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2011 CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 3 – 103 cars packed the pits as “Hot Rod” Todd Polster outlasted “Chargin” Charlie Kroll to take home his first feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Dave Schmidt (IMCA Hobby Stock), Les Sternard (Street Stock) and Charlie Gross (Four-Cylinders).

Rookie Luke Lemmens and Todd Polster battled for lead early in the Stock Car main event, with Polster powering past Lemmens on lap 3. The top 3 in points would suffer a rough night as Dave Bouche and Greg Gretz ended up in the pits before the night was over and point leader Troy Muench made contact with the turn 1 wall and had a lengthy stop on pit lane, but stayed on the lead lap.

Midway way through the contest Charlie Kroll and Shawn Havel would make their presence felt challenging Polster for the lead. Feeling pressure Polster began to hug the tires which left the top side open and Kroll came motoring by and taking the lead with 8 laps remaining. Polster moved back to the high groove and closed back in on Kroll with Havel in toe. A bobble by Kroll out of turn 4 allowed Polster to retake the lead with 5 laps to go. Havel and Kroll hounded Polster the rest of the way but couldn’t get by as Polster picked up his first win of the season also scoring a clean sweep followed by Havel, Kroll, Jeremy Wiitala and Troy Muench.

Troy Muench was crowned the 2011 IMCA Stock Car champion. Muench is only the second driver to win a title in the Street Stocks and Stock Cars the other is Mike Pierrard.

“The Frog Station Flash” Dan Ratajczak took the lead early and dominated the IMCA Modified feature.

Rookie Cory Cochart and Chris Derenne would lock horns while battling for the lead in the Modifieds bringing out the first caution. Derenne and Cochart would be done for the night, that handed the lead to Evan Madden. Madden would quickly come under attack as Dan Ratajczak powered to the outside taking the lead on lap 3. Ratajczak began to check out leaving the battle for second between Madden and Billy LeMieux.

LeMieux made contact with Madden which sent LeMieux spinning out of turn 4. As LeMieux tried to save the car point leader Jay Matthias had no where to go making heavy contact with LeMieux‘s machine. This sent LeMieux to the pits and Matthias down pit lane with a broken steering box and his night would be over. Ratajczak again pulled away on the restart. Todd Dart would make a late race charge to second but it was all Ratajczak who went on to pick of his third feature of the season by almost a straightaway. Dart second, Eric Mahlik with a Sport Mod took an impressive third, Madden fourth and James Lee Tebon rounded out the top five.

“Big Money” Jay Matthias had just enough of a point cushion over “Felix” Todd Dart to take his second consecutive IMCA Modified title. Matthias becomes only the third driver in the Modifieds to take back to back championships, the other two are Dart and Eugene Gregorich.

Brad Lautenbach worked past Todd Weise to take home his fifth feature win of the year in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Keith Peterson and Todd Weise set the early paces in the Sport Mod feature before Peterson’s racer would slow with a suspension failure bringing out the caution which sent point contender Tyler Hackett to the pits. Todd Weise would have Tom Stark battling on the low groove and Weise worked the high side. As Weise and Stark battled for the lead, point leader Brad Lautenbach marched through the field and with 3 laps to go taking the lead away from Weise and went on to win the feature and score a clean sweep. Stark would sneak by for second, Weise third, Mike Joski fourth from row 6 and Ryan LeMieux fifth from row 7.

With the win Brad Lautenbach picked up the IMCA Sport Mod crown. Not only did he take the Thunderhill title, he also took home championships at Luxemburg Speedway, Seymour Super Speedway as well as the IMCA Sport Mod Wisconsin State title. There’s been five different champions in the five years of the Sport Mods at Thunderhill.

Dave Schmidt lead every lap on his way to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Dave Schmidt would jump from row two and set a blistering pace as he pulled away from the rest of his competitors. 2011 Luxemburg Speedway champion Marcus Moede would give chase quickly moving into second. Tom Brumlic made a late race charging moving into third with 5 laps to go. Schmidt would dominate the event winning by over a half a lap. Moede would hold off Brumlic for second, fourth to CJ Weckler and fifth to Travis Hackett.

