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Iverson goes for fifth straight Norway 100 title

August 9, 2012
By John Vrancic - Staff Writer , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Jamie Iverson of Hyde hopes to reach a milestone Saturday at the Norway Speedway.

He's entered in the Norway 100, a race in which he is a four-time defending champion.

"Nobody has ever won it five times in a row before," said Iverson. "It's like a Super Bowl in Norway. If an NFL team were to do that, it'd be pretty good. It would definitely be a feather in my hat if I were to win it again."

The 100-lap race, which is part of this year's 11-event ASA Midwest Tour, also makes stops in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.

Qualifying at Norway begins at 5 p.m. (EDT). Racing starts at 7.

"This race has been pretty big over the years," said Iverson. "One year, they had to call the Norway Fire Department to fit more people in the stands. Some of the spectators even ended up in the pits. We hope to draw a good crowd again Saturday. This race has typically drawn their best crowd of the year."

Iverson is well aware of the challenges he faces in his quest for a fifth consecutive title.

"We'll have real tough competition up there," he said. "I didn't really expect to win the first one, but I've been fortunate enough to draw some favorable starting spots. We've had some good cars to work with, too."

Iverson drove in a cancer benefit 100-lap race last weekend at Norway, where he placed third.

"We had handling issues with the car," he said. "We didn't have it set up right for handling on the track. The crew and I have been working pretty hard on that this week. We're just trying to make sure everything is right on the car. It's a matter of getting back to the basics. If the car handles better this week, it could help the cause."

Also among those expected to challenge are Jonathan Eilen of Hampton, Minn., Chris Wimmer of Wausau, Wis. and Kris Kelly of Norway.

"All the guys coming up are going to be tough to beat," said Iverson. "With every victory, there's at least one good break."

Although competition becomes pretty intense on the track, Iverson says there's camradeship among the drivers.

"Most of us are friends," he added. "We see each other on most weekends, and we hang out with most of them. You get to know everybody's families. It's kind of like one big family reunion. Once you're on the track, it's everybody for himself. But in the end, everybody congratulates one another and we're best of friends again."

 
 

 

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