tour's Shakopee 100 At Raceway Park SHAKOPEE, MN (August 12, 2007) - Dan Fredrickson continued his Summer hot streak as he took the lead in dramatic fashion, with just a few laps to go as he won...
Fredrickson Finds The Way To Win In ASA Midwest Tour's Shakopee 100 At Raceway Park
SHAKOPEE, MN (August 12, 2007) - Dan Fredrickson continued his Summer hot streak as he took the lead in dramatic fashion, with just a few laps to go as he won the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour, Presented By Echo Outdoor Power Equipment's Shakopee 100 Presented by Prairie Lawn and Garden at Raceway Park in Shakopee, MN.
Polesitter Travis Sauter took control of the race as Jonathan Eilen quickly pulled in behind in the opening laps. Dean Cornelius brought out the first of many cautions in the event, when he bounced off the turn four wall, breaking something on his car, which then sent it slamming into the turn one wall, ending his night only five laps into the race. Sauter and Eilen picked up the battle for the lead as they ran bumper-to-bumper out in front. Five more cautions through the middle stages of the race prevented Sauter and Eilen from putting too many cars a lap down as they continued to fight for the lead. Steve Carlson ran in third, with Adam Royle right behind as they shadowed the leaders. Royle would get by Carlson on lap 53 and he rapidly closed in on Sauter and Eilen, who remained close at the front of the field.
On lap 83, Sauter and Eilen got together in turn four, sending them both spinning and bringing out another caution. Both Sauter and Eilen were sent to the back of the field, putting third running Royle into the lead. Meanwhile, twelfth starting Fredrickson was putting on a show of his own as he was blasting by cars in the high groove as he made his way to the front, taking fourth from Carlson just prior to the leader's tangle. When the race resumed, Royle showed the way as Fredrickson stayed glued to his rear bumper. The font pair bumped a bit on lap 88, but neither car budged as Royle maintained the lead. With eight laps remaining, Fredrickson pulled to the high side and ran next to Royle for a few laps, edging him across the line on lap 94 to take the lead momentarily before Royle came storming back on the low side to reclaim the lead one lap later. With three laps to go, Fredrickson tried to make a pass on the low side for the first time all night, coming out of turn two. Less than a half of a lap later, the risky move paid-off as he took the lead firmly out of turn four to seal his position over Royle in the dash to the checkered flag.
The win was the third of the season for Fredrickson who recorded ASA Midwest Tour victories at LaCrosse Speedway and Grundy County Speedway prior to the Shakopee 100. Following the race, Fredrickson described the late race pass. "I got on the outside and it was going really good and we ended up running higher than I was comfortable with," said Fredrickson. "I drove down the entire front straightaway bouncing off the wall. Then at that point, I decided it's going to be a deal where I turn and go underneath him. He was high enough that I didn't have to touch him to drive underneath him getting off the corner and that's OK, because he wanted to win the race as bad as I did and that's how it ended up."
Royle's second place finish made it a Minnesota sweep of top two positions, with Wisconsin's Steve Carlson taking home third. Earlier in the evening, Donny Reuvers set a new track record with a lap of 13.493 seconds around the tight ¼ mile of Raceway Park. In all, twelve drivers broke the previous record set in 1987 by ARTGO driver Butch Miller.
The ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour Presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment will return to action on Saturday and Sunday October 6th and 7th at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI for the Octoberfest 100.
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