Weekly Reports from the 2012 Season
Season Finally - Labor Day 100 Results!!!
The best September weather the Speedway had experienced in years
brought in some of the best racing Norway Speedway has seen in over a
decade. Last week, Jay Baumler Jr. of Stephenson, MI won his first feature
event of his career and this week he followed up by winning his first Pepsi
Late Model Norway Speedway Track Championship. Baumler edged out defending
champion Mike Reichenberger by 46 points. He only needed to complete one lap
in the Pepsi Late Model A-feature Labor Day 100 to secure the Championship.
Buamler ended up finishing an impressive fourth place in the Labor Day 100
continuing his consistent string top five finishes that allowed him to win
the Championship. Possibly over shadowing Baumlerís championship was the
performance of Norway MIís Kris Kelly. Kelly set fast time with a blistering
14.579 and then came from the rear of the field in the fast dash to edge out
Mike Reichenberger for the win. Just as impressive was the fact that he
started 12th in the Labor Day 100 and went on to win; completing the first
clean sweep at Norway Speedway in many years. Following Kelly was Tom
Lindquist of Bark River, Tom Gee Jr. of Sobieski, Jay Baumler Jr. was fourth
and Greg Haese of Manitowoc was fifth. Mike Reichenberger, Tony Wells and
one of the most improved drivers at the Speedway, Mike DíAngelo Jr. rounded
out the top eight. Heat race winners were Shawn Majkrzak of Menominee,
Anthony Paupore, who won his first race of his career and the third heat
race was won by Tom Lindquist. In the Pepsi Late Model B-Feature, which was
marred by nine caution flags, Reagon May of Depere, WI survived to take the
win. Scott Stanchina of Kingsford was second, followed by Kris Oliver, Bruce
White and Shawn Majkrzak.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division Mark Jenshak of Escanaba, MI used his experience in keeping the Auto Value Super Stock Track Championship in the family. Marks brother Ron won the Championship in 2008-10 and Mark won it last year followed by a back to back win for this yearís Championship. Jenshak, who was down by close to 30 points at the midseason mark, maintained his poise and used some consistent finishes in the second half of the season to overtake Ryan Wender and Brett Bray for the Championship. Mike Bubloni Jr. of Quinnisec, MI took fast time with a 16.294. Jenshak won the dash followed by Brett Bray. In the first heat Jim Stachowicz and Jeff Boettcher raced side by side for seven laps before Stachowicz edged him out for the win. The Auto Value Super Stock A-feature was led by 2012 Sandís Speedway Champion Steve Pepin for 4 laps until rookie driver Tanner Kelly of Norway took the lead. On lap 20, Ryan Wender of Upper Pine Creek overtook Kelly and went on to win his fourth feature event of the season. Jim Stachowicz of Norway was second followed by Brett Bray of Norway, who finished runner up in championship points. Mark Jenshak was fourth and Tanner Kelly was fifth. Rounding out the top eight were Neal Sannes of Green Bay, WI, Steve Pepin of Marquette, MI and Jeff Beottcher of Spread Eagle, WI.
In the Dairy Queen Dog Fab Four division Cody Skog won his second track championship in a dominant fashion defeating Trever Cronick by 105 championship points. Escanabaís Matt Adams won the first heat followed by Cody Skog and Rick St. Vincent. The second heat was won by Rhianna Carne followed by Jim Stanchina and Trever Cronick. The B-Feature was won by Chad Kay followed by Dan Artibee of Marquette, MI, Jeremy Kay and Anthony Schiefelbein. The A-Feature was won by Matt Adams, Cody Skog was second and Rhianna Carne was third. The U.P Small Car Championships also came to a conclusion and Matt Adams of Escanaba was crowned Upper Michiganís top driver in the two day event! The top ten in points can be found at www.norwayspeedway.com.
The Wisconsin Sport Trucks also made their fourth showing of the season. Brian Vixmer was the fast qualifier with a 16.436. Eric Johnson won the dash and Blaine Habeck was second. Jason Plutz won the first heat followed by Brian Vixmer. The Feature was won by Brent Vanhorn. Brian Monday came in second. Brian Vixmer, Jason Plutz, and Kyle Quella rounded out the top five.
For complete results go to www.norwayspeedway.com .
