Racing: Sauter wins first feature

NORWAY — Travis Sauter passed Kingsford’s Jason Wells for the lead on lap 43 and sweated out numerous caution periods Friday to survive and win the 36th annual Stateline Challenge at Norway Speedway.

Sauter started deep in the field and bided his time, staying clear of multiple yellow flags that flew early. Norway driver Joey Pontbriand paced the opening two circuits before a caution and relinquished the lead to Kingsford’s Scott Stanchina. Stanchina held the lead until Wells’ wrestled it away from him on the eighth lap.

Wells kept his spot through numerous caution flags. Meanwhile, Sauter began slowly picking off cars after a lap 35 restart. The second-generation driver from Prairie Du Sac slipped into the eighth spot and muscled his way inside of Andy Monday to take over second.

Sauter kept the field at bay through a bevy of yellows and captured not only the winner’s share of the purse $1,200, but with lap leader bonuses pushing his total won for the night to $2,260.

Wells battled back to take second place, pocketing $2,240 – just $20 less than the winner through cash donated by local businesses, fans and other racing enthusiasts.

Four time track champion Dillion Kralovetz captured third place, followed by Mike D’Angelo Jr. and Robby Iverson.

“I’ve got to dedicate this win to Gene Coleman,” Sauter said. “I was a 19-year-old kid who let me race his house car around at Norway and other tracks. I had no experience. My dad just raced for him. Gene, this win is for you.”

In super stock action, Norway’s Andy Gerwig won the main event.

Kingsford’s Brent Barglind won the sport truck feature. After the checkered flag flew, Marquette’s Destiny Bullard crashed her truck up between turns one and two. Bullard was transported by ambulance. Due to the lateness, the rest of the night was canceled.

“Kid’s Nickel Toss” will take place Friday along with the spectator eliminator races.

Here are the results:

Bink’s Coca-Cola Super Late Model

FEATURE — Travis Sauter, Prairie Du Sac, WI; Jason Wells, Kingsford; Dillion Kralovetz, Bonduel, WI; Mike D’Angelo Jr., Gwinn; Robby Iverson, Escanaba; Andy Monday, Appleton; Mark Schroeder, Green Bay; Dean Varda, Vulcan; Dan Lindsley, Vulcan; Mike Reichenberger, Appleton, WI; Joey Pontbriand, Norway; Mike Lantagne, Vulcan; Chad Butz, Green Bay, WI; Tyler Radavich, Eldorado, WI; Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Bruce White, Kingsford; Neal Sannes, De Pere, WI; Tom Lindquist, Bark River

SEMI-FEATURE — Sannes; Varda; White; Matt Charlebois, Wallace; Jordan Chambers, Green Bay; WI; Robby Younger, De Pere, WI; Scott Bolster, Marquette; John Ostermann, Norway

FAST TIME — Sauter, 14.414

Auto Value Super Stock

FEATURE — Andy Gerwig, Norway; Tim Schultz, Vulcan; Anthony Schiefelbein, Pembine, WI; Kevin Peterson, Marinette, WI; Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek; Kelly LaCount, Athelstane, WI; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Parker Cain, Big Bay; Savanna Novara, Iron Mountain; Brett Bray, Norway; John Mattia Jr, Norway (DNS)

FAST TIME — Schiefelbein, 15.965

141 Auto Sales Sportsman

FEATURE – Canceled

FAST TIME — Preston Weddle, Crivitz, WI 18.296

Sport Truck

FEATURE — Brent Barglind, Kingsford; Brad Barglind, Kingsford; Drew Habeck, Green Bay, WI; Casey Vander Loop, Freedom; Blaine Habeck, Green Bay, WI; Destiny Bullard, Marquette; Keith Habeck, Green Bay, WI; J.J. Vanderloop, Freedom, WI; Beth Craig, Appleton, WI; Cody Vander Loop, Freedom, WI; Tom Krueger, Green Bay, WI; Pete Zarnoth, Brillion, WI; Tanner Fickel, Neenah, WI; Kelly Burcar, Norway; Ted Ullman, Greenville, WI; Andrew Secrist, Florence, WI

FAST TIME — Bullard, 16.950

4 Cylinder A

FEATURE — Canceled

FAST TIME — Jake Dolfurd, Vulcan 18.037