Weekly Reports from the 2017 Season
8/3/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY - PUBLISHED BY: JOHN OSTERMANN
Northern Michigan Triple Crown: Everybody WINS
We started racing on Friday and got done on Saturday morning. It was Epic, it was racings version of Woodstock. Over 114 cars, 31 separate events, Hall of Fame Induction, Vintage Modifieds, Northern Michigan Triple Crown Round One, racecars and fans from two countries and a packed house. Just as importantly local motels, gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and bar/grills were all impacted by this amazing event. We had 18 races in before intermission and 31 races total! There were cars in the pits as far as you could see all because three race tracks; Norway Speedway, Marquette Sands Speedway and Kinross Speedpark all decided to work together. This is what the sport of Stockcar racing needed. This is what our local speedways needed and this is what the focal point should be moving forward. What made the event extra special was it was Norway Speedways Hall of Fame night and the Hall of Fame inductees were engulfed by hundreds of fans on the front straightaway. I can only imagine the love and support they felt and how proud a moment it was for every single member of the Dickinson County Racing Association; past and present.
The following day with only a few hours of sleep, many racers drove up to Marquette Mi, Sands Speedway to support the second leg of the Northern Michigan Triple Crown and just like that Sands Speedway had a record number of fans and cars and I’m sure the local businesses felt the same positive impact. Some of the Norway Speedway drivers that were successful included Oconto’s Tyler Wusterbarth who won the B feature and Norway’s Andy Gerwig in the Super Stock division who won his heat race as well. Upper Pine Creek’s Ryan Wender led the Super Stock feature event for 15 laps until his window net fell and he had to drive with one hand for the remainder. Marinette’s Kevin Peterson finished a solid eighth in an impressive field of cars. Duane Franklin, Ryan Rea, and Derick Gagne all ran strong in there events as well. Niagara Wisconsin’s Karl Lamoreaux rolled his Super Stock and emerged unhurt. It was the first roll over at Sands Speedway in 7 years. He will be back at Norway Speedway tonight. The third leg of the Northern Michigan Triple Crown will be at Kinross Speedpark in Kinross, Mi on September 8th-9th.
Norway Speedway’s Defending Track Champion Joe Ostermann won the Sportsman Feature Event and was also the fast qualifier. Savanna Novara of Kingsford, MI was second and John Novara was third. Kingsford’s Jade Novara won the heat race edging out Jordan Massicotte and John Ostermann who finished second and third. Anthony Schiefelbein, Matt Haupt and Michelle Janczewski also made the trip and ran strong.
Norway's David Loomis won his heat in the 4 cylinder Division.
Escanaba's Bob Iverson was there with his Vintage Modified and finished second in his heat race.
Tonight, will be the Werner Electric 50. All the Speedway Stars and their Racecars will be in attendance. The race has some very great moments and memories but the most important thing to remember about tonight’s race is that there is a rain date of Saturday August 5, 2017. So, if the weather looks bad, the race will be moved to Saturday at the same time. In closing I just want to mention the Norway Speedway Family lost a member that was a part of the speedway for over 40 years; Ed Hedlund of Aurora, WI, who was affectionately known as Big Bird. I had the pleasure of racing against him back when the track was still dirt and for many years after. One night he beat me in a race, when we were banging doors pretty good, and I saw him get out of his car and start walking down toward me. I wasn’t sure what he was going to say, because he was a very big man and he looked kind of angry. We shook hands and he smiled and said, “Thanks for racing me clean.” I still use those words and mention that interaction when mentoring younger drivers. Whenever I think of Ed, I think of a fierce competitor and forget about the fact that he was a wonderful, husband, father, grandfather and hard worker. Rest in Peace #11; Ed “Big Bird” Hedlund.
7/26/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY - PUBLISHED BY: JOHN OSTERMANN
Norway Speedway is coming off one of its biggest nights of the season and will now be following up with its most coveted night of the season. This week the Speedway will honor its past drivers, and behind the scene supporters that have led to its 71-year existence. A few years ago, Norway Speedway started a Hall of Fame to honor all of its contributors. The Hall of Fame is located at The Thirsty Whale Bar and Grill in Norway MI. Each member is recognized with a bronze plaque on the wall.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Ron Baciak of Norway MI, who has 40 years of racing experience on tracks throughout the Midwest. Some of Ron Baciak’s most notable career highlights include most improved driver in 1980, and winning the sportsmanship award in 1983. He always took pride in his cars appearance; because of this, he won the best appearing car award in 1983 and 1985.
Gene Coleman of Menominee MI, started racing in 1964 and has been a driver and car owner for the past 52 years. Gene Coleman raced all over Northern Michigan and Wisconsin on dirt and asphalt. He was the Late Model Champion at Norway Speedway in 1986, 87,89 and 91. Gene is also the founder of Coleman Racing Products which is a family run business and sells parts all over the world.
Richard Peterson of Escanaba MI, started racing in 1967. He raced for 6 years in the Sportsman division and was the Track Champion in Escanaba in 1971,72, and 73. Richard was also involved in track preparation and operation of the Escanaba Speedway for many years.
Al Bilski of Norway started racing in 1968 in the sportsman division and has been racing off and on since. Al has participated in just about every division successfully out at Norway Speedway. Al is another one of our members that has been very active in speedway management, maintenance and updates to the facility. Al is known for always running fords at a track that was predominantly Chevrolet. One of his greatest moments was running side by side with Kent Pearson (HOF Member) for 10 laps, when Kent was driving his legendary Chevrolet Chevelle, and then winning the race.
Joe Testolin of Ion Mountain MI, started his career at Norway Speedway in 1979, as a scorer. He scored qualifying, heat races and features all by hand in the infield for all the divisions. Joe was also a valuable asset to not only Norway Speedway but also Escanaba Speedway in teaching new scorers this valuable skill. Joe received the Roy Allard Memorial Award in 2016 for being as dedicated and devoted to the sport of racing as Roy Allard (HOF Member) was.
Bob Menor of Wausaukee WI, affectionately known as “The Ranger City Racer,” started racing in 1969. He raced on and off for 44 years. Bob raced in the Sportsman Divisions and the Late Model Divisions on asphalt and dirt throughout the Midwest. Although Bob has three Norway Speedway Track Championships, Bob has run successfully at Wisconsin International Raceway and the American Speed Association as well. Bob was also very instrumental in raceway management over the years and is very proud that he brought NASCARs Ken Schrader to Norway Speedway. Bob will always be known as one of the most successful and one of the most generous racers at the speedway as he was always willing to help out other drivers.
The Norway Speedway Hall fo Fame/Vintage Mod night is being brought to you by DaVape Escape in Iron Mountain Mi, Iron Range Farm Bureau in Iron Mountain MI and The Big Ten Sports Bar in Quinnesec MI. The Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place during intermission and an autograph session for Hall of Fame Members will be shortly after. This night will also feature the first round of the Northern Michigan Triple Crown with racecars coming from as far away as Lower Michigan and Canada. There will also be the popular Vintage Modifieds. There will also be an exhibition race featuring Asphalt Modifieds as well. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com, visit Norway Speedway on facebook or call 906-361-0597.
7/25/17 - Norway Speedway Racing Report - Tyler Wusterbarth
Norway Speedway kicked off the ninth week of racing by featuring NASCAR Truck Series Champion Johnny Sauter for the second round of the Auto Value Challenge Series. NASCAR's Johnny Sauter shocked the large crowd by taking fast time in the #119 owned by Coleman Racing Products. Robby Iverson, in his #97 Late Model would successfully battle early on for the lead and pick up the fast dash victory. Second and third would be claimed by Jordan Ives and Johnny Sauter.
In the Auto Value Super Stock dash the #00 driven by Ryan Wender would be the first to cross the finish line. Tyler Wusterbarth and Kevin Peterson rounded out the top three.
The Bink’s Coca Cola Late Model feature was one of great excitement as Dalton Zehr, Jordan Ives, Reagan May, and Johnny Sauter all made impressive runs for the lead but could not beat local hot shot Joey Pontbriand who stayed calm and consistent claiming the $1000 check. The top 5 would be Joey Pontbriand, Jordan Ives, Mike D’Angelo, Tom Lindquist, and Reagan May.
In the Auto Value Super Stock feature Brett Bray would be dominant, passing almost the whole field of very competitive cars to claim his first victory on the season and take home the $500 check. Bray would be followed by Andy Gerwig, Ryan Wender, Mark Jenshak, and Andy Casavant.
Michelle Janczewski from Armstrong Creek, WI, has been the most consistent 141 Auto Sportsman Division driver finishing in the top 3 for 8 out of the 9 weeks. This week would be extra special for her though as she would pick up her first win on the season followed by Joe Ostermann and Preston Weddel.
The Fab 4’s saw Reid Devoe and Zach Gazda battling for the feature win, but it was Gazda that ended the night as the feature winner. Cody Skog would finish 3rd for the night.