Jay Baumler Jr. won the late model feature event Friday night at Norway speedway. The win helped solidify his first ever Norway Speedway track championship. He now leads defending champion Mike Reichenberger by 20 points with only the Labor Day 100 left on the schedule. Baumler earned the win by repeatedly holding off the hard charging Dillon Kralovetz. Kralovetz looked like he was going to take the lead on several occasions only to be held back by several cautions. Kralovetz, of Bonduel Wisconsin, finished second followed by Greg Haese of Manitowoc. Wausaukee's Mitch Curran had his best feature finish coming in fourth. Scott Stanchina was fifth.
It was a historic night at Norway Speedway as The First Annual Boss Snow Plow Race to a Cure 100 lived up to its billing and pre-race hype. The largest crowd in many years saw the night get started with a wide open racing exhibition put on by Chad Hord in his TORC series Off Road Truck. The race to a Cure 100 was won by Orlando Florida’s, Amanda Ferguson. Ferguson led the race for all 100 laps and withstood strong challenges by Mike Reichenberger and Jamie Iverson. It was the first time in Norway Speedway History that a female won the Pepsi Late Model Feature event. Then Amanda, car owners Frank Kreyer and Rick Gaber turned around and donated their over $1500 in winnings to the Dickinson County Hospital Cancer Foundation. Total donations from the Racing Association, drivers, employees, fans and sponsors could exceed more than $5,000. Finishing second in the A feature was former track champion Mike Reichenberger who had his best night of the season but just couldn’t get by Ferguson. Third was fast qualifier Jamie Iverson of Hyde. Rounding out the top ten were Jay Baumler Jr., Dillon Kralovetz, Mitch Curran, Tom Lindquist, Tony Wells, Mark Miller and Mike D’Angelo Jr. The fast dash was won by current point leader Jay Baumler Jr. followed by Dillon Kralovetz and Jamie Iverson. The heats races were won by Brian Stanchina, Jordan Ives and Tony Wells.The B feature was won by Brian Stanchina. Coming in second was Fred Gignac. Rounding out the top five were Jordon Ives, Ken Bower, and Allan Yelle.
The Auto Value Super Stock division was bolstered by Sands Speedway drivers from Marquette, MI who made the trip down here to support the cause. This led to a surprise feature winner; Ben Buckland followed by Mark Jenshak and Mark Bubloni. Rounding out the top eight were Jim Stachowicz, Brett Bray, Mike Bubloni Jr., Scott Visintainer and Tim Schultz Jr. Mark Jenshak took fast honor with a 16.204. Jim Stachowicz won the fast dash followed by Brett Bray and Mike Bubloni Jr. The heat races were won by Bryce Cuggino, Jim Yelle and Mark Bubloni. The B feature was won by Todd Yelle followed by Steve Pepin and Derrek Gagne.
In the DQ Dog Fab Four division the A feature was won by Cody Skog followed by Trevor Cronick, Bob Nordel, Eric Lafreneire and Matt Adams. The B feature was won by Jim Stanchina followed by Holly Lienen and Jeremy Kay. The heat races were won by Rhianna Carne and Matt Adams. The fast qualifier was Cody Skog.
This week at Norway Speedway marks the return of the American Speed Association Midwest Tour. Top drivers that will be making their appearance will be Jonathan Eilen, Chris Wimmer, Skylar Holzhausen, and several local drivers including Jamie Iverson who is a five time winner and Kris Kelly,Dan Lindsley and Greg Haese. Fans are reminded that there will be increased ticket prices and carry in’s are still allowed. All of the Norway Speedway Support divisions will also be running.
Norway’s Kris Kelly used consistency, patience and skill to win his first ever Auto Value Bumper to Bumper series championship this past Friday night at Norway Speedway. Kelly edged out Jamie Iverson of Hyde by a mere two points to take home the $1000 series championship prize money. Iverson started out the night by being the fast qualifier for the second straight week with a time of 14.573. However Kelly was the second fastest, allowing him to maintain the margin. They both started next to one another in the Last Model fast dash that was won by Jay Baumler Jr. and finished fifth and sixth. However it was the feature race where Kelly stepped up and won the Auto Value 65 lap Late Model feature event. It looked like Iverson was on his way to win the feature as he was slowly was making his way to the front of the field from his 12th place starting position. When on lap 33 he suddenly found his car parked backwards against the guardrail, that opened the door for Kelly to win the prestigious event. Dan Lindsley was second, Jamie Ivesrson who started at the rear of the field after the spin made his way back up to third, Mike Reichenberger was fourth, Tom Lindquist of Bark River was fifth, current point leader Jay Baumler Jr. was sixth and Greg Haese finished seventh. The B feature was won by Ken Bower of Harris, MI followed by Mark Miller and Jason Blohm. Allan Yelle and Josh Ball rounded out the top five. Heat race winners were Mark Miller in an exciting last lap pass, Jake Zelinski of Appleton, WI, and Jordan Ives.
