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DERENNE REIGNS AT THUNDERHILL

DERENNE REIGNS AT THUNDERHILL

by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 7/10/2010) – Longtime veteran Chris Derenne held off a late charge from Jared Siefert to win his first IMCA Modified feature in several years Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Derenne shared the spotlight with five other first time 2010 winners; Kyle Wanner in the IMCA Stock Cars, Rod Solem in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Todd Everard in the Super Stocks, Travis Hackett in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and 4 Cylinder rookie Joey Scoon.

While Derenne led all 20 laps of the Modified headliner, the feature checker nearly slipped from his grasp in the final dash as a determined Siefert almost stole the win at the line.

The first half of the race gave little indication how close the finish would be as Derenne worked his way to a sizeable advantage on the field.  With Tony Wedelstadt and Randy Markwardt, Jr locked in a battle for second, Derenne put nearly a quarter-lap cushion between he and the lead pack.

Wedelstadt would eventually take control of the runner-up spot and began to pull away from Markwardt when the event’s first incident took Tim Czarneski not only out of the top five but out of the race altogether.

It took a couple tries, but once the green stayed put, Derenne again found his rhythm and began to edge away.  Kyle Kudick now joined Wedelstadt in the battle for second.  Kudick gained the edge on the low line, but the two locked together, sliding high out of two with eight laps to go.  Siefert and Shawn Kilgore took advantage of the open lane and sped past into second and third.  The duo set sail for Derenne, steadily chipping away at the lead.

As the white flag flew, Siefert caught the leader.  His chance for the win came on the final series of corners as Derenne left just enough room on the low line for Siefert to move in.  But Derenne had enough momentum out of the corner to nip Siefert by less than half a car length at the line.

Kilgore was right in their tracks at the stripe for third, with Kudick righting the ship after the contact with Wedelstadt to take fourth.  Last week’s feature winner, James Tebon, turned in another strong performance to round out the top five.

In the IMCA Stock Cars, Wanner didn’t had a big lead to lose because he was under constant attack from never less than two cars the entire way.

He took the lead from Eric Malfroid on the second lap, and was quickly joined by Jaime Suchocki and Troy Muench in the struggle for the point.  The low line was the preferred place to be for most of the night and that’s where Wanner set up shop.

Tucked in on his back bumper was Suchocki, followed closely by Dave Bouche, with Muench working the outside line.  Wanner and Muench logged lap after lap, side by side, with Wanner always able to hold the edge.

Muench dropped back slightly in the closing laps to give Wanner the slightest breathing room.  Suchocki was never able to get inside of the leader, but did nip Muench at the line for second, with Bouche right there in fourth.  Greg Gretz got the best of a race-long match-up with Charlie Kroll and Eugene Gregorich to claim the final top five spot.

In the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Solem took the lead at the drop of the green, and despite two cautions midway through the event wasn’t seriously challenged en route to his win.

Jeff Vlies established second and broke from the pack, but couldn’t chase down Solem.  Tyler Hackett fended off challenges from Chris Benes and Kelsy Hayes early, then Tom Stark and Jesse Kroll late, for a hard-fought third place finish.

In the Super Stocks, Everard’s second Hill visit of the year paid dividends as he out-dueled Dave Baenen for the win.

Baenen had taken the top spot from Kipp Burlo on the seventh lap, but lost it to Everard two laps later.  Baenen refused to surrender, chasing the eventual winner until the end before posting a season best second.

Tony Everard, James Bosman and division point leader Andy Paluch rounded out the top five.

Travis Hackett passed Travis LuMaye on the second lap, taking charge of the IMCA Hobby Stock finale for good on the way to his first career feature win.  C.J. Weckler would move into second three laps later, but couldn’t get into position to test Hackett.

Two-time Hobby Stock champ Keith Kickbusch stayed in the hunt the entire way placing third, followed by Roger LaViolette in fourth and LuMaye turning in a solid fifth place run.

Like the IMCA Stock Cars, the 4 Cylinder feature turned in a four-car scramble for the victory in the final lap with Scoon holding off Mike Sargent, Matt Torphy, and Jeremy DuBois to get his first career feature win.

This Saturday night, Dave Hatch Racing will host the show, featuring the second annual IMCA Modified King of the Hill competition sponsored by Packerland Whey.

