TRACK CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 31, 2014 Press Release- After one of best and most competitive seasons in recent memory, champions were crowned for the 2014 season at Thunderhill Raceway. We fought mother nature all day, but in the end the rain wouldn’t stop and our final night was washed out. “Thank you to everyone who helped pack and to all the drivers, fans, crews, workers and sponsors who waited it out with us.” “Thanks to everyone for making this such a great season.”-Woody

The 2014 season saw fresh clay and arguably one of the best dirt racing surfaces in North East Wisconsin . Drivers who competed in at least 75% of the races will be eligible for the $30,000 contingency give-away at The Draft Haus for the awards banquet.

The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds saw the return of “Felix” Todd Dart to full time action. Algoma’s Dart was dominant the entire year, winning 8 features en route to the championship. He was the only Modified driver with multiple feature wins. Dart now holds 8 titles and 55 feature wins at Thunderhill.

Dave “The Bulldozer” Bouche of Algoma etched his name in the record books of the Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Cars, becoming the first driver to earn 3 consecutive track championships in the division. Bouche finished no worse than 7th place the entire season, taking home 1 heat race and 1 feature win. This is Bouche’s 4th track championship at the Hill, the other coming in the Street Stocks.

The LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods crowned a first time champion as “Budzo” Chris Budzban of Luxemburg secured the title. Budzo had a career year with 1 heat race win along with a division best 3 feature wins. Budzban also placed 2nd in points at Luxemburg Speedway.

Green Bay’s Jeremy Jauquet also became a first time champion, taking the crown in the Lackie Rentals IMCA Hobby Stocks. Since moving over from the IMCA Stock Car division, Jauquet has been a force to be recon with. Jauquet, a hired gun for the Ryan Rohr owned machine was best in the division with 6 features wins.

Geno Sternard of Sturgeon Bay rallied late in the season to earn his second Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock title. Consistency was the key for the veteran Street Stock driver as he had a solid string of top 5 finishes. Sternard’s last title came in 2010.

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT PLUS TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION AUG 30 AT T-HILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 27, 2014- It all comes down to this Saturday night August 30 at Thunderhill Raceway. Champions in all five divisions will be crowned. The points battles are still up for grabs in every single division. After the final feature of 2014 the second installment of the Trailer Race of Destruction will take place. The evening will feature a Halloween “Trick-or-Treat” theme for anyone who wants to join in on the fun. The entire nights festivities will be brought to you by Floors by Josh. Racing starts at 6pm

Thunderhill will NOT be having a special that was scheduled for September 6. There was a double booking at the track, so the special has been cancelled.

The incredibly tight points battles are giving drivers sleepless nights. The crews will be going through the race cars with a fine tooth comb to make sure every nut and bolt is tight. New spark plus, timing checked and several new tires will be mounted up for the final push. For many drivers the season starts with hopes of a championship. By July you can see who the contenders are. On championship night some maybe mathematically still in the hunt but for the most part, it’ll come down to the top two drivers in each class.

The IMCA Stock Cars feature a battle with in a battle. 2-time defending champion Dave Bouche looks to become the first ever  Stock Car driver to earn 3 consecutive titles. Bouche leads Shawn Havel by 3 points. Havel is hungry for that first ever title. Charlie Kroll sits 12 back and is still in the hunt but will need some good luck, bad luck fortune for the drivers in front of him.

Point leader Felix Dart looks for his 8th championship in the IMCA Modifieds.  He leads 2-time defending champ James Tebon by 14 points. With a neighboring track having off, it’s possible extra cars could show up and play into how the night unfolds.

Chris Budzban clings to a 6 point margin over Ryan LeMieux in the IMCA Sport Mods. Both drivers are very motivated to do what it takes to earn their first ever track championship. Jarred VaLaanen sits third in the standings 16 points back and will a need a lot of luck to play out.

Street Stock points are very tight as former champ Geno Sternard leads Kevin Luedtke by just 3 points. Luedtke is looking for his first title. Jeremy Dubois sits third in points 12 behind the leader.

Jeremy Jauquet leads Derek Moede by 4 points heading into the final IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the year. Moede is currently leading the Wisconsin state points and at Luxemburg Speedway. Jauquet will have his hands full trying to fend off Moede for his first ever title.

Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

THUNDERHILL FEATURE WINNERS DONATE TO ALSA.ORG / TITLES UP FOR GRABS

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 23, 2014 Results- With only one point night remaining several championships are up for grabs. While some point leaders flourished, others lost several precious points. For tonight, Billy LeMieux was living large with another double header weekend, taking the win in the IMCA Stock Cars and Street Stocks for the third time this season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Modified), Josh Massart (IMCA Sport Mod) and Jeremy Jauquet (IMCA Hobby Stock). Ashley Maccoux was victorious the Powder Puff race.

On behalf of Thunderhill Raceway track promoter Woody Wodack made a sizable contribution to the ALS Foundation for every feature winner and track official that took the water challenge.

With the final night fast approaching the quest for championships in 2014 have a clear direction. Four out of the five divisions have points battles within 6 points or less. These titles will come down the final lap in each division. Make sure you see all the action, plus the “Trailer Race of Destruction” on Saturday, August 30.

David Reinhardt raced from his pole position to lead the opening 2 circuits of the IMCA Stock Car feature. Next inline for the top spot was family member Scott Reinhardt, until Billy LeMieux road the highline to the lead. Title contender Shawn Havel charged through the pack, making his way to second. LeMieux had the field covered, going unchallenged the remainder of the caution free event. Havel cut into Dave Bouche’s point lead with a second place finish. Jamie Suchocki, Scott Reinhardt and Dylan Heilmann all had solid nights finishing in the top five. Bouche has a 3 point advantage over Havel heading into the final night.

Sometimes it doesn’t take a 20 car field to have an exiting race. Second year IMCA Modified driver Greg Gretz worked around Tyler Hackett for the lead early in the 20 lap main event. Point leader Todd Dart moved into second and began to apply heavy pressure on Gretz. Gretz worked the extreme top side while Dart hugged the tires. Dart pulled along side Gretz several times as they passed the stripe but each lap it was Gretz holding the top spot. The cagey veteran threw everything he could at the leader but when the Coors Light checker flag fell it was Gretz getting his first feature win in 2014. Dart padded his point lead with the runner up position, followed by Hackett, James Tebon and Eric Arneson. Dart leads Tebon by 14 points.

Although Josh Massart led all 20 laps in the IMCA Sport Mod main, it was anything but easy in the highly contested event. The first challenger was Jared VanLaanen in the early going. A series of cautions kept the field locked to the back spoiler of the lime green machine. Todd Wiese used the re-racks to work from the 10th spot to the top 5. Once Wiese got clear of traffic he ran down Massart. With the white flag waving Wiese ducked inside Massart for lead. Wiese got a little to low in turn 2 causing him to clip the infield tire, sending his machine spinning wildly into the infield. Massart went on to collect his second feature win of the season. VanLaanen second, Cody Rass, Ryan LeMieux and Chris Budzban completed the top five. Budzban leads Ryan LeMieux by 6 points.

Billy LeMieux led all 15 laps en route to a clean sweep in the Street Stock division. Jeremy Dubois was second, Geno Sternard came home third, Kevin Luedtke rallied late for fourth and Mike Sargent rounded out the top five. Sternard leads Luedtke by a mere 3 markers.

IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Jeremy Jauquet came into the night with a 1 point lead and left with a 4 point edge after picking up the feature win. Dave Schmidt capped off another solid night with second, early leader Marcus Moede had to settle for third. Second place points runner Derek Moede was fourth, Amber Weidner worked to a fifth place finish.

Next Saturday, August 30th will be the final night in 2014. Floors by Josh will bring you a wild night of racing. The evening will have a “Trick or Treat” theme. Children are encouraged to dress up. The “Trailer Race of Construction” will complete the nights events along with championship photos by Dan Lewis Photography.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. James Tebon, Algoma; 5. Eric Arneson

HEAT 1: Tebon; Hackett

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; 5. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Heilmann; LeMieux
HEAT 2: Suchocki; Bouche

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Josh Massart, Forestville; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Massart
HEAT 2: Rass; LeMieux Jr.

