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KING OF THE HILL MODIFIED TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 13

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 1 – Due to the cancellation Saturday night because of rain, Thunderhill Raceway has rescheduled the Packerland Whey “King of The Hill” IMCA Modified tournament for Saturday August 13.

Every IMCA Modified driver that enters the gate Saturday August 13 will automatically be entered into the “King of The Hill” tournament.

Right now the tournament is scheduled to take place at intermission, two drivers on the track at a time racing for 2 laps with the winner moving to the next round until a winner is crowned. The winner will take home a guaranteed $500, Woody is hard at work trying to find additional funding to raise the winners share. If you would wish to add funding to the tournament please contact Woody at 920-743-7052.

The night will be brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Witt Peninsula Ford.

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.

MODS $800 TO WIN, STOCKS $600, SPORT MODS, $400 AT THUNDERHILL SAT. AUG. 6

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 31 – Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway prepares to start the month of August with a bang. The IMCA Stock Cars will kick off the first of 2 specials with a rare Thursday race on August 4. that pays $1000 to win. Joining the Stock Cars will be the MSA Winged Sprints and the Midwest Legend cars.

Thursday Night
Pit Gate Admission – $25.00
Stock Car Driver Entry – $20.00

The IMCA Stock Cars will be racing for $1000 to win, 2nd $500, 3rd $375, 4th $200 and will pay $100 to start, with a guaranteed purse. The night will feature a draw redraw format and will be IMCA sanctioned. The night will be for State, Regional and National points. It is NOT a track point night. Note no other regular divisions are running this night. Racing starts at 6pm.

The second special will take place on Saturday August 6. It will be IMCA sanctioned and be for track points. The Feisty Fours have the night off. Racing starts at 6pm.

Saturday Night
Pit Gate Admission – $25.00
Driver Entry’s
IMCA Mod & Stock Cars – $20.00
Sport mod, Street Stock, Hobby Stock – $15.00

IMCA Modifieds $800 to win, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $300 and $100 to start
IMCA Stock Cars $600 to win, 2nd $350, 3rd $225, 4th 200 and $100 to start
IMCA Sport Mods $400 to win, 2nd $200, 3rd $150, 4th $130 and $40 to start
IMCA Hobby Stocks $300 to win $40 to start
Street Stocks $300 to win $40 to start

Special thanks to Peil Construction, Total Lawn Car, Bleys Bar, Denil Auto & Trucking, Cater Plumbing, Mobile Detailing, Custom Seal Coating and Reinhardt Construction. All these Door County business’s have stepped up and pitched in to raise the pay for the Stock Cars and allowing the pay scale to remain solid through the entire field.

Prices to get in the fair if you don’t want to go on any rides is only $5 and the grandstand will be $8. Making a total of only $13 to see some of the areas best drivers compete. Racing will start at 6pm. The Door County Fair is featuring several live bands, carnival rides and much more. For more Door County Fair information please visit http://www.doorcounty.org/Fair/

Thunderhill Canceled for 7/30

Rain and high winds have forced the track officials at Thunderhill Raceway to cancel the planned events at the track tonight. A reminder that there will be racing this coming Thursday night at 6pm with the MSA sprint cars invading the track, along with the Midwest Legend cars and IMCA stock cars.

$1000 TO WIN $100 TO START IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE, MIDWEST LEGEND AND MSA SPRINT CARS AT THUNDERHILL THURSDAY AUG. 4

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 25 – The Door County Fair will feature a Thursday night show at Thunderhill Raceway on August 4. This will be the first of two fair specials taking place that week.

The IMCA Stock Cars will be racing for $1000 to win, 2nd $500, 3rd $375, 4th $200 and will pay $100 to start with a guaranteed purse. The night will feature a draw redraw format and will be IMCA sanctioned. The night will be for State, Regional and National points. It is NOT a track point night.

Joining the Stock Cars will be the MSA Winged Sprint cars who put on a great show last year, racing 3 and 4 wide on the 1/3 mile clay oval. The Midwest Legend cars will be making their first ever appearance at Thunderhill.

Special thanks to Peil Construction, Total Lawn Car, Bleys Bar, Denil Auto & Trucking, Cater Plumbing, Mobile Detailing, Custom Seal Coating and Reinhardt Construction. All these Door County business’s have stepped up and pitched in to raise the pay for the Stock Cars and allowing the pay scale to remain solid through the entire field.

Pit gate prices will be $25 for a pit pass and a $20 for the entry fee for the Stock Cars. Note no other regular divisions are running this night.