Brandon Peterson would drive a safe race finishing inside the top 10 and securing his first ever track championship in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Tom Brumlic took home the IMCA Hobby Stock Wisconsin State crown.

The “Black Stallion” Les Sternard powered by Kipp Burlo with 5 laps remaining to win the Street Stock feature.

Kipp Burlo would set the early paces of the Street Stock feature before last weeks winner Aaron “The Hammer” Thornton worked by down low taking the lead on lap 4. Thornton’s reign up front wouldn’t last long as his engine would expire 3 laps later. Burlo would inherit the lead but was quickly challenged by 67 year old Les Sternard. Sternard led the final 5 circuits to take home his second feature of the season in the caution free event followed by Burlo, George Paul, Tony Everard and Nick Everard rounded out the top five.

Tony Everard and Geno Sternard came into the night tied for the lead in the Street Stocks. Everard came out on top finishing two spots ahead of Sternard. This is Everard’s first Street Stock title. Everard becomes the first person at Thunderhill to hold titles in the Feisty Fours and Street Stocks.

Charlie Gross battled his son Kasey to the checkers taking home his second feature win of the season in the Feisty Fours.

Calvin Stueck took home his first ever track title taking home top honors in the Feisty Fours.

Thunderhill Raceway would like to thank everyone for their support all season, we wish everyone a quick off season and look forward to seeing you all in 2012.

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

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2.Todd Dart, Algoma; 3.Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; 4. Evan Madden, Algoma; 5. James Lee Tebon, Algoma

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Madden

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 4. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 5. Troy Muench, Union

HEAT 1: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 2: Tim Jandrin, Kewaunee
HEAT 3: Polster

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 3. Todd Weise, Algoma; 4. Mike Joski, Green Bay; 5. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Tyler Hackett, Algoma
HEAT 2: Weise
HEAT 3: Lautenbach
CONSI 1: Jeremy Cota, Oconto Falls

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 4. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Travis Hackett, Algoma

HEAT 1: Moede
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; 3. George Paul, Luxemburg; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 2. Kasey Gross, Gleason; 3. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 4. Michael Verheyden, Green Bay; 5. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Verheyden

4 CYLINDER BACKWARDS RACE: 1. TJ Everard, Green Bay

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DAVE “THE BULLDOZER” BOUCHE TAKES IMCA STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

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Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 17 – Fresh off a feature win in the Street Stocks last week, Dave Bouche would muscle his way inside Bret Koehler with 4 laps remaining to take home his first IMCA Stock Car feature of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Brad Lautenbach passed Rod Solem and held off Eric Arneson on his way to winning the “King of The Hill” Sport Mod Tournament. Other feature winners were Eugene Gregorich Sr. (IMCA Modified), Eric Arneson (IMCA Sport Mod), Marcus Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock), Aaron Thornton (Street Stock), and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders)

John Anschutz and Bret Koehler would do battle in the early goings of the Stock Car main event. Koehler would edge Anschutz and take the top spot. Dave Bouche would power to second by lap three and run down Koehler. Both drivers would be running the low groove, as Bouche waited for an opening point leader Troy Muench and defending Champion Greg Gretz would join the battle. The top four would run nose to tail down low.

With 5 laps remaining Gretz would be the first to try the top side and he would pull along side and pressure Bouche for the second spot. Koehler would leave just enough opening coming into turn 3 and Bouche would tuck in battling to the inside. Koehler and Bouche would lock horns with smoke and sparks coming off their racecars, when the dust settled Bouche would take the lead. A caution with 2 laps remaining would set up a dash to the checkers. Muench and Gretz would be right on Bouche’s bumper on the restart but Bouche would pull away and pick up the win, his 20th career at Thunderhill. Gretz would have to settle for second, followed by Muench, last weeks winner Charlie Kroll and Todd Polster rounding out the top five.