Returning to the track were the Wisconsin Sport Trucks. Justin Fickle and Tanner Fickle fought for the lead with Brent Barglind and when the dust settled, Justin Fickle claimed the feature win. Justin Fickle was followed by Tanner Fickle, and Brett Barglind.
Mark Jenshak continued his rain in the Super Stock division by running a 15.984. Other fast times were set by John Novara (Sportsman), Zach Gazda (Fab 4s) and Brent Barglind (Sport Trucks).
7/20/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN
NORWAY SPEEDWAY: THE TIME HAS COME
After a couple of months of planning, promoting, and setting up the logistics of this event, it is finally here. Tonight, for the first time since 2005, when NASCARs Dick Trickle was here, we will have NASCAR champion Johnny Sauter of Mooresville, North Carolina competing at Norway Speedway. As you can imagine, this is no easy task for any speedway. There are many people to thank and there are behind the scenes people to thank as well. Coleman Racing Products and Norway Speedway Hall of Fame member Gene Coleman are going to provide Johnny Sauter with the most competitive and safest racecar available. He will be driving the 119 in the trademark, Coleman Machine orange, which is normally driven by Dalton Zehr. Zehr will be driving another top car provided by thirty-year speedway veteran Kim Klitzke of Menominee, MI. This is another great sacrifice by one of our Dickinson County Racing Association generous club members. He will give his #26 to Dalton Zehr for the evening. Kim has been very competitive with this car recently and I am looking forward to Dalton giving it a good ride. This will provide an interesting twist to the Auto Value Challenge Series. Some behind the scenes people that need to be recognized include speedway friend Gene Adcock who now resides in California. We also need to thank Ryan from R&R Tire in Iron Mountain, MI, former speedway champion Mark Miller and his father Bob Miller with the Controls Supply Company in Kingsford MI, and our Track President Bruce White.
Time Trials start at 4:45, races start at 7:00. There will be an autograph session with the top five local drivers and Johnny Sauter in the grandstand during intermission. There is no increase in admission. There is also a rain date of July 22, 2017. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track!
I have let it be known that this is the biggest July ever and next week we will honor six of the founding fathers of Norway Speedway as it is our Hall of Fame induction night at the track. We are going to recognize our Hall of Fame inductees and their families; and treat them to a huge night of racing that is going to include the Vintage Mods, the first leg of the Triple Crown, Kinross Speedpark Asphalt Modifieds; as well as our other weekly racers. It is going to be another great show at the speedway.
7/16/2017 - Norway Speedway Race Report - Tyler Wusterbarth
Week 8 sponsored by LR Vincent & The Longbranch Saloon was filled with exciting racing and fun for all as the night at Norway Speedway featured the kids’ nickel toss along with the Sport 4 Shootout.
The Bink’s Coca-Cola Late Model Dash was the night’s opening race and Robby
Iverson got a good run on the outside as the green flag dropped and made the pass for the lead. Iverson would maintain that lead for the next nine laps and pick up the win. Tom Lindquist and Bruce White would finish second and third respectively. Following the Late Models was the Auto Value Super Stock Division and Andy Gerwig would be the winner, leading from start to finish. Dave Fraser finished second and Tim Schultz Jr. would round out the top 3.
Leading the way in the Coca-Cola Late Model Division Feature was Tom Lindquist from Bark River MI; Lindquist made the pass for the lead on lap 20 and picked up his first win of the season, tightening the gap between him and Dillon Kralovetz in the points standings. Dan Lindsley would make a pass in the final corner to beat Jordan Ives, they would respectively finish second and third trailed by Dillon Kralovetz, and Robby Iverson.
The Auto Value Super Stock winner was Andy Gerwig in the #2.75. He made a hard charge from mid pack, and made a pass for the lead with 10 laps left in the race picking up his first feature win of the year. Tim Schultz Jr. and Brett Bray would be hot on his heels in second and third, while Kevin Peterson and Mark Jenshak would complete the top 5.
The 141 Auto Sportsman would also see a first-time feature winner, as Jordan Massicotte took the checkered flag. Jordan would run an 18.089 and 18.041 on the last two laps making it near impossible to be overtaken by trailing cars. Preston Weddel and Michelle Janczewski would finish second and third respectively.
Last, but certainly not least the main event of the night, The Stock 4 Shootout, Reid Devoe would be the events first champion and claim the enhanced winnings thanks to everyone who donated to the pot making the night even more special for the drivers. Zach Gazda and Elliott Reid would make a hard push but run out of time finishing a close second and third.
Fast Qualifier Award presented by Stateline Automotive was claimed by Jordan Ives with a time of 14.802, The Auto Value Super Stock fast time was put down by Mark Jenshak who ran a 16.033 on his final qualifying lap. Other fast times included Michelle Janczewski(Sportsman), and Zach Gazda (Stock 4’s).
7/13/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY - RACING COLUMN - JOHN OSTERMANN
In 1999, my good friend Kevin Cywinski who incidentally has also made it to the higher ranks in the racing world, as he owns one of the top ARCA teams in the country, called me out to Lakeville, MN to give him a hand with some American Speed Association (ASA) cars that he would be driving and eventually win a championship with. It was his return to his former team called LaFavre Motorsports. So, I took a few days off from teaching school and drove out to Minnesota to give him a hand. As the team was formed basically a month prior to the season starting. When I walked in the shop, I realized Kevin had some teammates. There was a kid siting on the floor with a Sawzall hack saw in one hand and some one-inch square tubing in the other. He was making a fuel cell bracket and I asked him if he needed some help. He hastily said “No, I got it.” About a half hour later, I heard him yell out, “I will meet you guys at Hooters in the Mall of America on my way back from the emergency room!” He needed several stitches but I knew right then, that kid was going places. That kid was 19 years old and went by the name of Johnny Sauter. Sauter is the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series National Champion. He is currently sitting on top of the point standings again and looks to be headed to his second NASCAR Championship. I think it is so cool that in the same season, he is going to have raced at Daytona, Atlanta, and Charlotte Speedways and then come to Norway Speedway; think about that for a minute. He will be at Norway Speedway next week. He is going to go from racing against Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott to racing against Tom Lindquist, Dillon Kralovetz, Cameron Clifford and Jordan Ives. Once again, I think this is amazing that we have an opportunity to see this at Norway Speedway next Friday Night. Next week is going to be round two of the Auto Value Challenge series. Sauter will be driving a car owned by Coleman Racing Products out of Menominee MI. There will be no increased admission for this event. There will also be an autograph session with Johnny Sauter in the grandstands during intermission. For more information on this call 906.361.0597. Camping is available!
Tonight, is our John Lasater Insurance Stock Four Shoot Out. This is the Stock Four Cylinder divisions big night as there will be a generous payout. There will also be out of car driver introductions and the division will have increased laps. This race normally attracts out of town drivers from Escanaba and Sands Speedway. Tonight, however it is going to attract one of the winningest Auto Value Super Stock Drivers in history. Three-time champion Ron Jenshak of Escanaba will be driving the stock four racecar normally driven by Cody Skog. The 57-year-old, log truck driving, ice cream obsessed racer will be tangling with a division that is predominantly teenagers and the younger generation. The division has already had five different feature winners; Cody Skog, Jesse Dolfurd, Zach Gazda, Reid Devoe, and Jake Dolfurd, with this being said there is no shortage of talent. Add Ron to current drivers, and some money and this should make for some great entertainment and racing fun. Tonight, is also the Kids Nickel Toss at the Speedway brought to you by LR Vincent and The Long Branch Saloon. It is also round three of the Street Eliminator. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track!
July 7, 2017 - Tyler Wusterbarth - Norway Speedway Race Report
The Stateline Challenge held at Norway Speedway has been one of the Speedways
most prestigious races with iconic local names like Iverson and Kelly, along with big time NASCAR stars like Dick Trickle and Matt Kenseth all being past winners. This years field would be very competitive with ARCA Midwest Tour regulars Dalton Zehr, M.G Gajewski, and Jay Van Der Geest all attending in hopes of adding their name to the legendary list.
Starting out the night with the Coca-Cola Late Model Dash, Dan Lindsley, would pick up
his second straight fast dash win followed by Tom Lindquist and Jordan Ives. Next up the AutoValue Super stocks would take to the track and it would be Brett Bray who made his way from the front running on the outside groove and picked up the win. He would be trailed by Dave Fraser and Tim Schultz Jr.
In the Coca Cola Late Model Division 18 cars would take the green flag but the victorious car would be Dalton Zehr from Menomine MI wheeling the 119 Coleman RacingProducts car. M.G. Gajewski from Wausua, WIwould put on a show with Zehr as they went bumper to bumper after the pit stop, providing the fans with exciting yet clean racing. Zehr would make the pass for the lead on lap 55. Follow them would be Tom Lindquist, Dan Lindsley, and Dillon Kralovetz would round out the top 5 respectively.
