Weekly Reports from the 2019 Season
7/5/19 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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TRAVIS SAUTER SURVIVES YELLOWS, CAPTURES HIS FIRST NORWAY SPEEDWAY STATELINE CHALLENGE
(2ND PLACE Wells mops up in lap leader cash)
(Norway, MI) July 5 – Travis Sauter passed Kingsford’s Jason Wells for the lead on lap 43 and sweated out numerous caution periods to survive and win the 36th annual Stateline Challenge presented by Island Resort & Casino & Aurora Liquors at Norway Speedway Friday night.
Sauter started deep in the field and bided his time – staying clear of the multiple yellow flags that flew in the early going. Hometown driver Joey Pontbriand paced the opening two circuits before a caution – handing the lead to Kingsford’s Scott Stanchina. Stanchina kept the top spot until Wells’ wrestled the lead away from him on lap 8.
Wells kept his spot through numerous caution flags. Meanwhile Sauter, began slowly picking off cars after a lap 35 restart. The second-generation driver from Prairie Du Sac slipped into the eighth spot and muscled his way inside of Andy Monday to take over the second spot.
Sauter kept the field at bay through a bevy of yellows and captured not only the winner’s share of the purse $1,200, but with lap leader bonuses pushing his total won for the night to $2,260. Wells battled back to take second place. Wells pocketed $2,240 – just $20 less than the winner through cash donated by local businesses, fans and other racing enthusiasts.
Four time track champion Dillion Kralovetz captured third place, followed by Mike D’Angelo Jr. and Robby Iverson.
“I’ve got to dedicate this win to Gene Coleman,” Sauter explained in victory lane. “I was a 19-year-old kid who let me race his house car around at Norway and other tracks. I had no experience – my Dad just raced for him. Gene, This win is for you!”
In super stock action hometown driver Andy Gerwig emerged triumphant in the super stock main. The sport truck feature was captured by Kingsford’s Brent Barglind. After the checkers flew Marquette’s Destiny Bullard crashed her truck up between turns one and two. Bullard was transported by ambulance. Due to the lateness of the program the balance of the program was canceled.
Next Friday night July 12 the Kid’s Nickel toss will take place along with the spectator eliminator races. Please check our website norwayspeedway.com and at our page on Facebook for further information or email email@example.com.
RACE SUMMARY 36th ANNUAL STATELINE CHALLENGE
BINK’S COCA COLA SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac, WI; Jason Wells, Kingsford; Dillion Kralovetz, Bonduel, WI; Mike D’Angelo Jr., Gwinn; Robby Iverson, Escanaba; Andy Monday, Appleton; Mark Schroeder, Green Bay; Dean Varda, Vulcan; Dan Lindsley, Vulcan; Mike Reichenberger, Appleton, WI; Joey Pontbriand, Norway; Mike Lantagne, Vulcan; Chad Butz, Green Bay, WI; Tyler Radavich, Eldorado, WI; Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Bruce White, Kingsford; Neal Sannes, De Pere, WI; Tom Lindquist, Bark River
SEMI-FEATURE – Sannes; Varda; White; Matt Charlebois, Wallace; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; WI; Robby Younger, De Pere, WI; Scott Bolster, Marquette; John Ostermann, Norway
FAST TIME – Sauter, 14.414
AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Andy Gerwig, Norway; Tim Schultz, Vulcan; Anthony Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI; Kevin Peterson, Marinette, WI; Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek; Kelly LaCount, Athelstane, WI; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Parker Cain, Big Bay; Savanna Novara, Iron Mountain; Brett Bray, Norway; John Mattia Jr, Norway (DNS)
FAST TIME – Schiefelbein, 15.965
141 AUTO SALES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – Canceled
FAST TIME -Preston Weddle, Crivitz, WI 18.296
SPORT TRUCK FEATURE – Brent Barglind, Kingsford; Brad Barglind, Kingsford; Drew Habeck, Green Bay, WI; Casey Vander Loop, Freedom; Blaine Habeck, Green Bay, WI; Destiny Bullard, Marquette; Keith Habeck, Green Bay, WI; J.J. Vanderloop, Freedom, WI; Beth Craig, Appleton, WI; Cody Vander Loop, Freedom, WI; Tom Krueger, Green Bay, WI; Pete Zarnoth, Brillion, WI; Tanner Fickel, Neenah, WI; Kelly Burcar, Norway; Ted Ullman, Greenville, WI; Andrew Secrist, Florence, WI
FAST TIME – Bullard, 16.950
4 CYLINDER A FEATURE – Canceled
FAST TIME – Jake Dolfurd, Vulcan 18.037
5/31/19 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KRALOVETZ OUTLASTS LINDSLEY IN NORWAY LATE MODEL DUEL
NORWAY, Mich. (June 7, 2019) – Four-time and defending Bink’s Coca Cola Late Model Champion Dillon Kralovetz held Fast Qualifier Dan Lindsley at bay Friday night to score his first feature win of the season in the 35-lap main event on Valley Med Fight Night at Norway Speedway.
