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HALLOWEEN THEMED CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY PLUS EXTRA CASH SEPT. 3

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 30 – Thunderhill Raceway prepares for the final point night of 2011 on September 3. Champions will be crowned in all 6 divisions. The night will also feature a Halloween theme where fans, drivers and track workers are invited to dress up in costumes. Drivers and crew are encourage to decorate their trailer in the Halloween theme for the children.

Floors by Josh will be sponsoring the final night of racing and has thrown extra cash on the line with $200 for the winner in IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Sport Mods and an extra $100 to the IMCA Modified winner. The Feisty Fours will hold a backwards race after the champions are crowned that pays $75.

The Algoma Motors trip to Las Vegas will be given away on the final night as well. Fans are still eligible to enter at the concession stand as they will be taking four more names and putting them into the drawing for the trip.

Defending IMCA Modified champion Jay Matthias of De Pere holds a 10 point edge over Algoma’s Todd Dart.

Union’s Troy Muench just needs to qualify for the feature to be crowned champion in the IMCA Stock Cars as he holds a 25 point lead over last years champion Greg Gretz of Kewaunee.

Fresh off his first track title at Seymour Speedway, New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach holds a 3 point lead over defending champion Eric Arneson of Oconto Falls.

Sturgeon Bay’s Brandon Peterson is eyeing his first ever track title in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Peterson was last years runner up in the standing. Depending on car count Peterson may only have start the feature to take home the title as he holds a double digit over Denmark’s Tom Brumlic.

The Street Stock point battle will come down to the final lap as Sturgeon Bay’s Geno Sternard is tied a top the standings with Green Bay’s Tony Everard. Sternard is the defending champion while Everard is a former champion in the Feisty Fours.

Clintonville’s Calvin Stueck looks to take home his first career championship as he leads in the Feisty Fours.

For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com 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. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

Floors by Josh Championship Night Details

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Come join us this Saturday night for Championship Night sponsored by Floors by Josh. It is also “Trick or Treat” Night at the races, kids 12 and under wearing a costume will get in free! Extra money is being added to the winners of the modified, stock car and sportmod features. Right now an extra $100 to the winner of the modified feature and an extra $200 to the winner of the stock car and sportmod features. Also, a special “backwards” race will be run by the 4 cylinders with the winner taking home $75. More to come, stay tuned!

THUNDERHILL SPORT MOD KING OF THE HILL & 300TH STREET STOCK FEATURE SAT. AUGUST 27

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 24 – IMCA Sport Mod appreciation night will kick off on Saturday August 27 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The Sport Mods take their turn racing for extra cash in the “King of The Hill” race.
 
$500 will be spread out to the top 5 finishers in the King of the Hill race, with the winner taking home $300. There is NO extra fee at the back gate for the Sport Mod King of The Hill. How it works…the top 10 finishers in the feature will automatically be in, then we will take 2 provisional’s (the highest drivers in points who didn’t make it in the top 10).
 
Drivers will redraw for the 12 starting spots. The race will take place at the end of the night and will be a total of 20 laps with a competition caution coming just after lap 10. Drivers will have a 10-15 minute break on pit lane to make adjustments. They will then line back up the way they finished on lap 10 and race to the checker.

1st pays $300, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50, 4th-$30, 5th-$20 This payout is in addition to full feature pay. If a driver is able to win both they would be walking away with a good chunk of change.
 
The night will also feature the running of the 300th Street Stock feature. The nightly event will be brought to by Tisler Salvage. Tisler has been in business since 1966 and offers parts for all makes and models of vehicles. Their website features an online parts inventory search, for more info please visit www.tislersalvage.com
 
For a complete list of 2011 event 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 with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

POINT BATTLES TIGHTEN WITH ONLY 2 NIGHTS REMAINING AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 24 – As the 2011 season draws to a close, pressure is at an all time high for teams challenging for titles at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. With only 2 point nights left teams will be burning the midnight oil checking every nut and bolt to make sure their race cars are ready for the final push as we get set to crown champions in all 6 divisions.