Prestige Yacht Coatings 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.

Thunderhill Raceway Results 7/10/10

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Chris Derenne, Luxemburg: Jared Siefert, Luxemburg: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken: Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers: James Tebon, Algoma: Russ Reinwald, Juneau

Heat 1 – Siefert: Tebon
Heat 2 – Kilgore: Evan Madden, Algoma
Heat 3 – Kudick: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Kyle Wanner, Suamico: Jaime Suchocki, Forestville: Troy Muench, Namur: Dave Bouche, Algoma:  Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Charlie Kroll, Forestville

Semi-Feature – Casey Groessl, Algoma: Don Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay: Mike Gilson, Greenleaf: Tony Bouche, Algoma

Heat 1 – Suchocki: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
Heat 2 – Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay: Muench
Heat 3 – Wanner: Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 18 Lap Feature – Rod Solem, Seymour: Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee: Tyler Hackett, Algoma: Tom Stark, Egg Harbor:  Jesse Kroll, Algoma: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – J.J. Anderson, Pulaski: Solem
Heat 2 – Hackett: Stark
Heat 3 – Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay: Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

NEW Super Stock 15 Lap Feature – Todd Everard, Green Bay: Dave Baenen, New Franken: Tony Everard, Green Bay: James Bosman, Sturgeon Bay:  Andy Paluch, Pulaski: Gene Sternard, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Tony Everard: Nick Grovogel, Forestville
Heat 2 – Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Travis Hackett, Algoma: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee:  Roger LaViolette, Forestville: Travis LuMaye, Forestville: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Hackett: Peterson
Heat 2 – Kickbusch: Weckler

4 Cylinder Feature – Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay: Matt Torphy, Bonduel:  Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay: Brian Sargent, Sturgeon Bay:  Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

Heat – Scoon: Torphy

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Tebon Dominates To Earn First Victory of Season

Tebon Dominates To Earn First Victory of Season

By Greg Aregoni

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July, 3rd- James Lee Tebon used the inside lane for all 20 laps and cruised to his first win of the season at the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Charlie Kroll picked up the win in the IMCA Stockcars after a race long duel with Greg Gretz. Other winners on the night were Adam Pallex in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Jeff Vlies in the IMCA Northern Sportmods, Eddie Anschutz in the N.E.W. Super Stocks, and Brian Johnson in the 4 Cylinders

Nick Grovogel led the opening three circuits of the N.E.W. Super Stock feature before a cut tire would end his night. Dave Baenen powered by and looked to have the race in control until a caution for conor Iverson brought out the caution on lap 9. Eddie Anschutz and Josh Novak used the caution to there advantage and cleared their racers when racing resumed. Baenen would suffer mechanical issues ending his night. With everyone behind him Anschutz led the final 6 circuits to pick up his 2nd win of the season. Novak was second followed by point leader Andy Paluch, Tony Everard, and James Bosman.

Chris Benes led the opening lap of the IMCA Northern Sportmod feature until Jeff vlies rocketed by down low. Cochart was trailed by Ryan Lemieux by 3 car lengths until a caution for Shawn Lemieux waved on lap 9. On the restart, Lemieux used the topside of the track to gain advantage for one lap. Vlies was able to regain the lead and won the feature but not without heavy pressure from Lemieux who had to settle for second. Steve Jorgenson who started 17th finished 3rd. Jesse Kroll who started 16th finished 4th, followed by Eric Arneson in fifth.

Dave DeGrave used his outside front row starting spot to claim the lead early in the IMCA Stockcar feature. DeGrave would continue to lead until Kyle Wanner tangled with Scott Reinhardt. Wanner was called for the caution and sent to the back with Reinhardt suffering a bent spindle. When racing resumed, Charlie Kroll and Greg Gretz powered by DeGrave to grab the top two spots. A game of cat and mouse was played between the two but Kroll was able to win by a couple car lengths. Point leader Gretz finished second. Ben Kroll finished 3rd in his first run at Thunderhill. John Heinz finished fourth with DeGrave fifth. After the race, Kyle Wanner claimed the motor of Charlie Kroll. Claim was accepted and they swapped motors.

