THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (December 15, 2020) – After an incredibly strong F500 season last year, Dalton Fredrickson is moving up in the ranks of ice oval racing. Fredrickson will be competing full-time in the Pro Champ 440 division for the upcoming 2021.
Fredrickson will be piloting his Fredrickson Racing No. 334, which is an all-new 2021 Wahl Brothers Racing chassis.
“Last year we had a lot of success and picked up some wins. When you’re winning, you naturally want to move up to the next class,” said Fredrickson of his decision to move to the Pro Champ 440 this season. “You can’t be the best if you’re not racing against the best, so that’s just how this whole thing kind of came about.”
With the change in class comes an increase in speed and the level of competition night in and night out.
“Those guys are the most elite drivers in the world,” Fredrickson added. “I want to be the best so you have to race against those guys. You’ve got to follow tail lights and learn what you can before you can hopefully be racing with those guys up front.”
With the cancelation of the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus in Ironwood, Michigan, Fredrickson’s first race of the season will be the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, Wisconsin January 14-17th.
“I wish I would be able to get some laps before the World Championship since I haven’t raced against the Pro Champ guys yet. Putting it in the show for the World Championship is a pretty big deal. It’ll be tough but that’s our main goal and I think we have a decent shot of getting that done.”
Fredrickson found success at Eagle River during the 2019-20 campaign, winning the World Championship in the F500 division and finishing second at the Eagle River Series Championship later in the season.
After winning nearly every race he entered last season, Fredrickson is excited to run the full USSA Pro Champ 440 season.
“I definitely know it’s going to be a learning curve, everything on the track is going to happen so much faster, but I’m confident we’ve got what it takes to run with those guys,” he said.
“I’m really excited to see what this sled can do. Durmont Wahl worked hard on this piece and I know the sled can win which is a huge confidence booster but as far as the driver, I know I have to do my part. I have to learn a whole new pace and I’m ready for it. I need to accept the fact that you aren’t the best anymore. I have mad respect for these guys, anyone in the Pro Champ class can win, it doesn’t matter the week or the track. They’re just fast, no questions asked. I’m hoping my cross country background with snow dust and a rough track can play in my favor like it did on my F500. I’m just fortunate enough to be doing what I dreamt about as a little kid and I’m looking to make the most of it.”
Fredrickson would also like to thank all of his sponsors for their continued support.
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