In the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds, Jay Matthias sits atop the standings holding a 9 point edge over Todd Dart. Dart is a former Champion and holds 6 Mod titles. Matthias captured his first career title last season and is looking to repeat. Since the track reopened in 1993 Todd Dart and Eugene Gregorich are the only drivers to have ever went back to back in the Modifieds. Third in points sits 2004 Champion, Jeremy Jacobs who is 16 markers back. Dan Ratajczak and James Lee Tebon sit tied for the 3rd spot 23 points behind Matthias.

Dart leads the division with 3 feature wins, Ratajczak and Jacobs have 2, Matthias and Tebon each have 1 win.

Troy Muench holds the biggest lead of all the divisions, holding a 26 point edge over defending Champion Greg Gretz in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars. Last years Rookie of The Year Jeremy Wiitala sits 3rd 34 points back. Dave Bouche sat 2nd in the standings for most of the season before mechanical failures have dropped him to 4th 36 points back. Muench holds a title in the Street Stocks which came in 2003 and last year Muench took home the Stock Car title at Luxemburg Speedway. Wiitala holds titles in the Bombers (2001)and Street Stocks (2009). Bouche was the 1996 Street Stock Champion.

Muench also holds the most feature wins in any class taking the checkers 6 times, Gretz has 3 and Wiitala has 1.

The tightest points battle comes in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods where Brad Lautenbach holds a 6 point edge over defending Champion Eric Arneson. Tyler Hackett sits 3rd just 11 markers back of the leader. Lautenbach is eyeing his first ever career title and also holds the lead in the IMCA Wisconsin State points and currently sits 6th in the IMCA National points. Arneson is a former Luxemburg Speedway and IMCA Wisconsin State Champion.

Arneson leads the division with 5 feature wins, Lautenbach has 4 and Hackett has 2.

A first time Champion will be crowned in the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks. With Luke Lemmens heading to the IMCA Stock Cars it left the door wide open for another driver to take home their first crown.
Brandon Peterson who was the runner up last season, holds a slim 7 point lead over veteran racer Tom Brumlic. C.J. Weckler has been a model of consistency and sits 3rd in the standings 11 points back. Brumlic is currently leading the IMCA Wisconsin State points.

Fresh off a feature win Brumlic leads the class in wins with 4, Peterson has 3. Peterson has the most points of all the 6 divisions and has averaged a 3rd place finish.

Defending Champion Geno Sternard leads the standing in the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stocks. Geno suffered a suspension failure Saturday night on the last lap and allowed Tony Everard to tighten the points battle. Everard now only sits 2 points back. Each driver has led the standings this season and looks as though the title will come down to the final lap of the season. Everard is in his second year of the Street Stocks after taking home 3 consecutive titles in the Feisty Four-Cylinders (05‘, 06’ 07’). Les Sternard has held his share of the point lead for much of the season but mechanical issues have pushed him back to 3rd 30 points out. Les came out of retirement at the tender age of 65 years young and raced sparingly the last couple years before running a full season in 2011, he is also the only driver to take points this season that has raced at the old Door County Speedway back in the 70’s.

Geno leads the class with 5 feature wins, Les has 1 win. Though Everard has no feature wins he has averaged a top 5 finish every week.

Calvin Stueck is eyeing his first career Championship in the Denil Auto & Trucking Feisty Four-Cylinders. Stueck currently holds a 9 point edge over Casey Gross and an 15 point edge over last years Rookie of The Year, Joey Scoon. Gross has 2 titles to his credit at Tomahawk Speedway (09’ &10’).

Stueck leads the class with 5 feature wins, Scoon has 2 and Gross picked up his first win of the season last Saturday.

For a complete list of 2011 event 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 with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

AFTER A FOUR YEAR HIATUS THE “POWDER PUFF” RETURNS TO THE HILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 16 – The ladies of ThunderHill Raceway will get their chance to take the 1/3rd mile clay oval. Its been four long years since the track offered a night in which is affectionately called the Powder Puff.