Evan Madden led the opening five laps of the IMCA Modified feature before James Lee Tebon shot passed inside and never looked back. Dan Rataczjak would get to second and try on the topside of the track to get around Tebon but to no avail. Tebon would pull away in the waning laps to pick up his first win of the season. Rataczjak would take home second place money. Shawn Kilgore was third followed by Jay Mathias and Madden.

Despite heavy pressure all race long, Adam Pallex never left the bottom of the track and was able to pick up the victory in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Frank Paul finished second. Rob Waechter Jr. settled for third followed by Brandon Peterson, and Luke Lemmens.

Brian Johnson scored a clean sweep in the Feisty 4 Cylinder class. Jeremy Dubois was second and Matt Sargent third.

Next Saturday Night will be Lakeside Painting and Sherman Williams Night with the Feisty 4 Cylinders being introduced.

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.

IMCA Modified Feature- 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma 2. Dan Rataczjak, Frog Station 3. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken 4. Jay Matthias, DePere 5. Evan Madden, Algoma

Heats #1 1. Tebon 2. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers
#2 1. Billy Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 2. Rataczjak
#3 1. Chris Derenne, Luxemburg 2. Madden

IMCA Stockcar Feature- 1. Charlie Kroll, Forestville 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee 3. Ben Kroll, New Franken 4. John Heinz, Green Bay 5. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg

Consy -1. Jeremy Wiitala

Heats- #1 1. Kroll 2. Kyle Wanner, Suamico
#2. 1. John Anschutz, Brussels 2. Scott Reinhardt, Bailey’s harbor
#3 1. DeGrave 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma

IMCA Hobby Stock Feature- 1. Adam Pallex, Algoma 2. Frank Paul, Kewaunee 3. Rob Waechter Jr, Ellisville 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay 5. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee

Heats- #1 1. Waechter 2. Peterson
#2 1. Lemmens 2. Derek Moede, Luxemburg

IMCA Northern Sportmod Feature- 1. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee 2. Ryan Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 3.Steve Jorgenson, Sturgeon Bay 4. Jesse Kroll, Algoma 5. Eric Arneson, Coleman

Heats- #1 1. Vlies 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor
#2 1. Tyler Hackett, Algoma 2. Bernard Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

N.E.W. Super Stock Feature- 1Edwaurdo Anschutz, Bucktown, Iowa2. Josh Novak, Appleton 3. Andy Paluch, Pulaski 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay 5. James Bosman, Sturgeon Bay

Heats #1 1. Brian Weslow, Green Bay 2. Novak
#2 1. Everard 2. Dave Baenen, New Franken

4 Cylinder Feature- 1. Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls 2. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma 3. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay 4. Heather Goldman, Sturgeon Bay 5. Marc Clark, Sturgeon Bay

Heat- 1. Johnson 2. Dubois

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PIERRARD WINS FAREWELL FEATURE / WEDELSTADT VICTORIOUS AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 26 – Defending stock car champion Mike Pierrard used a late race caution to pass Kyle Wanner to win the IMCA stock car feature at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway. Other feature winners were Mike Wedelstadt (Modified), Tom Stark (sport mod), Rob Waechter Jr. (hobby Stock), Josh Novak (street stock) and Ralph Liegeois (four-cylinders).

Casey Groessl led the first 2 circuits before Kyle Wanner would take over the top spot, a lap later Groessl’s engine would expire ending his night. Wanner would pull out to a sizable lead leaving the battle for second between Mike Pierrard and Dave Bouche. A lap 17 caution would set up a 3 lap dash to the checkers. Pierrard would muscle his way under Wanner and the pair would make contact. As the sparks flew Pierrard would take commend of the race and pick up his first win of the season. Pierrard’s win maybe his last for a long time as he leaves on Sunday due to a job relocation in Georgia. Bouche would nip Wanner at the line for second, Matt Junio fourth and points leader Greg Gretz fifth.

Mike Wedelstadt passed Jeremy Jacobs and went on to win his first feature of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Jeremy Jacobs used his front row starting spot to lead until Mike Wedelstadt used the high groove to power around Jacobs on lap 4 and cruised to the win. James Tebon would finish a solid second, points leader Todd Dart third, Jay Matthias and Shawn Kilgore rounded up the five.