Muench holds a 25 point lead over Gretz going into the final night.

“The Professor” Eugene Gregorich Sr. would lead every lap winning his 2nd feature of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Eugene Gregorich would work the top groove around Chris Derenne in the opening laps of he Modified feature. Gregorich would pull out to a sizable lead as James Tebon quickly worked to second. Tebon would try the low and high groove trying to chase down Gregorich but it wouldn’t be enough as Gregorich cruised to victory in the caution free event. Tebon took home second, third for point leader Jay Matthias, with Todd Dart fourth and Jeremy Jacobs fifth.

Gregorich captured his 41st Thunderhill feature in a car that was built in 2002. The Modified originally built as a Harris Chassis for Brian Mullen, which Gregorich cut apart and basically made a Franken Stein machine with his own rear suspension design which Gregorich has affectionately named “2010 Hairy Fat Boy” Chassis.

By virtue of his third place finish Matthias holds a 10 point edge over Dart heading into the last point night.

Eric “Chummy” Arneson would take the lead away from Jeff Lautenbach midway through the IMCA Sport Mod feature and pick up his 6th checker of the season.

Jeff Lautenbach would do battle with Tom Stark early in the Sport Mod feature. Jeff would have the lead running the low groove as Stark challenged to the outside. While heading into turn 3 Stark and Jeff Lautenbach made contact sending Stark sliding through grass. Stark would stay in the gas and come back on track in the fifth spot. A few laps later Stark’s engine would expire in a plume of smoke and his night would be over.

Defending Champion Eric Arneson wasted no time chasing down the leader driving around Jeff at the midway point. Arneson would go uncontested picking up the victory. Tyler Hackett would take a solid second, Rod Solem in his first visit of the season would place third, point leader Brad Lautenbach took home fourth with Jeff Lautenbach holding onto fifth.

Brad Lautenbach will go into the final point night with a 4 point edge over Arneson.

Marcus Moede would his use his backup car and claim his second feature of the season in the IMCA Stocks.

The Hobby Stocks saw Kim Denil, Dave Schmidt and Marcus Moede exchange the lead, with Moede taking charge on lap 4. Schmidt would find the top groove and began to chase Moede down. With 2 laps remaining Schmidt would pull even with Moede but Schmidt would get to high out of turn 2 and tag the backstretch wall. Moede would take the win, Schmidt would soldier on to second, CJ Weckler third, Travis Hackett and point leader Brandon Peterson rounded out the top five. As Moede pulled into victory lane his radiator hose blew, had the race been a lap longer he wouldn’t have finished.

Second place point contender Tom Brumlic would encounter trouble allowing Peterson to extend his lead to double digits.

The 300th Street Stock feature goes to Aaron “The Hammer” Thornton as he would nail down his second feature of the season.

Drama would start early the Street Stocks as point leader Geno Sternard would suffer transmission trouble in his heat race that would send him scattering to find a different car for the feature. Andy Paluch who was in his third night of the season gave up his front row starting spot and loaned his racer to Sternard who would then start dead last on the grid.

Fresh off another heat race win Kipp Burlo pulled away to a huge lead early in the Street Stock feature. 2004 Street Stock Champion Aaron Thornton would make his first appearance in nearly 2 months and wage battle with Jimmy Anderson and Rick Sternard. With 5 laps remaining Thornton would take the second spot and quickly close in on Burlo. With 2 laps remaining Thornton would make the pass for the lead passing Burlo down low, a lap later Burlo’s machine would slow and head into the pits ending his night. Thornton would take home the win, followed by Les Sternard, Anderson, Nick Everard and Rick Sternard.

Geno Sternard would finish two spots behind Tony Everard leaving those two drivers tied for the point lead with one night to go.

Matt Borths would battle Kasey Gross early in the Feisty Four main. Gross would work to the inside taking the lead just before the midway point. While leading Gross would clip an infield tire sending his machine rolling on its roof. Gross would emerge uninjured but his night would be over. Once the race was restarted point leader Calvin Stueck would work to the outside of Matt Borths with two laps remaining and capture his 6th feature of the season.

