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Kralovetz's Norway Title Adds to Guitar Collection
Issue Date: April 4, 2019
If Bonduel's Dillion Kravlovetz continues his winning ways on Friday nights at Norway Speedway, he may soon need to take guitar lessons.
That's because the second-generation racer hauled home a custom guitar courtesy of Neville Guitars in Hermansville for winning his fourth straight late model title in 2018. The award is displayed at the team's race shop.
The Neville's first began building guitar bodies and sold over 500 of them to 17 different countries worldwide and nearly every state throughout the United States. "We did guitars for Brad Paisley, Gary Hooker, who plays in Brad Paisley's band, Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum and the Band Perry," said Jeff Neville, owner of Neville Guitars.
The Bonduel driver won four straight late model titles at the Upper Michigan track, something that's never been done in the history of racing at the track's third-mile, paved oval.
"We plan on going for a fifth straight title," Kralovetz announced. "It's not going to be easy at all as there are a ton of drivers who've picked up their game. Of the guys who usually run weekly Robby (Iverson), Tom Lindquist, Dan Lindsley, Scott Stanchina and Jason Wells will be very tough to beat among the weekly drivers up there. Every single week will be a challenge."
Last year's titles came down to the final weekend of racing as Kralovetz had the third-generation racer Iverson breathing down his neck all season long. Kralovetz will defend his title with his 2015 Lefthander chassis.
For 2019 one late model rules change includes drivers being able to purchase two new tires per night for regular, weekly "non-special" races. This season the Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) is allowing scanned, used tires from Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna in an effort to lure outside drivers.
"I'm all for that," Kralovetz explained. "What we had last year didn't really work perfectly because of the rainouts. We had a couple of instances where we had big races on our really used up tires. Then a couple times someone showed up with newer tires it seemed like us weekly guys were always behind the eight ball so to speak. I think overall the weekly teams will be a little more even this way."
There are bevy of factors that keep Kralovetz and his team making the three-hour round-trip tow on U.S. 41 north during heavy "up north" traffic every Friday afternoon. "Truth is I really love that track and the people up there I get along with almost all of them," Kralovetz said.
A total of 17 events are scheduled with things getting started Saturday, May 18 with the annual Island Resort Car Show in Harris from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST followed by a practice session at the track from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekly Friday night racing kicks off May 24 with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. Time trials begin at 5:45 p.m. with the first green flag of the '19 season flying at 7 p.m.
The Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) thanks its many sponsors who've been a part of the weekly Friday night program.