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CHECKERS FALL ON 2010 THUNDERHILL SEASON

By Greg Aregoni

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 20 – The 2010 season is now complete at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway with the fall special now in the books. The winner’s of the fall special were Eugene Gregorich in the Modifieds, Dave Bouche in the Stock Cars, Brad Lautenbach in the Sport Mods, Edward Anschutz in the Street Stocks, Luke Lemmens in the Hobby Stocks, and Jeremy Dubois in the 4 Cylinders.

Kewaunee’s Edward Anschutz picked up the 15 lap Street Stock A-Main.

Kevin Sternard used his pole position starting spot to take the early lead in the Street Stock feature. An early caution would slow the field. On the restart, Sternard would again build his lead to five car lengths. Sternard would continue to lead until mechanical woes sidelined him for the night. Ed Anschutz would inherit the lead after a caution flag. Anschutz would check out and go unchallenged and pick up the feature win. Geno Sternard was second followed by Josh Novak, Jimmy Anderson, and Nick Grovogel.

2010 Champion Luke Lemmens of Kewaunee capped off his season taking home the win in the Hobby Stocks.

Tom Brumlic would lead the opening lap of the Hobby Stock feature before being overtaken by Adam Pallex. Luke Lemmens would take the lead down low with Brandon Peterson right behind. At the half way point of the race the caution came out bringing the field together. The battle would ensue after the caution with Lemmens holding the lead with Peterson all over the back bumper. Lemmens would hold off all charges and pick up the win. Peterson would settle for second with Pallex third, C.J. Weckler fourth, and Frank Paul fifth.

New Franken’s, Brad Lautenbach won his 8th feature of the season, winning the Sport Mod feature taking home a $700 pay day.

Eric Arneson led from the drop of the green flag to start out the Sport Mod feature. Aaron Holiday brought out the first caution with a spin in turn two. Ryan LeMieux used the inside lane on the restart to gain control of the point over Arneson. A series of cautions would keep the field close. Brad Lautenbach would make his was to second at the half way point of the race setting his sights on LeMieux. Lautenbach would secure the lead with the pass inside on lap 13. Lautenbach would charge away from the field and pick up the win. LeMieux was second but failed post race inspection. Second went to Arneson, Jeremy Cota third, Randy LeMieux Jr. fourth, and Tom Stark fifth.

Algoma’s Dave Bouche stormed through field after going down pit lane early to win and the Stock Car main event, the win netted Bouche $700.

Dave Bouche started the feature up front and took control early in the Stockcar feature. Caution would fly after Troy Muench and Bouche got together going for the lead. Bouche would head down pit lane. Jeremy Wiitala would inherit the lead after the caution but had heavy pressure from Larry Karcz Jr. Karcz would use a low line pass on Wiitala for the lead. A caution would keep the field close with ten laps to go.

With five to go, Wiitala makes a three wide pass for the lead after contact between Justin Jacobsen and Larry Karcz. A caution with two laps to go would setup a two lap dash for cash. On the restart, Wiitala left just enough room for Dave Bouche to get even. As they rounded the final corner on the last lap, Bouche edged Wiitala. Bouche who had come back from 20th after going down pit lane picked up the win.

4-Time Modified Champion Eugene Gregorich of Kewaunee picked the win the Modifieds, taking home a cool $1000.
Shawn Kilgore stormed into the lead in the opening laps of the Modified feature. Caution laps would put a damper early on in the race. Once the race restarted, Kilgore would take off and hold a commanding lead over Billy LeMieux who would later bring out the caution while running second. On the caution Kilgore’s machine began leaking fluid and thus being sent out of the race.

James Tebon would take over command of the race. Eugene Gregorich would make his way to second with 5 laps to go and start to reel in Tebon. Gregorich used a power move down low with three laps to go to take the lead. Gregorich would cruise to victory with Tebon second. Kyle Kudick finished third with Kevin Sternard fourth and Dave Zeitler fifth.

