Froemming Embraces Challenge of Different Tracks and Competition
Justin Froemming of Alexandria travels a lot to race his #33x Wissota Midwest Modified
In five shows so far in 2020, Froemming has raced four different tracks, including River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks (where he placed second on May 29) and I-94 Sure Step Speedway on June 12.
In 2019 alone, Froemming raced at nine different tracks. He raced 25 shows and had five feature wins.
“Racing against different competition — that’s what makes it nice for us,” Froemming said. “You aren’t going to have all of the best guys in Wissota racing at one track every week. To scale where you are at you have to travel around a couple of times.”
Froemming, 22, has 28 career feature wins and was the 2015 Wissota Midwest Modified track champion at his home track of Viking Speedway. And being at the track as a youth is what started his interest in racing.
“We grew up at the racetrack,” Froemming said. “It’s a hobby we picked up and never let go.”
He’s in his seventh year of racing. His biggest win, he says, was a victory at the Viking Speedway Fall Classic in 2017.
“It was cool to win the big one at your home track,” Froemming said.
While some might think the traveling across the region can get to be tiresome to drivers, it’s something Froemming says has helped him: it means driving on different track surfaces and shapes and racing competition.
“It’s the traveling aspect. You get in a comfort zone when you race the same tracks every week,” Froemming said. “You go to different tracks and you get out of your comfort zone.
“(It’s) different competition every week. You go to Superior and race against the best guys in Superior, you go to Cedar Lake and race against the best guys at Cedar Lake. Going there 1-2 times a year and finishing in the top three or five, it makes you feel better about yourself. It keeps your guessing. You’re more willing to try new things when you are a different track.”
Next week, he plans to run at the Border Battle at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior.
Froemming doesn’t race for weekly points, as he turns his attention to running well at special events — one he is aiming for is the King of the Dirt at I-94 Sure Step Speedway. He’s also set his sights on year-end invitationals in September.
“Those are the funniest races of the year,” Froemming said.
Wissota Midwest Modified #33x
Resides in Alexandria, Minn.
Sponsors: TFC Poultry, Fire Station Bar and Grill, Adams Racing Engines, Adams Racing Engines, MagnetiKote Custom Coatings, Martinson Insurance Agency, Bob Harris Enterprises, Dave Cain Racing.