2018 Norway Nation!!!
Feb. 19, 2018 - Norway Nation Newsletter, Sixth Edition - John Ostermann
Welcome to the Sixth Edition of the Norway Nation Newsletter. Our last newsletter was one for the records, reaching 3538 people, receiving 24 shares, 41 reactions and having 7 comments. The initial plan for the newsletter was to be weekly, however with all that has gone on in the last three weeks with Norway Speedway Rules meetings, fair board meetings and the end of the marking period at my school, a couple of newsletters got “DNF’ed”. So much has gone on in the last few weeks. So much good news and some bad.
I will start with the good news. Johnny Sauter kicked off the start of our 2018 racing season by winning the NASCAR Camping World Series this last weekend at Daytona Speedway. I am extremely excited to announce that Johnny will return to Norway Speedway in the Summer of 2018. He will make another appearance on Friday July 6th at the coveted Kent Pearson Memorial Stateline Challenge Event brought to you by the Island Resort and Casino and Aurora Liquors. I have said it before and I will say it again, there is no replacing the late Dick Trickle but Johnny’s personality, his popularity, sense of humor, and generosity towards the sport he loves, certainly reminds me and resembles the late king of short tack racing. The Speedway wants to thank Coleman Racing Products for making this happen. We are also looking for a sponsor to help with Johnny’s travel expenses, if anyone knows anyone that is interested or has any connections.
I have said for 3o years that the Dickinson County Racing Association and Norway Speedway are blessed with a talented and resourceful membership. We have an overwhelming amount of successful business men and blue-collar individuals. With that being said; Norway Speedway has officially taken over the tire sales at the racetrack. We will be a Hoosier Tire Dealership for the entire Upper Peninsula. With this endeavor comes extra responsibilities and I am sure it will have its growing pains, but it is going to provide an addition source of revenue to help maintain our speedway, pay our drivers, and keep up with safety enhancements.
I recently wrote a grant for the Dickinson County Fair Board to help acquire the revenue needed to continue on with the grandstand bathroom remodel. The project has somewhat expanded in the last couple months from just the women’s bathroom, to now both men’s and women’s bathroom along with the roof for our nostalgic Grandstand. Hopefully we will get the funding to help preserve our beautiful and historic facility.
All the Rule’s Meeting are now finished. I like getting them done and out of the way early as it then affords us some time to bury some hatchets and mend relationships and friendships that can be strained when rules are being decided. The board is pleased with the results of the rules meetings and we believe that track is pointed in the right direction as far as being reciprocal with the State of Wisconsin and more importantly keeping our drivers and fans safe.
As far as what is going on with competitors, in the Coca Cola Late Model division, we have received news that the Fox River Racing Club/WIR Late Model Track Champion Andy Monday will make at least one appearance this summer at Norway Speedway. Andy has a top- notch racing team and is one of the most talented drivers in the State of Wisconsin. Jordan Chambers of Oconto Falls has purchased one of Dillion Kralovetz’s old cars and is tentatively planning on running for Rookie of the Year at Norway Speedway. Dan Lindsley has purchased a new car and new Wagner LS motor and has sets his sights set on the 2018 Track Championship. Kris Kelly and Toby Kelly are pounding away on their cars every night and are definitely going to be difference makers even on a limited schedule.
In the Auto Value Super Stock Division, three-time Mod Four Champion Anthony Schiefelbein and 141 Auto Sportsman Star Savanna Novara will be running for Rookie of the Year. Our defending Track Champion, Tim Schultz Jr. has purchased a brand-new crate motor and will try to make it back to back. Former Speedway star John Komp has also retrieved his old car that had the Speedway qualifying track record and will be out sometime soon in his Auto Value Super Stock.
In the 141 Auto Sportsman Division Defending Track Champion Preston Weddel will have his hands full as we have an amazing five rookies signed up for the division; including Reid DeVoe, Kaitlyn Schettler, Gary Thom, Brandon Weddel, and David Loomis. All have successful racing experience at various levels and could be potential track champions.
In the John Lasater Fab Four Division, all top five cars are returning and there is going to be at least two rookies from out of town.
In closing, Norway Speedway Friend, Family member, and Beloved Mike Lemke who is affectionately known as Lumpy has fallen ill and is in desperate need of everyone’s prayers. He has been a big part of our success for over 30 years as a tech inspector for all our divisions. Please keep Mike in your prayers.