Jeremy Dubois would take the lead in the 4 Cylinder feature and never look back. The win completed his championship run in the 4 Cylinder’s

Modified feature-1.Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee 2.James Tebon, Algoma 3. Kyle Kudick, Mishicot 4.Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay 5. Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg

Modified last Chance-1. Dan Rataczjak, Frog Station 2. Rick Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay

Stockcar Feature-1.Dave Bouche, Algoma 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay 3.Rick Dix, Appleton 4. Rick Mahlberg, Denmark 5. Justin Jacobsen, Hortonville

Stockcar Last Chance- 1. Mahlberg 2. Larry karcz jr, pulaski

Hobby Stock Feature- 1.Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay 3.Adam Pallex, Algoma 4.CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay 5.Frank Paul, Kewaunee

Hobby Stock Last Chance-1. Joe hegnet, sturgeon bay 2. Dave Schmidt, Kewaunee

Sportmod Feature- 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto falls 3. Jeremy Cota, Oconto 4.Randy Lemieux Jr, Sturgeon Bay 5. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor

Sportmod Last chance- 1. Lautenbach 2. Aaron Holiday, Green Bay

Street Stock Feature- 1.Edward Anschutz, Kewaunee 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay 3. Josh Novak, Appleton 4.Jimmy Anderson, Forestville 5. Nick Grovogel, Forestville

4 Cylinder Feature- 1.Jeremy Dubois, Algoma 2.Tony Everard, Green Bay 3. Eric Fonder

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THUNDERHILL FALL CLASSIC TO RUN WEDNESDAY

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 9/11/2010) – Rain showers followed by a steady drizzle late into the afternoon Saturday forced postponement of the second day of the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway Fall Classic.

With Friday night’s qualifiers in the books, promoter Bryan “Woody” Wodack announced that the Classic’s finals would be run this Wednesday night, September 15th.

The evening will kick off with Last Chance Qualifiers for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and 4 cylinders, followed by the event’s feature races.  Line-ups established Friday night for the qualified cars will carry forward to Wednesday.  Teams not in attendance Friday will be able to run the Last Chance Qualifiers.

The Fastrack Late Models will not run Wednesday due to scheduling conflicts.

7-time National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher was at the track Saturday meeting fans and signing autographs, but will also miss the rain date as he will be in Charlotte, NC preparing for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

The program will include the scheduled finale; the trailer race of destruction.

Start time for Wednesday’s Classic will be 6:00pm.

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side.  For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway Results 9/10/10

Fastrack Late Models

Heat 1 – Zack Drews, Ringle: Justin Hirt: Tigerton
Heat 2 – A.J. Diemel, Bonduel: Dave Fieber, Neenah

Dash – Diemel: Fieber

Modified Qualifier – Shawn Kilgore, New Franken: Kyle Lentz, Green Bay: James Tebon, Algoma: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay: Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers

Heat 1 – Lentz: Kilgore
Heat 2 – Dave Zeitler, Luxemburg: Sternard

Stock Car Qualifier – Shawn Havel, Algoma: Troy Muench, Namur: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay: Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor: Dave Bouche, Algoma: John Anschutz, Brussels

Heat 1 – Havel: Corey Suchocki, Denmark
Heat 2 – Wiitala: Muench

Northern Sport Mod Qualifier – Brad Theys, Kewaunee: Jeremy Cota, Oconto: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay: Eric Arneson, Oconto: J.J. Anderson, Pulaski: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – LeMieux: Arneson
Heat 2 – Anderson: Cota

Street Stock Qualifier – Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee: Jimmy Anderson, Sturgeon Bay: Geno Sternard, Luxemburg: Dave Baenen, New Franken: Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay

Heat – Kevin Sternard: Anschutz

Hobby Stock Qualifier – Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Adam Pallex, Algoma: Ryan Rohr, Casco