Veteran racer Tom Stark would pass Keith Peterson to take his first career feature in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Rookie Keith Peterson would look to be having a career night leading the first 4 laps of the feature, that’s when Tom Stark made his move down low taking the lead out of turn 4. Points leader Jesse Kroll would begin to work through the pack until a busted tie rod would send his machine into the front stretch wall, ending his night. Stark would hold on and take the victory, as his car entered victory lane, flames would erupt from under the hood. The flames were extinguished and Stark would emerge unhurt. Brad Lautenbach would place second, Bernie Reinhardt and Jeff Vlies would place third and fourth. With a fifth place finish Eric Arneson moved back atop the point standings.

Rookie Josh Novak picked up his first career feature win in the Street Stocks.

David Baenen would set the early paces until a flat tire would send him pit side. Brian Weslow would inherit the lead, until Josh Novak came powering by in the high groove on lap 7. Novak would go on and win the caution free event. Second would go to Andy Paluch, James Bosman third followed by Jimmy Anderson and Tony Everard

Rob Waechter took the lead on lap 5 from Adam Pallex and went on to win his second IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the season. Marcus Moede would finish second, Rookie Travis Hackett with a career best third, Brandon Peterson and Tom Brumlic round out the top five.

Ralph Liegeois Jr. would make it a clean sweep winning his heat and feature the four-cylinders.

Next week, July 3 Poh’s Corner Pub / Stauber Electric will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include IMCA Sport Mod driver introductions.

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 MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Mike Wedelstadt, New London; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Todd Dart, Algoma; 4. Jay Matthias, DePere; 5. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken

HEAT 1: Tebon; Tim Czarneski, Denmark
HEAT 2: Evan Madden, Algoma; Matthias

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Mike Pierrard, Green Bay; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Kyle Wanner, Suamico; 4. Matt Junio, Casco; 5. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee

CONSI: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Wanner; Charlie Kroll; Forestville
HEAT 2: Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Junio
HEAT 3: Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Gretz

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 2. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

HEAT 1: Chris Benes, Algoma; Arneson
HEAT 2: Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Vlies

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Rob Waechter Jr., Ellisville; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tom Brumlic, Denmark

HEAT 1: CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Brumlic
HEAT 2: Adam Pallex, Algoma; Peterson

STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Josh Novak, Neenah; 2. Andy Paluch, Pulaski; 3. James Bosman, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Everard
HEAT 2: Brian Weslow, Green Bay; Bosman

FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Ralph Liegeois Jr., Oconto; 2. Jeremy DuBois, Algoma; 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Liegeois; DuBois

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KUDICK FENDS OFF LATE RACE CHARGE TO WIN IN THE MODFIEDS

KUDICK FENDS OFF LATE RACE CHARGE TO WIN IN THE MODFIEDS

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 19 – Kyle Kudick was able to fend of a late race charge from Mike Wedelstadt to pick of his first win of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (stockcar), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Brandon Peterson (hobby Stock), And Paluch (street stock) and Jeremy DuBois (four-cylinders).

Kyle Kudick led the opening 6 laps before Tim Czarneski would use the high groove to take over the top spot. Czarneski would battle Kudick door to door for the lead, with Kudick taking the lead back on lap 10. A caution would bunch the field and set up a 3 lap dash to the checkers. As the green flew Mike Wedelstadt would pull to the outside and Kevin Sternard to the inside with Kudick in the middle. Kudick would fight off the advances of Sternard. With the checkers waving in the air, Wedelstadt would pull along side Kudick but it wouldn’t be enough as Kudick would pick up the win his first of the season. Wedelstadt would make contact with wall finishing second, Sternard third, points leader Todd Dart fourth and Czarneski would settle for fifth.

Greg Gretz fought a hard charging Troy Muench and survived a late race caution to pick up his second feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Car class.

Aaron Thornton would set the pace early, before Greg Gretz used the outside line in his Ford Thunderbird to take the lead on lap 4. Gretz would jump out to a huge lead, until last weeks feature winner, and point leader Troy Muench moved into the runner up spot and began to reel in Gretz. 4 laps later Muench would catch Gretz, but as they went into turn 1 one the duo made contact and Muench would suffer a flat right front tire ending his night. Gretz would look to have the race in hand until a late race caution. When racing resumed Gretz would again pull away from the field taking the win and the points lead, as co point leaders John Heinz and Muench encounter trouble and go laps down. Rookie Jeremy Wiitala would place second, Matt Junio third, Bret Koehler who came through the consi was fourth and Charlie Kroll fifth.

