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Fredrickson Aims For Repeat In Thunderstruck 93 At Elko Speedway

September 17, 2013
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by Dean Reller
Sept. 17, 2013 – One year ago the Thunderstruck 93 came down to a last lap battle between local favorites that race on the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings that had every fan jumping from their seat as the checkered flag waved. Team Spiked Island Touring Star Jacob Goede led a good portion of the race, but Team i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star Dan Fredrickson mounted a late race charge. The two leaders made contact in turn four, Goede got loose, and Fredrickson slipped by and took the win. That’s the kind of drama and excitement this race can provide. “Here we are a year later and people are still talking about it,” remarked Fredrickson during a recent interview.

“I don’t think a lot of the fans really understand what it’s like to be in those positions. Jacob and I are good friends and we both have respect for each other.” It’s not a heated rivalry as the casual observer may think. There is a lot of respect amongst each other. “Jacob and I are both wanting to run well, we’re both in the points and have raced together all year, we’ll see what happens.”

The Thunderstruck 93 is the only ARCA Midwest Tour race in Minnesota this year and for a handful of drivers, it’s the only chance they can showcase their skills in front of their home fans at Elko Speedway. The 3/8th’s mile track with progressive banking provides multiple grooves for side by side racing. “It’s a great race track, but for me, we don’t get to race long races at our home track. You can run a 40 lap race on a Saturday night, but there are no 100 or 125 lap races,” said Fredrickson. That’s one of reasons that this race is special.

The other reason is the most important, a tribute to Dan Ryan, a racer who many got to know very well until a battle with ALS would ultimately take his life. The race’s name Thunderstruck 93 came from Ryan’s favorite song, Thunderstruck by AC/DC and the 93 representing Ryan’s car number. “I don’t want the Jacob Goede/ Dan Fredrickson battle to lose focus about what this race is all about,” said Fredrickson. “We are here to honor a friend who lost his life to ALS. We are trying to raise as much money as we can for the cause. Hopefully it’s a good exciting race again and it keeps on building.”

Fredrickson has won 3 of the 4 Thunderstruck 93’s that have been held and once again will be a favorite to compete for the win. In addition to the Touring Stars of the ARCA Midwest Tour, one of those also vying for win will be Jake Ryan, Dan Ryan’s son, who has run well in past Thunderstruck 93’s including leading the inaugural race. Even a tough competitor such as Fredrickson who is close friends with Jake Ryan remarked “Of all people, I’d like to see Jake Ryan win it.” That’s something that would get the fans out of their seats again this year.

The weekend’s events will kick off on Friday with qualifying starting at 6:00pm for the ARCAMT, Big 8 Series and Thunder Cars/Hobby Stocks. Racing will begin at 7:30pm. Saturday’s events will begin at 5:30pm with racing at 7:00pm. For a complete schedule go to arcamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Jamie Iverson Ready to Rub Some Fenders with the ARCA Midwest Tour

August 13, 2013
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Dan Fredrickson Makes His Return to the Track after a four-year Hiatus

By Kari Shear-Carlson
Aug 12, 2013-What do the years 2007 through 2010 have in common? At Norway Speedway in Norway, MI they all share one name. That name is Jamie Iverson. The local hometown hero was the winner of four consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour presented by Scag Power Equipment and Lester Buildings events at the third mile oval.

The ARCA Midwest Tour will once again return to the track in 2013 on Friday, August 16th for the Norway 100 presented by DOC 360.

Out of his four consecutive wins one stands out just a little bit more than the others for Iverson. In 2008 he battled neck and neck with the current ARCA Midwest Tour point leader and i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star, Dan Fredrickson. Friday (16th) will be Fredrickson’s first time back to the track since that event.

Iverson, also a former regular on the ARCAMT circuit, remembers the race well.

“Dan had said he wanted to get out in front and check out so I figured he had a good car, but he just wasn’t able to get away from me. I had a better car at the end and I pushed him just enough to make his car worse,” said the veteran. “It was great racing him and it will be great to race him again. He’s a good friend and it will be a pleasure to have him come up.”

Fredrickson’s story was pretty much the same.

“Man, it was an awesome race! That’s a crazy little place,” said Fredrickson. “He’s (Iverson) definitely really good there. I thought my car was as good as his, but I just didn’t have enough to get away from him.”

Norway Speedway is one of the smallest tracks on the ARCAMT circuit. Originally a dirt track, it was blacktopped in 1979. As of this year the Midwest Tour will have raced at the track six out of the series’ seven years.

The only driver who was able to break Iverson’s winning streak was DOC 360 Touring Star, Nathan Haseleu. In 2012, after the series took a one year hiatus from the track, Iverson settled for a 5th place finish.

He knew going into that event that he wasn’t going to have the dominance that he had the previous years.