Auto Value Super Stocks would be Dejavu as Brett Bray and Mark Jenshak would battle
for the lead, but contact would send Bray to the back opening the door for Tim Schultz Jr. who
would go from 4th to 2nd taking a chance on the outside that would pay off as he would get past Tyler Wusterbarth, but run out of time as Jenshak would cross the finish line first for the third straight week. Following Schultz would be Tyler Wusterbarth, Brett Bray, and Kevin Peterson.
141 Auto Sportsman cars put on an exciting show as Joe Ostermann showed off his car
control skills as he pushed Bobby Lewis for the lead. Lewis would stay patient though making
sure he did not break the 18 second barrier, and that would win him the race as Ostermann
would break out in his effort to take the lead. Anthony Schiefelbein would finish an impressive second followed by Michelle Janczewski in third.
In the Wilson Auto Collision Sport Trucks Kyle Quella would make a very strong first appearance at Norway picking up the feature win. Another first appearance would be made by Jason Plutz who bested everyone but Quella as he successfully battled Brett Barglind who
would finish third.
The John Lasater Stock 4 feature win would be picked up by Jake Dulford. Dulford would
hold off Zach Gazda who is only 6 points behind him in 3rd for the championship standings. The current leader Cody Skog would pick up a 3rd place finish.
The Fast Qualifier Award presented by Stateline Automotive would be picked up by Dalton Zehr
in the late model division. Zehr put down a very impressive time of 14.562, besting the field by 2
tenths of a second. The Auto Value Super Stock fast qualifier was Brett Bray with a very solid
15.865 second lap. Brent Barglind (sport trucks), Michelle Janczewski (141 Auto Sportsman),
and Reid Devoe (Stock 4’s) would also claim fast times in their respected divisions.
7/6/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY - RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN
Ginormous July at Norway Speedway!
The second half of the season looks like it is truly going to be epic as far as events and special attractions go; starting tonight with the 35th year of one of our most coveted events, the Norway Speedway Stateline Challenge. The race is held in honor of not only one of Norway Speedways greatest Coca Cola Late Model drivers but a driver who also excelled anywhere he decided to race. Norway Speedway hall of fame member, Kent Pearson, a winner of many Stateline Challenges, Track Championships, and many other significant events in the Midwest, is honored during this event which challenges Wisconsin’s best racers against Michigan’s best racers; and at one time Canadas best racers. Tonight, will not disappoint as all of our big names will be there. Zehr, Iverson, Lindsley, May, Kralovetz, Lindquist and the rest will be taking on several standouts from the state of Wisconsin including M G Gajewski of Wausau, winner of several track championships in the Central Wisconsin Racing Association, and Chris Weinkauf of Merrill. Weinkauf is currently running strong in the ARCA Midwest Tour Series. Multi Speedway Track Champion Mike Reichenberger of Appleton will also be in attendance coming off a strong third place finish last week. This is just naming a few of the many that could be at the speedway tonight.
The Stateline Challenge which pays $1000 to the winner, never disappoints. The fans will also be treated to a midway pit stop on the front stretch, with driver interviews and chassis adjustments. This is always a fan favorite. The race will be brought to you by the Island Resort and Casino and Aurora Liquors.
Next week we will have our Sport Four Shoot Out and kids nickel toss. It looks like this event is going to bring about 40 four cylinders to the speedway, which could be the most we have had in many years.
The following week we get into the Auto Value Challenge Series Round 2 and our first ever NASCAR Champion Johnny Sauter will be racing. Sauter who is the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion will be taking on all of our regulars. This is similar to back in the day when we packed the house with NASCAR’s Ken Schrader and Dick Trickle and will be a show you will not want to miss.
On July 28th, what I consider Norway Speedways finest hour, we will honor and induct Norway Speedways newest Hall of Fame Members. This night will also feature the Vintage Modifieds which will be putting on an exhibition race. This will also be the first stage of the Northern Michigan Triple Crown Series which involves three speedways, Norway Speedway, Sands Speedway and Kinross Speed Park. The Series Champion will be crowned with combined points from all three events. This could be the first time in many years we have Canadian racers at the Speedway. Although the Super Stocks will be showcased in the series, it will involve the Late Models, Sportsman and Four Cylinders as well. This will close out the biggest, baddest and hottest July in many years out at the speedway. It will be exciting, fun, and the showmanship and entertainment value will be at its highest levels. For more information on any of these events please go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track tonight for the Stateline Challenge!
6/30/17 - Norway Speedway Race Results - Tyler Wusterbarth
The Roy Allard Memorial race sponsored by Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts in Escanaba MI, would be one of remembrance and celebration of Roy Allard.
The Bink’s Coca Cola Late Model Division dash would feature a stout field of fast cars, but Dan Lindsley had his eyes set on the checkered flag, after making an early pass over Mike
Reichenberger he never looked back. Reichenberger would hold off Tom Lindquist who rounded off the top three. Following would be the Auto Value Super Stocks, and it would be Kevin Peterson who would make a run on the outside to pass Derek Gagne and claim the dash victory. Gagne would finish second followed by Tim Schultz Jr.
The Coca Cola Late Model feature would be won by Jason Wells, who held off Dillon Kralovetz and Jordan Ives. Kralovetz and Ives would both come from the back of the pack impressively. Tom Lindquist would finish fourth followed by Scott Stanchina in fifth.
The Auto Value Super Stock division feature would be dominated by Mark Jenshak for the second week in a row. Jenshak would put a considerable gap between him and last years Track Champion Brett Bray who would pick up the second-place finish; trailed by Tim Schultz Jr. in third, Tyler Wusterbarth in fourth, and Kevin Peterson who rounded off the top five.
The 141 Auto Sportsman Division Feature win would be claimed by the #1 of Joe Ostermann. He would make quick work of the pack in the early laps and hold off Anthony Schiefelbein who gave Ostermann a run for his money on the outside. Michelle Janczewski would follow in third.
Ending the night would be the John Lasater Stock 4’s. Jesse Dulford in the 70 car would pick up his first feature win of the year. Dulford would hold off Adam Faull and his brother Jake
who would finish second and third respectively.
Fast Qualifier Award presented by Stateline Automotive would be won by Jordan Ives who put down a time of 14.772. Mark Jenshak would qualify number one with a time of 15.758 in the Auto Value Super Stock Division Breaking the previous track record time of 15.778 set by Ryan Windel in 2004,. Other fast times included Preston Weddel in the Sportsman Division with
an impressive time of 18.098, and Zach Gazda in the Stock 4’s.
6/29/17 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY - RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Norway Speedway will have the first fireworks show in Dickinson County, welcoming in the Fourth of July Holiday. We have taken a lot of pride over the years to try and put together an awesome fireworks’ display with the Norway Fire Department. One of the main reasons for our amazing fireworks display is because of the late Norway Speedway Hall of fame member, Roy Allard. He was responsible for their enhancement as he was the grandstand coordinator and he really enjoyed the festival like atmosphere out at the speedway. Tonight, we will be racing in his honor.
Last week, Norway Coca Cola Late Model driver Dan Lindsley broke into the win column with a solid victory in the Late Model Feature. Dan has been traveling around the last few years, and racing in some of the bigger shows. Fortunately for our fans, this year Dan and his team have decided to come home to Norway Speedway and take a shot at the Championship. The way he went through the field last week, you can tell that his efforts of traveling and running in some of the bigger shows around the state of Wisconsin have paid off as far as his skill level goes. He handled every situation out there last week very masterfully and carefully. Congratulations to the Lindsley racing team, family and sponsors.
The Fourth of July marks the midway point of the season and its usually a pretty good gauge as to what is going on in the Coca Cola Late Model division as far as the Track Championship goes and right now Lindsley, Lindquist and Kralovetz are all racing at a very high level. Kralovetz is his usual consistent self and is leading the way but Lindquist has picked it up a notch and Lindsley seems to be ready to rally in the second half of the season.
The Auto Value Super Stocks have their first repeat winner, Mark Jenshak of Escanaba, MI. Mark Jenshak leads Tim Schultz Jr. in points with a narrow 12-point margin and rookie Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, WI is very impressively in third. This points race is definitely up for grabs.
Last week was the 2nd Annual Sportsman Super Bowl. And I predicted at the beginning of the season that Wausaukee’s Preston Weddel would be poised for his first Track Champion run and at this point I appear to be a racing prophet. However, if you would have told me that he was going to win the first four out of five features in a division where all cars are created equal, I would have said no way that is not possible. Yet, he has pulled it off. Congratulations to the Weddel Racing team, his family and his sponsors. Fourteen cars showed up for the Sportsman Super Bowl. Sportsman Track Champion, Joe Ostermann finished second coming from the back. Escanaba’s Paul Wagner finished third. Niagara’s Chris Dupris was a surprising fourth place in his first time out this season. Savanna Novara has her car moving again after a bad crash and finished fifth in a tough field.
Zach Gazda pulled off a rare clean sweep winning qualifying, the heat race and the feature. What once looked like Cody Skog was going to run away with everything; now the top five cars of Cody Skog, Zach Gazda, Jake Dolfurd, Jesse Dolfurd and Adam Faull all look like serious contenders for the Track Championship. Kingsford Brent Barglind was the only local sport truck with a podium finish, with an impressive third. He is also the division’s point leader at the midway point in the season. The race to the Championship in all divisions are going to be really exciting in the second half of the summer.