Brad Lautenbach would take the lead on lap 6 and go on to win his third feature of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

A series of wrecks would slow the early stages on the Sport Mod feature. Brad Lautenbach would quickly charge from his fifth row starting spot and take the lead away from Tim McCormick and never look back picking up the win. McCormick second, Tom Stark third, new point leader Jesse Kroll would place fourth with Rookie Chris Benes would have his best career finish placing fifth.

Brandon Peterson would take the lead away from defending track champion Frank Paul with 5 laps remaining to win his first IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the season.

Second generation driver Rob Waechter Jr. led the first 5 circuits before Frank Paul would take over the top spot. His reign up front was short lived as 2 laps later Brandon Peterson would power by. A series of cautions would keep the field bunched up. When dust settled the checkers would go to Peterson. Waechter and Paul would make contact on the last lap sending Waechter to the infield. Points leader Luke Lemmens would place second, Paul would settle for third with CJ Weckler and Rookie Travis Hackett round out your top five.

Andy Paluch powered by Jimmy Anderson on lap 5 and cruised to his second career feature win the Street Stock division. New point leader Geno Sternard would take second, David Baenen third and Jimmy Anderson and Rookie Kipp Burlo round out the top five.

Jeremy DuBois went on to win his third feature of the season in the four-cylinders, padding his point lead.

The nights races were dedicated in Memory of former racer and tech official Mark Reinhard who passed away on May 31.

Next week, June 26 Wicked Witch Enterprises LLC will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include IMCA Hobby Stock driver introductions.

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 MODIFIED FEATURE ~ 1. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers; 2. Mike Wedelstadt, New London; 3. Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma; 5. Tim Czarneski, Denmark

HEAT 1 ~ Kudick; Dan Ratajzcak, Frog Station
HEAT 2 ~ Wedelstadt; Sternard

IMCA STOCKCAR FEATURE ~ 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Matt Junio, Casco; 4. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 5. Charlie Kroll, Forestville

Consi ~ John Heinz, Green Bay; Koehler

HEAT 1 ~ Wiitala; Kyle Wanner, Suamico
HEAT 2 ~ Troy Muench, Union; Shawn Havel, Algoma
HEAT 3 ~ Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Kroll

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE ~ 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Tim McCormick, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tom Stark, Baileys Harbor; 4. Jesse Kroll, Algoma; 5. Chris Benes, Algoma

HEAT 1 ~ Lautenbach; Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee
HEAT 2 ~ Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 3 ~ Kroll; Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

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

HEAT 1 ~ Rob Waechter Jr., Ellisville; Marcus Moede, Algoma
HEAT 2 ~ Adam Pallex, Algoma; Paul

STREET STOCK FEATURE ~ 1. Andy Paluch, Pulaski; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. David Baenen, New Franken; 4. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 5. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1 ~ Tim Jandrin, Kewaunee; Paluch
HEAT 2 ~ Burlo; Baenen

4 CYLINDER FEATURE ~ 1. Jeremy DuBois, Algoma; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Matt Trophy, Green Bay; 5. Marc Clark, Green Bay

HEAT 1 ~ Mike Sargent

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REVIN KEVIN SCORES FIRST MOD WIN OF THE SEASON

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 30 -Kevin Sternard would use the low groove to pass Kyle Kudick on lap 8 and survive a late race charge from Todd Dart to win his first Modified feature of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Troy Muench (stockcar), Jeff Vlies (sport mod), Adam Pallex (hobby Stock), Gene Sternard (street stock) and Mathius Prouty (four-cylinders).

Kyle Kudick would pace the early laps in the IMCA Modified feature, until Kevin Sternard would work his way to the inside of Kudick’s machine. The two would run door to door for several laps before Sternard would finally grab the lead on lap 8. A caution with 6 laps remaining would bunch the field. As the green flew former Champion Todd Dart would set his sights on the leader. Sternard running low and Dart up high, when the white flag flew the two would be side by side, but it was Sternard who would rocket off the final turn and take the win. Dart would settle for second, third for Billy LeMieux, Kudick fourth and Jared Siefert fifth.

