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The Norway Speedway/Dickinson County Racing Association recently held our 57th Annual Awards Banquet at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, MI. The Master of Ceremonies was Dickinson County Racing Association President John Ostermann. The invocation was led by DCRA board member and Norway Speedway Hall of Fame member Joe Testolin. The awards started off by recognizing 37-year Dickinson County Racing Association member Bob Wells, 49-year member & Hall of Famer Mark Miller, and 49-year member & Hall of Famer Bruce White. These three contrasted the theme of the banquet as much praise was given to the youth of the Dickinson County Racing Association all of which are being led or mentored by the families of the long-time members. The track thanked volunteers Lia Olson and Jim Chartre. The Speedway safety crew and employees were recognized and thanked. Norway Speedway’s great contingency of sponsors was also recognized.
The Coca-Cola Late Model division was won by Kingsford, MI’s Scott Stanchina. The 22-year racing veteran came out of the gates strong and ran consistently and efficiently every night for the entire season finishing every race that he entered. Scott is the son of the late Rick Stanchina who was crew chief for Track Champion Mark Miller and Hall of Famer Ron Baciak. Scott’s mom Linda and almost 20 family members and friends showed up at the banquet to watch him receive his award. Scott received a classic guitar from Neville guitars out of Hermansville, MI and also received a gold belt similar to the WWE style that you see donated by Total Car Care and the family of Bob Wells. Rookie of the Year went to newcomer Travis Walker of Vulcan, MI who finished an impressive 6th place in Championship points. Most improved driver went to Kingsford, MI’s Cory Cootware. Cootware will return for the 2024 season with his eye on the Championship.
In the Auto Value Super Stock division Joey Pontbriand of Norway, MI fought hard and won his 2nd Track Championship at Norway in a dominating fashion. Winning by a large margin over runner up and Rookie of the Year Hermansville, MI’s Dean Bellmore. Pontbriand and his team are continuing their push to not only be the top Auto Value Super Stock team at Norway Speedway, but they want to be one of the top teams in the division in the Midwest. Pontbriand recently returned from Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillion, South Carolina where he finished an impressive 9th in the 2024 New Year’s Bash that was held January 7th. Most improved driver was awarded to Marinette, WI’s Lukas Peterson who finished 3rd in Championship points and will return in 2024 looking for his 1st Track Championship.
In the 141 Auto Stock Car division Marion WI’s BJ Schoneck won his 2nd Track Championship in another close battle with Norway’s Joe Ostermann who managed to win 4 feature events. Rookie of the Year went to Parker Summerfield. Summerfield a first-year driver showed steady improvement throughout the season and will be going into the 2024 season in a Coca-Cola Late Model. Most improved driver was awarded to Menominee, MI’s Travis Hulsizer who finished in 3rd place in the Championship points.
In the Norway Speedway Fab 4 division was won by Hermansville’s Alex Bellmore. Alex raced hard all summer long in the top 3 or 4 cars but finished strong surpassing Hermansville, MI’s Brent Ayotte who finished 2nd and Norway MI’s Cody Skog with just 2 weeks to go in the season. Rookie of the Year went to 2 outstanding young drivers Cadie Lucas & Connor Moore. Most improved driver award was received by Kingsford, MI’s Eli Whittkopf who finished in 5th place in the Championship points.
In the Wisconsin Sport Trucks Brad Barglind won an impressive 7th Track Championship in a reduced event season. Rookie of the Year went to Mason Calmes. We will only see the Wisconsin Sport Trucks at Norway Speedway at 2 events in 2024.
The late Hall of Famer Roy Allard was dedicated to volunteering his time at the Speedway for almost 40 years and each year an award is handed out in his name to the person that demonstrates everything Roy stood for at the Speedway. The Roy Allard Memorial Trophy was presented to Dickinson County Racing Association’s Vice President Joey Pontbriand for being the leader in many Speedway improvements and his ability to operate heavy equipment.
The Speedway would like to thank the Island Resort & Casino and all of almost 200 that attended.