In the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Stock division Mike Bubloni Jr. took fast time honors with a 16.309. Ryan Wender of Upper Pine Creek won the feature event, claiming the $500 first prize. The win also allowed Wender to take the series championship points lead over Stachowicz, as Stachowicz finished fifth. Mark Bubloni continues to impress by finishing second in the main event for the second week in a row. Marcus Bubloni finished third, Mark Jenshak fourth followed by Jim Stachowicz, Tanner Kelly and Brett Bray. Ryan Wender won the fast dash followed by Brett Bray. Joe Pontbriand won the heat race.
In the DQ Fab Four division the first heat was won by Cody Skog and the second heat was won by Chris Dupruis. Chris Dupruis also won the B feature followed by Bob Nordell and Holly Leinen. The A feature was won by Matt Adams of Escanaba followed by the fast qualifier Cody Skog, Isaac Bray was third, Mark Moraska was fourth and Trevor Cronick was fifth.
The Wisconsin Sport Trucks were also participating and Jake Boldig won the first heat followed Dan Vixmer and Jason Plutz. The feature was won by Brian Monday followed by Eric Johnson and Blain Habeck. Fast time was set by Jake Boldig with a 16.497.
This week the countdown has begun for what could possibly be the biggest race in Norway Speedway History. This Friday night the Boss Snowplow Race to a Cure 100 takes place. There are already 35 Late Models pre-registered from several different states; including Orlando Speedworld Champion, Amanda Ferguson and former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Frank Kreyer from Wisconsin Dells just to name a few.
After Dalton Zehr won the season opener in a very dominate fashion, I made a prediction that Iverson, Kelly, Lindsley, Reichenberger and the rest would go home and do their homework so they could be on the same level as Zehr. Jamie Iverson of Hyde, MI definitely receives an A+ for his effort, improvement and achievement. I got a call in the afternoon from Jamie’s wife Julie asking if she could park next to Tom Lindquist because their pit crew was on vacation and the two teams work pretty well together. That kind of concerned me as I know how difficult it is to race without your full team. I watched Jamie, Julie and his son Robbie back the car out of the trailer and become the fast qualifier and then race to an exciting win in the Werner Electric 50 lap Late Model feature event and take home the $1000 to win. Watching Dalton go through the field, his car looked near perfect and I didn’t think Iverson was going to be able to hold him off but the last 13 laps when they were bumper to bumper, Iverson was flawless. The greatest thing about that race is that there is a good chance we are going to see a similar scenario tonight as everyone is going to be here for the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Challenge Series Round II 65 lap feature race. Congratulations to the Iverson family! Their sponsors include Dow Dawson Trucking, Ward’s Auto Body, Ray Hewlett Trucking and J Iverson Trucking. The Auto Value Challenge series point standings are extremely close, as Iverson leads the pack with 73 points. Kris Kelly of Norway is second with 72 and Dalton Zehr of Florida is third with 70. The series also pays $1000 to the overall point champion. It is going to be exciting to see how all of this plays out.
In the Auto Value Super Stock division the championship point standings for the Auto Value series is also pretty tight. Jim Stachowicz of Vulcan is leading with 76 points over Ryan Wender of Pine Creek with 73. Super Stock champion Mark Jenshak is third with 70 followed by Brett Bray with 68. The overall series champion will receive $500.
I knew it was coming! Aron Novak won his first super stock feature event last week. He avoided an early race crash that involved several cars and went on to win his first main event. His sponsors include Monster Energy, Merritt Heating and Cooling, Ebelings IGA, Norway Auto Parts, Florence Auto Parts, Cut Me Loose Hair Salon, Bernies Back Inn, Kiser Hydro, Johnson Automotive and Lindsley Collision.
In the DQ Fab Four division Cody Skog won both races but the big news this week is that this division will begin qualifying just like the “big boys.” That should be a lot of fun and it will also help with a field inversion with the faster cars to the rear. The DQ Dogs have done a great job racing this year with a lot of side by side, good clean racing. The future looks bright!
