Many followers of short track racing will see a trend of how the racing season will begin in the South and work their way to the North. How far up north will this go to in the United States? All the way up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Norway Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Norway, MI.
Like many summer venues, Norway Speedway's season will run from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. They will kick off their 2011 season on Saturday afternoon, May 21 and will end on Sunday, September 4.
"We have a great schedule for the 2011 season," John Osterman, President of the Dickinson County Racing Association said. "We have a strong core of super late model competitors. Many are concerned about the economy, and I don't think that will hurt us. I think we provide some great affordable entertainment for families around the area or people visiting this part of Michigan for vacation."
Norway's season opener on Saturday, May 21 will feature a 50-lap Late Model feature paying $1,000 to the winner. The Mid-American Stock Car Series will also be competing that day. The Mid-Ams will make a return appearance on August 5.
The State Line Challenge returns on June 10 with a 111-lap feature. Auto Value Bumper to Bumper will sponsor two specials on June 17 and July 29. Fourth of July Spectacular on Friday, July 1.
The season will close out on Sunday, September 4th with the ASA Midwest Tour's Labor Day 125.
The Late Models, Super Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and Slammers will provide the weekly Friday night action. As well as a new division called the 4/6 cylinder Enduro Division. In this division, all of the cars will be on the track for a 12-lap event with one mission, to smash your way to the front with the winner receiving a cash prize.
Osterman is also looking forward to Norway Speedway returning as an ASA Member track this season. "Anytime you can affiliate your business with a well known sanctioning body like ASA, it is a great help," Osterman said. "It helps on many levels especially with the brand recognition they provide. Many fans are familiar with ASA and their achievements in short track racing."
"They have a great program that helps a track like ours. They have a great program for the competitors and go out of their way to help us get noticed on a national level, especially with their Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship," Scott Dabb, Vice-president of the Dickinson County Racing Association said. "We are grateful for what they have done for short track racing."
"We are very proud to have Norway Speedway as part of our ASA Member Track program," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "Norway Speedway has a very nostalgic look that many long time race fans appreciate. The track is located on the county fairgrounds with a covered grandstands, and a horse track on the outside of the asphalt oval track. The atmosphere that the local fans provide along with the tough competition on the track makes this a must-see short track on any fans list of places to visit. We wish them the best on a successful 2011 season."
The website has their full schedule and information, just visit www.norwayspeedway.com.
To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit www.asa-racing.com.