Floors by Josh will host Championship night on Saturday, September 3. Their will be a Trick or Treat them for the kids. Champions will be crowned in all 6 classes. 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

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon. Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Troy Muench, Union; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport

HEAT 1: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 2: Muench
HEAT 3: Polster

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Rod Solem, Seymour; 4. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 5. Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Tom Stark, Egg Harbor

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 2. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 3. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 5. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Schmidt
HEAT 2: Weckler

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; 2. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. James Anderson, Forestville; 4. Nick Everard, Green Bay; 5. Rick Sternard, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Rick Sternard
HEAT 2: Kipp Burlo

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 4. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Brittany King, Appleton

HEAT 1: King

TISLER SALVAGE SPORT MOD KING OF THE HILL: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3. Rod Solem, Seymour; 4. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

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KROLL, KILGORE, LAUTENBACH, BRUMLIC AND BOUCHE VICTORIOUS AT THE HILL

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Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – August 20 – “Chargin” Charlie Kroll would work past Todd Polster with 5 laps remaining to pick up his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Shawn Kilgore (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Tom Brumlic (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dave Bouche (Street Stock) and Kasey Gross (Four-Cylinders)

Tony Bouche would lead the first 3 circuits before Todd Polster would work to the top side taking the lead away. Last years Stock Car Champions Charlie Kroll and Greg Gretz would quickly give chase moving to the back bumper of Polster. Gretz would be the first to take a shot at the leader, Gretz’s Ford powered machine would work the low groove racing under the leader. Polster would have a little more momentum and hang on to the top spot.

Gretz would lose ground and quickly jumped back to the high side, this allowed Kroll to sneak by for second. Kroll then went to work keeping constant pressure on Polster. The duo raced door to door for the lead, with 5 laps remaining Polster would slide high out of turn 4 and make contact with the front stretch wall allowing Kroll to take command of the race as he would go on to take home the win, Gretz would sneak by for second followed by Polster, Point leader Troy Muench and Shawn Havel.

Shawn Kilgore would take the lead on lap 2 and cruise to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux and Shawn Kilgore would wage battle in the opening laps of the Modified main with Kilgore taking the lead on lap 2. Dan Ratajczak and LeMieux would tangle while battling for second, sending LeMieux’s racer sliding into the front stretch wall. LeMieux would emerge unhurt and would express his displeasure to Ratajczak. Once racing resumed Kilgore would run the cushion to perfection taking home the win over a hard charging James Lee Tebon, Todd Dart would place third, point leader Jay Matthias and Jeremy Jacobs rounded out the top 5.

Point leader Brad Lautenbach power his way from 12th to the lead in 13 laps picking up the win in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Todd Weise jumped from his front row starting spot taking the lead early in the contest. Dennis Miesler would follow in Weise’s tire tracks as he dogged the leader. Midway through the contest Brad Lautenbach would work inside Miesler take the second spot and went to work on Weise. Lautenbach would make the pass only to see a caution fly. This would put Weise back to the lead. Once the race restarted Weise would hug the low groove trying to hold off the point leader, but it wouldn’t be enough as Weise would slide high allowing Lautenbach to take the lead for good as he would cruise to his 4th feature win of the season. Defending Champion Eric Arneson would make a late race charge placing second, Miesler took home a solid third followed by Wiese and Kelsy Hayes.

Wisconsin State point leader Tom Brumlic pass Dave Schmidt on lap 4 and pick up the victory in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Dave Schmidt would jump from row 2 to lead the opening circuits, before Tom Brumlic would charge by and take the lead on lap 4. Brumlic would run the rest of the contest unchallenged as he picked up his 4th feature on the season. Schmidt would place second, CJ Weckler, Marcus Moede and point leader Brandon Peterson would round out the top five. With the win Brumlic now sits only 7 points behind Peterson.