Troy Muench would pass Jamie Suchocki in the waning laps to win the IMCA Stockcar feature.

A four car battle ensued for the lead with Jamie Suchocki, Kyle Wanner, Eugene Gregorich and Troy Muench. That’s when Muench would work to the outside of Suchocki and take the lead on lap 13. Gregorich would follow suit and work by Wanner and Suchocki. Gregorich would run right to the back bumper of Muench, but it was to little to late as Muench would pick up the checkers, his first win of the season. Followed by Gregorich, a season best third for Suchocki, fourth for Wanner, and fifth Charlie Kroll.

2008 IMCA Sport Mod Champion Jeff Vlies would do a spin to win, capturing his first feature win of the season.

Action was halted by two early cautions, the second of which resulted in Jeff Lautenbach getting rolled over and Jarred VanLaanen’s machine making hard contact with the front stretch wall. Both drivers would emerge without injury but their racers were done for the night.

When racing resumed it was Jeff Vlies on the point, two time feature winner Brad Lautenbach, began to reel in Vlies. With 6 laps remaining Lautenbach and Vlies would make contact sending Vlies’s racer spinning wildly in front of the entire field, bringing out the caution. Lautenbach would be charged for the contact, forcing him to restart at the tail end of the field. Vlies would be given the lead back and he would fight off a late race charge from last weeks winner Ryan LeMieux. Jesse Kroll, Bernie Reinhardt and point leader Eric Arneson would round out the top five.

In Street Stock action Gene Sternard picked up his first career feature win passing point leader James Bosman on the final lap.

Tim Jadrin would lead the first 5 circuits before rookie Tony Everard take over. Everard would lose control 3 laps later handing the lead to James Bosman who looked to have the race well in hand. But a caution would allow a 3 lap dash to the finish. That’s when Gene Sternard would make the pass for the lead with 1 lap to go and hold on for the win. Jason Novak would sneak by for second as Bosman made contact with front stretch wall finishing third, Tony and Nick Everard would round out the top five.

Adam Pallex would lead every lap and pick up his second career feature win in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Pallex would contend with Brandon Peterson the majority of the event, but when the dust settled it was the second year driver picking up the win. Following Pallex at the Checkers were Peterson, George Paul, Roger LaViolette and Marcus Moede.

Mathius Prouty is his first trip to ThunderHill Raceway would win the four-cylinder feature.

Artic Glacier Ice will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include Street Stock driver introductions.

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 MODIFIED FEATURE ~ 1. Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers; 5. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg

HEAT 1 Siefert; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken
HEAT 2 Evan Madden, Algoma; Dart
HEAT 3 Jay Matthias, DePere; Sternard

IMCA STOCKCAR FEATURE ~ 1. Troy Muench, Brussels; 2. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Kyle Wanner, Suamico; 5. Charlie Kroll, Forestville

CONSI 1 Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay

HEAT 1 Wanner; Dave Bouche, Algoma
HEAT 2 Tony Bouche, Algoma; Kroll
HEAT 3 Suchocki; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE ~ 1. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jesse Kroll, Algoma; 4. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

CONSI Dennis Miesler

HEAT 1 Vlies; Shawn LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2 LeMieux; Arneson
HEAT 3 Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Reinhardt

STREET STOCK FEATURE ~ 1. Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jason Novak, Appleton; 3. James Bosman, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1 T. Everard; Nick Grovogel, Forestville
HEAT 2 N. Everard; Tim Jandrin, Kewaunee

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE ~ 1. Adam Pallex, Algoma; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. George Paul, Luxemburg; 4. Rodger LaViolette, Forestville; 5. Marcus Moede, Algoma

HEAT 1 Peterson; Paul
HEAT 2 Derrick Moede, Casco; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

4 CYLINDER FEATURE ~ 1. Mathius Prouty, DePere; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jessica Liegois, Green Bay; 4. Patrick King, Mooresville, NC

HEAT 1 Jeremy DuBois, Algoma; Prouty
HEAT 2 Matt Sargent; Mike Sargent