“We were struggling that time. I knew we were going to have a hard time. I got it up to the front, but Nathan (Haseleu) and everyone else was too strong. They had their cars set-up.”

Iverson didn’t make it easy for Haseleu however. After his win that night he admitted that at one point he thought the race was over.

“Jamie got up there and I thought it was done, but his car wasn’t very good,” said Haseleu.

The track is also where Jamie Iverson cut his teeth. He started racing in 1992 but has only raced a handful of times in the last year, one of those included a recent Friday night in order to prepare for the upcoming ARCAMT event.

“We went up and raced (last) Friday. It’s only about the third time I’ve raced in the last year. We think we got the car figured out a lot better. I am pretty optimistic. It will be great to see everyone and race against them again. I mean, they are the best in the Midwest. I’m looking forward to rubbing some fenders,” said Iverson.

Dan Fredrickson isn’t too concerned about his four year hiatus from the track either. “We’ll be fine. We do good on those little tracks. I think we’ve got the car to beat them. I gotta be careful yet give ‘er all we got.”

Make your plans now to see if Jamie Iverson can make it five for seven or if Dan Fredrickson, Nathan Haseleu and the rest of the ARCA Midwest Tour stars can hold him off in the Norway 100 presented by DOC 360 on Friday, August 16th.

Qualifying for the event will begin at 5:00pm. Fans can get up close and personal with their favorite drivers during the Autograph session at 6:00pm. The first green flag of the night will drop at 7:00pm.

For a complete event schedule log on to arcamidwesttour.com.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on to arcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Fredrickson Goes Back To Back At State Park Speedway

May 19, 2013
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Scores Second Consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour Win

by Gregg Paul

Dan Fredrickson likes State Park Speedway. In fact, that was the first thing he said as he crawled out of his car in Victory Lane after picking up his second consecutive World Wide Packaging 125 win in the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings.

Then he quickly changed the conversation towards honoring the man that was on everyone’s mind, the legend, Dick Trickle.

“I really like this place,” said Fredrickson. “Obviously we’re all going to miss the guy. I don’t know what his situation was but I know it wasn’t simple. You know, it sucks.”

While paying homage to the legend was what everyone expected, what was also expected was that Fredrickson would come to dominate the field at the Wausau racetrack. What wasn’t expected was that a yellow with just two laps remaining erased Fredrickson’s huge lead.

Fredrickson had taken the lead back on lap 34 when he got around a fellow team i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Star, Jonathan Eilen. Fredrickson would easily stretch his lead to nearly a full straightaway as the race neared the break at lap 75.

Fredrickson took everyone by surprise after the break by electing to take the restart from the outside lane. It didn’t seem to matter as Fredrickson easily got a jump at the drop of the green flag and steadily pulled away from the field.

The only thing that seemed to temporarily derail Fredrickson’s march towards the checkers was a yellow flag that made people wonder if it were divine intervention. Just after lap 99 was completed, team Vita Ice Touring Star, Skylar Holzhausen and team DOC 360 Touring Star, Nathan Haseleu made contact in turn three with Haseleu getting turned into the outside wall.  Both drivers were contesting the fifth spot at the time, but being that it was lap 99 many thought that just maybe it was Dick Trickle’s way of looking down on the first race since his passing.

That was just a mere bump in the road, as Fredrickson would get another huge jump on the restart and pull away to a lead again. Another yellow with just two laps remaining proved to be just as futile for the rest of the field, as Fredrickson survived the late challenge from Tim Sauter to successfully defend his win at State Park Speedway.

Defending series champion Jonathan Eilen had a strong run all night and would wind up finishing in the third spot. Jeff Storm, another member of the team i-gogs Sunglasses Touring Stars was nearly lapped in the first half but ran a strong second half to come home in the fourth position. Nathan Haseleu recovered from his earlier spin to  finish in fifth.

The next event for the ARCA Midwest Tour is Saturday, June 8th at Dells Raceway Park. Go to arcamidwesttour.com for details.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwesttour) and Twitter (@midwesttour).

To learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, log on toarcamidwesttour.com. For questions call the ARCA Midwest Tour office at (262) 729-4111 or Tim Olson at (612) 327-5831 or Steve Einhaus (630) 212-6022 at or e-mail Tim Olson at tim@arcamidwesttour.comor Steve Einhaus at steve@arcamidwesttour.com.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

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Dan Fredrickson “Paying it Forward” to Honor Boston Bombing Victim

April 24, 2013

Act of Kindness Urges ARCAMT Regular to Raise Funds for Martin Richard’s Family

By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield

It was hard for any American to watch the images from Boston, Massachusetts last week. Photos, video and stories of those who were directly impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombings and those who risked their own safety to help those in need touched hearts from coast-to-coast.

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