Heat 1 – Weckler: Frank Paul, Kewaunee
Heat 2 – Rob Waechter, Jr, Ellisville: Lemmens

4 Cylinder Qualifier – Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay: Tony Everard, Green Bay: Kasey Gross, Gleason: Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: Eric Fonder, Green Bay: Adam Goldman, Sturgeon Bay

Heat – Everard: Jody Cornelius, Oneida

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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 5 – Jared Siefert picked up he second feature in a row capturing the 20 lap IMCA Modified main at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway. Other feature winners were Charlie Kroll (stockcar), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Brandon Peterson (hobby Stock), Jimmy Anderson (street stock) and Jeremy DuBois (four-cylinder).

Dan Ratajzcak would lead the opening circuits before Billy LeMieux worked the outside groove. As Ratajzcak and LeMieux battle for the lead this allowed last weeks feature winner Jared Siefert to make it a 3 car battle. LeMieux would take over the top spot and lead till lap 8, that’s when Siefert would make his move down low passing LeMieux and take over the top spot. With Siefert in command all eyes fell to Jay Matthias and Todd Dart battle for the title.

Matthias would hold an 12 points lead over Dart as the pair traded position on the track several times. When the checkers flew it was Siefert scoring his second win in a row and his 13th Modified win at ThunderHill. Second to a hard charging James Tebon, third Billy LeMieux, fourth Mike Wedelstadt and Kyle Lentz rounded out the top five.

Jay Matthias would capture his first ever career title winning the IMCA Modified Crown. Sometimes in racing they say you need a little luck, as Matthias pulled out of his pit stall for champions photos a rear suspension piece broke and the car was unable to move.

Tim Czarneski would capture the IMCA Modified State Title.

Charlie Kroll would capture the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car Feature.

The stage was set for the IMCA Stock Car title. In what would be a race for the ages, Greg Gretz came in holding a mere 1 point edge over Charlie Kroll. When the green flew it was John Anschutz jumping out to the top spot. Jamie Suchocki would battle from his 6th place starting spot to work by Anschutz on lap 5. Meanwhile, Gretz jumped quickly from his 12th place starting spot and worked his way to the top 4. Kroll was stuck deep in traffic and it appeared he wasn’t going to be able to make any headway through the pack.

A caution on lap 7 would bunch the field. Suchocki still in command as the race restarted, Gretz would now work to third. That’s when Kroll would making a daring 4 wide pass in turn 3, sparks would fly and Kroll would now find himself working into the 2nd position. Another caution would fly midway through the contest. Suchocki would be the leader, Kroll second, Gretz third and Dave Bouche fourth. As the race restarted, Kroll would work under Suchocki and take the lead only to have it wiped away to another caution.

The green would fly again, Kroll would dive low on Suchocki and Gretz would make it three wide in the high groove. Kroll and Suchocki would make contact sending Gretz sliding high and slipping back to the fourth spot. Again the caution would fly, and due to the time limit if their was another caution the race would be ended. Again the green flew and Kroll would take off with Bouche locked to his back bumper. Gretz would begin his march back to the front, as he would be right on the bumper of Bouche.

With the laps winding down it appeared as if Kroll would win the title as Gretz was not able to pass Bouche. With 2 laps remaining Gretz in a last ditch effort pulled the high side and ran door to door with Bouche. If Gretz couldn’t pass Bouche he would lose the title, if he made the pass the would tie Kroll. The white flag flew Kroll had the lead in hand, Bouche and Gretz still side by side. With checkers waving in the air Kroll would pick up his second win of the season, Greg Gretz would pass Bouche by mere inches at the line for second, Dave Bouche Third, Rookie of the Year Jeremy Wiitala fourth and Shawn Havel fifth.

With Greg Gretz making the pass at the checkers he and Charlie Kroll would tie for the IMCA Stock Car Title. Kroll stated if he won the title he would retire, but with him and Gretz being Co-Champions he said he will return next season.