Prices to get in the fair if you don’t want to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl will cost $5 and the grandstand will be $8. Making a total of only $13 to see some of the areas best drivers compete. Racing will start at 6pm. For more Door County Fair information please visit http://www.doorcounty.org/Fair/

ALL MODIFIED DRIVERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE $500 “KING OF THE HILL” TOURNAMENT JULY 30

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 24 – Every IMCA Modified driver that enters the gate this Saturday July 30 will automatically be entered into the “King of The Hill” tournament at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The nightly events will be brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Quietwoods RV & Campgrounds.

“A late change to this years format will benefit all drivers and give them a chance at the $500 pay day.” Stated Woody.

Right now the tournament is scheduled to take place at intermission, two drivers on the track at a time racing for 2 laps with the winner moving to the next round until a winner is crowned. As of right now the winner will take home a guaranteed $500, Woody is hard at work trying to find additional funding to raise the winners share. If you would wish to add funding to the tournament please contact Woody at 743-7052

The “King of The Hill” tournament is being bought to you by Luxemburg’s Packerland Whey. The night will be a regular point night and the tournament will have NO baring on the point standings. It is regular admission for the pits and grandstand.

In 2009 former Wisconsin State Champion Tim Czarneski took home the $500 and in 2010 Tony Wedelstadt took top honors.

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.

STREET STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT JULY 23 AS WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 21 – Fans and children a like will get a chance to enjoy the holiday season a little early in 2011. As Miller Lite will host the annual Christmas in July theme at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway on Saturday July 23.

Time permitting we will do driver introductions for the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stocks come feature time. We are asking all drivers to participate by decorating your trailers in the Christmas spirit.

Every Saturday night at Thunderhill the track offers a $1 beer special from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with a paid ticket.

The track is also giving away a trip to Vegas courtesy of Algoma Motors. Its free to enter, all you have to do is sign up at the concession stand behind grandstands. Each night we will draw 4 names that will go into a big drawing at the end of the racing season.

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.

MID SEASON RECAP / ALL TITLES STILL UP FOR GRABS AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 19 – Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway is just past the half way mark in the 2011 racing season. Titles in all 6 divisions are still up for grabs with 7 point nights remaining.

Despite several early rainouts forcing the track to open later than anyone else and the addition of another track racing on Saturday nights, Thunderhill Raceway still has seen a total of 148 different drivers take the green flag. The track also saw its biggest crowd in 10 years over the 4th of July weekend. Of those 148 drivers 30 of them won features. A feature win is worth 40 points every spot after that gets deducted by one point.

The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds have seen 6 different feature winners in the first 9 weeks. Jeremy Jacobs, Dan Ratajczak and Todd Dart each have 2 feature wins. Mike Wedelstadt, Evan Madden and Eugene Gregorich each have 1 feature win. Defending Champion Jay Matthias has been a model of consistency averaging a 4th place finish each night and he is the point leader holding a 10 point edge over Jacobs, Ratajczak sits 12 back, Dart 15 back and James Tebon rounds out the top 5, being 28 points behind. Of all the feature winners, when combined share a total of 11 Thunderhill track titles in just the Modifieds.

Jacobs took home the Mod title in 2004. Gregorich also holds 4 titles in the Modifieds and one in the IMCA Stock Cars at Thunderhill and Dart has 6 titles at the Hill as well as Street Stock Championship in the early 90’s at the Seymour Tri-Oval.

Dart also leads the Modified division in features with 42 wins, Gregorich sits second with 23 and Ratajczak sits third for with 20 wins.

The Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars have seen 5 different feature winners. Troy Muench leads the division with 3 feature wins. Rookie Luke Lemmens and Defending Champion Greg Gretz each have 2 feature wins. Brandon Czarapata and Kyle Fredrick each have one. Muench leads the point standings by 18 marks over Dave Bouche. Jeremy Wiitala sits third 22 points back. Gretz sits 28 points back in third. Muench’s lead is the largest of all 6 divisions. Lemmens is currently ranked 6th in the IMCA National rookie standings, he is also a former IMCA Hobby Stock Champion at the Hill.

Muench, Bouche and Wiitala each have a Thunderhill Street Stock title under their belt. Bouche in 95’ Muench in 03’ and Wiitala in 09’. Muench is the defending Stock Car Champion at Luxemburg Speedway. Bouche also holds Street Stock titles at Luxemburg Speedway and Manitowoc Expo. Wiitala was last years rookie of the year, he also holds a title in the Bomber class at the Hill and is Street Stock Champion at Seymour Speedway.

