Fredrickson Outlasts Rain And Racers To Win ASA Midwest Race At LaCrosse
Iverson Wins Race In Front Of Packed Crowd
Dan Fredrickson of Lakeville, Minnesota won the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment Independence Day 100 in dominating fashion Tuesday night at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Mark Eswein took the initial lead from the outside of the front row to lead the first three laps of the Independence Day Kwik Trip 100 ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model race before mayhem befell in turn one, wadding Joey Johnson up into the wall ending the young driver’s night. Eswein held onto the point at the restart and just three laps later, NASCAR Busch East Series driver Tim Schendel spun solo from his second place running spot, bringing out the yellow caution flag for a second time. At the restart, one lap was completed before Trevor Stewart, Andy Niles, and Schendel were thrust into the turn three wall. Ambulance service responded to the scene and all drivers were okay. Racing resumed and on lap twelve 1993 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Steve Grissom took turn one high, wide, and hansom, slowing the field for the fourth time.
It took thirteen laps of competition to lay down enough Hoosier rubber to work the green track into race condition.
Dan Fredrickson took over the top spot on lap thirteen. He picked off lapped traffic as best he could to gain four car lengths over Eswein and Eugene Gregorich. Grissom again went high on lap 35 and stopped up at the turn two wall. At the green, Fredrickson tried to open his lead once again but only had four laps before Neil Knoblock slowed erratically on the backstretch and Echo Outdoor Power Equipment “Blow Your Competition Away” fast qualifier Josh Vadnais had to stop abruptly, resulting in both Vadnais and Adam Royle spinning down into the infield.
Dan Fredrickson (center) was the man to beat at LaCrosse... and no one could do it. (Doug Hornickel photos)
There were still 28 cars running at halfway. On lap 51, Rich Bickle turned into Russ Blakely and both ran into the turn one wall slowing the field for the seventh time
For Nathan Haseleu, race nights are either really good or really bad with not much in between. Haseleu wins more races than many of his competitors in a single season year after year, but the list of “should have been” good finishes is just as long. Tonight was one of the bad nights. Haseleu had charged up through the field to battle for the third spot with Dean Cornelius on lap 53 and it was a tight battle down the front stretch but something had to give and the Fourth of July Fireworks erupted early in turn two in front of the race-speed field. The running order was a pack of sixteen at the restart and the rocket man Dan Fredrickson was on fire, opening up a sizable lead over Steve Holzhausen.
The 47 laps that followed were a walk in the park for Fredrickson. Six cars finished on the lead lap.
All preliminary events were canceled due to 1.70 inches of rain pouring during the afternoon hours, precipitation report courtesy of the National Weather Service.
The Independence Day Kwik Trip 100 was the first event in the NASCAR Star Summer Shootout Series. Visit www.asamidwesttour.com to view the full schedule and order tickets online.
The American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by Echo Outdoor Power Equipment stays up North for the rest of the week to race at Minnesota’s I-94 Raceway Saturday July 7 before heading eight-and-one-half hours South to Morris, IL to race in the prestigious Appleton Memorial Friday July 13.
Rich Bickle tried to come in and steal the show, but just wound up against the outside wall.