Other feature winners on the night included Andy Gerwig in the Auto Value Super Stocks, Cody Vanderloop in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks, Gary Thom in the 141 Auto Sales Stock Cars, and Zach Gazda in the MC Signs and Graphics Bangers.
Before setting up his duel with Lindsley in the 35-lap Late Model feature, Kralovetz had to make some early moves to put himself in position to grab the lead on a lap-ten restart. Kralovetz dipped through traffic early as did Lindsley who started 12th on the grid.
The catalyst for the battle between Kralovetz and Lindsley came on lap ten. After Bruce White had taken the lead from polesitter Dean Varda, Jason Wells closed in on the top two. Wells attempted to slide to the bottom line on Varda, who went to protect the line. The two made contact sending Varda spinning to through the grass. Both would have to restart at the tail of the field.
On the restart Kralovetz elected to take the high line in the second row with Lindsley behind. Kralovetz took advantage of the open space to shoot past White and into the lead on lap 11. One lap later Lindsley followed past White on the outside line.
For the remainder of the race Lindsley kept within one or two car lengths, sizing up the defending Champion at each turn. However, Lindsley would not be able to muster a challenge before the duo hit lapped traffic and Kralovetz cemented his advantage.
Behind Kralovetz and Lindsley, Scott Stanchina made a late move to take Third, Joey Pontbriand was Fourth, and Brian Stanchina rounded out the Top Five.
The Auto Value Super Stocks also saw a showdown in the final laps of their 30-lap feature race for the win. Andy Gerwig was able to hold off Ryan Wender to take the checkered flag.
Ironically, Gerwig and Wender tangled early in the race. Gerwig retained his spot, but Wender was sent to the tail of the field. Another melee on lap eight claimed victim of all but three drivers on track. It also ended the night of fast qualifier Tim Schultz Jr.
On the restart Gerwig and Wender stepped away from the pack. A late spin with just four laps remaining set up one final opportunity for Wender to snatch victory from Gerwig. Wender would get to the bumper of Gerwig several times, including a firm tap on the back bumper entering turn three on the final circuit.
Gerwig held on and took the feature win with Wender settling for Second. Kevin Peterson was Third, John Mattia Jr. Fourth, and Adam Faull rounded out the Top Five.
Young Cody Vanderloop decided to make the battle for the win a bit less dramatic in the Wisconsin Sport Truck 20-lap feature. After picking up his first ever feature win the previous night at Wisconsin International Raceway, Vanderloop showed his strength by seizing the lead on lap seven and cruising to victory.
Drew Habeck took an early lead in the main event and attempted to stretch out his lead over the pack. Meanwhile, Vanderloop and fast qualifier Brad Barglind were working their way to the front. After a spin on lap six, Vanderloop took full advantage of a restart by diving to the inside of Habeck and setting up a battle for the lead.
The battle was short-lived as Vanderloop had the preferred line and jumped the top spot. Barglind followed but was unable to keep pace and later surrendered spots to Habeck and others in lapped traffic. Habeck did rally to finish Second, Andrew Secrist was Third, Tanner Fickel Fourth, and Barglind Fifth.