Stock Car driver Dave Bouche would pilot the Edward Anschutz machine to victory in the Street Stocks.

2nd Generation driver Connor Iverson would take command early in the Street Stock main event. Iverson would come under heavy pressure from Rick Sternard. A caution on lap 6 would bunch the field. Former Street Stock Champion Dave Bouche would use the restart to his advantage working inside Iverson for the lead, Sternard then jumped to the high side making it a 3 wide battle for the lead. The trio would make contact out of turn 2 and when the dust settle Sternard and Iverson would head to pit lane with the caution flying. Bouche would inherit the lead and never look back picking up his first win in the division since 1996. Tony Everard would make a late race charge to second followed by Les Sternard, Ford Malvitz and David Baenen would round out the top 5 after going down pit lane early in the race.

Point leader Geno Sternard would suffer a broken a suspension part which sent his car into the backstretch wall on the last lap. With Everard placing 2nd, Sternard’s lead is down to only 2 points with only 2 point nights remaining.

Kasey Gross held off point Leader Calvin Stueck to pick up his first feature of the season and scoring a clean sweep in the Feisty Four Cylinders.

Racing resumes next Saturday night for the Tisler Salvage Sport Mod “King of The Hill” tournament.
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

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3.Todd Dart, Algoma; 4. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Todd Polster, Jacksonport; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma

HEAT 1: Polster
HEAT 2: Gretz

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 4. Todd Wiese, Algoma; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 2. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 3. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Marcus, Moede, Algoma; 5. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay; 5. David Baenen, New Franken

HEAT 1: Les Sternard
HEAT 2: Baenen

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 3. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brittany King, Appleton; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Gross

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LACROSSE KING OF THE HILL / MATTHIAS AND MUENCH PAD POINT LEAD

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Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 13 – Green Bay’s Benji LaCrosse led every lap enroot to victory and was crowned “2011 King of The Hill” at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The win netted LaCrosse $1500 for his efforts, courtesy of Packerland Whey, Paul J. Georgia and Joe Hernandez. With LaCrosse winning Thursday night at Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa he took home a total of $8000 in just 2 nights of racing. Feature winners were Jay Matthias (modified), Troy Muench (stock car), Tyler Hackett (sport mod), Rick Lumaye (hobby stock), Geno Sternard (street stock) and Calvin Stueck (four-cylinders).

Defending IMCA Modified Champion Jay Matthias picked up his first feature win of the season.

Eugene Gregorich would wrestle the lead away from Tony Wedelstadt in the early goings. Gregorich pulled out to a sizeable lead leaving the battle for second. Point leader Jay Matthias would slice his way through the field and climb to the second spot. Once in the clear Matthias would begin to reel in Gregorich. A caution for Rick Johnson as his machine would make heavy contact with the front stretch wall. Johnson’s racer would suffer heavy damage and he was done for the night.

This would put Matthias and Todd Dart right on the leaders bumper and set up a 6 lap dash to the checker. When the green flew Dart and Matthias would swarm Gregorich with Matthias taking the lead. Brian Mullen and Benji LaCrosse would move past Dart and Gregorich but were never able to challenge the defending Champion who would pick up his first checker of the year followed by Mullen, LaCrosse, Gregorich and Dart. Matthias now holds a 10 point lead over Dart with 3 point nights remaining.

Troy Muench would methodically work his way through the field and pick up his fifth feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler would jump from the pole leading the first 6 circuits before Shawn Havel would take over the top spot. Point leader Troy Muench quickly worked into the top four and battled door handle to door handle with defending Champion Greg Gretz for second. Muench would take over the runner up spot midway through the contest and set his sights on Havel.

With 5 laps remaining Muench would work down low passing Havel for the lead. Havel would fight back retaking the lead 2 laps later. The duo would race side by side with the white flag waving Muench would find a little more bite and move passed Havel for good and take home the victory. Havel would place a season best second, defending Champion Greg Gretz would place a solid third, followed by Jeremy Wiitala and Kyle Fredrick who started 11th.