We have all heard the coaching cliché, “One game at a time.” That is kind of how I take the racing season; one week at a time. But I am really looking forward to what could be one of the biggest races in Norway Speedway history. The First Annual “Boss Snowplow Race to a Cure 100” will be held on August 3rd. This race is being put on by Boss Snowplow, The Dickinson County Hospital and Norway Speedway. Jeff Paupore and his family came up with this great idea to help a great cause. If you knew the family like I do, it wouldn’t surprise you that they would come up with an idea motivated by generosity and kindness. The race is attracting national attention as Circle Track Magazine will be here covering the event. We have drivers from all over the Midwest coming to support the cause. There are many ways fans can support the “Race to a Cure,” this includes sponsoring laps or making donations. Go to norwayspeedway.com for more information on this great event. I will write more about this next week. We have a big night tonight! Wisconsin Sport Trucks are making another return to the track and so are the Vintage Modifieds. See you at the track!
The friendly rivalry between Florida’s Dalton Zehr and Upper Michigan’s Jamie Iverson continued last Friday night at Norway Speedway. Iverson who finished second to Zehr at the season opener turned the table on Zehr to win the Werner Electric 50 and take home the $1000.00 cash prize. Iverson who also took fast time honors (14.600) took the lead on lap 19 while a great side by side battle between Greg Haese driving a car owned by Steve Bricker and Dan Lindsley was going on behind him. Iverson lead had to be nerve racking for him as caution flags decimated big leads for him on two occasions. With 13 laps to go Zehr got by both Lindsley and Haese setting up a duel between Iverson and Zehr. Zehr got into the back of Iverson’s car with 3 laps to go and got him sideways but allowed him to correct. Iverson went on to win by a 0.418 margin. Haese had his best run of the season finishing 3rd. Point leader Jay Baumler Jr. finished 4th and Dan Lindsley had a very respectful 5th. Rounding out the top eight were Mike Reichenberger, NASCAR’s Greg Ives and Norway’s Kris Kelly. Kelly also won the fast dash. Mike D’Angelo Jr. of Gwinn continued with his great season by winning the B-Feature over veteran Mark Miller who was closing fast. Brent Timblin was 3rd followed by rookie Jason Wells and Allan Yelle. Heat races winners were Mike D’Angleo, Brent Timblin and Mike Reichenberger.
In the Auto Value Super Stock division rookie Aron Novak of Norway was his first feature of his career beating former track champion Mark Bubloni. Mike Stanchina made his return to the speedway with a strong 3rd place finish. Marcus Bubloni and Ryan Wender rounded out the top five in a race that was marred by wrecks, including a mishap that sidelined Brett Bray who is currently second to Ryan Wender in championship points. Escanaba’s Mark Jenshak was the fast qualifier with a time of 16.314. Heat race winners were Scott Visintainer and Aron Novak. The fast dash was won by Michael Bubloni Jr.
In the Dairy Fab Four division current point leader Cody Skog of Norway won both of his races. This week at the Speedway is the final round of the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Challenge series. Series point leader for the Pepsi Late Model division is currently Jamie Iverson and for the Auto Value Super Stock division the current point leader is Jim Stachowicz. The Wisconsin Sport Trucks will also return to the speedway.
Verso Paper of Quinnesec sponsored a night of racing this past week and once again there were over one thousand people in attendance to see four divisions of great stock car racing. Last week’s feature winner Dillon Kralovetz of Bonduel, WI was the fast qualifier with a time of 14.822. The feature event was another exhibition of great driving by several including Dalton Zehr of Florida who came from the rear of the field to win the feature. Zehr from Daytona Beach Florida that has been driving a car owned by Gene Coleman all year, showed up as a surprise entry in a car owned by Caleb Fulcher. Zehr took the lead from up and coming Mike D’Angelo Jr. of Gwinn on lap 18 and cruised to his third feature win at the track this season. Defending track champion Mike Reichenberger finished third. Ryan Hood of Niagara, WI finished fourth in his return to the speedway and Vulcan, MI’s Dan Lindsley finished fifth. Rounding out the top eight were Scott Stanchina, Bruce White and Tom Lindquist. Jay Baumler Jr. of Stephenson, the current point leader in the Pepsi Late Model division, went into the night with a 12 point lead over Mike Reichenberger for the championship. The drama is starting to unfold as his lead known is only 2 points ahead of Reichenberger. Baumler however did win the fast dash with Zehr coming in second. Ken Bower of Bark River won the first heat. Scott Stanchina won the second heat and Mitch Curran won the third heat.