The Butch’s Auto IMCA Northern Sport Mods have seen 5 different feature winners. Defending Champion Eric Arneson and Brad Lautenbach each have three feature wins. Jesse Kroll, Tyler Hackett and Tom Stark each won once. The top 4 are separated by only 24 points. Lautenbach sits a top the standings by 13 points over Hackett, 14 over Arneson and 24 over Kelsy Hayes.

Lautenbach is the all time leader in the Sport Mods with 16 feature wins and is eying his first ever track title. Hackett is in his second year of racing after switching over from racing four-wheelers, he holds feature wins at Luxemburg and Thunderhill. Arneson’s 3 feature wins this year are his first ever at the Hill. Arneson holds a title at Luxemburg Speedway and is a IMCA Wisconsin State Champion. Hayes is also in her second year in the Sport Mods and was crowned rookie of the year last season.

The Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks come in with tightest points battle of all the divisions, the top 5 are only separated by 9 points. The class has seen 4 feature winners, Brandon Peterson and Tom Brumlic each have 3 wins a piece. Second year driver Travis Hackett has 2 and Marcus Moede has 1. Peterson has been averaging a 3rd place finish each night that has pushed him to the top of the standings. State points leader Tom Brumlic sits second just 6 points back. By winning the last 2 feature Hackett moves to third 7 back. Moede sits 4th 8 behind and CJ Weckler is 9 back in 5th. The Hobby Stocks will crown a new Champion this season as no driver in this class has ever won a title.

In the last 3 weeks 3 different drivers have held the points lead in the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stocks. The division has seen 6 different feature winners, 3 of which got their first career wins in the division. Defending Champion Geno Sternard holds a division high 4 feature wins. Nick Everard, Aaron Thornton, David Baenen, Les Sternard and Jimmy Anderson each have 1 feature win to their credit this season.

Geno sit’s a top the standings with a 3 point edge over Tony Everard, 9 points over his uncle Les for third and Nick Everard sits fourth 23 marks back.

The Denil Auto and Trucking Feisty Fours have had four different winners with the top 4 separated by just 13 points. Calvin Stueck has been dominant in the class with 4 feature wins, Joey Scoon and rookie TJ Everard have 2 wins a piece and one A-Main win for Matt Borths.

Stueck has a 4 point lead over Kasey Gross, last years rookie of the year Joey Scoon sits third 5 points back with Matt Borths fifth 13 back of the leader. Joey Scoon was last years rookie of the year. Gross is the defending Champion at Tomahawk Speedway. He is the only driver in the title hunt that has won a track title.

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.

$500 TO WIN “KING OF THE HILL” MODIFIED TOURNAMENT JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 18 – In two shorts weeks Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will host the 3rd Annual King of the Hill Modified Tournament. The tournament will pay $500 to the winner and will take place at intermission courtesy of Packerland Whey.

The event will take place in two weeks on Saturday night July 30. We will take the top 2 out of each heat race and two provisional starters chosen by Packerland Whey. A total of 8 drivers will set the field. There will be only 2 cars on the track at a time to race each other for 2 laps. The winner of the 2 lap contest advances into the next round, until were down to the final 2 drivers. Again it will be a 2 lap dash with the winner taking home $500

It doesn’t matter if you have raced at Thunderhill this year or not, all drivers are eligible. Just finish top 2 in the heat and your automatically in the dash for cash. Past winners 2009 Tim Czarneski and in 2010 Tony Wedelstadt was picked as a provisional starter and upset the field taking home the win.

If additional sponsors can be found the purse will be raised. Heat races will be set by point average as it will still be a regular points night. No added cost at the back gate, standard fee to enter the pits. Cars must be IMCA legal. For more information or to become a sponsor for the tournament please call Woody 920-743-7052 Full details forth coming for the IMCA Sport Mod tournament on August 27.

Packerland Whey Products, Inc. has been manufacturing a liquid dairy & beef energy and protein supplement for 20+ years. The liquid feed is called Lacto-Whey® and is made from whey. A feed supplement made from cows for cows. The original ownership of Packerland Whey Products, Inc. was shared between 7 local cheese plants. In December 2004 the Thiry Daems Cheese Factory Inc, one of the original owners, became the sole owner of Packerland Whey Products, Inc. The owners of Thiry Daems Cheese Factory Inc are Dan, Scott, and Angie Ratajczak. They are young and enthusiastic for future success in the dairy industry.