“Every year I receive many phone calls from fans who want to know, are we having a Powder Puff?” Stated track promoter Bryan “Woody” Wodack; “My goal is to give the fans what they want so the Powder Puff will return.”

The night will be brought to you by Peil Construction and Custom Seal Coating. The night will also feature kids big wheel races at intermission.

This week features 20 questions with Street Stock driver Les Sternard. To see how he answered his 20 questions please visit the track website.

For a complete list of 2011 event 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 with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

LAUTENBACH, HACKETT AND ARNESON BATTLE FOR THE IMCA SPORT MOD CROWN

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 14 – As the 2011 points season draws to a close the battle for the Butchs Auto IMCA Sport Mod title heats up at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Three drivers are locked in a dog fight with only 3 point nights left.

New Franken’s Brad Lautenbach comes in your point leader eyeing his first ever crown. Algoma’s Tyler Hackett is in his second year of racing, holds down the second spot just 4 points behind Lautenbach. Defending Champion Eric Arneson of Oconto Falls comes in third, just 5 markers back. Of the 12 features run Lautenbach, Hackett and Arneson combined have taken the checker 10 times. Arneson leads the class with 5 feature wins, Lautenbach has 3 with Hackett taking 2 wins.

Arneson and Lautenbach have become the ones to beat at any dirt track in North Eastern Wisconsin. Arneson is currently leading points at Luxemburg Speedway and Seymour Super Speedway. The guy who is second to Arneson at those two tracks, you guessed it Brad Lautenbach.

Lautenbach came into the weekend holding an 11 point edge over Arneson in the IMCA Wisconsin State point battle. As the drivers get ready for Seymour tonight, Arneson has chopped into that lead and just sits a handful of points back. Both drivers have cracked the top 20 in IMCA National points with Lautenbach sitting 7th and Arneson 11th. Lautenbach also holds a feature win in Beatrice Speedway in Nebraska earlier this season.

Arneson is a former Luxemburg Speedway and Wisconsin State Champion . The state title is based on a combined total of points at all IMCA tracks the driver has competed at in their state. Will Arneson repeat at Thunderhill, will Lautenbach score his first ever title, or will Hackett play the role of spoiler and collect his first crown. They have three weeks to settle it and its anyone’s guess who will come out on top at Thunderhill Raceway.

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. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

KING OF THE HILL UP TO $1500 TO WIN FOR THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 13

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 10 – The 3rd Annual “King of The Hill” IMCA Modified Tournament will take place this Saturday, August 13 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The winners purse has now been pushed to $1500. The night will be brought to you by Witt Peninsula Ford.

Due to the winners share going up the racing format for this event has received another tweak to allow more drivers with a chance at taking home the $1500 pay day. Each Modified driver racing Saturday will draw a chip, this will determine your opponent and designate if you will start high or low by even and odd numbers. At intermission we will have 2 cars on the track at a time they will race for 2 laps with the winner moving on. All the winners will be put in a race at the end of the night, those drivers will come out and draw for their spot in front of the grandstands. After the drawing they will line up and have a 12 lap shoot out to find out who will be crowned King of The Hill.

A short list of drivers who have verbally committed to racing Saturday night Brian Mullen, Benji LaCrosse, Art and Jared Siefert, Jamie Schmidt, Kyle Lentz, Dan Ratajczak, Todd Dart, Jay Matthias, James Tebon, Mike and Tony Wedelstadt and many more. This should be one of the best races of the season with these All-Star caliber drivers. If a driver could pull of the feature win and win the tournament they stand close to taking home $2000.

Special thanks to Dan, Scott and Angie from Packerland Whey the original creators of this event and to Joe Hernandez and Paul J. Georgia for helping push this event to $1500. Pit gate prices will remain the same $20 if you are a member $25 if not. The kids Big Wheel races have been postponed to August 20.

For a complete list of 2011 event 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 with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.