Weekly Reports from the 2018 Season


April 2, 2018 - KINGSFORD’S BARGLIND LOOKS TO REPEAT AS NORWAY SPEEDWAY SPORT TRUCK CHAMPION IN ‘18 (Local racer looking to become first repeat champion) - Joe Verdegan

(Norway, MI) – There has not been a repeat champion in the Wisconsin Sport Truck class at Norway Speedway since the snowmobile-powered racers began competing bi-weekly at the third-mile, paved oval at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway in 2014.

Defending track champion Brent Barglind is looking to change that in 2018. Last season the Kingsford driver became the fourth different champion in as many years in the class. Ryan Longtine was the first Norway truck champion in 2014 followed by Darboy’s Mickey Schallie, now a super late model competitor at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.  Green Bay’s Keith Habeck captured the crown in 2016.

In four years Norway Speedway has slowly built up a posse of teams based in either Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or Northern Wisconsin. In addition to Barglind among the locals who’ll compete at the track on an every-other-week basis include hometown drivers Kelly Burcar and Paul Nora, Niagara, Wisconsin rookie Nick Lantange, Kingsford’s Brad Barglind, Marquette’s Rhianna Carne and Florence, Wisconsin rookie Andrew Secrist.

In addition to the strong local contingent a consistent pack of “Badgers” from Wisconsin made a bulk of the shows each week, including last year’s second place points finisher Tanner Fickel of Neenah. Green Bay should be well represented by not only Keith Habeck, but also Blaine and Drew Habeck along with Tom Krueger. In addition you can expect to see defending WIR champion Kyle Quella of Appleton making a handful of appearances at Norway, along with Denmark’s Bobby Wautier, Neenah’s Jason Plutz, Greenville’s Ted Ulman and Brillion’s Pete “The Barber” Zarnoth, who at the ripe of age of 86 continues to race occasionally at Norway.

The Sport Truck touring series event will take place during the annual Dickinson County Fair race Sunday, September 2 at 4 p.m. The rain date will be Monday, September 3 with a start time to be determined if need be.

The annual Island Resort & Casino Car Show will take place Saturday, May 19 at the Casino in Harris from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A practice is tentatively slated from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day for teams who attended the car show.

The season opening race at Norway Speedway is slated for Friday, May 25 heading into Memorial Day weekend. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. weekly with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag flying at 7 p.m.

Please check our website norwayspeedway.com and our Facebook page for further information.

 

Feb. 19, 2018 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Joe Verdegan

NASCAR TRUCK CHAMPION JOHNNY SAUTER RETURNS TO NORWAY SPEEDWAY JULY 6

(’18 Daytona Speedweeks winner to compete in the 35th annual Stateline Challenge)

(Norway, MI) – Defending NASCAR truck series champion and Necedah, Wisconsin native Johnny Sauter will return to Norway Speedway in 2018 to compete in the 35th running of the Stateline Challenge presented by Island Resort & Casino & Aurora Liquors Friday, July 6.

Sauter is hot off winning the season opening NASCAR truck series event at Daytona International Speedway last week. The second generation racer annually competes in a handful of short track races in Wisconsin and for the second straight year the NASCAR champion has included Norway Speedway on his list of stops.

“Johnny’s personality, his popularity, sense of humor, and generosity towards the sport he loves certainly reminds me and resembles that of Dick Trickle,” said John Ostermann of the Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA).  “We’re thrilled to have him back.” Sauter’s appearance is made possible by Coleman Racing Products of Menominee.

Many past winners of this prestigious event will be honored on the track during a ceremony at intermission. In the history of the Stateline Challenge 18 different drivers have won the prestigious race, with Escanaba’s Jamie Iverson capturing the highest number of event wins with five. The late Dick Trickle won the very first Stateline Challenge which was held at the third-mile, paved oval in 1981. To date, Wisconsin drivers outnumber Michigan drivers in the total number of series wins with 21 victories. Michigan drivers have collected 11 race wins.

The season opening race at Norway Speedway is slated for Friday, May 25 heading into Memorial Day weekend. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. weekly with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag flying at 7 p.m.

 

Feb. 8, 2018 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORWAY SPEEDWAY RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE (season opener slated for Friday May 25)

(Norway, MI)  Feb. 8– Officials of the Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) have released the 2018 schedule of racing at Norway Speedway, located at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

16 dates of racing are planned at the third-mile, paved oval with the season’s lid lifter kicking off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 25.

Among the highlights of the season are the 35th running of the annual Stateline Challenge presented by Island Resort & Casino & Aurora Liquors Friday, July 6. The event will also play host to the Kent Pearson Memorial. Pearson himself was a two time winner of the event. Many past winners of this prestigious event will be honored on the track during a ceremony at intermission.

The Northern Michigan Triple Crown, which typically draws drivers from fellow Upper Peninsula tracks Sands Speedway and Kinross Raceways will be Friday June 15.

A huge fireworks display will be part of the Roy Allard, Ed Hedlund and Jimmy Peterson Memorial Night Friday, June 29 while the immensely popular Norway Speedway Hall of Fame night, featuring the vintage modifieds will be Friday July 27.

Racing is tentatively scheduled twice during the Dickinson County Fair on Labor Day weekend. Friday August 31 will showcase the super stocks with the spectator eliminator championship rounds. The season wraps up during the fair Sunday September with a 100 lap super late model feature.

The Wisconsin sport trucks will continue with roughly an every other week schedule. The Impact Survival Series (ISS) will host its popular four cylinder series Saturday August 25.

The DCRA awards banquet will be held at Island Resort & Casino in Harris Saturday, October 27.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. weekly with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m.. Qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag flying at 7 p.m.

Please check our website norwayspeedway.com and our Facebook page for further information. You can also contact Joe Verdegan at jverdegan2@gmail.com.