Tonight, is Sayklly’s Fireworks Display. All the stars in their racecars will be there tonight. It is also Ladies Night with $5.00 admission to all ladies. Norway Speedway is a great way to kick off your Fourth of July Holiday. For more information visit us on facebook or go to www.norwayspeedway.com. See you at the track!
6/26/17 - Norway Speedway Race Results: WEEK 5
Week 5 at Norway Speedway sponsored by Grow Maxx and Baker Sign would feature fender to fender excitement and emotion as racers continue to fight for the top spot in the points championship. Adding to this excitement was the 2nd annual Sportsman Super Bowl which was created to showcase one of Norway’s support division and give a class that usually only races for points a chance to receive a generous payout as well.
This weeks’ Coca Cola Late Model dash would be won by Dan Lindsley. He would be followed by a hard charging Jordan Ives and Dillon Kralovetz. In the Auto Value Super stocks, it would be Kevin Peterson from Marinette WI, that would lead start to finish holding off Dave Fraser and John Mattia Jr who finished second and third respectively.
Doubling down on the night would be Lindsley as he would maneuver his way through contact and gain an early lead. The former Track Champion would never look back and take the checkered flag followed by Tom Lindquist, Jordan Ives, Joey Pontbriand, and Dillon Kralovetz.
Mark Jenshak, Tim Schultz Jr., John Mattia Jr., and Mike Bubloni would all come from the back of the field and battle for the lead, but at the end of the night it would be Mark Jenshak coming home with his second feature win of the season, followed closely by Schultz, Mattia, and Bubloni. Tyler Wusterbarth would pick up a 5th place finish.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division, current points leader Preston Weddel would take an early lead and create a sizeable gap, but Joe Ostermann would strategically work his way through the pack to challenge Weddel. It was a close one right up to the last turn but it would be Weddel that would be crowned this year’s “Superbowl” winner. Escanaba regular Paul Wagner would put his car on the asphalt and finish an impressive third.
Zach Gazda would win his first feature at Norway in the Jon Laster Stock 4 Division. The victory also moved Gazda into a close second in the points standings behind Cody Skog. Jake Dulford would finish second with Elliott Reid right on his tale in third.
In the Sport Trucks, Drew Habeck, would make the pass for the lead on lap 7 and never look back picking up the feature win. Jordan fisher and Brent Barglind would round out the top three respectively.
The fast qualifier award sponsored by Stateline Automotive would be taken by Jordan Ives with a respectable time of 14.862. In the Super Stock Division Mark Jenshak would be the quickest for the third time this year running a 15.915. Other number one qualifiers would be Anthony Schiefelbein in the Sportsman Division, Jordan Fischer in the Sport Truck’s, and Zach Gazda in the Stock 4’s.
6/22/17 - ATTENTION: IRON MOUNTAIN DAILY NEWS, NORWAY CURRENT PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN: Racing: A family Tradition at the Speedway
Last week at Norway Speedway we had four “Feel Good” feature winners; some of the biggest names in the Dickinson County Racing Association history. In the Auto Value Super Stock division John Mattia Jr. of Vulcan, MI won both the dash and the feature event in a convincing fashion. The Mattia name is not new to the speedway as John’s dad raced successfully back in the early ‘70’s. John’s sister Lisa, was also a successful driver in the Slammer Division years ago. John Jr. has been racing at the Speedway for over twenty years, has a beautiful racecar and is one of those driver that shows up every week, races hard, never complains and just supports the race track. Congratulation to the Mattia family, pit crew and sponsors.
In the Coca Cola Late Model Division another racing family that has been around the speedway for thirty or more years won the Feature event. Jason Wells, was our feature winner. Although Jason is considered to be one of the young guns at the Speedway, his dad has been around since the ‘70’s. Jason’s dad is no stranger to success as his helped former driver Mark Miller to several Track Championships. Jason and his dad have put together a very successful race team the last couple of years and after a sluggish start to the season, they seem to be up and running at full tilt.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division, Todd Schmidt of Spread Eagle, WI has a story that is somewhat legendary. He pulled his car out of the woods that he raced back in the late ‘80’s and put it in victory lane two times last week; winning the heat race and feature event. Todd is also a second-generation driver, whose family has been a part of the Speedway for over thirty years. Todd’s car has a very nostalgic, throwback look to it, as it has been through many Speedway battles. A great accomplishment to a great driver and a great racing family. Congratulations to the Schmidt family and his team (wife).
In the Jon Lasater State Farm Insurance Stock Fours, youngster Reid Devoe of Faithorn, MI won his first feature of his career. Another young driver that is very personable, polite and skilled when it comes to building and driving racecars. I am sure he will win many more.
This week at the Speedway is the Second Annual Baker Sign/Grow Maxx Sportsman Super Bowl. They will be racing for almost $2000 in cash and prizes. This event attracted some of the top drivers from Upper Michigan and Northeastern WI last year. Already entered is “Eddie the Eagle” Anschutz of Two Rivers, WI who has won several IMCA stock car championships in the state of Wisconsin and finished second last year in the Sportsman Super Bowl. Paul Wagner of Escanaba, a former Upper Peninsula International Raceway Track Champion has also pre-entered.
The Coca Late Model Division could have some surprise entries with the rain and the races canceled at WIR. Tonight’s races are being brought to you by Baker Sign and Grow Maxx. It should be an awesome show. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the Track!
6-19-17 - Fan Appreciation/R&R Tire/Thirsty Whale: Race Results Press Release: By: Tyler Wusterbarth
Once again threatening skies put a damper on the evenings events, but the Speedway perservered and put on a great show for he fans. Racers from around the area took a chance and brought their cars to the speedway as week four of racing began at Norway Speedway. With the 15th annual fan appreciation night taking place, the fast dash races would consist of the top six racers in each division based on points. In the Coca-Cola Late Model Division current points leader Dillon Kralovetz would over take Jordan Ives on lap seven to win the dash, Joey Pontbriand would round off the top 3. Next up would be the Auto Value Super Stocks, John Mattia Jr., would lead from start to finish ,holding off Andy Gerwig and Tim Schultz Jr. who would both push Mattia hard all ten laps.
In the Coca Cola Late Model Division, Jason Wells and Robbie Iverson would both work their way to the front and put on a show for the fans as they battled for the lead during the last ten laps. It would be Jason Wells that would claim the victory followed by Iverson, Jordan Ives, Joey Pontbriand, and Dillon Kralovetz.
In the Super Stock Division John Mattia Jr. would solidify his best career performance as he also claimed the feature win keeping the 2.75 of Andy Gerwig at bay for the second time of the night. They would be followed by Dave Fraser, Kevin Peterson, and Mark Jenshak.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division it would be Todd Schmidt of Spread Eagle, WI that would break Preston Weddel's three feature event win streak. Schmidt lead the race start to finish and holding off a hard charging Weddel and Michelle Janczewski. Janczewski would battle for the top three finish with Savanna Novara for the majority of the race.
The Stock 4 Division would see a change in finish results. Reid Devoe would race hard from start to finish putting a significant gap between him and Adam Faull as he weaved his way through traffic. They would be trailed by Jake Dulford, who rounded out the top three.
6/15/17 - AUTO VALUE CHALLENGE SERIES LIVES UP TO THE HYPE - John Ostermann
They say in the entertainment business that competition, drama and controversy sell the tickets. If that is the case, Norway Speedway is going to have 10,000 people at the raceway tonight. Last week’s Coca Cola Late Model feature saw Norway Speedster Joey Pontbriand jump out to an early lead in the 50-lap race. Joey looked to be on his way to his 2nd feature win of the season and the race was rolling along just as it should until lap 49. It was at that point when Joey became heavily challenged by both #2 Dillon Kralovetz was trying to get underneath Pontbriand and #119 Dalton Zehr was trying to get around Joey in the outside groove. What happened next was anybody’s guess but track officials, fans, and drivers all had different opinions which is once again great for the entertainment value of the event. Either way, it was three great racecar drivers putting on an exciting show for a hyped-up crowd. The final finishing order was Dalton Zehr, Reagan May, Dillon Kralovetz. Dalton Zehr of Daytona, Florida came from the rear of the field and went on to win the $1000 prize.
In the Auto Value Super Stock feature, rookie Tyler Wusterbarth Oconto, Wisconsin started on the pole and took off to an early lead and held off a strong challenge from Norway Speedway favorite, Ryan Wender who made his first appearance of the season. It looked as though Wusterbarth was going to keep the lead until former track champion, Mark Jenshak came through a stout field with precision and got up on Wusterbarth’s back bumper with five laps to go. The two had then went door to door for the remainder of the race with Jenshak getting up on his outside door, but not able to complete the pass. Wusterbarth went on to win his first Auto Value Challenge race and was the first rookie to do so. Congratulations to Tyler, his family, his team and his sponsors.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division, it was another feature race decided by a car length or less. When Wausaukee’s Preston Weddel completed the first Sportsman Stock Car hat trick by winning his third straight feature event. The division’s fast qualifier Michelle Janczewski came from the rear of the field and made contact with Preston as they crossed the finish line side by side. It is very early in the season, but it looks like Preston could be on his way to his first ever championship after being the bridesmaid for the last two years. Congratulations to Preston, his family, his team and his sponsors.
