Races resume after driver’s death

NORWAY –Races resumed at the Norway Speedway Saturday night following the death of veteran jet dragster driver Doug Rose of Ringtown, Pennsylvania, at the track Friday night.

According to a press release from race track officials, Rose’s machine veered into turn one and crashed into the guardrail then flipped over during an exhibition run after the national anthem around 7:15 p.m. Rose was pronounced dead at the scene.

The races were immediately canceled by the Dickinson County Racing Association’s board of directors.

“Norway Speedway would like to offer our deepest condolences to Doug’s family,” said Norway Speedway’s John Ostermann. “We also want to commend the Norway Fire Department, Beacon Ambulance Service and the Michigan State Police and the track safety crews for dealing with this extremely difficult situation. With the trauma and delay of the situation and all things concerned we had no choice but to suspend the program.”

Rose was to be honored in a ceremony during Saturday night’s event.