Racing: Iverson gets late model win

NORWAY — Third-generation driver Robby Iverson played it safe, dodged several caution periods and went on to grab the lead on a restart with two laps to go to capture the Auto Value Round I super late model main event at Norway Speedway Friday night.

With the win, Iverson captured the lion’s share of the purse, winning the $1,000 top prize.

Iverson, who started deep in the pack after scoring fast time earlier in the evening, patiently stayed out of trouble through a bevy of cautions which flew periodically throughout the contest.

Polesitter Joey Pontbriand was the early leader and Scott Stanchina muscled his way for the lead on lap 11. Stanchina held the lead through a flurry of cautions until his brother, Brian, rallied his way up into the second spot.

During the second half of the race, Dillion Kralovetz, Mark Schroeder and Iverson closed in on the Stanchina brothers.

With a restart with five laps remaining, Scott Stanchina kept the lead but was pressured by his brother. With two laps remaining The brothers collided on a backstretch, sending both cars spinning.

Iverson was handed the lead on the restart and kept Kralovetz at bay to capture the win.

“Man we sure needed this win,” Iverson said. “I sure hated to see those guys wreck. I sort of had a feeling something like that might happen.”

The Auto Value super stock feature also had a fair share of yellow flags but sported several different leaders. John Mattia Jr. led much of the early going but was overtaken by Ryan Wender. The Upper Pine Creek driver kept the lead through caution periods and was being pressured by Andy Gerwig.

On the final lap coming out of turn four for the checkers, Wender was tagged by Gerwig, sending Wender spinning. Track officials charged Gerwig with the caution and awarded the victory to Brett Bray, who crossed the line second behind Gerwig.

The track’s three other divisions hosted feature races that went caution free. Capturing victories were Armstrong Creek’s Michelle Janczewski in the 141 Auto stocks, Marquette’s Destiny Bullard in the Ken’s Sports sport trucks. Vulcan’s Zack Gazda lapped all but the second and third place finishers en route to a win in the MC Graphics stock fours.

Racing resumes Friday with a fireworks display, sponsored by Sayklly’s Candies and River Valley Bank, along with an exhibition race with the UTV racers sponsored by Richard’s of Dunbar. Racing starts at 6:45 p.m. CDT.

Here are the results:

Bink’s Coca-Cola Super Late Model

FEATURE — Robby Iverson, Escanaba; Mark Schroeder, Green Bay, WI; Dillion Kralovetz, Bonduel, WI; Tom Lindquist, Bark River; Jason Wells, Kingsford; Dan Lindsley, Vulcan; Bruce White, Kingsford; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Mike Lantange, Vulcan; Matt Charlobois, Wallace; Brian Stanchina, Kingsford; Tyler Radavich, Eldorado, WI; Tyler Wusterbarth, Oconto, WI; Scott Bolster, Marquette; Tim Howden, Kingsford; Joey Pontbriand, Norway

HEATS 1 — Lantange; White 2) Cain; Schiefelbein

DASH — Brian Stanchina

FAST TIME — Iverson, 14.656

Auto Value Super Stock

FEATURE — Brett Bray, Norway; John Mattia Jr., Norway; Tim Schultz, Vulcan; Carson Sillars, Wausau, WI; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Anthony Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI; Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek; Kelly LaCount, Athelstane, WI; Savanna Novara, Kingsford; Parker Cain, Big Bay; Gary Stanaway, Ishpeming; Andy Gerwig, Norway; Kevin Peterson, Marinette, WI

HEAT — Cain; Schiefelbein

DASH — Mattia Jr.

FAST TIME — Bray, 15.870

Sport Truck

FEATURE — Destiny Bullard, Marquette; Andrew Secrist, Florence, WI; J.J. Vander Loop, Freedom, WI; Cody Vander Loop, Freedom, WI; Brad Barglind, Kingsford

HEATS 1 — Bullard; J.J. Vanderloop 2) Cody Vander Loop; Brent Barglind

FAST TIME — Brad Barglind, 16.733

141 Auto Sales Sportsman

FEATURE — Michelle Janczewski, Armstrong Creek, WI; Bob Schiebelbein, Pembine, WI; Bobby Lewis, Bark River; Preston Weddle, Crivitz, WI; Brian Massicotte, Norway

HEATS 1) — Lewis; John Ostermann, Norway 2) Gary Thom, Aurora, WI; Jade Novara, Kingsford

FAST TIME — Janczewski, 18.131

4 Cylinder A

FEATURE — Zack Gazda, Vulcan; Ron Lindner, Niagara, WI; Jody Gillespie, Coleman, WI; Sierra Oman, Faithorn; Alex Bellmore ,Hermansville

HEATS 1 — Brett Ayotte, Hermansville; 2) Gazda; Oman

FAST TIME — Lindner