Racing provides bonding time for Fredericks

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Zach and Allan Frederick are team. But, they are also competitors. But the relationship that matters most to them is their father-son.

Allan always knew Zach would race.

“Before I knew it he was turning bolts,” Zach said. “and he got to like it. And before we know it, we were building racecars and racing.”

Zach’s first race was in May 2004.

“We built kind of junk car.” Zach said. “I don’t think he wanted to spend much money  on me since he didn’t know if I wanted to keep doing it.”

Zach thought it would come easy.

“I didn’t do very good,” Zach said. “I remember that. It’s lot harder than it looks.”

Despite the rough start to his career, dad was their to give him pointers. And eventually, Zach won a Hobby Stock championship.

Today, they both race Street Stocks. The competitors give a little extra when they race each other, but only one brags after a win.

“I have to,” Allan said. “I actually think he’s a little better driver than me.”

“No,” Zach said. “Not really. He already knows.”

Ultimately, they draw strength from each other. They toss ideas around about the car. But the car is just a tool for them to spend time together. Neither wants to think about racing alone.

“Not having someone else their to talk about it,” Zach said. “Not having two cars to work on.”

“It’s tougher when he’s not there,” Allan said, “because we work together.”

But it’s a day they’ll have to face. Allan is 56 and he thinks his final lap is approaching.

“Getting older,” Allan said. “Health is starting to be a factor. As long as I can do it, I’ll keep on doing it.”

You can expect to see Zach and Allan back on the track July 21 at Dacotach Speedway.

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