Lindsley wins LM feature

Norway Speedway honors ‘Green Mamba’ driver

Joe Verdegan Photo Vulcan's Dan Lindsley grabbed the checkered flag in the 50-lap Auto Value Series feature Saturday at Norway Speedway. The former track champion is pictured with Jon Bellaire (from left), Jeff Wilson and Tristan Lessor.

NORWAY — Vulcan’s Dan Lindsley had the hot hand on Wendrick’s Truss/Auto Value/Race for a Cure Night.

The former track champion led through several caution periods and hung on to win the 50-lap Coca Cola late model feature worth $1,000 Saturday night.

The victory was Lindsley’s second of the season.

Lindsley started 10th on the grid, and it was Vulcan’s Kris Kelly snatching the lead from Bark River’s Tom Lindquist on lap three. Kelly kept the lead through a few caution periods.

By lap 20, Lindsley had sifted through the field, picking up enough spots to get to second.

One circuit later Kelly spun after having contact with another car. Kelly “tapped out” admitting fault in the caution. By doing so that handed the lead to Lindsley.

Lindsley kept a steady pace and all challengers at bay to score the victory. Points leader Dillion Kralovetz scored second, followed by Lindquist and Robby Iverson. Kelly rebounded after the early race yellow to pick up a fifth-place finish.

Norway’s Andy Gerwig survived heavy pressure from points leader Tim Schultz of Vulcan and Marinette’s Kevin Peterson and claimed his second straight Auto Value super stock feature.

Sport truck points leader Brad Barglind of Kingsford scored his fourth feature flag of the season, keeping his points lead alive. Neenah’s Tanner Fickel, a close second in the points, finished right on his tail in second.

Jeff Schettler scored a popular win in the 141 Auto sportsman division.

Jake Dolfurd captured an entertaining stock four feature win. Dolfurd and Cody Skog entertained the crowd by weaving in and out of lapped traffic while trading the lead.

Before the races began, a brief ceremony took place prior to the national anthem to honor Doug Rose. The driver of the world-famous “Green Mamba Jet” succumbed to injuries at the track the night prior in an exhibition run. Rose’s machine veered into turn one and crashed into the guardrail in turn one and flipped over.

“Norway Speedway would like to offer our deepest condolences to Doug’s family,” said Norway Speedway’s John Ostermann. “We also want to commend the Norway Fire Department, Beacon Ambulance Service and the Michigan State Police and the track safety crews for dealing with this extremely difficult situation.

“With the trauma and delay of the situation and all things concerned we had no choice but to suspend the program (Friday).”

There will be no racing on Friday, Aug. 24. The Impact Survival Series (ISS) will race at the track Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

A Labor day weekend doubleheader of racing is on tap during the Dickinson County Fair.

A full racing program will take place Friday, Aug. 31, including spectator eliminator races. Another full racing program will take place Sunday, Sept. 2, with a $1,000 top prize being awarded to the late model feature winner. Sport trucks will also be on hand.

Four racers will be crowned “Fair Champions” with combined points being tallied up between the two nights of racing. Cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to the Coca Cola late model champion; $500 to the Auto Value Series; and $100 apiece to both the 141 Auto Sportsman and stock four, respectively.

ALSO: Carson Kvapil became the second youngest driver to win an ARCA Midwest Tour event on Saturday night, holding off Travis Sauter and Ryan Farrell in the Dairyland 100 at Plover, Wis.

The 15-year-old, who resides in Mooresville, NC, made an overnight drive with his father, 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Travis Kvapil, to Wisconsin and arrived at 3 a.m. to compete in his first Midwest Tour event.

(Joe Verdegan is the Norway Speedway publicity director and track announcer)