In the 141 Auto Sales Stock Cars, the race was more than just a battle to see whose car reigned supreme. Drivers must not eclipse the 18-second mark during the race, or they will be sent to the tail. This guideline left drivers being very careful about setting times that may be too fast.
Preston Weddel led most of the 20-lap feature from the pole position. He was watched throughout the race by Gary Thom who swung to the outside but was careful to not break the time barrier. However, with pressure from Joe Osterman, Thom decided to rev up over the final laps.
Thom took the lead from Weddel and held off Osterman on the final lap. His final lap time was 18.047 seconds, a mere blink of an eye from breaking through the time barrier. Osterman was Second, Weddel Third, Scott Ronski was Fourth, and Bob Schiefelbein rounded out the Top Five.
In the MC Bangers (4 Cylinders) the night belonged to Zach Gazda. Gazda completed the sweep by setting fast time, winning his heat, and topping the 20-lap feature.
Gazda had to do some work in the heat to get past Dean Bellmore and collect the checkered flag. In the feature he would have to outduel Ron Linder to take the lead and sail to victory. Bellmore would find his way to Second in the feature, Linder Third, Sierra Oman was Fourth, and Jim Dallapiazza was Fifth.
Next week at Norway Speedway is Big 10 Sportsbar & Grill and U.P. Cycle and Sport Night featuring Richard’s Supper Club & Motel UTV Race Round 1. Qualifying is at 5:30 with racing beginning at 7 p.m.
Valley Med Flight Night Results (6/7/19)
Bink’s Coca Cola Late Models
35-Lap Feature: 1. Dillon Kralovetz, Bonduel, Wis.; 2. Dan Lindsley, Norway, Mich.; 3. Scott Stanchina, Iron Mountain, Mich.; 4. Joey Pontbriand, Norway, Mich.; 5. Brian Stanchina, Iron Mountain, Mich.
Dash Winner: Jason Wells, Norway, Mich.
Heat Winner: Bruce White, Spread Eagle, Wis.
Fast Qualifier: Lindsley
Auto Value Super Stocks
30-Lap Feature: 1. Andy Gerwig, Norway, Mich.; 2. Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek, Mich.; 3. Kevin Peterson, Marinette, Wis.; 4. John Mattia Jr., Vulcan, Mich.; 5. Adam Faull, Vulcan, Mich.
Dash Winner: Wender
Heat Winner: Gerwig
Fast Qualifie: Tim Schultz Jr., Vulcan, Mich.
Wisconsin Sport Trucks
20-Lap Feature: 1. Cody Vanderloop, Appleton, Wis.; 2. Drew Habeck, Green Bay, Wis.; 3. Andrew Secrist, Florence, Mich.; 4. Tanner Fickel, Neenah, Wis.; 5. Brad Barglind, Kingsford, Mich.;
Heat Winners: Fickel, Casey Vanderlooop, Freedom, Wis.
Fast Qualifier: Barglind
141 Auto Sales Stock Cars
20-Lap Feature: 1. Gary Thom, Aurora, Wis.; 2. Joe Osterman, Niagara, Wis.; 3. Preston Weddel, Crivitz, Wis.; 4. Scott Ronson, Menasha, Wis.; 5. Bob Schiefelbein, Pembine, Wis.
Heats: Brian Massicotte, Norway, Mich.; Weddel
Fast Qualifier: Schiefelbein
MC Bangers (4 Cylinders)
20-Lap Feature: 1. Zach Gazda, Vulcan, Mich.; 2. Dean Bellmore, Hermansville, Wis.; 3. Ron Linder, Norway, Mich.; 4. Sierra Oman, Faithorn, Mich.; 5. Jim Dallapiazza, Norway, Mich.
Heats: Linder, Gazda
Fast Qualifier: Gazda
5-31-19 - NELSON SURVIVES NORWAY LATE MODEL MAIN - CAPTURES WINATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NELSON CAPTURES WILD NORWAY SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL MAIN
(Norway, MI) May 31 – Former track champion Troy Nelson of Antigo, WI climbed behind the wheel of the Coleman Machine 119 and survived a few yellows and dodged a bad wreck to snag the Coca Cola late model feature flag Friday night at Norway Speedway.