In the Auto Value Super Stock division Jim Stachowicz won his second feature of the year followed by Brett Bray, Mark Jenshak, Marcus Bubloni and Tanner Kelly. Mark Bubloni won the fast dash, while Mike Higgins and Scott Visintainer won the heat races. Mark Jenshak had fast time with a 16.324. Brett Bray gained 8 points on Ryan Wender as they are both battling it out for the track championship.
In the Dairy Queen Four division, Matt Adams won his second feature event of the season. Following Adams was Rick St. Vincent, Eric Lafreneire, Cody Skog and Austin Stanchina. The first qualifier was won by Cody Skog and the second qualifier was won by Mark Moraska. The semi Feature was won by Jim Stanchina. Second place was Zack Jones, Elliot Reed was third and fourth was Scott Dabb.
This week will be NASCAR week at Norway Speedway as we will welcome home NASCAR’s Greg Ives. Greg is currently the chief engineer for Jimmy Johnson’s #48 five time champion NASCAR team. Greg is originally from the Bark River area and was a top competitor at the speedway a few years back. Greg will be driving a car owned by Bob Bourdeau of Escanaba. The race will be brought to you by Werner Electric. The race will be 50 laps long with $1000.00 to the winner.
The 11th annual Thirsty Whale/Iron Mountain Power Sports Fan Appreciation marked the mid-season point for the Norway Speedway. Another great crowd was on hand spiked by a large number of children that turned out for the free candy, autographs, and pictures from all of the racing teams. Championship point leaders at the mid-way point of the season are; Jay Baumler Jr. in the Pepsi Late Model division with 445 points over defending champion Mike Reichenberger with 433 points. In the Auto Value Super Stock division the championship point leader is Ryan Wender with 496 with a slim point lead over Brett Bray with 475 . Mark Jenshak the defending champion has 475, Jim Stachowicz is in fourth with 456 and Tim Schultz is in fifth with 410. All are within striking distance. In the Dairy Queen Fab four division Norway’s Cody Skog leads Matt Adams of Escanaba by 28 points.
The racing on Fan Appreciation Night was also exciting as Dillon Kralovetz of Bonduel came from the rear of the field to win his first Pepsi Late Model feature win of the season; edging out Jay Baumler Jr., Mike Reichenberger, Greg Haese and Tom Lindquist. Scott Stanchina, Shawn Majkrzak and Mark Miller rounded out the top eight. Scott Stanchina of Kingsford won the fast dash followed by Matt Frazer of Escanaba. Tony Wells won the first heat. Rookie Jordan Ives won the second heat and Dan Lindsley of Vulcan won the third heat. The B feature was won by Tony Wells followed by Jordan Ives and Kris Oliver.
The Auto Value Super Stock Feature was won by veteran Mark Bubloni of Norway followed by his son Marcus Bubloni Jr. Mark Jenshak of Escanaba, Ryan Wender of Upper Pine Creek, Scott Visintainer and Brett Bray rounded out the top six. The dash was won by Aaron Novak followed by Jim Stachowicz and the heat race was won by Scott Visintainer.
In the Dairy Queen Fab Four division, the first qualifier was won by Norway’s J.D Martin followed by Issac Bray and Tim Wilcox. The second qualifier was won by Chris Dupruis followed by Matt Adams and Rick St. Vincent. The B feature was won by Austin Stanchina. The A feature was won by current point leader Cody Skog of Norway, second was Matt Adams of Escanaba, third Jim Stanchina, fourth Eric Vanginkel and fifth was Mark Moraska.
This week’s race will be brought to you by Verso Paper of Quinnesec, MI and the special attraction is the Norway Speedway Go Karts.
This past Friday night at Norway Speedway was the 28th annual Island Resort and Casino 112 lap Stateline Challenge. The weather was great despite early afternoon rain showers and the event was attended by almost 1500 fans. The 112 lap Pepsi Late Model feature has been known to attract some of the best drivers in asphalt short track racing in the Upper Midwest and provided fans with the best in racing entertainment. This year’s race also honored Norway Speedway Racing Legends of the past. Some of the more notable legends included Bob Iverson and Gene Coleman both who are Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame inductees and winners of numerous championships, Kent Pearson winner of six track championships, Allan Yelle still actively driving after 63 years, Modified driver Fred Filibeck winner of more than 30 feature events, Joe Haferkorn of Norway who was one of the top IMCA drivers in the state of Wisconsin for the past 20 years and several others. They were greeted to a loud applause.
