Norway, MI — Defending NASCAR truck series champion and Necedah, Wisconsin native Johnny Sauter will return to Norway Speedway in 2018 to compete in the 35th running of the Stateline Challenge presented by Island Resort & Casino & Aurora Liquors Friday, July 6.
Sauter is hot off winning the season opening NASCAR truck series event at Daytona International Speedway last week. The second generation racer annually competes in a handful of short track races in Wisconsin and for the second straight year the NASCAR champion has included Norway Speedway on his list of stops.
“Johnny’s personality, his popularity, sense of humor, and generosity towards the sport he loves certainly reminds me and resembles that of Dick Trickle,” said John Ostermann of the Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA). “We’re thrilled to have him back.” Sauter’s appearance is made possible by Coleman Racing Products of Menominee.
Many past winners of this prestigious event will be honored on the track during a ceremony at intermission. In the history of the Stateline Challenge 18 different drivers have won the prestigious race, with Escanaba’s Jamie Iverson capturing the highest number of event wins with five. The late Dick Trickle won the very first Stateline Challenge which was held at the third-mile, paved oval in 1981. To date, Wisconsin drivers outnumber Michigan drivers in the total number of series wins with 21 victories. Michigan drivers have collected 11 race wins.
The season opening race at Norway Speedway is slated for Friday, May 25 heading into Memorial Day weekend. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. weekly with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Qualifying begins at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag flying at 7 p.m.
-Norway Speedway Press Release
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