The Wisconsin Sport Truck series is a traveling series that travels to several speedways out of the course of the summer and stops at Norway Speedway to put on four races. Although it is a traveling series, a few of our local guys have built trucks and got involved with the division. This series has been around a long time and has some of the best racing fabricators and engine people there is in the business. For Kingsford’s Brent Barglind to pull off a feature victory last week, is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations to Brent, his family, his team and sponsors.
In the Fabulous 4 Cylinder Division, Cody Skog remains undefeated as he cruised to his 3rd feature win of the season. However, Jake and Jessie Dolfurd, Adam Faull and Zach Gazda have all shown signs that they can break the streak on any given night. There is a lot of racing left and I think the competition and level of drama is going to get interesting, not just in the Fab 4 Division but in all divisions. This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of our Fan Appreciation Night. For fan appreciation night, there is no qualifying and the fans get to go out on the track and meet all the Speedway’s drivers and receive autographs and other treats. We have the best fans in the world and this is our way of saying thank you. Another added attraction this week will be the super popular Norway Speedway Spectator Eliminators. This is a fun event where the average fan gets to take his licensed and registered daily driver out on the track and race. It is always fun! The race tonight is being brought to you by the Thirsty Whale and R & R Tire. For more information go to norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track!
6/13/17 - AUTO VALUE ROUND ONE RACE RESULTS; By Tyler WUSTERBARTH
A good crowd and a great field of racecars showed up last Friday night and were treated to great short track stockcar racing at Norway Speedway. One of the premiere events took place at the Speedway as the first round of Auto Value Challenge Series took place. Local and traveling drivers competed to win $1000 in the Late Model Division and $500 in the Auto Value Super Stock Division. The Coca Cola Lare Models would begin the night with the fast dash. Dillon Kralovetz would take the checkered flag followed by Reagan May and Dalton Zehr. Current Championship point leader Mark Jenshak would win the Auto Value Super Stock dash, followed by Ryan Rea and John Mattia Jr.
Dalton Zehr behind the wheel of the 119 Coca Cola Late Model would take home the win and the big check as he would come all the way from the back. He was followed by Reagan May of Green Bay, WI. Dillon Kralovetz, Tom Lindquist and Mike Reichenberger rounded out the top five.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division rookie driver, Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, WI would pick up the win, leading all 35 laps and held off Ryan welding early on and charging Mark Jenshak in the end. Kevin Peterson and John Mattia Jr. would finish in fourth and fifth.
Preston Weddel would remain perfect on the year winning his third straight win and extending the gap in season points. He would battle with Michelle Janczewski who would finish a close second. Todd Schmidt finished a strong third.
The Wilson Auto Collision Sport Trucks returned to the Speedway and when everything settled it would be Brett Barglind who would claim the victory and move his way into first in the points for the season. Blaine Habeck and Tom Krueger would finish second and third respectively.
Seasoned driver in the John Lasater State Farm Insurance Stock 4’s, Cody Skog would continue his dominance after reeling in early leader Jake Dulford and claim his third feature win on the season. Jake Dulford finished a close second, followed by Jesse Dulford.
Fast Qualifier Award presented by Stateline Automotive was taken by Dalton Zehr with a time of 14.572. Fast qualifier in the Auto Value Super Stock division was Mark Jenshak with a time of 15.997. Michelle Janczewski took fast time in the 141 Auto Sportsman division with a time of 18.2. Blain habeck had a fast time of 16.2 in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks and Cody Skog would set the fast time for the 4 cylinders. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook.
6/8/2017 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN AUTO VALUE ROUND ONE
After two solid weeks of stockcar racing at Norway Speedway, we are getting into the teeth of the schedule. Tonight, marks Round One of the Auto Value Challenge series that pits Wisconsin’s best Late Model and Super Stock drivers against Upper Michigan’s best racers. The series which originally started in the late ‘80s was the idea of Norway Speedway Hall of Famers, Don Oliver, Denny Hanson and Kent Pearson. It started out as “The Aurora Liquors 500” and went on for many years. Then in 1992, Auto Value took over the series and has been the title sponsor of the event ever since. Though it is corporately backed, Breeze Auto Value in Niagara, WI has also become an enthusiastic co-sponsor. The Coca Cola Late Model feature winner tonight will win $1000 and the Auto Value Super Stock feature winner will win $500 in cash. The cash has always been the incentive for the most talented new drivers to make the trek to the speedway. This year will be no different as one of the travelers happens to be one of the top young female drivers in the Midwest. Rachel Kallas from Winneconne, WI will be wheeling a Coca Cola Late Model at Norway Speedway tonight. Rachel Kallas was the 2014 Golden Sands Super Stock Rookie of the Year, the 2016 Dells Raceway Park Late Model Rookie of the year and a 2016 Dells Raceway Park TUNDRA Sportsman feature winner. Ad this young lady to our already talented field of female drivers and it adds a whole new dimension to the competition.
In a preseason report, I predicted that Bark River’s Tom Lindquist purchased a new racecar and could be in the hunt for his first ever Track Championship here at Norway Speedway. Guess what?! Tom Lindquist is currently second in the Coca Cola Late Model Championship points for the season. I watched Tom win the dash last week and he looked extremely poised and fast. Congratulation to his family, team and sponsors and I hope his good fortune continues. Dillon Kralovetz of Bonduel, WI has won back to back Track Championships but has not won a feature event since 2014. Dillon Kralovetz, who is known for being a great qualifier and a very consistent/conservative racer who is always around at the end of the race, found himself in victory lane last Friday night. Congratulation to Dillon Kralovetz, his team, family and sponsors. It was good to see 15-year-old Cameron Clifford of Norway MI, jump out and take the lead in the Late Model Feature with Kingford’s Scott Stanchina following closely behind. The two checked out from the rest of the field and looked like they were headed for a one, two finish until contact was made between the two cars and they both ended up in the rear of the field. I am sure they do not feel this way but it was fun to watch. I am also positive that both drivers will be in victory lane sooner than later.
The Auto Value Super Stock division, saw Mark Jenshak come back from a bad crash on opening night to win his first Auto Value Super Stock feature win of the season. I have always said the true test of a racing team is when they can return to the track after a crash and not miss a beat. Wausaukee’s Preston Weddel has now won back to back 141 Auto Sportsman Feature events. And, like I said at the beginning of the season, he is due to win his first Championship. Congratulations to Jenshak and Weddell racing teams, families and sponsors.
In the Fab Four division, even though Cody Skog has won both features, Reid Devoe and Zack Gazda have both been the fast qualifies. There seems to be a good balance of competition as we have had two different fast qualifies and several other drivers that seemed to have stepped up. This is going to make for a very entertaining summer.
All the top drivers from Upper Michigan and Northeastern WI are going to be at Norway Speedway tonight and I hope you are there too. For more information visit www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track!
6/1/2017 - PRESS RELEASE NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN
Another Star Studded Line Up:
Ives, Iverson, Lindsley, Kralovetz and Zehr will all be in the house tonight at Norway Speedway. There is no such thing as a regular night. This past winter during a general membership meeing, the speedway started working on getting a NASCAR driver to participate in an event one night this summer and the membership started yelling out,” We don’t need a NASCAR driver, we have Dalton Zehr.” I thought this was pretty impressive. While Dalton Zehr does not qualify as a NASCAR star, I would consider him a professional on and off the race track. Being supported by your peers speaks volumes. No offense to Dalton Zehr but we are still working on getting a NASCAR driver here this summer and I will keep you posted.
Last week our season opener had a huge crowd, even though there were two local graduations and the weather was shaky. If this is any indication of what we are in store for this summer, things are definitely looking up at the Speedway. I was extremely impressed on how the track officials and drivers worked to get through the rain delay and get the complete show in. The Fab Four division ran in a light rain and the Sportsman’s ran on a wet track successfully.
Last week was Norway Speedways rendition of an All-Star race, but an unheralded driver from Norway MI stole the show in the Coca Cola Late Model Feature. Joey Pontbriand ran away from the field and took home his first Late Model Feature win of his career. I spoke to Joey a few times last summer and he seemed a little down about his racing career but I knew the potential was there. He was just wearing two hats as he was the president of the Dickinson County Racing Association for the last six years and he was trying to drive a racecar at the same time. Speaking from experience this is extremely difficult or nearly impossible to do. Joey is no stranger to athletic success. He was one of the best athletes to graduate from Norway High School and is also one of the winningest Athletic directors in Upper Michigan history as he was a part of North Central High School’s dominance for the last four years. Congratulation to Joey, his family, his racing team and his sponsors.
