NORWAY — Green Bay’s Chad Butz motored around Gregg Haese for the lead on lap 18 and cruised to victory in the super late model feature at Norway Speedway Friday.
Haese wrestled the lead away from polesitter Will Timmers on the first circuit of the 35-lap contest. Butz quickly jumped to second with Jason Wells in tow. The three pulled away in a three-car freight train with Scott Stanchina joining the trio by the event’s halfway point to make it a four-car scrum for the lead. Butz kept the lead and Haese at bay through a late race restart to hang on for the win.
Haese settled for second place money followed by Wells, Stanchina and Robby Iverson.
Hometown driver Joey Pontbriand slipped past Norway Speedway Hall of Famer Al Bilski in the early going and sweated out a number of caution periods to win the super stock feature.
The super stock feature was red flagged halfway through the event when the cars of Tony Wender, Andy Gerwig and Kelly LaCount stacked up in turn one on a restart. All three drivers were ok, but the cars sustained significant damage.
Pontbriand kept the lead through multiple restarts and kept second place finisher Ryan Wender and company at bay for the balance of the contest. Kevin Peterson, Anthony Scheifelbein and Jeremy Yelle took third through fifth, respectively.
B.J. Shoneck of Marion, Wis. fought off a hard-charging Trevor Pankratz in the waning laps to win the caution-free 20 lap 141 Auto stock car feature. Faithorn’s Elliot Reid skillfully weaved through lapped traffic and fended off a late race charge from Mike Loberger to win the MC Signs & Graphics 4 banger feature. The event went green-to-checkered.
Kingsford’s Jim Chartre won the spectator eliminators while Gladstone’s Jeremy Stemick swept action in the UTV’s.
Friday the Ken’s Sports sport trucks will join the track’s regular four classes. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
BINK’S COCA COLA SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE — Chad Butz, Green Bay; Gregg Haese, Francis Creek, Wis.; Jason Wells, Kingsford; Scott Stanchina, Kingsford; Robby Iverson, Hyde; Braison Bennett, Neenah, Wis.; Mike Lantagne, Vulcan; Cory Cootware, Iron Mountain; Will Timmers, Kaukauna, Wis.; Bruce White, Kingsford; Wyatt Spade, Norway; Dean Varda, Vulcan; Scott Bolster, Marquette (DNS)
DASH — White
HEAT — Haese; Bennett
FAST TIME — Butz, 14.325
AUTO VALUE SUPER STOCK FEATURE — Joey Pontbriand Norway; Ryan Wender, Upper Pine Creek; Kevin Peterson, Marinette; Anthony Scheifelbein, Pembine, Wis.; Jeremy Yelle, Sands; Bob Scheifelbein, Pembine; Adam Faull, Vulcan; Gary Thom, Aurora, Wis.; Al Bilski, Norway; John Mattia Jr., Norway; Tony Wender, Kingsford; Andy Gerwig, Norway; Kelly LaCount, Atheltstane, Wis.; Jordan Massicotte, Kingsford; Destiny Bullard, Marquette
HEAT — Bilski; Bob Scheifelbein
DASH — Faull
FAST TIME — Pontbriand, 16.091
141 AUTO SALES STOCK CAR FEATURE — B.J. Shoneck, Marion; Trevor Pankratz, Little Suamico, Wis.; Paul Bourgeois, Iron Mountain; Todd Schmidt, Spread Eagle, Wis.; Travis Hulsizer, Menominee
HEAT — Schmidt; Nick Kroehler, Appleton, Wis.
FAST TIME — Bourgeois, Iron Mountain 18.243
MC SIGNS & GRAPHICS 4 BANGER FEATURE — Elliot Reid, Faithorn; Mike Loberger, Marinette; Brent Ayotte, Hermansville; Trevor Cronick, Faithorn; Zach Gazda, Vulcan
HEATS — 1) Ayotte; Isaiah Lawrence, Spruce, Wis. 2) Cronick; Mike Loberger, Marinette
FAST TIME — Alex Bellmore, Hermansville, 19.126
UTV FEATURE — Jeremy Stemick, Gladstone; Nick Pilot, Kingsford; Nick Larson, Gladstone
HEAT — Stemick; Larson
SPECTATOR ELIMINATOR — Jim Chartre, Kingsford.