FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHULTZ SIZES UP FOES IN NORWAY SPEEDWAY’S
AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCK ’18 TITLE DEFENSE
(Most veterans, handful of rookies to battle weekly)
(Norway, MI) – The off season has been a busy one for Vulcan’s Tim Schultz and not just in his race shop.
In late April Tim and his wife Amanda welcomed a new addition to their family with a baby girl, Brinlee. But despite the fact that Schultz may be changing more diapers than tires on his race cars in early May, rest assured the 2017 Auto Value super stock champion will come out swinging when Norway Speedway drops the hammer for another season of stock car racing at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds opening night May 25.
“The great thing about the super stock division is that almost any car has a chance to win out here every week,” said the second-generation driver. “The whole division is filled with tough competitors and great cars and I don’t see 2018 being any different.”
Among the chief competitors looking to unseat Schultz from his crown is Norway’s Andy Gerwig, who wound up second in the final point standings a year ago. Others returning full time who are expected to be a threat weekly for Schultz include Marinette, Wisconsin’s Kevin Peterson, Vulcan’s John Mattia Jr., Oconto, Wisconsin’s Tyler Wusterbarth and Menominee’s Matt Charlebois.
Two other drivers who are no stranger to Norway’s third-mile, paved oval are a pair of Kingsford drivers – former late model racer John Novara and Ryan Wender who’ll return to racing super stocks full time at Norway in ’18.
A pair of division newcomers look to square off for the division’s rookie-of-the-year honors. Both are graduates of the 141 Auto sportsman class – Kingsford’s Savanna Novara and Pembine, Wisconsin’s Anthony Schiefelbein.
There are number of local competitors who will compete on a minimum part time basis. Among those drivers are Norway’s Mark and Marcus Bubloni, Quinnesec’s Mike Bubloni, Norway’s Keith Burcar, Brett Bray and Al Bilski along with Iron Mountain’s Dave Fraser and Chris Jurss.
Others include veteran racer and former flagman John Komp of Menominee, Niagara’s Rodney Haferkorn and Faithhorn’s Trevor Cronick.
Wisconsin drivers who towed up from the Fox Valley area several times throughout the season last year and are expected to make trips again in ’18 include Appleton’s Alex Seidl, Menasha’s Tony Wilz, and the Appleton team of Phil Lehl and Andy Casavant. 2017 WIR street stock champion Dylan Wenzel from Fremont has hinted he may make an appearance or two at Norway Speedway as well in ’18.
A practice session is slated for the third-mile, paved oval Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cars in any and all divisions are welcome to attend. Pit admission will be $10 per person and grandstand admission is free for fans that day.
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.