‘Race for a Cure’ highlights action at Norway Speedway

Courtesy Photo/Tim Soper Jesse Hedlund came out of retirement to drive his late father’s car at Norway Speedway. He honored Ed Hedlund by winning the Sportsman Division feature. Jesse Hedlund is pictured with Miss Norway Speedway Jamie Meyers.

NORWAY — Norway Speedway will be racing for a great cause tonight.

Every year the Dickinson County Hospital, Norway Speedway and Wendricks Trusses team up and put on a “Race for a Cure.”

There isn’t anybody in the world that doesn’t know somebody that’s been a victim of this horrible disease and this is a way we can all pay tribute or remember the loss of a friend or family member.

All the race cars will be decorated with the pink ribbons. We will raise money for cancer patients and their families. The race, which is going to be a very unique twin 35-lap Coca Cola Late Model features, attracts some of the best drivers in the region for this great cause.

There are already 25 late models pre-registered and we are looking to have a season-high car count. Not only will the fans see one of the biggest and best shows of the season in all divisions, they will also have the opportunity to win tons of prizes that will be raffled off throughout the evening.

There will be “Race for a Cure” apparel and several ways to make contributions located at the entrance of the grandstand.

Norway Speedway witnessed a magical moment last week when retired track champion Jesse Hedlund jumped in an old racecar that he and his dad, the late Ed Hedlund, built years ago.

The car had been in storage for years but John Novara pulled it out of storage and put it in the popular Sportsman Division. Jesse drove flawlessly, passing Michelle Janczewski on lap 7 and holding off repeated challenges by several drivers.

The post race victory celebration went on for hours and it seemed as though the whole town of Aurora was there to support the Hedlund family. This was an unforgettable Norway Speedway moment.

The Hedlund family will be presenting trophies to each feature winner donated by Anthony Paupore in the name of the late Ed Hedlund who we just lost from cancer.

Several cars from Norway Speedway’s Sportsman Division traveled up to the Kinross Speedpark, a high-banked quarter-mile.

Kingsford’s Savanna Novara was the fast qualifier, won the dash, won the heat and won the feature. Armstrong Creek’s Michelle Janczewski was second, Kingsford’s Jade Novara was third and Niagara’s Jordan Massicotte was fourth.

The third leg of the Northern Michigan Triple Crown series will be held in Kinross Sept. 8-9th for any of those racers and fans interested in a “Race-cation.”

The Triple Crown series has experienced unbelievable success in its inaugural season.

It’s going to be night. Please come out to the Speedway and support a great cause.

— Go to norwayspeedway.com, visit us on Facebook or call 906-361-0597.