“Right at the beginning there we were set up for the long run,” says Fredrickson, As soon as my tired got warmed up, I tried to drive underneath him and he drove me down in the dirt a bunch of times, so I drove to the outside on my own, and passed him clean.”
Fredrickson held the lead for the next 66 laps, but not by much, Iverson never let the #36 get
more than a car length in front of him. With 20 laps to go, was when things really got heated
on the track. Iverson was all over the leader looking to get back in front.
Fredrickson held tight to the preferred line at the bottom of the track, forcing Iverson to look to
the outside to make the pass. With eight laps left the Esconaba, Michigan native completed
the pass and then held on for the win.
“I kept trying him on the bottom and trying to get him to get a little squirrelly and maybe move
up the track a little bit,” says Iverson, “He was half a lane up the track in the middle, he was
kind of teasing me, so I just kept trying and trying, and finally I just figured the only way was
to go to the outside and we had to do what we had to do.”
A frustrated Fredrickson wasn't quite to pleased with the way the last few laps went down.
“I passed him clean on the outside earlier in the race,” says Fredrickson, “Then every time we
got a restart he'd pound on me. I couldn't get away from him. So it turned in to a position
where I was either gonna have to let him go and take second or get dumped, so I took second,
second's better than twenty-fifth. I'm happy with second. I never raced here before and he's
raced here like 6,000 times, so that's good enough I guess.”
To the guy in victory lane though, all's fair in short track racing.
“I thought it went down pretty fairly,” says Iverson, “He was bumping on me pretty good at the
beginning, before they even dropped the green flag. I got the jump on him and then he started
hitting me in the back end, so I let him go, but he didn't want to do it back, so I had to work on it.”
“The guy who wins the race when a race happens like that always says it's just a racing thing,”
says Fredrickson, “The guy who's second is always pissed off. If I'd have won I would have said
it was a racing thing and he'd be pissed off.”
But at the end, the day belonged to Iverson, the local fan favorite who beat one of the best on
the tour to defend his Norway ASAMT title.
“This feel really good, I haven't been up here that much, so I like to come back here and show
them I can still do it,” says Iverson, “And Dan's one of the best in the business, best in the
country, and I'd let him drive my car anytime.”
With all the excitement up front, Andrew Morrissey quietly held on the third position from start
“Not a lot going on where I was,” says Morrissey, “I just tried to keep the tires on for the first
part of the race. My car was just too loose; I didn't have anything for the two guys in front of me.”
Travis Sauter came home in fourth and fast qualifier Chris Wimmer picked up his fifth straight
“May car was really good, it was really hard to pass here,” says Wimmer, “If you try to pass on
the outside it takes awhile and you can wear your stuff out, but no one is going to give you the
inside either, so it was tough. I think I could maybe have gotten in to the top three, but I'm definitely
pleased with a top-five finish.”
The ASAMT travels to Marshfield Super Speedway this Sunday before the series finale at Oktoberfest.
For the second time this season, Chris Wimmer paced the field during qualifying. His lap time of 14.284 seconds broke the ASAMT track record by nearly a half a second.
“I saw some of the guys in from of me turn 14.3's and I was a little worried to be honest,” says Wimmer, “But when I got out there my second lap felt really good. It's always awesome when you can go out and set quick time, so I was really excited.”
The fast qualifier gets to roll the die for the invert of the start of the race. Wimmer rolled a five and set the stage for a good old fashioned short track battle.
That roll put the ASAMT point leader Dan Fredrickson on the pole and local favorite Jamie Iverson to his outside. Fredrickson, who came to Norway with just a five point lead, in the standings, looked to put some distance between himself and second place Donny Reuvers. While Iverson hoped to defend his Norway win from a year ago and give the fans something extra to cheer about.
The first lap should have been some indication about how the Norway 100 would go down. Iverson and Fredrickson fought side-by-side, not giving an inch, until Iverson finally grabbed the lead on lap three.
Just ten laps in to the race, over ten cars were involved in an incident coming out of turn two, forcing the first caution of the race. A few cars received minor damage, while some would struggle to make it back on the track, but the biggest blow came to Reuvers and his #41 Camry. Reuvers, who sits second in the point standings, received major damage to his right side and would finish 22nd.
By lap 11, Fredrickson was all over the #97 in front of him. He tried to pass on the inside, than the outside, and was finally able to clear for the lead by lap 14.