Brad Lautenbach picked up his 7th feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

It was Rookie Chris Benes leading early in the Sport Mod feature. But a series of cautions at the midway point would wipe away Benes lead. On lap 11 Brad Lautenbach, the divisions all time win leader would go storming by and cruise to the checkers winning the 20 lap feature. Tom Stark would place a solid second for the second straight week, Randy LeMieux Jr. in his best finish of the year third, former champion Jeff Vlies fourth and Chris Benes fifth.

Sport Mod Rookie of the Year Honors would go to Kelsy Hayes.

All points leader Eric “Chummy” Arneson needed to do was qualify through the heat race to win the track title in the IMCA Sport Mods and that’s exactly what he did. This is Arneson his first title at ThunderHill.

Brandon Peterson would make it a thrilling finish passing Joe Hegnet on the last corner of the last lap to win the 15 lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

Coning into the night Luke Lemmens would lead Brandon Peterson by 7 points for Hobby Stock Title. When the green flew it was the former 2003 hobby stock champion Joe Hegnet taking the lead from his front row starting spot, that’s before CJ Weckler would work by Hegnet and lead till lap 6. That’s when Hegnet would regain the lead. Rookie of the Year Travis Hackett would reel in Hegnet and the pair would make contact sending Hegnet spinning on lap 8 and the caution would fly.

Hegnet would be given the lead back, and when the green flew he looked to be on his way to his first win of the season. Lemmens quickly worked into the top 4 knowing he had to stay within a few cars of Peterson who had now worked himself into the second spot. Peterson began reeling in Hegnet and as the white flag flew, Peterson would look to the inside down the backstretch, Hegnet would shut the door and they raced into to turn 3 nose to tail. Peterson would be right on Hegnet’s rear bumper, Hegnet’s car would push high coming for the checkers, Peterson would dive low taking the win by inches. Joe Hegnet second, Luke Lemmens third, Marcus Moede fourth and CJ Weckler rounded out the top 5.

By virtue of his third place finish second generation driver Luke Lemmens would capture his first ever track title and would also take home the IMCA Hobby Stock State Crown.

Jimmy “Windows” Anderson picked up his second win in a row capturing the 15 lap Street Stock Feature.

Coming into the night Geno Sternard would hold a 7 point edge of Rookie Tony Everard. Marvin Denny would take the top spot for the first 6 laps of the Street Stock main event. Nick Grovogel would throw his hat in the ring and muscle his way to the lead on lap 7. But his reign up top wouldn’t last long as Jimmy Anderson made the pass for the lead the next lap. Sternard would be stuck deep in the field as Everard charged quickly to second. With 2 laps to go Sternard would tangle with James Bosman, sending the point leader in a spin.

The race would stay green, Everard would make a last ditch attempt to take the lead from Anderson coming for the checkers but would come up a fender short of the win. Anderson would pick up his second career feature win, second to Rookie of the Year Tony Everard, third was Nick Grovogel, fourth Les Sternard and fifth to Marvin Denny.

Geno Sternard would capture the Street Stock title by a mere 2 points over Everard. This is Sternard’s first career track title.

Jeremy Dubious picked up his 7th feature win of the season and was crowned Champion in the Four-Cylinders. This is Dubious first career title.

Joey Scoon would take home the Rookie of the Year honors.

Next week, September 10 &11 will kick off the 2-day fall classic, featuring Fastrak Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks and Four-Cylinders will be racing for extra cash. Saturday nights events will be followed by a Trailer Race of Destruction.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com You can also follow ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE SUMMARY:

20 IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont; 5. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Lentz; Siefert
HEAT 2: Dan Ratajzcak, Frog Station; Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 3: LeMieux; Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers

20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. David Bouche, Algoma; 4. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma

B-MAIN 1: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Dan Sell, Suring

HEAT 1: Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels; John Anschutz, Brussels
HEAT 3: Troy Muench, Brussels; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 3. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; 5. Chris Benes, Algoma

B-MAIN 1: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; 2. Jason Cornelius, Oneida

HEAT 1: Todd Wiese, Algoma; Benes
HEAT 2: Lautenbach; J.J. Anderson, Pulaski
HEAT 3: Stark; LeMieux Jr.