In the Auto Value Super Stock division, Tim Schultz Jr. of Norway MI immerged victorious in the feature event over rookie Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, WI. The field of cars had its challenges because defending Track Champion Brett Bray broke his distributor in qualifying and an early ran accident took out fast qualifier Mark Jenshak. Tim Schutlz very calmly ran down Wusterbarth, who had about six car lengths on him and claimed the victory. Wusterbarth finished an impressive second in his first Auto Value Super Stock feature event.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman division, Joe Ostermann was passing for the lead with five laps to go and contact with another car sent both cars to the rear of the field. This opened the door for Wausaukee’s Preston Weddell to claim his first victory of the season. Rookie of the year candidate Anthony Schiefelbein of Pembine finished second in his first Sportsman feature event and was also the fast qualifier. He looks like he is going to be a contender in his first year in the Sportsman division. Other rookie drivers in the division that looked impressive were Jordan Massicotte who placed fifth, Jade Novara, Justin Belongia and David Loomis.
In the Fab Four division, it looks like the championship could be up for grabs with Cody Skog winning the feature and committing to running the full season. Zach Gazda was the fast qualifier and looked extremely impressive his first time out this season. Faithorn’s Reid Devoe looked every bit as fast as both of them. Defending champion Elliott Reid had a mechanical failure, while Jake and Jesse Dulford both looked strong as well. We have seven or eight drivers in that division that could legitimately challenge for the championship.
The Wisconsin Sports Trucks put on a great show as always. Blaine Habeck won the feature event. Local drivers Brent Barglind and Rhianna Carne finished fifth and sixth respectively. Gary Thom finished eighth.
This week we are going to have the best weather possible and most of the schools are out for the summer including mine! This week’s race is brought to you by Pacino’s Food and Spirits and Waupaca Foundry. This week is also Veterans night! All active and retired veteran’s admission is $5. It’s going to be a great night. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook. See you at the track!
5/16/2017: NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANNRACE RESULTS FROM THE SAFELITE AUTO GLASS, CJ GRAPHICS SEASON OPENER
Threatening skies and light rain did not discourage the great crowd that attended the Norway Speedway Safelite Auto Glass, CJ Graphics season opener. A huge field of cars put on a great show even though there was a short rain delay. Track officials and drivers worked feverishly to get the show in. The night started off with the Coca Cola Late Model Dash which was won by Green Bay’s Chad Butz in a car that will be driven for the remainder of the summer by Alyssa Larson. Reagan May of Depere, WI was second followed by Scott Stanchina of Kingsford, MI.
The Auto Value Super Stock Dash was won by Tim Schultz Jr. of Norway, MI, followed by Andy Gerwig of Norway and Mark Jenshak of Escanaba, MI.
The Coca Cola late model feature event was won by Joey Pontbriand of Norway MI. Pontbriand who recently competed at Bristol International Raceway in Bristol Tennessee started about mid pack, and calmly held off the pressure of defending champion Dillion Kralovetz to gain his first feature win of his career. Antigo’s Troy Nelson was third in his first appearance at the Speedway in seven years. Tom Lindquist of Bark River, MI and Mike Reichenberger of Appleton, Wi rounded out the top five respectively.
The Coca Cola Late Model B Feature was won by veteran Brett Widdis of Manistique, MI. Widdis held off Jason Wells of Kingsford MI and Tyler Radavich of Oshkosh, WI. Cameron Clifford of Norway, MI and Christopher Bouplon of Marinette, WI rounded out the top five respectively.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Feature, rookie Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, WI held off a field of seasoned veterans until lap 20 when Tim Schultz Jr. got by the young speedster coming out of turn two. Wusterbarth went on to finish second, followed by Dave Fraser of Iron Mountain, MI. Andy Gerwig and Karl Lamoreaux rounded out the top five.
In the John Lasatar Stock 4 Division, Cody Skog made a triumphant return by winning the feature event.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division, Preston Weddell of Wausaukee, WI won his first feature of the season. Rookie Anthony Schiefelbein of Pembine, WI finished second followed by Michelle Janczewski. Defending champion Joe Ostermann and Jordan Massicotte finished fourth and fifth respectively.
In the Wilson Auto Collision Sport Trucks, Blaine Habeck of Green Bay, WI won his first feature of his career followed by Drew Habeck. Justin Fickel of Green Bay, WI, Tanner Fickel of Green Bay WI and Brent Barglind of Iron Mountain, MI rounded out the top five respectively. Local truck drivers Rhianna Carne finished sixth and Gary Thom finished eighth.
The Stateline Automotive Fast Qualifier Award went to Late Model driver Dalton Zehr with a time of 14.681. Other fast qualifiers for the night included Phil Lehl from Kaukauna, WI in the Auto Value Super Stock division with a time of 15.848. Rookie 141 Auto Sportsman driver Anthony Schiefelbein had a time of 18.503. Wilson Auto Collision sport truck driver Tanner Fickel of Green Bay, WI with a time of 17.268. John Lasater StateFarm Stock 4 Fast Qualifier and Heat winner was Zach Gazda. Racing will resume next Friday night. For more information go to www.norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook.
5/16/2017 - Press Release: NORWAY SPEEDWAY RACING COLUMN JOHN OSTERMANN
Norway Speedway Support Divisions Going Strong:
The Norway Speedway Fabulous Four-Cylinder division; AKA the Fab Fours, have withstood the test of time. The division began in 2001 and we were one of the first speedways to race front wheel drive cars in the Upper Midwest. The class was designed to be an inexpensive way for high school kids to get their start in racing and it went above and beyond its expectations. We had over one hundred cars the first year we started the division and it opened the door for high school students and anyone else that wanted to see what it was like to race competitively at Norway Speedway for a reasonable amount of money. The division has launched the careers of some of our best racecar drivers at the Speedway including Scott Stanchina, Tim Schultz Jr., Jason Wells, Karl Lamoreaux, Brett Bray, Robbie Iverson and Joey Pontbriand. However, like everything else it isn’t what it once was due to the economy, availability of cars and possibly a new generation of kids that may not be interested in motorsports. We still have a solid group of four cylinder racers that like to get out there on Friday nights and mix it up. Elliott Reid of Faithorn MI, is our 2016 Champion and takes his front wheel drive racing very seriously, traveling throughout the state of Wisconsin to race against some of the best that are out there. He is also a versatile driver that has done very well on dirt at Upper Peninsula International Raceway. His best friend Reid Devoe of Faithorn MI, had a break out season last year and finished second in the points. Brad Harter of Hermansville MI is another young and upcoming racer that has a tremendous enthusiasm for the sport and could challenge for the Championship this coming season. Tommy Hulce and Adam Faull both showed promise toward the end of last year. Adam Faull just purchased one of the top cars out of the state of Wisconsin. He could be a serious contender once he gets the feel of his new car. A story on Fab Four racing at Norway Speedway wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t mention fifteen year racing veteran Bobby Nordell who looked good in recent practices.
The last few years we had a division called the Modified Four Cylinders, where you could take any front wheel drive four cylinder and make any modification you wanted to it producing tremendous speeds and beautiful cars. For three years, the division was dominated by Pembine’s Anthony Schiefelbein and his father Bob Schiefelbein. They both finished first and second every year and were basically unbeatable. Their two strongest competitors were David Loomis of Norway MI and Rickey Holmstrom of Kingsford MI. Due to a lack of participants the division was ended. However, one door closes and another one opens. Anthony and his dad both have beautiful sportsman cars and should create an immediate impact on that division. David Loomis shocked everyone at practice last week when he showed up with a ‘79 ford thunderbird decked out and ready to go racing in the sportsman division. Rickey Holmstrom on the other hand skipped a step and went right to the Coca Cola Late Model Division and will be running for rookie of the year against Alyssa Larson of Green Bay. These four racers and their development are going to be a great story at the Speedway this summer.
Another new division brought to the Speedway in recent years is a traveling series from the state of Wisconsin called the Wisconsin Sport Trucks. These are not full-size trucks, they are smaller scaled pickup trucks powered by big horse power snowmobile and motorcycle engines. They look beautiful and go extremely fast as the horse power to weight ratio is off the charts. Brent Barglind finished fifth in the points last year and won a couple of heat races. He started to make a statement finishing second in the feature event twice. He could be a serious contender for the Norway Speedway Track Championship and he is one of our locals. Rhianna Carne of Kingsford MI is no stranger at the speedway as she was a stand out in the Fab Four Division and has now made the transition to the Wisconsin Sport truck series. She was rookie of the year in 2016. Gary Thom finished twelve in championship points in his beautiful #3. He also had a top five in a feature event and it is only his second year in the division. Kelly Burcar of Norway MI, is another teenage female that is trying to make her way into the male dominated sport of stockcar racing. We have eight female drivers at the speedway this summer, which will be another great story to follow. For more information please go to norwayspeedway.com or visit us on facebook.