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. Derek Moede, Casco; 5. Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

HEAT 1: Schmidt; Jauquet

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma; 3. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Mike Sargent; Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Luedtke; Sargent
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

8 LAP 911 LAWN CARE POWDER PUFF EVENT: 1. Ashley Maccoux; 2. Michelle Budzban; 3. Renee LeMieux; 4. Stacy Walecka; 5. Abby Denzel; 6. Jacy Williamson; 7. Corrina Dart; 8. Connie Anschutz

911 Lawn Care Night Tonight at Thunderhill

It’s race day! Tonight is sponsored by 911 Lawn Care & Wood Products / Dairy Queen (Orange Julius) and features the 5 regular divisions in action. Plus, we have Kids Big Wheel Races and Power Wheels races at intermission. After the show, the ladies will get another shot at glory with Powder Puff races to conclude the evening’s events! Join us at the track tonight, 6pm start time!

Thunderhill Raceway Rained Out Saturday August 16 / Trailer Race of Destruction Added to Championship Night

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 16, 2014- Thunderhill Raceway battled mother nature all day but in the end to much rain and serious impeding weather has cancelled Dairy Queen night. The staff did all they could in keeping pace with the rain since 8am. Several measures were taken to try and hold the track but all hopes were washed away with another dose of moisture. Radar also shows another large group of thundershowers heading into the area, so we have been forced to pull the pin.

The Kids Big Wheel and Power Wheels races will be moved to next week August 23. Next Saturday will also feature Powder Puff and Mechanic’s races. Brought to you by 911 Lawn Care and Wood Products.

An extra Trailer Race of Destruction has been added to the August 30th finale. Champions will be crowned in all divisions. Courtesy of Floors by Josh.

Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

“KINGS OF THE HILL” RULE STURGEON BAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI — 8/9/2014) Call them the Kings of the Hill; the two drivers with more feature wins than anyone else at the Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

They are Todd Dart and Charlie Kroll, the only two drivers to hit the 50 win plateau at the Speedway since the track reopened in 1993. Saturday night, both of the veteran competitors added to their lofty feature win totals, taking top honors in the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars respectively.

The duo shared the spotlight on the night with fellow feature winners Chris Budzban in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Ed Anschutz in the Street Stocks and Dave Schmidt in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

In the Modifieds, Dart put a virtual padlock on a potential 7th track championship; his first since 2008 with his 8th win of the season.

Two-time defending champ James Tebon had taken the lead from Tyler Hackett on the second lap. Dart patiently worked his way into second on the 10th lap, closing on Tebon two laps later. They raced side by side for two laps until Dart took command, pulling away to his 55th career feature win at the Hill.

Kroll’s 51st career Thunderhill win came at the expense of Craig Dorner who was looking for his first.

Dorner won a two lap duel with Scott Reinhardt on the fifth lap to take the lead in the IMCA Stock Car headliner. As Dorner moved past Reinhardt, Kroll followed him through into the second spot. With both drivers choosing the bottom groove, Kroll settled in behind the leader waiting for an opening.

Dorner left the door open just enough exiting the second turn on the 14th lap to give Kroll enough room to pull even. After a drag race down the backstretch, Kroll gained the edge through the corners to gain the point at the line.

By the time Dave Bouche passed Dorner for second, he had no chance of catching Kroll, who motored away to his first win of the season.

While he didn’t win the trophy on the night, Bouche was able to extend his point lead in the division by two more over second place Shawn Havel. Havel passed Reinhardt on the last lap for fourth in the feature, falling now 8 points behind Bouche in the title chase.

Sandwiched between the contenders was Dorner, who’s third place finish was his best ever at the track.

Like Bouche, Budzban was able to gain some ground on competitors in his quest for his first ever IMCA Sport Mod crown.

The first half of the feature belonged to Randy LeMieux, Jr, who passed his uncle Rick LeMieux for the lead on the second lap. Budzban motored into second on the 7thlap, and joined by Bernie Reinhardt, the top three broke away from the rest of the field.

Budzban pulled even with LeMieux on the 13th lap, and was scored as the leader narrowly as the two crossed under the flagstand. Timing was perfect for Budzban, as the 14th lap was waved off by a caution flag for a spinner.

As the leader, Budzban led the field to the green for the restart — which he timed perfectly. He shot from the pack, never giving LeMieux a chance to challenge, sailing easily to the win.

LeMieux would finish a solid second, marking his 12th straight top 10 finish on the season. The restart favored Cody Rass, who rescued a possible mid-pack finish with a surge to third, passing Reinhardt late in the event for the position.