Jamie Iverson of Hyde Michigan and Mitch Curran of Wausaukee Wisconsin both won their first Pepsi Late Model feature events of the year due to both of their closest competitors failing a post-race technical inspection. Iverson won his fifth Stateline Challenge of his career over Norway’s Kris Kelly. Stephenson Michigan’s Jay Baumler Jr. who is leading the championship points finished third. Dillon Kralovetz and Mike Reichenberger rounded out the top five. Dan Lindsely was sixth, Tom Lindquist seventh and Matt Frazer eighth. The race went 112 laps with only one caution and took less than one hour to complete. The B feature was won by Mitch Curran of Wausaukee, followed by Mike D’Angelo Jr. of Gwinn Michigan and Allan Yelle of Sands Michigan. Dean Varda and Jason Wells rounded out the top five. Winner of the fast dash was Jay Baumler Jr. followed by Kris Kelly. Heat race winners were Dean Varda, Brian Stanchina, and Scott Stanchina. Fast time was Greg Haese of Manitowoc Wisconsin with a time of 14.685.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division Brett Bray took fast time of 16.246. Upper Pine Creek’s Ryan Wender won his second feature of the year and continued his assault on winning the Speedway Championship. Norway’s Jim Stachowicz was second, Brett Bray was third, Mark Jenshak and Tim Schultz Jr. rounded out the top five. Jim Stachowicz won the fast dash followed by Mark Jenshak. Norway’s Aaron Novak won the heat race with Norway’s Todd Sundstrom coming in second.
In the Dairy Queen Fab Four Division the first qualifier was won by Cody Skog followed by second JD Martin and third was Mark Moraska. The Second qualifier was won by Rick St. Vincent followed by Trevor Cronick and Rianna Carne. The A feature was won by Trevor Cronick followed by J.D Martin, Cody Skog, Mark Moraska and Matt Adams.
This Friday night at Norway Speedway is the Econo Foods/Roy Allard Memorial Firecracker Forty lap Late Model Feature event. There will be a huge fireworks display following the races.
For the last twenty years Auto-Wares, a group of companies in the automotive parts business, also known as Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper, has supported a challenge series at Norway Speedway. The series attracts some of the best asphalt short track stock car drivers from Upper Michigan and Wisconsin. The feature event on each night for the Pepsi Late Models pays $1000.00 to win and for the Auto Value Super Stocks pays $500.00 to win. The overall series winner which is a combined point total of the two nights is also awarded a $1000.00 bonus. This past Friday night at Norway Speedway was round one of the Auto Value Challenge series. Bark Rivers Tom Lindquist jumped out to a comfortable lead in the Pepsi Late Model 65 lap feature. Scott Stanchina and Matt Frazer were close behind; as was Manitowoc’s Greg Haese. This pack of lead cars appeared to be checking out on the field until a caution came out on lap 18.Shortley there after the crowd was treated to a side by side duel between Zehr and Linquist that lasted 14 laps with the lead changing hands several times a lap until Zehr got by and made it stick on lap 46. Meanwhile Jamie Iverson of Hyde and Kris Kelly of Norway who started toward the rear of the field worked their way up through the pack and looked to be serious threats to the Florida speedster. However Dalton Zehr worked the lapped traffic very efficiently and held off Iverson and Kelly by two car lengths for his first Auto Value feature win. Tom Lindquist finished fourth and Mike Reichenberger fifth, point leader Jay Baumler Jr. sixth and Dan Lindsley seventh. Rounding out the top ten were Dillon Kralovetz, Matt Frazer and Scott Stanchina. Kris Kelly won the fast dash followed by Dillon Kralovetz. Steve Ives filling in for his son Jordan who was at his eighth grade graduation won the B Feature followed by Shawn Majkrzak. Mike D’Angelo Jr. from Gwinn was third. The fast qualifier for the third week in a row was Jay Baumler Jr. with a 14.640.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division, fast time was set by former Auto Value champion Mike Bubloni Jr. with a time of 16.229. In the feature race Jim Stachowicz held off point leader Ryan Wender for the Auto Value Super Stock feature win. Mark Jenshak of Escanaba was third. Brett Bray and Aaron Novak of Norway were fourth and fifth. The fast dash was won by Brett Bray followed by Tanner Kelly.
In the DQ Dog Fab Four division Norway Hills’ Rick St. Vincent snapped Cody Skog’s three feature win streak by winning his first feature event of the year. Eric Lafrinierre was second, Cody Skog third, Brad Ostermann fourth, and Brian Stanchina fifth. First qualifier was won by Eric Lafriniere and the second qualifier was won by Cody Skog.