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.

DRIVER AUTOGRAPH NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY JULY 16

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 12 – Fans will get to meet and get the autograph of their favorite racer this Saturday July 16 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway.

The night will be brought you by Sturgeon Bay’s Sonny’s Pizzeria and The Draft Haus Sports Bar. Saturday nights after the races the Draft Haus offers anyone with a paid wristband a free mug of beer or free rail mixer.

For fans who are looking for something for the drivers to sign, the Dan Lewis Photography trailer offers many options, from pictures to checkers flag. Lewis also offers custom designed photos. So just stop at the big black trailer located behind the grandstand to purchase whatever you may need.

“Felix” Todd Dart picked up the 300th feature run in the IMCA Modifieds last Saturday. The win was Darts 43rd in just that class which is a division high with Eugene Gregorich holding second with 22 feature wins.

Troy Muench picked up his third feature win of the season and extended his point lead to 16 over Dave Bouche. Muench and Bouche are former Street Stock champions at Thunderhill with Bouche taking the title in 1995 and Muench in 2003. Muench is the defending Luxemburg Speedway IMCA Stock Car champion but either driver has yet to take home the crown in the Stock Cars at Thunderhill. Mike Pierrard is the only driver at Thunderhill to take a title in the Street Stocks and Stock Cars.

Brad Lautenbach marched through the field in the Sport Mods taking home his third win of the season after suffering a flat tire in the heat race that relegated him to the rear for the start of the feature. The win was his 16th total and is a division high. The top three finishers in the feature were all driving cars that were raced in the Modified class before being converted into IMCA Sport Mods. Brad’s car use to be Sawn Jerovetz’s Harris, Tyler Hackett’s use to be Mike Mashl’s Shaw and Kelsy Hayes’s use to be Mike Wedelstadt’s Side Biter. In the four years of the division no driver has be able to repeat as champion.

Special thanks to track historian Tom Wagner for feature win stats.

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.

EXTRA $300 TO THE WINNER OF THE 300th IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE THIS SATURDAY JULY 9 AT THUNDERHILL, PLUS KIDS COIN DROP

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 5 – For the second week in a row Thunderhill Raceway will add an extra $300 to the top prize for the driver that takes home the win in the 300th IMCA Modified feature this Saturday, July 9. The winner will also receive a special commemorative trophy marking the accomplishment.

The nightly events will also feature a kids coin drop on the front stretch at intermission. The night will be brought to you by Algoma’s Lake Side Painting and Sherwin Williams.

Thunderhill has set up a fan giveaway on their Facebook page. The giveaway features 2 grandstand passes, 2 Thunderhill tees & $20.00 concession stand tab for the person who can guess the winner of the 300th IMCA Modified feature this Saturday. If more than one person picks the same driver they will go into a hat so to speak and one winner will be picked.

In 7 nights of racing the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds have only seen 2 repeat winners. Jeremy Jacobs and Dan Ratajczak have 2 wins each with Evan Madden, Todd Dart and Mike Wedelstadt each with 1 win.

The Street Stocks saw the division’s oldest driver, Les Sternard take home his first Street Stock feature. Sternard who recently turned 67 years young, inherited the lead after his Nephew Geno Sternard’s engine expired on the final lap. The Street Stock Les won in is the same car his Son “Revin” Kevin Sternard won the championship with in 2002. Les’s other Son, John took home the Street Stock title in 2008. With the win Les sits in a tie for the point lead with Tony Everard. Despite the engine failure defending champion Geno Sternard sits just 3 points back.

With the win the Sternard’s now join two other family’s who have had their father and two sons win features since the track reopened in 1993. They are Don Aregoni, Don Jr. and Greg as well as Ted Everard, Tony and Nick.

In only his second start of the season at Thunderhill Kyle Fredrick took home the 300th IMCA Stock Car feature. The Stock Car division has seen 39 different drivers take points so far this season. The track has seen some of the areas hottest drivers hit the 1/3 mile such as Fredrick, Shawn “Lunch Box” Wagener and Brandon Czarapata. Add in our local hot shoe’s and it becomes anyone’s guess who will take come the feature win.

Troy Muench is the current points leader in the Algoma Motors Stock Cars, Muench is a former Street Stock champion and is the defending Stock Car champion at Luxemburg Speedway. With a runner up finish Saturday night Dave Bouche climbed to second in the standings 13 markers back, Shawn Havel sits 15 points back and defending track champion Greg Gretz 17 back.

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.