Ryan LeMieux was able to rally for a fifth place finish to keep his title hopes alive.

The Street Stock feature opened with a memorable first lap; unless you happened to be James Dahlstrom who would probably rather forget it.

Dahlstrom took the lead from his front row starting spot as the field entered the first turns. Through two, he moved from the inside up, encountering some traffic in the higher line. A tap sent him sliding back down, directly into an infield retaining tire. Contact with the tire toppled him up, over and unto his roof.

Dahlstrom was fine, but was done for the night.

Jeremy Dubois inherited the lead, but met a similar fate to Dahlstrom’s; up, then down, but this time not on his roof.

Anschutz was in the path of Dubois’ descent to the infield, but was able to avoid contact with him as he slid into the retaining tires in the third corner.

With limited tire contact, Anschutz was able to get back into the hunt and play the role of spoiler. Championship contenders Geno Sternard and Kevin Luedtke raced past Mike Sargent on the restart, passing the lead back and forth.

With running room on the bottom groove, Anschutz was able to pick off the top two, taking over first on the 8th lap. From that point, he sped away unchallenged to his first win of the season on his first night behind the wheel; marking his 26th career feature visit to the Thunderhill victory lane, good for 10th on the all-time list.

Sternard’s second place run added a single point to his division lead over Luedtke, who now sits just two points back with three races left in the season.

In the Hobby Stocks, Schmidt passed Travis LuMaye on the 7th lap, then survived a late restart en route to his 4th win of the season.

Marcus Moede matched his best finish of the year with a second place showing. The Hobby point race tightened to a single marker as Derek Moede crossed the line third, picking up a point on 4th place running Jeremy Jauquet.

All five classes will be back in action Saturday, with Big Wheel races for the kids highlighting the show.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions Saturday nights through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway results 7/30/2014

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature: Todd Dart, Algoma; James Tebon, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat: Tebon; Hackett

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Craig Dorner, Luxemburg; Shawn Havel, Algoma; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay;

Heat 1: Kroll; Jaime Suchocki, Forestville

Heat 2: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods 20 Lap Feature: Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Lambert, Casco

Heat 1: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Randy LeMieux

Heat 2: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Budzban

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature: Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee; Geno Sternard, Brussels; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Wagner, Brussels

Heat 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 2: Luedtke; Dubois

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature: Dave Schmidt, Casco; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Derek Moede, Casco; Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1: Jauquet; Schmidt

Heat 2: Weckler; Marcus Moede

QUIETWOODS RV TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION AT T-HILL SATURDAY AUGUST 9

Quietwoods RV Trailer Race August 9

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 7, 2014 Press Release- With only 4 point nights remaining in the 2014 season at Thunderhill Raceway drivers and crews will make their final push to see who will be crowned King of the Hill in each division. Action all season long as has been hot and heavy. By the looks of the standings, every title could come down to the final lap of the season.

It’s that time of the year again where fans come out in full force for the annual “Trailer Race of Destruction” brought to you by Quietwoods RV Sales & Service. Quietwoods RV has been gracious enough to defend their 2013 crown as Trailer Race champion. This wild and crazy must see race will take place after the final feature.

We still have spots open on the grid for the trailer race, if you wish to compete please email Woody at woodysigns@itol.com Also please make note of vehicle, name and number at the back gate so the announcer knows who you are!

Kids will be able to sign up for the Egg Harbor Fun Park Go-Karts at the ticket booth. 4 lucky winners will get to race their favorite driver at intermission on the infield go-kart track.

THE TITLE SHAKEDOWN…

The IMCA Stock Car title chase is shaping up to be settled on the final night as Dave Bouche leads Shawn Havel by 6 points. Bouche is looking to become the first Stock Car driver to win 3 championships in a row, while Havel is looking for his first.

In the IMCA Modifieds Todd Dart leads James Tebon by 11 points. Both drivers are muli-time champions.

Chris Budzban and Ryan LeMieux are looking for their first career title in the IMCA Sport Mods. Budzban leads LeMieux by 3 marks.

Jeremy Jauquet is back on top in the IMCA Hobby Stocks with a 2 point edge of Derek Moede. Both drivers are looking for their first Hill crown.