15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma

HEAT 1: Adam Pallex, Algoma; Moede
HEAT 2: Tom Brumlic, Denmark; Dave Schmidt, Algoma

15 LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3. Nick Grovogel, Forestville; 4. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Everard; Grovogel
HEAT 2: James Bosman, Sturgeon Bay; Brian Weslow, Green Bay

12 LAP FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mark Mincheski, Denmark; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Mincheski; DuBois

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SIEFERT SCORCHES FIELD TAKING HOME TOP HONORS IN THE MODS AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 28 – Jared Siefert made it a clean sweep in the IMCA Modifieds winning his heat and feature at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dave DeGrave (stockcar), Troy Jerovetz (sport mod), Luke Lemmens (hobby Stock), Jimmy Anderson (street stock) and Jeremy DuBois (four-cylinder).

Former 4-Time Champion Eugene Gregorich set the early stages of the IMCA Modified feature. Gregorich fresh off a big win at 141 Speedway looked to be on his way to another checkered. That was until former Champ Jared Siefert began to work down low on Gregorich’s machine. The pair would run door to until the mid way point, that’s when Siefert would begin to pull away. A caution on lap 13 would set up a 7 lap dash to the finish.

As the green flew Siefert would again distance himself from the field and never look back picking up his first win of the season. Siefert becomes the 12th different Modified winner in the 13 points nights. Kyle Lentz would round out a solid weekend taking second, Defending Champion Shawn Kilgore would place third after starting 12th and Eugene Gregorich would hold on for fourth, with Kyle Kudick fifth.

Dave “The Hammer” DeGrave made two in a row picking up the win the IMCA Stock Cars.

Jeremy Jauquet lead the opening 3 circuits before Shawn Havel made his way to the top spot. But his reign up top wouldn’t last long as last weeks winner Dave DeGrave powered by Havel top take the lead. As DeGrave and Havel drove away from the field everyones eyes were glued on the top to point contenders.

Greg Gretz and Charlie Kroll would come into the night tied for the points lead. With Gretz starting 11th and Kroll 12th both drivers had there work cut out for them. Kroll would be the first to make a move as he started working through the field. As Kroll worked through the pack, Gretz would shadow every move Kroll made. The duo worked through the pack and found themselves running third and fourth.

With DeGrave and Havel checked out, Kroll and Gretz began their own battle for third. They would run side by side for the remaining laps. Havel would stay within striking distance of DeGrave, but never was able to mount a challenge. DeGrave would picked up the win in the caution free contest, Shawn Havel a close second, Greg Gretz would make a last lap pass and take over the points lead finishing third, Charlie Kroll would place fourth, and Rookie Jeremy Wiitala fifth.

Troy Jerovetz would make it a clean sweep winning the heat and feature in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Eric Mahlik led the first 2 laps before Troy Jerovetz would power to the inside and took the lead and never look back. Jerovetz would pull out to over a half a track lead and win the caution free event. This was Jerovetz’s second win of the weekend after taking the checkers at Luxemburg Friday night. After a hard wreck last week Tom Stark would place a strong second, a hard charging Brad Lautenbach third after starting 12th. Dennis Miesler fourth and J.J. Anderson rounded out the top five. Eric Mahlik would cross the stripe in the top four but was disqualified after not pulling into the claim area.

