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Frederick's family is all about racing

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    When you think of father/son sports tandems you think of names like Ken Griffey or Dale Earnhardt.
    Throughout sports Dads have an impact on the activities their kids take part in-- and at Dacotah Speedway you'll find more of the same.
    Jon Schaeffer takes you inside the pits to introduce you to a tandem from Richardton.


"It's quite a rush"

Allen Frederick got into the world of Dirt Track racing over 3 decades ago and hasn't looked back.


(ALLEN FREDERICK/ RACE CAR DRIVER)"We had pitman's race one night in Dickinson and I drove it one night and I was hooked that's all it took."


Spending all those summer nights around the race track-- his family was often right there in the pits with him including son Zach.
As soon as Zach had a drivers license in hand-- he was behind the wheel of a race car.


(ZACH FREDERICK/ RACE CAR DRIVER) "Yea, It was through my dad I was always with when he was racing and always took interest. I always wanted to race ever since I was a little kid so started when I was 14."


When Zach got started he took on the number 5F
Allen thinks he was planning for the future.


(ALLEN) "Well actually when I started racing it was 5 just like the number five I don't know why and then when they started he was actually a different class. Right from the beginning he went 5F so I think he kinda knew someday he'd be racing with me."


 The two often find themselves side by side off the track working on their 5 and 5F cars-- giving them time together that many fathers and sons wish they had more of.


(ALLEN)"We help each other out as much as we can. Do all the work in the same shop. When one person needs a hand we give it to them it's good bonding time, it definitely is."


Sure enough-- they now race against each other in the street stock class.
But once they hit the track-- family time goes out the window.


(ZACH)"It's like racing with anybody else just try to beat him like I normally do the competition is pretty fun so I like that part."


(ALLEN)"It's just like another racer you know if he's gonna pass me or I'm gonna pass him that's just the way we treat it as we don't hold nothing back."


Allen says they make sure that none of the frustrations leave the track.
Zach hopes to have his dad racing next to him for a long time.


(ZACH)"I'd like to do it as long as he wants to you know whenever he's done I'll keep going but We'll just keep going at it for now."


    Zach is off to a strong start to the season at Dacotah Speedway-- currently sitting in 3rd in the Street Stocks.
    Allen isn't far behind his son sitting in 7th.

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