FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KINGSFORD’S BARGLIND LOOKS TO REPEAT AS NORWAY SPEEDWAY
SPORT TRUCK CHAMPION IN ‘18
(Local racer looking to become first repeat champion)
(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.