The tightest battle of all is in the Street Stocks where former champ Geno Sternard holds a slim 1 point advantage over Kevin Luedtke. Billy LeMieux and Jeremy DuBois are tied for third, 10 points behind the leader.

Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

HACKETT, SUCHOCKI, RASS, LEMIEUX AND JAUQUET FIRST AT THE FAIR

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

(Sturgeon Bay, WI — 7/30/2014) There may not be a way to prove it, but race fans may have witnessed a bit of history Wednesday night as the Thunderhill Raceway’s five division program kicked off grandstand festivities at the 2014 Door County Fair in Sturgeon Bay.

Tyler Hackett in the IMCA Modifieds, Jaime Suchocki in the IMCA Stock Cars, Cody Rass in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Street Stocker Billy LeMieux and IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Jeremy Jauquet proved to be feature winners on what may have been the fastest paced night of racing ever at the fairgrounds race track.

A grand total of two cautions — one in the Modified feature, the other in the Stock Car feature — were the only delays in the action, with threatening weather at the Raceway’s doorstep for most of the night.

Not counting a Sport Mod heat that did end under caution because of a last lap spin, the first stoppage of an event that was under green didn’t come until the Modified feature late in the program. It came before the first lap could be scored as Greg Gretz slipped free in the fourth turn.

After that, the Mods clicked off 15 quick laps on the smooth & fast racing surface without further incident.

Hackett proved to be the pacesetter for the duration, holding point leader and seven time winner Todd Dart at bay for most of the event.

Dart took second from Gretz on the fifth lap, and with ten to go, seemingly would have plenty of time to catch Hackett and challenge for the lead. But Hackett had other ideas, maintaining a six to eight car length advantage to the checker en route to his first feature win of the season.

The other feature caution was a bit more dramatic. Mike Wietor jumped from his front row starting spot to claim the lead as the IMCA Stock Cars took the green. Wietor looked comfortable running the outside line for the first couple laps, but on the third circuit, he slid sideways through fourth turn, crossing down into rush hour traffic.

The first few cars avoided trouble — most of the middle of the pack did not. The first hit came from 2-time feature winner Bret Koehler, who had nowhere to go as Wietor slid down in front of him. The ensuing hard contact started a chain reaction collision with five more cars sliding into the fray; including front runners Rod Snellenberger and Scott Reinhardt.

Miraculously, all seven cars were able to drive away, even the battered Wietor machine.
With Wietor retired for the night, Tom Brumlic inherited the lead as the green flag flew again.

Brumlic’s stay in the penthouse was brief as Dylan Heilmann shot from the outside of the second row to claim the lead on the restart. Action behind him was intense, as anywhere from six to eight cars ran in a tight pack behind him jockeying for position.

Suchocki and Brumlic raced side by side for seven laps, up to the race’s midpoint, before the eventual winner was finally able to secure the spot and set sail for the leader. With five laps to go, he caught Heilmann, and it was back to side by side racing, this time for the point.

It took a full lap, but Suchocki was able to edge past into the lead, then pace the final four laps to his first feature win of the year.

Title contenders Shawn Havel and Dave Bouche used late charges to surge by Heilmann into second and third respectively. Snellenberger rebounded from the early wreck to battle back to a fifth place finish.

There were no late race dramatics to be found in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature as the event could have been subtitled the Cody Rass show.

Rass took the lead on the first lap — and that — was pretty much that. He pulled away to a commanding advantage, and without any cautions to bunch up the field, was never seriously challenged on the way to his third feature win of the season.

Josh Massart had second to himself for most of the way, until Ryan LeMieux’s late charge gained him the position on the last lap. The pass was important, as it allowed him to pull within three points of division leader Chris Budzban who finished fourth.

Billy LeMieux is no stranger to dominant wins in 2014, and his 6th Street Stock victory was no exception to that. Working to the inside of Fred Davister on the third lap, LeMieux took command and breezed home from that point.

While the win was never in doubt, second place was, as Mike Sargent, Jeremy Dubois, Kevin Luedtke, Geno Sternard and Davister were all in the hunt until the checker.

Luedtke eventually prevailed, and with Sternard finishing behind him in third, was able to pull within a single marker of the former class champ for the point lead.

Top spot in the Hobby Stocks did change hands as Jauquet recorded his fifth feature win of the season. Marcus Moede held the lead for a single lap, but from that point on, the spotlight belonged to Jauquet.