Luke Lemmens picked up his 4th feature win of the season inching closer to his first career title in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

A series of caution early would put Lemmens to the front of the pack, with CJ Weckler your leader. Lemmens would power to the outside as the duo would run door to door until contact on the backstretch. Weckler would lose control of his racer and clobber the wall, ending his night. Lemmens would go on to win the feature, he would also make it a clean sweep winning his heat race. Marcus Moede second, third for Rookie Travis Hackett, Brandon Peterson fourth and Rookie Dave Schmidt would place fifth after starting 15th.

Jimmy “Windows” Anderson notched his first career feature win in the Street Stocks.

Marvin Deny would jump from his front row starting spot to lead the first 2 laps, that’s when Ed Franklin would charge to the outside and take away the lead. But Deny wasn’t about to go away, he fought back to the inside making the pass at the midway point. Caution would fly on lap 9 bunching the field, and that’s the break Veteran racer Jimmy Anderson needed. When the race resumed Anderson made an aggressive move coming into turn three. Heavy contact was made but Anderson would take the top spot on lap 10. Anderson quickly pulled away, but the caution would fly two laps later setting up a 3 lap dash to the checkers

Anderson would have to the top 2 points drivers of Tony Everard and points leader Geno Sternard right on his back bumper. The green would fly and Sternard would power to the outside of Anderson. The pair would race door to door coming for the checkers with Anderson winning by mere inches at the line. Anderson would make it a clean sweep also winning his heat race. Geno Sternard second, Rookie Tony Everard third, fourth to Les Sternard and fifth to Nick Grovogel.

Points leader Jeremy DuBois led from the drop of the green to win his 6th feature of year in the Four-Cylinders.

Floors by Josh will be the sponsor for Championship night next week, as we will crown Champions in all 6 division.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com You can also follow ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE SUMMARY:

20 LAP IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 2. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 4. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers

HEAT 1: Sean Jerovetz; Sobieski; Todd Dart, Algoma
HEAT 2: Siefert; Jay Matthias, De Pere
HEAT 3: Dan Rataczjack, Frog Station; Kilgore

20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Havel; Wiitala
HEAT 2: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; DeGrave
HEAT 3: Don Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 3. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. J.J. Anderson, Pulaski

B-MAIN 1: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; James Iverson, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jerovetz; Stark
HEAT 3: Miesler; Jesse Brey, Two Rivers

15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dave Schmidt, Algoma

HEAT 1: CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Rob Waechter, Ellisville
HEAT 2: Lemmens; Moede

15 LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 4. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Nick Grovogel, Forestville

HEAT 1: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Grovogel
HEAT 2: Anderson; David Baenen, New Franken
12 LAP FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brian Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: DuBois, Mike Sargent

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DAVE “THE HAMMER” DEGRAVE NAILS DOWN FIRST THUNDERHILL FEATURE IN THE IMCA STOCK CARS

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 21 – Dave DeGrave wrestled the lead away from Don Aregoni at the mid way point, and went on to win the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Other feature winners on Bissen Asphalt night at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway were, Billy LeMieux (Mods), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Luke Lemmens (hobby stock), Geno Sternard (street stocks) and Jeremy Dubois (four-cylinders).

John Anschutz set the early paces in the IMCA Stock Car feature before veteran racer “Donzo” Don Aregoni would power to the front and start to pull away from the field. A series of caution would keep the pack bunched behind Aregoni. Once racing resumed it was defending Rookie of the Year Dave DeGrave muscling his way into the inside taking over the top spot midway through the contest.

DeGrave would then have to fight off former Street Stock Champion Troy Muench. The duo would run door to door for the remaining laps with DeGrave holding on and taking home the win, his first at ThunderHill this season making it a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Troy Muench second, Jeremy Wiitala, last weeks winner Tony Bouche fourth and Co-point leader Greg Gretz rounded out the top 5.

Billy LeMieux would work the high line to perfection winning the 20 lap caution free IMCA Modified feature.

Rookie Tony Wedelstadt would jump to the point from his front row starting spot. Wedelstadt would have his hands full with a hard charging Jeremy Jacobs. Jacobs a former champion would challenge for the lead lap after lap. As the race wound down Wedelstadt would begin to pull away from Jacobs advances.