5/8/2017 - Press Release: John Ostermann - Auto Value Super Stock Competition To Be Strong At Norway Speedway In 2017
For years, the Auto Value Superstock Division has been a plethora of racing skill, talent, excitement, controversy, drama and good old fashion entertainment. Since the early nineties, I have always said that our superstocks could travel anywhere and put on a show and be competitive regardless of the speedway environment and competition. The division doesn’t have the car count that it once had but the racers that remain are some of the best the Midwest has to offer. This year not only will we have our solid group of veterans, there will also be an influx of younger guys that could fortify the division car count and it could be the divisions first step to getting it back to what it once was.
Norway’s Speedway Champion, Brett Bray is returning to defend his fourth overall points championship. Brett did something a few years back that no one thought was possible. Brothers, Mark and Ron Jenshak, two of the best in the history of the division, had a lock on the divisions crown for six years. Then Brett Bray brought it to an abrupt halt with his aggressive but consistent driving style. Recently, Brett has decided the challenge at Norway Speedway wasn’t enough and has branched out to a traveling series that races around different tracks in the state of Wisconsin. The series that Brett is apart of in Wisconsin has proved to be a challenge, but after getting one win last year I am looking for him to make a statement this coming summer.
Tim Schultz Jr. from Vulcan, Michigan finished runner up last year in championship points to Brett Bray in a race that went right down to the wire. Schultz is a second-generation driver that has also won the Fab Four Division Championship and has won several Auto Value Series Events. Like Brett, Timmy has also jumped on the traveling circuit and shocked the state of Wisconsin’s racing world. A few weeks back, when he won the heat race at Golden Sand Speedway in Plover, Wisconsin. Timmy also led 29 of the 30 laps in the feature event and made contact with another car on the last lap and fell back to ninth. He battled one of the top drivers in the state of Wisconsin and the race was show cased in Circle Track magazine a national publication. Schultz will be looking for his first Superstock track title this summer but it won’t be easy.
The Auto Value Superstock Division has many qualities, but what makes it a fan favorite isn’t just the racing but the personality of its drivers. Ryan Wender a speedway track champion a few years back seems to be on top of the game when it comes to chassis set up and making horse power.Its nothing to see Ryan walk through the pits with a T-bone steak in one hand and a hand full of tools in the other. The Wender Nation could be in for another epic championship celebration if Ryan has any luck this summer.
I wore a sport coat and tie to most of the Norway Speedway banquets over the years. One year I wore a Dale Earnhardt collared polo shirt. Two years ago, Andy Gerwig, one of the most colorful and popular drivers at the speedway took it a step further and threw out the dress code by wearing his Ricky Bobby driving suit to the banquet. He always has a smile on his face at the track and almost anywhere you will see him, but don’t let his smile fool you, he can rub fenders with the best of them. Last year he won his first feature race. Andy is another driver that with any luck could be battling for his first track championship in September.
Ryan Rea was our Superstock Rookie of the Year for 2016 and has recently built a new car. He is another driver that has steadily improved since getting behind the wheel just a short time ago.
Kevin Peterson of Menominee, Michigan showed up with a beautiful car last year and improved every week, and led a ton of laps. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit If he jumped in to the top tier of the division.
Dark Horse candidates that could make a big difference in the dynamic of the division sportsman rookie of the year driver, Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, Wisconsin. Tyler won a feature event last year and raced on three different speedways in his rookie season. His racecar was of the bare minimum but he always seemed to get it within the top five by the end of the night. This year he purchased one of the top cars from Wisconsin International raceway.
Ryan Longtine from Marquette, Michigan will be running against Tyler Wusterbarth in the Auto Value Superstock Divison for the Rookie of the year award. Ryan was a Wisconsin Sport Truck star the last few years. Him and his dad have built a superstock this winter and have made the jump to the next level. Ryan is a solid driver that takes pride in his racecar and should raise some eyebrows before the end of the summer.
Karl Lamoreaux plans on running full-time possibly teaming up with former speedway standout Tanner Kelly. These two guys have a ton of experience and will have a solid racecar.
Duane Franklin is no stranger to the Speedway but left for a short period of time to pursue a career on the dirt tracks of Wisconsin. I’m going to predict Duane will break into the top five in a very short period of time.
There are several other drivers that are making plans to return to the speedway including John Mattia Jr. and this could be the best summer in this division for many years. Go to norwayspeedway.com for additional racing information or check us out on facebook.
4/29/2017 - Press Release - John Ostermann~~Norway Sportsman Stockcar Division Turns Back the Clock
The most difficult thing in motorsports across the country is getting racecars to the speedway. Two of the main reasons for this are obviously cost of the racecar and its maintenance, and differentiating track rules and enforcment. A couple years ago Norway Speedway took a step in combating the problem of a dwindling car count in the Superstock division. Some of the best Superstock racing at Norway Speedway was in the late '80s and early '90s. We averaged around 30-35 cars a night during this time period. The racing was affordable, competitive, and exciting with a lot of three wide passing. The track qualifying record was 18.0 seconds. These cars are what is commonly known as a Streetstock, Superstock, or Sportsman. This is an american made, 108-112 inch wheel base car with about a 300 horse power V8 engine and a factory built frame. All of these cars were home built by conventional means in someone's garage. These cars were used as the family grocery getter and were also raced at the NASCAR level for many years. With all the changes and enhancements over the years the chasis and racecar has become somewhat obsolete and has been replaced by a professionaly fabricated model. Norway Speedway has turned back the hands of time by starting the new Sportsman division. This has given new life to the older outdated cars that were no longer competitive but yet in an abundance. You can run just about any car, tire or engine combination that you want. The rule book is only a few sentences long rather then the normal twenty five pages. The only rule is: "No car can turn a lap faster then the breakout time of 18.0 seconds." There are restrictions on every racecar from NASCAR to Norway Speedway; such as engines, tires, carburetors, etc. The Sportsman Division at Norway Speedway only has one restriction and that is the bracket time. The bracket time is very easy to enforce as it is done electronically. The racecar only needs to pass the safety inspection and a technical inspector is not really needed which is a luxury for the speedway.
After a sluggish first season, where the car count only averaged 4-6 cars, last year was a breakout year. The division averaged 10-12 cars with a season high 18 at the Sportsman Super Bowl event in August. Showcasing the divisions versatility, one of the top dirt drivers in the state of Wisconsin, Eddie "The Eagle" Anschutz showed up with his dirt car and battled defending champion Joe Ostermann for several laps only to lose by inches. The Sportsman Super Bowl had Wisconsin stand out drivers Bill Ebben of Lakewood Wi, BJ Schoenek of Marion Wi, Karl Lamoreaux of Niagara Wi, Matt Haupt of Pembine Wi and Preston Weddell of Wausaukee Wi. When teams don't have to spend a lot of money on tires and performance enhancements, they have room in the budget to travel.
Another interesting story that was spawned by the division are Scott Dahlgren and Todd Schmidt of Spread Eagle, Wi. Both of them brought out racecars that had been sitting for almost fifteen years and were competitive. The Norway Sportsman division has also launched the career of Late Model driver Cameron Clifford of Norway Mi, who was the Coca Cola Late Model Rookie of the year in 2016. Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto Wi, who was a feature winner in the sportsman division his rookie season, has just purchased a beautiful Superstock and will be running in the Auto Value Superstock division for Rookie of the year. Another outstanding rookie was 13 year old Savanna Novara of Kingsford, MI. She is the youngest female driver to ever win a stockcar race at the speedway. She also has just purchased a new car and could be a strong contender for this years track championship. Her sister Jade Novara, will be driving Savanna's old car. The division is not gender bias as Armstrong Creek's Michelle Janczewski, a two time feature winner, finishing third in championship points will also be in the hunt for her first championship. Two time champion Joe Ostermann has earned both titles by passing cars in the third groove, a fan favorite, will once again be pushed by Preston Weddell of Wausaukee Wi. Weddell has finished second in championship points, the last two season and has won several features including the Kim Parsons Memorial Event during the Dickinson County Fair.
We already have six rookies signed up for the Sportsman Division this year and the car count is looking stronger then ever. Go to norwayspeedway.com for more information or check us out on Facebook
4/21/17 - Norway Speedway Press Release - John Ostermann
Top Talent Returns to Norway Speedway for 2017
With the Norway Speedway racing season a little over a month away, things are starting to take shape as far as what the quality of racing and entertainment value is going to look like this Summer. The Dickinson County Racing Association has been incorporated since 1971 and there was racing at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds long before that. There is one reason we have been able to sustain for all these years, the people, which includes: our leadership, our members, our drivers, our sponsors, our track workers and most of all our loyal fans. We have been able to put on an exciting and entertaining stock car racing show. With this being said, I am happy to announce that our core group of Coca-Cola Late Model drivers will be returning for the 2017 racing season.
Dillon Kralovetz of Bonduel, Wisconsin has been a regular at the speedway since 2011. Dillon is also been our Coca-Cola Late Model Track Champion for the last two seasons. Dillon comes from one of Wisconsin's most touted racing families and it shows. There have been very few track champions in our speedways history to win a championship without a major feature event victory. However, Dillon's smooth and consistant driving style, along with his ability to perform in high pressure situations, always has him finishing near the top of every race. Knocking Dillon and his team off the top of the heap will be no easy task.
