Weekly Reports from the 2017 Season
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.