This week is the Island Resort and Casino Stateline Challenge. It is 112 lap feature event with a tremendous history of great drivers and finishes.
A cool brisk night welcomed the fans and drivers to the Rayz of Perfect and Hercules Construction weekly racing show this past Friday night. Even though defending track champion Mike Reichenberger from Appleton Wisconsin did a masterful job winning the Pepsi late model feature, it was the Auto Value Super Stock feature that stole the show. Norway’s Joe Pontbriand carefully maneuvered his auto Value super stock to the front of the pack on lap nine. On lap twelve Upper Pine Creek’s Ryan Wender would pull up next to Pontbriand’s outside door and would remain there for the next eleven laps. The two raced side by side, to the delight of the fans, exchanging the lead several times per lap. It looked as though Pontbriand and Wender were going to finish the race in a dead heat. Until Pontbriands car slowed with two laps to go due to a flat tire possibly from rubbing on the Monte Carlo 00 car of Ryan Wender. Meanwhile, a similar battle was taking place between Tim Schultz Jr. of Vulcan and rookie Tanner Kelly of Vulcan, as they were both racing side by side for third and fourth place. Last week’s feature winner Brett Bray then entered the mix and passed both Schultz and Kelly to take over second place. Mark Jenshak and Mike Bubloni Jr. both then passed Tanner Kelly to end up fourth and fifth. Rounding out the Top eight positions were Tanner Kelly, Jim Stachowicz, and former track champion Ron Jenshak of Escanaba who made his first appearance at the speedway for the summer. Tim Schultz Jr. won the fast dash, while Ryan Wender took fast time with a blistering 16.084. The heat race was won by Joe Pontbriand of Norway with Tanner Kelly taking second.
In the Pepsi Late Model feature race Bark River’s Ken Bower jumped out to an early lead and held on for several laps until defending track champion Mike Reichenberger finessed his way to the front of the field to go on and win his first feature event of the season. Norway’s Dan Lindsley was second, current point leader Jay Baumler Jr. was third. Dillon and Dallas Kralovetz of Bonduel Wisconsin were fourth and fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Matt Frazer, Mitch Curran, Tom Lindquist, Ken Bower and last week’s feature winner Mark Miller. Jay Baumler Jr. was the evening’s fast qualifier with a time of 14.745. Mike Reichenberger won the fast dash followed by Lindsley. Dallas Kralovetz won the first heat followed by Brian Stanchina. Kingford’s Mark Miller won the second heat followed by Matt Frazer.
The Dairy Queen Fab Four feature winner was Cody Skog. It was his third straight feature win of the summer.
This week’s race features the prestigious Stateline Challenge, a 112 lap Pepsi Late Model feature event with drivers from Upper Michigan and Northeastern Wisconsin. The race will also include the popular Norway Speedway Go Kart divison. This race will be presented by the Island Resort and Casino of Harris Michigan.
OMG! I predicted six weeks ago that our season opener would be 80 degrees and the racing would be great. It actually came true!!! We had beautiful weather, an awesome crowd and the racing was the best we had in many years. The Pepsi Late Model feature had all the big dogs in it from Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, it was the “who’s who” amongst stock car drivers. But a kid from Florida who is driving down a path to the NASCAR ranks shocked a crowd of predominantly Iverson Backers in maybe the most exciting and dramatic stock car race in twenty years. With Dalton Zehr’s 119 car being relegated to the rear of the field early in the race and Iverson making his way to the front and building a comfortable lead, the race appeared to be over as far as who was going to win. But Zehr being motivated by what he says was a coincidental contact issue with another car was “driven” out of anger to get to the front. With three laps to go, Zehr pulled up on Iverson’s outside door and they raced side by side to the finish with Zehr winning by inches at the finish line. Using my basketball coaching mentality, it reminded me of being down by twenty going into the fourth quarter and then making a three point shot at the buzzer to win the game. The fans stood on their feet for the last ten laps. You could hear the roar of the crowd over the roar of the racecars and that is very rare. However, this race wasn’t just about Dalton’s heroics, this show or this outstanding display of stock car racing entertainment was also provided by the stock car racing professional Jamie Iverson. Once he got the lead, he could have used his rear view mirror or the old NASCAR radio crew chief to driver blocking tactic to hold onto the lead and win the race, but being the true sportsman and competitor he is, he gave Dalton room to race and chose to try and win with his skill and a race car that started to loosen up toward the end of the race with his driving ability. By doing so he allowed Dalton to get up on his outside door resulting in the finish that I’m sure will become legend. Myself and many others are looking forward to the next time these two go at it. This battle could be an epic rivalry of North vs. South.