Another racing family that needs no introduction, are the Iversons out of Hyde, Michigan. Hall of Fame members, Bob and the late, Earl Iverson were pioneers of the speedway. The torch has been past to Bob's son, Jamie who can also be mentioned in a conversation of the speedway's greatest of all time. Jamie's career was still on the rise when he decided to step aside and put his son, Robby in the driver's seat. In the last two years, Robby has steadily improved winning a feature and being one of the best qualifiers. He could definietely be in line for another Iverson Racing track championship.
Jason Wells of Kingsford, Michigan had a break out season last year finishing a solid fourth in track championship points. Jason and his dad have spent a lot of time in the shop and always come out with top notch race cars and this year will be no different. Though he is a dark horse, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he was in contention for the championship on Labor Day weekend.
Marquette, Michigan driver, Mike D'Angelo has courageously rebounded from a tough crash a couple years ago to regain the form that made the 26 year old one of the best young drivers out at the speedway. Last year the D'Angelos and Mike Butz Racing teamed up and there was a noticeable improvement. Mike finished his personal best, sixth in the championship points standings. There is a good possibility he could move up even higher this summer.
Tommy Lindquist and his crew are one of the speedways most popular teams. Not because he is always in the winner's circle, but mainly because they are good racers and competitors that have always demonstrated the utmost in sportsmanship. That could all change this year as I am looking for Tommy and his crew to compete for their first ever Norway Speedway Track Championship. Tommy has always been known to do more with less, but this year with a new car and a new engine their could be a quick rise to the top.
This core group combined with cameo appearences by standouts: Kris Kelly, Dalton Zehr, Reagan May, Dan Lindsley, Scott Stanchina and a few others could bring the level of competition and talent to its highest point in speedway history. For more information on Norway Speedway go to Norwayspeed.com or check us out on facebook.
John Ostermann, Racing Columnist Iron Mountain Daily News
4/11/17 - Norway Speedway Press Release - John Ostermann - The Future Looks Bright at Norway Speedway in 2017
Norway Speedway will be kicking off its 76th year of racing. The biggest story of this summer seems to be the teenage take over of the Coca-Cola Late Model Division. There are seven drivers ranging from ages 15 to 19 that have all proven that they can drive a racecar. These are all 2nd and 3rd generation drivers that are well funded and have solid technical support. This is unprecedented in the late model division in the Upper Midwest.
Leading the teen take over is 19 year old, Jordan Ives of Bark River, Michigan. Ives is the son of Speedway standout Steve Ives and the nephew of Greg Ives who is the crew chief of NASCAR'S Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jordan was the prize winner of the Champion Sparkplug's "Search for a Champion" Grand Prize winner of $50,000. Jordan has also won an unbelievable eight feature events at Norway Speedway, including the 2016 Labor Day 100. Jordan finished 2nd in championship points for the 2016 season and is a top contender for the 2017 track championship.
Cory Cootware is a Senior at Kingsford High School. He is also a 2nd generation driver that has experienced a lot of success at a very young age. Cory's big moment last summer came when he won the Kinross Invitational at Kinross Speedway Park. This summer there will be a Northern Michigan Championship involving the three tracks: Norway Speedway, Kinross Speedway Park and Sands Speedway in Marquette, Michigan. Cory is not only as strong contender for the Norway Speedway Track Championship but he could also win the first ever Northern Michigan Triple Crown Series as well.
Norway Speedway's Cameron Clifford has been a racing phenom, racing go-carts all over the Midwest with great success. Two years ago, he set his sights on Norway Speedway in the new sportsman division. At 14 years old, he is the youngest driver to win a feature race in a full-size rear wheel drive racecar at Norway Speedway. He quickly graduated from that division to the Coca-Cola Late Model Division last summer and had a couple of wins at an amazingly young age. Cameron comes from a family with a long successful history at Norway Speedway and could have a break out year.
Another teenage racing star in the making is Green Bay's Chad Butz. This will be Chad's 3rd year of late model racing and he is only 17 years old. Chad has two feature wins under his belt and has been our fast qualifier as well. His success is no surprise to many in the racing circle. Chad's dad, Mike has been building top racecars for over 25 years and was very instrumental in getting Matt Kenseth his start in NASCAR. Chad's crew chief is his older brother, Matthew and a solid team for years to come.
Tyler Radavich is 17 years old and will be in his 2nd year of Coca-Cola racing with a brand new car. Tyler's grandpa is Norway Speedway legend "Floorboard Freddy Gignac." Tyler came on strong at the end of last year. He is very smooth and consistent behind the wheel of a racecar.
Alyssa Larson is a Senior at Ashwaubanon High School. She is another former go-cart star who had a great year last year in the Wisconsin Sport Truck Division. She won two heat races at Wisconsin International Raceway. Alyssa finished eleven in championship points at Norway Speedway. She is a 3rd generation driver that will be a solid contender for the Rookie of the Year award in the Coca-Cola Late Model Division.
Another newcomer is 15 year old Ricky Holmstrom of Kingsford, Michigan. He finished in the top five of the championship point standing the last two years in the Mod Four Division. Ricky is a 3rd generation driver and will be another strong candidate for Rookie of the Year in the Coca-Cola Late Model Division.
Norway Speedway racing news and updates can be found at norwayspeedway.com.
Cory Cootware at Kinross Speed Park
2016 Banquet Press Release: Norway Speedway- Iron Mountain Daily News, The Norway Current, The Escanaba Daily Press, The Eagle Herald, Negaunee Mining Journal
Norway Speedway recently concluded a successful 2016 season with its 47th annual awards banquet held at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan. The annual event which was attended by almost 200 guests recognized the Speedway drivers and sponsors.
The Bink's Coca-Cola Late Model Speedway Champion was Dillon Kralovetz from Bonduel, Wisconsin. This was Kralovetz's second consecutive title. Along with his championship plaque Kralovetz also received the commemorative hand made guitar built by Neville Guitars of Hermansville. Jordan Ives of Bark River finished runner up in a car owned by Robert Bourdeau. Third Place went to Robbie Iverson of Hyde, MI. The Coca-Cola Late Model Rookie of the Year was 15 year old racing prodigy Cameron Clifford of Norway.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division, Brett Bray of Norway was crowned the Champion by edging out Tim Schultz, Jr of Norway. Trevor Cronick was 3rd. Ryan Rea driving a car owned by Sean Carollo was the Rookie of the Year.
In the Sorny's Sportsman Stockcar division Joe Ostermann won his 2nd Championship in a row edging out Wausaukee's Preston Weddel. Armstrong Creek Wisconsin's Michelle Janczewski finished 3rd in the exciting new division. Tyler Wusterbarth of Oconto, WI was the Rookie of the Year.
The Jon Lasater State Farm Insurance Stock 4 Champion was Faithhorn Michigan's Elliot Reid. He edged out his teammate Reid DeVoe and Brad Harter. The Modified Champion was Anthony Schiefelbein of Pembine, WI for the 3rd straight year. Anthony edged out his father Robert from Pembine and David Loomis of Norway. The Rookie of the Year was David Loomis.
The Wilson Auto Collision Sport Truck Championship was won by Keith Habeck of Green Bay, WI. Kyle Quella was runner up, followed by Drew Habeck. The Rookie of the Year was Rhianna Carne.
Special awards were handed out to Joe Testolin and Tim Schultz Jr. Testolin was awarded the Roy Allard Memorial Trophy for his 45 years of service to the Speedway as a scorer and track official. Tim Schultz Jr was awarded the Ron Mantel for his sportsmanship, dedication and enthusiastic support of the Speedway and the sport.Five Star/Florence Car Quest gift certificates were won by Tom Lindquist and Trever Cronick.
Norway Speedway Elects Officials for Up Coming Season:
Norway Speedway- Dickinson County Racing Association recently held its election of officers for the 2017 racing season. The Association membership elected future Norway Speedway Hall of Famer Bruce White of Kingsford, MI as the club president. Bruce has already served the DCRA as club president for four years and his experience should be a valuable asset to track operation. Bruce has been a member of Norway Speedway for over 35 years and still competes in the Late Model division.
John Novara was elected to the member at large position for the up coming season as well. John is a successful local businessman from the Iron Mountain area. John has also competed at the speedway in the Coca-Cola Late Model division. He has two daughters, Savanna and Jade Novara, competing in the Sportsman Stockcar division for the 2017 season.
John Ostermann of Norway, MI will hold down the position as the speedway secretary. Ostermann has also servered as the speedway president for six years and as vice president on the Upper Peninsula International Raceway Board as well.
The new officers will join the current board members Bob Bordeau of Escanaba, MI and Julie Iverson of Hyde, MI who are in their second terms as vice president and treasurer.
The next general membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at the Big 10 Sports Bar in Quinnesec @ 7pm CST.