ELKO, Minn. – On Saturday night at Elko Speedway, Dan Fredrickson dominated the 125-lap Thunderstruck 93 for his fourth win in the second to last ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment event of the season.
The win in a race honoring the late Dan Ryan was important to Fredrickson.
“I was pretty good friends with him, I worked for him and worked on his son Jake’s race cars for a few years, he died from Lou Gehrig’s disease, he was an awesome dude and it’s just a terrible disease and it was tough to witness, it’s tough to even talk about it,” said Fredrickson, “I kind of took the year off of racing, but this is a race I will probably never miss and to win it again means a lot.”
Fredrickson set fast time earlier in the day and once the green flag dropped he wasted little time getting to the front of the field. Touring Star Jonathan Eilen took the lead on lap six and on lap 25 Fredrickson had worked his way from his 12th starting position up to second. The caution flew shortly after Fredrickson took the second spot and put him and Eilen on the front row for a restart with 100 laps to go.
Fredrickson continued his march to the front and was able to clear Eilen for the lead in under one lap. “There was rain in the forecast so I didn’t want to lay back,” said Fredrickson, “I pressed pretty hard in the beginning, I didn’t want to do that, but I had to press really hard in the beginning in case the rain came. It was late and I was certain if it rained just a little they would call it.”
Fredrickson put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, but his work for the night was not finished. As the driver approached the break on lap 93, Nathan Haseleu and Ty Majeski weaved their way towards the front as well.
Behind Haseleu and Majeski, Tim Sauter was on the move as well. He was able to close in on the two as they raced side by side and followed Majeski around Haseleu, moving into fourth.
The caution flew with 18 laps to go, giving Majeski one more shot at Fredrickson. Fredrickson got another good restart on the outside and cleared for the lead, but this time Majeski didn’t let him get away. Majeski followed in the tire tracks of Fredrickson and with nine laps to go Majeski dove to the inside of Fredrickson. Fredrickson held off the charge, but Majeski battled back.
Majeski was able to pull even with Fredrickson through turns three and four, but through turns one and two Fredrickson held the advantage. With three laps to go Fredrickson cleared Majeski for the final time and held on to win.
Majeski finished second and retook the ARCA Midwest Tour point lead heading into the final race of the season.