Tyler Hackett picked up his second feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Keith Peterson and Jeff Lautenbach would battle for the lead early, this would allow Jarred VanLaanen to close in and take the lead on lap 5, a lap later the caution would fly. As the race resumed Tyler Hackett would make his presence felt working to high side of VanLaanen. Midway through the contest Hackett would take over the lead and begin to pull away only to have the caution flag fly.

This would set up a 5 lap dash to the checkers, on the restart defending Champion Eric Arneson would do battle for second with VanLaanen. This would allow Hackett to pull away and pick up the win. VanLaanen would brush off Arneson and take a career best second followed by Arneson, Kelsy Hayes and Steve Georgenson would started outside row 7. With the victory Hackett climbs to second in the standings just 4 points behind Brad Lautenbach with Arneson 5 back in 3rd.

Rick Lumaye would take the lead on lap 2 and never look back picking up his first career IMCA Hobby Stock Feature win.

Point leader Brandon Peterson would make a late race charge to place second, Travis Lumaye would place a season best third, fourth for IMCA State point leader Tom Brumlic and Dave Schmidt would round the top 5.

Defending Street Stock Champion, Geno Sternard would make a last lap pass winning his 5th feature of the season.

Andy Paluch and Dennis Weidner would battle for the lead early with Weidner getting the best of that battle and opening up a large lead. Point leader Geno Sternard steadily worked through traffic pulling even with Weidner with only a handful of laps remaining. The duo raced side by side all the way to the checkers where Sternard would find just enough to slide by Weidner and make yet another last lap pass for the win. Connor Iverson would place a career best third follow by Tony Everard and Paluch.

Point leader Calvin Stueck would survive a wild Feisty Four-Cylinder feature and pick his fifth win of the season adding to his point lead.

Next Saturday night will be brought to you by Peil Construction and Custom Seal Coating. The night will feature kids big wheel races and powder puff action.

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

PACKERLAND WHEY KING OF THE HILL: 1.Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 4.Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 2. Brian Mullen, Seymour; 3. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 4. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: James Lee Tebon, Algoma
HEAT 2: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Union; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 5. Kyle Fredrick, Gillett

HEAT 1: Casey Groessl, Algoma
HEAT 2: Havel

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 4. Kelsy Hayes. Sturgeon Bay; 5. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Rick Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Travis Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Dave Schmidt, Algoma

HEAT 1: Marcus Moede, Algoma
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Luxemburg; 2. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 3. Connor Iverson, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Andy Paluch, Pulaski

HEAT 1: Paluch
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 3. Michael Verheyden, Appleton ; 4. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Scoon

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TEBON TOPS THE HILL

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Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/11/2011) – James Tebon used a late race pass to propel him to his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Joining Tebon in victory lane on Door County Fair night were Troy Muench in the IMCA Stock Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Nick Everard in the Street Stocks and Travis Hackett in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Tebon’s win came at the expense of four-time champion Eugene Gregorich, who took command of the headliner at the drop of the green. He worked to a sizeable advantage over the course of the race’s first half, but lost it as caution bunched the field on the 11th lap.

Gregorich maintained the point on the restart with Tebon right behind in second. Tight quarter racing for third between Chris Derenne, Jeremy Jacobs and Todd Dart eventually led to a second late caution as Derenne was sent sliding into the pack, collecting Jared Siefert and point leader Jay Matthias.

Gregorich worked the high line for the final laps, opening the door on the inside for Tebon. The Algoma veteran took advantage, pulling even and squeezing through to the lead with two laps to go.

Gregorich was able to hold off the charging Jacobs for second, with Dart fourth and Dan Ratajczak crossing the line fifth.

Muench took another step closer to his first Thunderhill IMCA Stock Car championship with his fourth win of the season. The final laps proved to be a duel between Muench and Thursday night’s feature winner, Jeremy Wiitala.

