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Lindsley dodges cautions to win Late Model A-Feature at Norway Speedway

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Vulcan’s Dan Lindsley passed Niagara’s Ryan Hood at the halfway point and sweated out a few caution periods to collect a full straightaway victory in the late model feature at Norway Speedway Friday night.

Vulcan’s Dean Varda outraced fellow front row starter Brett Breitenfeldt of Wausau into the lead at the drop of the green in the 35-lap contest. After a pair of early cautions Hood, who was guest driving the 119 Coleman Racing Products car, executed a three-wide pass for the lead on lap 13. Lindsley, who started deep in the field, carefully picked his way through the field, catching Hood a few laps later and at the halfway point ducked underneath Hood to grab the lead.

Lindsley was never challenged the balance of the contest and captured his first feature flag of the 2020 campaign. Hood scored an impressive second place in his first time behind the wheel in a few years. Kingsford’s Scott Stanchina, Iron Mountain’s Cory Cootware and Green Bay, Wisconsin visitor Tom Gee Jr. placed third through fifth, respectively.

Upper Pine Creek’s Ryan Wender fought off a still challenge from second year super stock driver Adam Faull from Vulcan in the closing laps to pull off the super stock victory. Faull, who tried high and low to get by Wender, was forced to settle for second at the pay window. Fast qualifier Tim Schultz Jr. scored third. Pembine, Wisconsin’s Anthony Schiefelbein recovered from an earlier caution where he was sent to the tail of the field to place fourth. Marinette, Wisconsin’s Kevin Peterson took fifth.

Aurora, Wisconsin’s Gary Thom crossed the finish line first in the 141 Auto Stock division. But Thom “broke out” meaning he clocked a lap under the 18 second bracket. That handed the win to Norway’s Joe Ostermann, who crossed the checkers second. Todd Schmidt of Spread Eagle, Wisconsin was credited with second, followed by Menominee rookie Jacob Hulsizer, former division champion Preston Weddle of Crivitz who also broke out in the contest while leading, and Thom.

Hermansville’s Dean Bellmore inherited the lead after Wausau, Wisconsin visitor Eric Breitenfeldt cut a tire after colliding with a lapped car while heading. Bellmore cruised to victory in the stock four feature. Trailing at the checkers were Marinette, Wisconsin’s Mike Loberger, Faithorn’s Elliot Reid, Dean Bellmore’s brother Alex Bellmore and Gladstone visitor Matt Adams.

Action was red flagged early in the night in the Coca Cola late model heat with De Pere’s Robert Younger got loose on the fronstretch and slammed into the softwall barrier underneath the flagstand. The impact sent Younger’s machine into a rollover. Younger escaped unhurt but his car suffered heavy damage.

Next Friday night, July 17 the Ken’s Sports sport trucks will be back in action. An exhibition UTV race will also be run. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. Please check our website norwayspeedway.com and at our page on Facebook for further information or email ostermannjohn@hotmail.com.

RACE SUMMARY

BINK’S COCA COLA SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE – Dan Lindsley, Vulcan; Ryan Hood, Niagara, WI; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain; Tom Gee, Sobieski, WI; Robby Iverson, Escanaba; Joey Pontbriand, Norway; Dean Varda, Vulcan; Brett Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI; Bruce White, Kingsford; Mike Lantange, Vulcan; Jason Wells, Kingsford; Tim Howen, Kingsford; Robert Younger, De Pere, WI (DNS)

DASH – Lindsley

HEAT – Varda; Pontbriand

FAST TIME – Iverson, 14.828

AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Tim Schultz, Vulcan; Anthony Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI; Kevin Peterson, Marinette, WI

HEAT – Peterson; Bob Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI

DASH – Faull

FAST TIME – Schultz, 15.846

141 AUTO SALES STOCK FEATURE – Joe Ostermann, Norway; Todd Schmidt, Spread Eagle, WI; Jacob Hulsizer, Menominee; Preston Weddle, Crivitz, WI; Gary Thom, Aurora, WI

HEAT – Schmidt; Pete Fraser, Iron Mountain

FAST TIME – Fraser, 18.078

MC SIGNS & GRAPHICS 4 BANGER FEATURE – Dean Bellmore, Hermansville; Mike Loberger, Marinette, WI: Elliot Reid, Faithorn; Alex Bellmore, Hermansville; Matt Adams, Gladstone

HEATS 1) Cassandra Freeman, Niagara, WI; Bob Nordell, Florence, WI 2) Eric Breitenfeldt, Wausau, WI; Zach Gazda, Vulcan

FAST TIME – Gazda, 18.285

SPECTATOR ELIMINATOR – Payton Thompson, Norway (2007 Subaru)

Norway Speedway, located in Norway, Michigan is a Third-mile oval track that is slightly banked. The track was originally built as in 1942 and blacktopped in 1979. Racing is held on Friday evenings from Mid-May through Labor Day weekend when the champions are crowned during the Dickinson County Fair. Specials include the Auto-Value Challenge Series and Stateline Challenge! We are located between State Hwy 141 and US Hwy 2, just south of town on US Hwy 8 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds!