(Meeting with Dickinson County Health Department within
next 48 hours will determine track’s practice and starting dates)
(Norway, MI) June 2 – The Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA), the group that hosts the weekly racing program at Norway Speedway cleared a major hurdle tonight after getting the green light to get their weekly racing program underway in 2020.
The Dickinson County Fair board voted to allow the DCRA members onto the grounds to perform maintenance work at the third-mile, paved oval. “As of right now we’ve presented our plan and we’re waiting to hear from the Dickinson County Health Department before we begin work or set a practice date and season opening race,” said DCRA club president John Ostermann. “That date could possibly be in mid to late June. We hope to know more in a couple of days.”
A 16 race-date schedule was set but with the Covid-19 safer-at-home order in effect in Michigan the Memorial Day weekend season opener was scrapped along with early season races in June as well. “We hope to have a practice as soon as possible and fans are urged to check our track’s Facebook page which will be updated as soon as we know something. We know many drivers in all of our classes are itching to get some practice in.” Ostermann added he wanted to thank the fair board’s Brian Swanson who made the motion to get the ball rolling on the 2020 racing season.
Highlighting the season schedule will be the running of the 37th annual Stateline Challenge presented by Island Resort Casino & Aurora Liquors Friday, July 3. The event, which also serves as the Kent Pearson Memorial, was won by Prairie Du Sac’s Travis Sauter in 2019.
The Auto Value Series races will be held June 19 and July 17, respectively. Coca Cola late models will battle for a $1,000-to-win top prize while Auto Value super stocks will scrap for $750-to-win. In 2019 third-generation racer Robby Iverson of Escanaba and Vulcan’s Dan Lindsley captured the late model series wins while Norway’s Brett Bray and Vulcan’s Tim Schultz emerged triumphant in the super stocks, respectively.
Another $1,000-to-win is up for grabs on Werner Electric Night for late models August 7 while the first ever MC Signs & Sal-Mar Resort “Four Banger Frenzy” is set for Friday, August 28.
The Norway Speedway Hall of Fame “Class of 2020” will be unveiled July 31 in conjunction with an appearance that night from the vintage modifieds.
The popular Kid’s nickel toss is set for July 10 while the popular Fan Appreciation Night will take place July 24.
The second annual “Pavement Pounder” race for dirt sportmods will return on August 14. Last season Bark River’s Mike Richer captured the first ever win.
UTV races are slated for two nights with the spectator eliminator events scheduled for six nights. Island Resort Casino and the Dickinson County Fair will be sponsoring championship night on Sunday, September 6 of Labor Day weekend during the Dickinson County Fair. A 100 lap late model feature is on tap. The raindate for championship night is Monday, September 7 on Labor Day.
Weekly divisions include Coca Cola late models, Auto Value super stocks, 141 auto stock cars and MC Signs & Graphics four bangers. Ken’s Sports sport trucks will again compete on an every-other-week basis.
You can learn more about Norway Speedway through both our Facebook page. You can also email Ostermann at firstname.lastname@example.org.