That’s when Billy LeMieux began to find momentum using the high and reeled and passed Jacobs for second. He then set his sites on the Wedelstadt. With 2 laps remaining LeMieux passed Wedelstadt and took home his first win of the season, making it a clean sweep after winning his heat race as well. A career best second for Tony Wedelstadt, Jeremy Jacobs, Kyle Lentz and Kyle Kudick rounded out the top 5.

Brad Lautenbach made a late race pass to pick up his 6th feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Defending feature winner, Rookie Tyler Hackett lead from the drop of green and looked well on his way to another feature win until Ryan LeMieux and Kelsy Hayes tangled out of turn four. Hayes’s car would spin and caution would fly. When the race resumed Hackett would fight off the advances of LeMieux and Jesse Kroll. After starting deep the field Brad Lautenbach began to work his way through the pack and caught Hackett with 3 laps remaining. Lautenbach would carry the momentum on high side and take the lead with 2 laps remaining picking up the clean sweep winning the heat and the feature. Second for Ryan LeMieux, Travis Hackett, Jesse Kroll and Jeff Vlies rounded out the top 5.

In heat race action, sport mod points contender Tom Stark would slam the turn one wall nearly ripping the whole rear-end housing out of the car. Stark would emerge shaken but was uninjured. He would not compete the rest of the evening.

Point leader Luke Lemmens picked up a division high 3rd feature of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

After and opening lap crash IMCA State Point Leader, Marcus Moede found himself leading the feature. That didn’t last to long as on lap 3 Luke Lemmens challenged Moede and took over the top spot. Lemmens would hold on and win the 15 lap feature, extending his point lead. Title contender Brandon Peterson would place second, Marcus Moede, CJ Weckler would place third after pitting early in the event and fifth for Travis Hackett who also came from deep in the field.

Geno Sternard padded his point lead winning his 3rd feature of the season in the Street Stocks.

Marvin Deny set the early paces before Les Sternard powered his way to the point and built up nearly a straightaway lead. A caution on lap 10 would wipe the lead away and set up a 5 lap dash to the checker. The green would fly but this time Les would have his hands full with relative and current point leader Geno Sternard. Geno would work to the inside and the Sternard’s would go door to door for the win. Les would get loose out of turn 4 with 3 laps remaining sending his car spinning. Handing the lead over to Geno who held on picked up the win. Rookie Tony Everard second, Kipp Burlo, James Anderson and Brian Weslow rounded out the top five.

Naomi Weidner would suffer a stuck throttle and smash head-on into the turn 4 wall heading for the checkers in the street stock feature. Her car would immediately burst into flames and suffer extensive damage. Amazing she would walk away unharmed.

Point leader Jeremy DuBois picked up his fifth feature win of the season on the Four-Cylinders.

Next week, August 28 Little Hoppers will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include a Halloween trick or treat theme. Children are encouraged to dress up in there costumes.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com You can also follow ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter

RACE SUMMARY

IMCA MODFIED FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Tony Wedelstadt, New London; 3. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; 4. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 5. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers

HEAT 1: Kudick; Jay Matthias, DePere
HEAT 2: Wedelstadt; Lentz
HEAT 3. LeMieux; Todd Dart, Algoma

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; 2. Troy Muench, Brussels; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 5. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay; Muench
HEAT 2: Bouche; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 3: Done Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Jesse Kroll, Algoma; 5. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee

CONSI 1: Chris Benes, Algoma; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Lautenbach; Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Kroll; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 3: Eric Arneson; Oconto Falls; LeMieux

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Travis Hackett, Algoma

HEAT 1: Adam Pallex, Algoma; Moede
HEAT 2: Peterson; Weckler

FOUR-CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Nick Everard, Green Bay; 3. Matt Sargent, Green Bay; 4. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Bob Skippon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; DuBois