Bret Koehler led the first half of the feature, but on the 12th lap, he found himself under assault from two sides. With Wiitala edging past him from the inside, Muench swung to the extreme outside groove. The three-wide sequence through the corner moved Wiitala to the lead with Muench a close second.

Wiitala was able to keep Muench at bay for five more lap before the eventual winner completed the winning pass on the 15th circuit.

Defending co-champ Greg Gretz made a late move to second with five laps to go, but couldn’t reel in Muench to contend for the win. Wiitala completed a successful Fair week with a third place run followed by Koehler and Charlie Kroll, who nipped Shawn Havel at the wire for fifth.

Defending IMCA Northern Sport Mod champ Arneson picked up two points on division leader Brad Lautenbach with his fifth feature win of the season.

After taking the lead from Steve Georgenson on the 8th lap, Bernie Reinhardt appeared to be in position to win his first feature of the year. Reinhardt’s cause was aided by a battle for second involving Georgenson, Randy LeMieux, Jr, Tyler Hackett and Arneson.

Timing was key, as Arneson finally gained the spot on the 15th lap, one lap before a final caution erased Reinhardt’s lead.

Hampered by a broken spring, Reinhardt proved no match for Arneson, who shot to the lead from the inside on the restart.

Hackett followed through to take the second spot, where he eventually finished. A first lap tangle had sent Lautenbach down pit lane under caution, but the point leader fought back to salvage a third place finish, with Reinhardt fourth and LeMieux fifth.

First place was the best place to be in a rugged Street Stock feature, and that’s where Everard stayed after a lap five pass of Kipp Burlo.

Several incidents thinned the field, none of which hindered Everard as he stayed clear of the carnage en route to his second feature win of the season.

A spirted battle for second between Sternards – Geno, Rick and Les – eventually went to Geno, the division’s defending champ and current point leader. Rick finished a career best third.

Veteran Scott Pagels returned to action and carded a solid fourth place run, just ahead of Connor Iverson who scored his first career top five finish.

C.J. Weckler used a three-wide move from the outside through three and four to take the lead on the first lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Weckler led the field until the 10th lap, when Marcus Moede’s outside pass put him in control.

Moede would hold the top spot for only three circuits, as Hackett split the seams between the lead duo, slicing through to the lead with just two laps to go.

Hackett would motor away to his third win of the season, with Moede holding off division leader Brandon Peterson for second. Tom Brumlic and Eric Micolichek rounded out the top five.

Racing returns to the Raceway Saturday night, highlighted by the rescheduled Packerland Whey IMCA Modified King of the Hill competition. An additional $1,000 dollars has been added to the purse, courtesy of Prestige Yacht Coatings and Paul J. Georgia, CPA, bringing the total count for the added event up to $1,500.

Witt Peninsula Ford Lincoln will host the regular night’s events, with all six of the Raceway’s regular divisions in action.

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 8/6/11

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – James Tebon, Algoma: Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee: Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg: Todd Dart, Algoma: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Jared Siefert, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Chris Derenne, Luxemburg: Ratajczak
Heat 2 – Jay Matthias, DePere: Tebon

IMCA Stock Car 25 Lap Feature – Troy Muench, Namur: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Jeremy Wiittala, Green Bay: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers: Charlie Kroll, Forestville: Shawn Havel, Algoma

Heat 1 – Wiitala: Muench
Heat 2 – Kroll: Koehler

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 25 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: Tyler Hackett, Algoma: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Reinhardt: Kelsey Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Hackett: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 3 – Randy LeMieux: Lautenbach

Street Stock 20 Lap Feature – Nick Everard, Green Bay: Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Rick Sternard, Egg Harbor: Scott Pagels, Little Sturgeon: Connor Iverson, Sturgeon Bay: Tony Everard, Green Bay

Heat 1 – Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville
Heat 2 – Tony Everard: Nick Everard
Heat 3 – Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay: Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Travis Hackett, Algoma: Marcus Moede, Algoma: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg: Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Moede
Heat 2 – Hackett: Rick LuMaye, Sturgeon Bay