Moede held off Dave Schmidt at the wire to finish second, matching his best finish of the year so far. Derek Moede posted a fourth place run. Good, but not good enough to hold the point lead over Jauquet.

It’s back to Saturday night racing on August 9th as Quietwoods RV Sales and Service will host the show. The Raceway’s regular divisions will be in action, with the annual Trailer Race of Destruction slated to cap off the program.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions Saturday nights through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway results 7/30/2014

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 15 Lap Feature: Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Todd Dart, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; James Tebon, Algoma; T.J. Smith, Menasha; Tyler DeBouche, Suamico
Heat: Tebon; Gretz

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature: Jaime Suchocki, Forestville; Shawn Havel, Algoma; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Josh Mroczkowski, Krakow
Heat 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Wietor, Green Bay
Heat 2: Mroczkowski; Suchocki
Heat 3: Heilmann; Tony Bouche, Algoma

LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods 20 Lap Feature: Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Massart, Forestville; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Lambert, Casco
Heat 1: Randy LeMieux; Lambert
Heat 2: Rass; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay; Dan Juszczyk, Sobieski
Heat 1: Fred Davister, Sugarbush; Luedtke
Heat 2: Sargent; Dubois

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature: Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Dave Schmidt, Casco; Derek Moede, Casco; Travis Lumaye, Brussels; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood
Heat 1: Derek Moede; Lumaye
Heat 2: Marcus Moede; Jauquet

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING AT THUNDERHILL TOMORROW 7/30/14

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 29, 2014 Press Release- A full program is on slate for Wednesday, July 30 and Thunderhill Raceway. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and the Street Stocks will be in action with a 6:30pm start time. This is being treated as a regular night and is a track point night. Line ups will be set by point average. The night will also count towards the $30,000 contingency program.

In addition to a full night of racing, there will be a Tough Truck Tug-O-War competition and a tentative Burn Out contest. For more info, please call Jeremy 920.495.0559

The ladies and mechanics will get their shot at the flat 1/3 mile clay oval. A Powder Puff and Mechanics race is scheduled. All extra event participants must be signed at the back gate before the night starts.

It also the Door County Fair. We invite everyone to come out early and enjoy the sights and sounds.
If coming in the pit area make sure to tell the fair workers that’s where your going. For more info on the fair please visit www.doorcountyfair.com

If you want to go in the stands with no carnival rides it cost $5 to get into the fair. The cost to get in the grandstand is only $10 for adult admission 13yrs and up. 12 years old and under is $5 for the stands.

Pit pass will be $25. Racing begins at 6:30pm

There will be no racing on Saturday August 2. Racing resumes to its regular night on August 9 for the Quietwoods RV Trailer Race of Destruction.

IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. Pit gates open at 4:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

DAVE & TONY BOUCHE BATTLE FOR STOCK CAR WIN IN MEMORY OF BRAD ANDEREGG

LATE RACE PASSES RULE THE NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 26, 2014 Race Results- Earlier in the day former IMCA Modified racer Brad Anderegg was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma. A somber mood in the racing world turned into a fairy tail finish. Anderegg’s best friends, Tony and Dave Bouche battled for the win late in the going of the IMCA Stock Car feature at Thunderhill Raceway.

Dave chose the #21 when Anderegg moved into the Modifieds. Tony grew up with Brad, racing him in everything from a Street Stock to the old Wing Modifieds. Bouche’s shop is right next to Anderegg’s, to say they were close would be an understatement. Feature winners were Todd Dart (IMCA Modified), Chris Budzban (IMCA Sport Mod), Jeremy Jauquet (IMCA Hobby Stock) Danny Gracyalny (Street Stock), Cole Possi (600 Sprints)and John Mathias (500 Sprints).

The opening laps of the IMCA Stock Car feature were rough for Dylan Heilmann and co-point leader Shawn Havel as they ended up wrecked after an opening lap collision that sent Havel to pit lane. Heilmann clipped the turn 4 light pole and received heavy damage. Jamie Suchocki grabbed the lap one lead but was quickly over taken by Tony Bouche who took his Ford powered machine to the top side. Tony then set sail pulling out to a sizable advantage. Co-point leader Dave Bouche and Billy LeMieux gave chase with Dave working to third. Dave slipped by Suchocki with 10 laps remaining for the runner up spot.

