Scott Stanchina (41) sends filth and grass traveling as he usually takes evasive motion to keep away from the lapped auto of Gary Thompson (88) during the initially of two Bink’s Coca-Cola Late Design characteristic races Friday evening at the Norway Speedway in Norway.
NORWAY — The Norway Speedway celebrated its 2021 Corridor of Fame Night sponsored by Sayklly’s Candies Friday in Norway with clean up, close, racing and an induction ceremony at intermission.
Amongst this year’s inductees was Bark River native Greg Ives whose racing vocation has stretched from the Norway third-mile to NASCAR’s premier league, the Cup Collection.
Ives claimed the news he would be signing up for the Corridor, which capabilities names like Iverson, Richer, Pearson, Kelly, Coleman, between other famous opponents, came as a shock.
“To get the phone I was staying inducted was a shock to me. I questioned no matter if I did adequate to are entitled to this kind of an honor,” Ives explained. “I have occur to the conclusion that isn’t my phone, but to race and stay appropriate is the illustration I have to have to set and hope to inspire the next dreamer who would like to do the job tricky for their objective.
“As a kid escalating up, I hardly ever even knew about a Hall of Fame, allow by yourself apprehensive about striving to make it. My mother and father often informed me to have ambitions to shoot for and execute a person just before making an attempt to get them all.”
However he has visited victory lane as a crew main for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Alex Bowman a complete of eight times in the Cup Sequence — like a gain at Pocono Raceway Saturday — as perfectly as staying atop the box for Chase Elliott’s 2014 Xfinity Sequence Championship win, Ives retains himself in examine by remembering wherever he came from.
“I usually say I am a mechanic, racer and then an engineer to keep me grounded to the place I begun, and that is why I am where I am at right now,” he said. “Norway Speedway was my outlet for my racing blood and a foundation to make my dream come true.”
Simply because of his NASCAR commitments, Ives was not able to attend the ceremony in individual. But, many thanks to modern day technology, he was capable to be a part of the festivities trackside by using a online video connect with on his wife Jessica’s mobile phone and be interviewed by track announcer Joe Verdegan.
“I thank all the competitors and followers that have supported the race track in excess of its heritage,” Ives claimed. “Whether they cheered or booed for me, we were all greater for their support.
“I always tried to race the proper way (and) set an illustration for the youngsters on and off the track even with becoming just one myself. I experienced a good household that supported me possibly on the car or truck or in the stands and realized I wanted to stand for the Ives Racing name.”
Amongst other inductees have been Menominee’s Fred Gignac and the late Pat Temple of Vulcan — who the two raced their means into the annals of Norway Speedway background — longtime track volunteer Brian Swanson from Norway and Iron Mountain’s John Koehler who was the voice of Friday night’s at the keep track of for over 30 many years.
The night’s racing method showcased a assortment of remarkable battles, including two in twin 20-lap Bink’s Coca-Cola Super Late Product characteristic races.
In the 1st, Scott Stanchina (Kingsford) conquer Mike D’Angelo (Marquette) in a door-to-door paint swapping struggle. In third was Jason Wells (Kingsford). The race also highlighted a tense instant when Stanchina was pressured large and sideways as he tried using to navigate his way around the lapped vehicle of Suring, Wisconsin’s Gary Thompson.
In the second 20-lapper, it was Wells defending from the lead to hold off Stanchina with D’Angelo in third.
Ryan Wender (Upper Pine Creek) gained the Car Benefit Tremendous Stock aspect in entrance of a difficult-charging Tim Schultz Jr. (Vulcan). Joey Pontbriand (Norway) finished in 3rd and experienced a record-setting night time with a new keep track of report of 15.749 for the Super Inventory division in qualifying. The record was earlier set by Mark Jenshak (15.758) in 2017.
In the 141 Automobile Revenue Stock Automobile attribute — a class which drivers are not permitted to run lap times underneath 18 seconds with a penalty of remaining sent to the again of the subject if they do — Todd Schmidt (Distribute Eagle, Wis.) crossed the line in second but was declared the winner as Gary Thom broke out with a time of 17.921 on the final lap. B.J. Shoneck (Marion, Wis.) completed 2nd and Pete Fraser (Iron Mountain) 3rd.
Each the Ken’s Sporting activities Wisconsin Activity Vehicles and MC Indications and Graphics Four Cylinder capabilities ran caution-cost-free. Andy Secrist (Florence, Wis.), Scott Hoffman (Menominee) and Cody VanderLoop (Independence, Wis.) were being the best a few in the WST aspect,though it was Trever Cronick (Faithorn), Dean Bellmore (Hermansville) and Riley Johnson (Vulcan) up front for the 4 Cylinder area.
Jerry Streseski (St. Francis, Wis.) and Jesse Denome (Escanaba) received the pair of Vintage Modified characteristics.
Norway Speedway’s leading function, the 38th Once-a-year Stateline Obstacle, is up future this Friday.