Scott Stanchina, Bruce White, Nelson and Kris Kelly went nose-to-tail for several circuits when Nelson grabbed the lead on lap 21. Kelly stormed into second with ten laps remaining and began reeling in Nelson. With four laps to go Kelly got tapped by another car and while his car was parked in turn four Tyler Wusterbarth t-boned Kelly. Both cars suffered significant damage but were unhurt.
Nelson cruised to victory.
Defending Auto Value super stock champion Tim Schultz of Vulcan, who earlier in the night earned quick time, successfully defended his division title by winning the feature. Schultz fought off a tenacious Andy Gerwig to capture the win.
Kingsford’s Jade Novara brought the crowd to it’s feet, capturing her first career 141 Auto stock car main. Novara fended off fellow lady racer Michelle Janczewski at the checkers.
In Ken’s Sports sport truck action the Barglind brothers of Kingsford dominated in the A main, with Brent winning and his brother Brad taking second. Faithorn’s Elliot Reid emerged triumphant in the stock four main event.
Racing resumes next Friday June 7. The Sport truck class will be part of the show that gets underway at 7 p.m. Valley Med Flight will sponsor the night and a kart exhibition race will also take place. Please check our website norwayspeedway.com and our page on Facebook for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BINK’S COCA COLA SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Troy Nelson, Antigo, WI; Tom Lindquist, Bark River; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Brian Stanchina, Kingsford; Dillion Kralovetz, Bonduel, WI; Dan Lindsley, Vulcan; Bruce White, Kingsford; Robby Iverson, Escanaba; Charlie Bell, Marquette; Dean Varda, Vulcan; Kris Kelly, Vulcan; Tyler Radavich, Eldorado, WI; Tyler Wusterbarth, Oconto, WI; Mark Schroeder, Green Bay, WI; Scott Bolster, Marquette; John Ostermann, Norway; Jason Wells, Kingsford
HEATS 1) Varda; White 2) Schroeder; Nelson
DASH – Brian Stanchina
FAST TIME – Lindsley, 14.450
AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Tim Schultz, Vulcan; Andy Gerwig, Norway; Kevin Peterson, Marinette, WI; Joey Pontbriand, Norway; Anthony Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI; Kelly LaCount, Athelstane, WI; Savanna Novara, Kingsford; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Gary Stanaway, Ishpeming; Brett Bray, Norway
HEAT – Schiefelbein; LaCount
DASH - Peterson
FAST TIME – Schultz, 15.868
SPORT TRUCK FEATURE – Brent Barglind, Kingsford; Brad Barglind, Kingsford; Drew Habeck, Green Bay; Andrew Secrist, Florence, WI; Cody Vanderloop, Freedom; Keith Habeck, Green Bay;
HEATS 1) Brent Barglind; Blaine Habeck, Green Bay 2) Drew Habeck; Brad Barglind
Fast Time: Tom Krueger, Green Bay, WI 17.158
141 AUTO SALES SPORTSMAN FEATURE – Jade Novara, Kingsford; Michelle Janczewski, Armstrong Creek, WI; Bobby Lewis, Bark River; Jeff Schettler, Kingsford; Gary Thom, Aurora, WI
HEATS 1) Lewis; Jade Novara 2) Preston Weddle, Crivitz, WI; Janczewski
FAST TIME – Weddle 18.119
4 CYLINDER A FEATURE – Elliot Reid, Faithhorn; Jeremy Yelle, Sands; Todd Maki, Sands; Jody Gillespie, Coleman, WI; Dean Bellmore, Hermansville
HEATS 1) Gillespie; Sierra Oman, Faithorn 2) Reid; Yelle
FAST TIME – Maki 17.979
4/30/19 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORWAY SPEEDWAY CAR SHOW RETURNS TO RECREATION LANES IN IRON MOUNTAIN MAY 18
(Season opener at the third-mile, paved oval set for May 24)
(Norway, MI) April 30 – Norway Speedway’s 2019 season will kick off with a race car show at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The show will be followed by a practice session open to cars in any division that take part in the show from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person to enter the pits with grandstand admission for fans free for this event.
The car show was held at Recreation Lanes in 1992 and boasted a solid turnout. John Kohler will be broadcasting live from the car show on Frog Country 106.7 The Mountain. Race cars from all tracks are welcome to partake in the car show.
Weekly Friday night racing kicks off May 24 with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Time trials begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag of the ’19 season flying at 7 p.m.
The Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) would like to thank the many sponsors who’ve been a part of the weekly Friday night program. They include Island Resort & Casino, Hoosier Tires, Five Star Bodies, The Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill, The Knight Owl Bar & Grill, Pembine Sport & Lawn, Okler Roofing, Stateline Chevrolet Buick GMC, Wendricks Truss, Bink’s Coca Cola, 141 Auto Sales & Service, Auto Value Parts Stores, Sayklly’s Candies, Iron Range Farm Bureau, Lena Sod Farms, The Big 10 Sports Bar, Pomps Tire Service, Valley Med Flight, Aurora Liquors, Neville Guitars, Kubick Aviation, Redline Sport & Marine, River Valley State Bank, Nine Lakes Sport & Marine, U.P. State Credit Union, Bimbo’s, U.P. Cycle & Sport, Proformance Pros, Northern Interstate Bank, Annie’s Trading Post, Long Branch Saloon, Annie’s T & T Steakhouse and the Dickinson County Fair Association.
4/24/19 - ATTENTION SPORTS/MOTORSPORTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHULTZ JR. EYES THREE-PEAT IN NORWAY AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCKS IN 2019
(handful of new faces will spice up division in ’19)
(Norway, MI) April 25 – Vulcan’s Tim Schultz Jr. is looking to score a hat trick in terms of Auto Value Super Stock track titles in 2019.
The third-generation racer has captured the division crown the past two seasons. A few new faces in the division plus a handful of tough, familiar foes are guaranteed to make the championship chase a tough one for Schultz who chalked up four feature wins and seven fast time awards a year ago.
Among the chief competitors returning are a bevy of feature winners from the previous year – Andy Gerwig of Norway (3 main event wins), teen sensation Parker Cain of Big Bay (two feature wins) and former champion Ryan Wender of Upper Pine Creek (2 feature wins). Wender’s effort will be part time in 2019.
Other top regular competitors who are expected back on a full-time basis include Marinette, Wisconsin’s Kevin Peterson, Pembine, Wisconsin’s Anthony Schiefelbein, Vulcan’s John Mattia Jr. and John and Savanna Novara of Kingsford.
Among the rookie candidates will be 2018 stock four champion Adam Faull of Vulcan, Athelstane, Wisconsin’s Kelly LaCount and the Vulcan brother act of Jake and Jesse Dulford. Ishpeming’s Gary Stanaway will also return to the super stock ranks full time in 2019.
Part-timers fans can expect to see on occasion will include Peshtigo native John Komp and Norway veteran and diehard Ford campaigner Al Bilski. From the Fox Valley Norway fans can expect occasional visits from Tony, Peter and Jeff Wilz of Menasha, Alex Seidl of Appleton and Trev, Derek and Ed Howard from Kaukauna.
Weekly Friday night racing kicks off May 24 with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Time trials begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag of the ’19 season flying at 7 p.m.
The Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) would like to thank the many sponsors who’ve been a part of the weekly Friday night program. They include Island Resort & Casino, Hoosier Tires, Five Star Bodies, The Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill, The Knight Owl Bar & Grill, Pembine Sport & Lawn, Okler Roofing, Stateline Chevrolet Buick GMC, Wendricks Truss, Bink’s Coca Cola, 141 Auto Sales & Service, Auto Value Parts Stores, Sayklly’s Candies, Iron Range Farm Bureau, Lena Sod Farms, The Big 10 Sports Bar, Pomps Tire Service, Valley Med Flight, Aurora Liquors, Neville Guitars, Kubick Aviation, Redline Sport & Marine, River Valley State Bank, Nine Lakes Sport & Marine, U.P. State Credit Union, Bimbo’s, U.P. Cycle & Sport, Proformance Pros, Northern Interstate Bank, Annie’s Trading Post, Long Branch Saloon, Annie’s T & T Steakhouse and the Dickinson County Fair Association