Dave then began reeling in his Uncle, using the low side of the track. With 5 laps remaining Dave pulled even with Tony. A lap later it was Dave grabbing the top spot to which he never let go of, taking home an emotional victory. Tony took a proud second, Suchocki had another solid week with third, LeMieux held on for fourth and the ever consistent Heilmann was able to salvage a fifth place. Dave did a polish victory lap while carrying the black flag in remembrance of Anderegg.

A series of caution slowed the pace of the IMCA Sport Mod main as Cody Rass and Ryan LeMieux traded the lead lap after lap for the first half of the feature. LeMieux was able to get a good restart on lap 12 to keep Rass at bay. Point leader Chris Budzban kept cool picking his way through the field, blasting past Rass for the runner up spot. With LeMieux committed to the cushion, Budzban worked the tires. The stage was set for the title contenders to duke it out for the win. The duo raced door to door with Budzban gaining the advantage with 2 laps left. Budzban held on the for the win, his second of the season. Rass was third, Randy LeMieux Jr. raced to fourth after starting last on the field. Defending champion Bernie Reinhardt completed the top five.

Jeremy DuBois led the opening laps of the Street Stock main until a spin sent him to the tail, handing the lead over to Kevin Luedtke. Like a replay of last week Danny Gracyalny raced to second with point leader Geno Sternard third. This week Gracyalny was patient, staying on the back bumper of the leader, waiting for a mistake. With 2 laps remaining Gracyalny slipped to the inside of Luedtke, Sternard followed by as well. Gracyalny and Sternard were side by side heading to the checker. A physical battle ensued, for the second week in a row Gracyalny was victories by a mere fender to the amazement of the crowd. Sternard had to settle for second at the pay window, Luedtke took a solid third, Freddie Davister and Tony Everard rounded out the top five.

Todd Dart was once again victories over star studded field of IMCA Modifieds. Dart took the lead away from Tyler Hackett on lap 4 and never looked back, cruising to his 7th feature win of the season. James Tebon had a strong second, Hackett was third, Benji LaCrosse and Jared Siefert completed the top five.

In IMCA Hobby Stock action it was Jeremy Jauquet out lasting Derek Moede to earn his 4th feature win of the season. Marcus Moede was third, Travis Lumaye fourth and Dave Schmidt rallied late to place fifth after a trip down pit lane.

John Mathias had a little luck on his side when leader Gabe Zellner suffered mechanical issues with just two laps remaining. Mathias pounced on the opportunity to claim victory in the 500cc Micro Sprints.

Cole Possi led every lap en route to a feature win in the 600cc Micro Sprints.

Racing will take place Wednesday, July 30th for the Door County Fair. It will be a full points night for our 5 regular divisions, plus Powder-Puff and a Mechanics race. Racing starts at 6:30PM

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 5. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Tebon; LaCrosse

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Suchocki; Dave Bouche
HEAT 2: Tony Bouche; Shawn Havel, Algoma

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jacob Zellner, New Franken; Ryan LeMieux
HEAT 2: Rass; Jesse Kroll, Algoma

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. Travis Lumaye, Brussels; 5. Dave Schmidt, Casco

HEAT 1: Derek Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Marcus Moede; Amber Weidner, Maplewood

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Danny Gracyalny, Kaukauna; 2. Geno Sturgeon Bay; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Fred Davister, Sugarbush; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Everard; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma; Gracyalny

16 LAP LITTLE HOPPERS RECYCLING 600CC FEATURE: 1. Cole Possi, Rock, MI; 2. Matt Peterson, Escanaba, MI; 3. Denver Larson, Neillsville; 4. Greg Brayak, Wilson, MI; 5. Todd Belanger, Escanaba, MI

HEAT 1: Peterson; Belanger
HEAT 2: Jim Groleau, Cornell, MI; Possi

16 LAP SONNY’S PIZZERIA 500CC FEATURE: 1. John Mathias, Wilson, MI; 2. Gabe Zellner, New Franken; 3. Trent Pepin, Escanaba; 4. Austin Berg, Bark River, MI; 5. Colton Pepin, Escanaba, MI

HEAT 1: Zellner; Berg