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2010 Season Letter to Drivers

Welcome drivers, to the 2010 season. We are having a drivers meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00p.m. The meeting will be held at The Ladder House in the upstairs banquet hall. We would like to see all drivers, new and old. There will be a number of things to discuss at this meeting.

The good news is Thunderhill will be racing in 2010. Prestige Yacht Coatings is on board as the title sponsor for another year. What Joe Hernandez, owner of PYC did for the track, along with all the ’09 sponsors was tremendous. I fully expect to continue the great year we had, right into the 2010 season!

The areas I want to go over…2010 schedule, specials, rules in general, class reps, any input / thoughts that you as a driver may have.

We also will be going over 1st and 2nd row pit spots. To hold your previous spot you will need to have paid for it in full, before or on the date of the meeting, otherwise it will be put up for lottery. The prices for pit spots are the same, $100.00 for 1st row, and $50.00 for second row. Any other pit spot being reserved in all remaining rows will also be $50.00. The name on the pit spot is responsible for that spot.  Again this year I had parking issues in the second row, I need to get this resolved. I will make every effort to keep in order & everyone in the correct spots.

The classes that will be running for points are the IMCA Mods, Sport mods, Stock cars, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks, and 4-cylinders. 2010 rules for most classes and IMCA licenses will be available. We also may be looking for reps in the IMCA divisions. Anyone that is interested can come talk to me.

Any questions and concerns that you may have will be discussed at the meeting.


Bryan Wodack
(920) 743-7052

2010 Season a Go for Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway

October 10, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI — Joe Hernandez, owner of Prestige Yacht Coatings of Sturgeon Bay, has signed on for another season to be the headline sponsor of Thunderhill Raceway for the 2010 racing season.

Prestige Yacht Coatings came aboard prior to the start of last season, providing the track ample sponsorship to keep the doors open. The company also sponsored several local drivers during the 2009 campaign.

The awards banquet for the 2009 season has been set for Friday, November 13 at the Ladder House Sports Bar & Grill. The cash bar will open at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. All drivers and fans are welcome.

Also, the drivers meeting for 2010 has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm. The meeting will also be held at the Ladder House Sports Bar & Grill.

More information on both the awards banquet and drivers meeting will be available shortly.

For more information, visit or call promoter Bryan “Woody” Wodack at (920) 743-7052.


by Chris Budzban

August 29, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Persistent rain showers put an end to the 2009 season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway.

It was a season of firsts in all divisions, as all the champions had never won a title in their respective divisions.

Two-time IMCA stock car champion Shawn Kilgore captured his 1st career IMCA modified title, beating out six-time and defending champion Todd Dart.

Former street stock track champion Mike Pierrard also picked up his 1st career title in the IMCA stock car division, winning out over Pat Davister and Troy Muench.

IMCA stock car veteran Cory Cochart beat out last year’s runner-up Brad Lautenbach for the crown in the IMCA northern sport mod division.  The title is Cochart’s 1st in any division.

Frank Paul captured his 1st career track title as well, a solid season for the veteran of the division.  He beat out hometown driver Brandon Peterson.

Veteran NEW super stock driver Jeremy Wiitala picked up his 1st career title in the division.  Wiitala was the track champion in the bomber division back in 2001.

Kipp Burlo edged Kasey Gross in the 4 cylinder division for his 1st career championship.

The rainout concludes the 2009 season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway.  Thank you to all the sponsors, drivers, fans and track personnel who made it a very exciting and successful season at the track.

King of the Hill IMCA Modified Races Tonight at Thunderhill

We’re having a little special “King of the Hill” event in the IMCA modifieds tonight at Thunderhill. What we’ll do is take the top 2 drivers in each heat race, plus two provisionals to make up an 8 car field.

The cars will come out two at a time and race each other in a 2 lap dash. Winner will move to the next round until we have the last man/woman standing.

This is being put on by Dan & Scott Ratajczak of Packerland Whey. The winner will receive a $500 prize.

Racing gets underway at 6pm.

IMCA Modified Top Prize Bumped to $1,000 for Thunderhill’s Fair Night Special

August 1, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – The original top prize in the IMCA modified division for the Fair Night Special on Wednesday, August 5 has been pushed up from $800 to $1,000.

With the bump in pay, the winner will be a qualifer for the Fastshaft All-Star Invitational race ballot for the IMCA Supernationals in Boone, Iowa in September.

Racing will start at 6:30pm on Wednesday evening for the special. All weekly divisions minus the NEW super stocks will be in action. For more information, visit or call (920) 743-7052.

Christmas in July Rescheduled for Upcoming Weekend at Thunderhill

July 30, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Rain showers put a damper on Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway’s plans for “Christmas in July” at the track this past weekend, so the festivities will be held this coming Saturday evening during the regularly scheduled racing program.  The night of racing will be sponsored by Miller Lite.

A reminder to race teams that they are encouraged to dress up their race haulers with a Christmas theme, as prizes will be awarded to the best appearing rigs. The track and personnel will be donning Christmas decorations and apparel as well.

There will be no racing next Saturday due to the Door County Fair.  On Wednesday, August 5 is the annual Door County Fair Night Special with racing starting at 6:30pm.  The NEW super stock division will not be racing on that night.

Racing begins at 6pm on Saturday evening with IMCA modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks, northern sport mods, NEW super stocks and 4 cylinders hitting the 1/3 mile clay oval. For more information, visit or call (920) 743-7052.

Thunderhill Raceway Teams with Breast Cancer Family Foundation

July 30, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Family Foundation to help educate on cancer awareness and prevention.

The foundation is based in Green Bay, WI and helps cancer patients and families find information, services and resources about cancer that impact their quality of life.

Thunderhill will be donating the track’s share of the 50/50 raffle to the foundation, along with 3 specially made racing flags. One flag will be signed by all of the drivers, and a pair of pink & black checkered flags will be signed by the night’s feature winners.

Drivers will be passing around a helmet in both the pit area and grandstand to raise more money for the foundation as well.

Racing gets underway at 6pm on Saturday evening. More information on the Breast Cancer Family Foundation can be found on their website, For more information on Thunderhill Raceway, visit or call (920) 743-7052.

IMCA Modifieds Race for $800 Top Prize at Thunderhill’s Fair Night Special August 5

July 29, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will host the annual Door County Fair Night Special this season on Wednesday, August 5.  All four IMCA divisions will be in action along with the 4 cylinders.  The NEW super stocks will have the night off.

The night will be a non-track points night, but drivers will be awarded both state and national points.  The event will follow the draw/redraw format for all divisions.  The claim rule will be in effect.

Payout is based on a 25 car field for each division, with the top prizes being $800 in the modifieds, $500 in the stock cars, $400 in the sport mods, $300 in the hobby stocks and $125 in the 4 cylinders.

Driver entry will be $35 while regular pit passes will be $25.  Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students (ages 12-17), $6 for children (ages 6-11) and free for kids (5 & under).

All drivers are required to have mufflers in order to compete.  Sponsors for the special will be announced at the track before the races begin.

Racing for the special will being a half hour later at 6:30pm.  There will be no racing on Saturday, August 8.  For more information, visit the website at or call (920) 743-7052.