One of the other amazing stories from last Friday night was the B feature win by Jordan Ives of Bark River. Yeah I know, he’s an Ives, grandson of great racer Roger Ives, son of great racer Steve Ives (I’ve scraped some paint off the door of his racecar in my day), nephew of NASCAR racing engineer Greg Ives, who works for Jimmy Johnson…. yada yada yada. But come on, the kid is driving a 500 horse power Super Late Model and winning. He is 14 years old and is in the eighth grade. Are you kidding me!?! What kind of start did his racing career get off to and where is it going? He also held off Marquette Michigan’s former go kart champion Mike D’Angelo Jr. for the win. Mike D’Angelo Jr. also seems to have a good grasp on how to drive a big time racecar at a young age. Our future looks bright with a good mix of younger drivers and solid veterans. Speaking of go karts… something new at Norway Speedway this year is the monthly appearance of the local go kart club that will be running with our regular Friday night show in an effort to promote our sport and get our kids involved. We are going to have the go karts race with us once a month. These aren’t your average go karts, these are high powered, well built, and well-engineered karts that are driven by kids or adults. Joining them tonight will be the Wisconsin Sport trucks, which is also a crowd favorite. If you need any information regarding Norway Speedway please go to our brand new website www.norwayspeedway.com or call 906-361-0597. See you at the track!
This past Friday night, Norway Speedway Opened for its 40th season of stock car racing. The 80 degree temperature made it the best weather for the Pepsi season opener in a long time and fans may have seen the best Pepsi Late Model stock car race that they have seen in many years. The feature event was loaded with many drivers from Upper Michigan and North Eastern Wisconsin but Daytona Florida’s Dalton Zehr stole the show in the Late Model feature event. After being sent to the rear of the field for making contact with another competitor Zehr drove with vengeance to get back to the front of the field. With four laps to go he caught American Speed Association star Jaime Iverson who had been leading the race. With three laps to go, in front of a large crowd standing on their feet, Zehr pulled up on the outside door of Iverson, the lead would change seven or eight times in the next two laps. On the final lap Iverson was in control in turns one and two, but coming out of turn four Iverson experienced some wheel spin that allowed Zehr to win by inches at the checkered flag. Third place went to local favorite Kris Kelly of Norway, who also recorded a blistering time of 14.363 to become the fast qualifier. Fourth place went to Tom Gee Jr. of Sobieski in a rent a ride race car. Defending track champion Mike Reichenberger finished fifth. Mark Schroeder and Dillon Kralovetz, both of the Green Bay area, finished sixth and seventh respectively in a very strong field of cars. Jamie Iverson of Hyde won the fast dash while 14 year old Jordan Ives of Bark River won the first heat over Allan Yelle. Former Track Champion Mark Miller won the second heat over Matt Frazer and the third heat was won by Mike Reichenberger over Tom Gee Jr. The Pepsi Late Model B Feature was dominated by a couple of youngsters. 14 year old racing prodigy Jordan Ives of Bark River and 18 year old Mike D' Angelo Jr. of Marquette Michigan finished first and second in the Pepsi Late Model B Feature. Ives took the lead early and with stood several challenges by D' Angelo. Brent Timblin, Mark Miller and Brian Stanchina completed the top five.
The Auto Value Super Stock A Feature was won by Marcus Bubloni Jr. The third generation driver held off Norway’s Ryan Wender and defending track champion Mark Jenshak of Escanaba. Marcus Bubloni’s Uncle Mike finished fourth while Norway’s Aaron Novak finished fifth. Jim Stachowicz and Tim Schultz Jr. finished sixth and seventh respectively. The Fast dash was won by Tim Schultz Jr. of Vulcan followed by Mark Jenshak and Brett Bray. The fast qualifier for the night was Brett Bray with a time of 16.132.
In the Dairy Queen Fab Four Division, the first qualifier was won by Norway’s Mark Moraska. The second qualifier was won by John Martin of Norway. . The DQ Dog feature was won by former track champion Cody Skog of Norway. Second was Chris Dupruis followed by third place Bradley Ostermann. Fourth wasJohn Martin and Eric Lafreniere was 5th. .
This week’s race is sponsored by Iron Mountain Power Sports and Dairy Queen of Kingsford. The show will feature the Wisconsin Sport Trucks and the D.C.R.A. Race Karts. Time trials are at 6 p.m and racing is at 7 p.m.