By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 27 – When you enter the race track each Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway there’s one thing you can be sure of and that’s running into a Sternard. The Sternard family has been a fixture at the track dating back into the 60’s. The Sternard family members have played several different roles at the track from promoting to having championship drivers.
Beginning with 2011 racing season former Street Stock Champion, John Sternard found himself in a different role other than behind the wheel of his IMCA Stock Car. After suffering an injury that sidelined him, John found himself in the role of a car owner. “Doctors ordered I take it easy for at least a full year.” Said Sternard. So John went on the hunt to find a driver, enter Todd Polster former owner of Sternard’s current car. A deal was made and Polster would drive for Sternard at Thunderhill Raceway.
The car would wear the #76 which is synonymous with the Sternard family, when it came to paint and lettering John and the team went with a pink and purple design. “The pink and purple themed car was to honor not only my aunt Diane Sternard and Missy Delfosse who have both battled cancer, but to show our support for people who have or are fighting cancer.”
Sternard then teamed up with the American Cancer Society and sponsored a Relay Team for Life. Polster who owns Bleys Bar also jumped aboard to co-sponsor the relay team. “We take a portion of our winnings each night and donate it to the American Cancer Society.” John’s father Les Sternard who races Street Stocks also joined in and did a green colored scheme on his car. “The Street Stock I designed was to honor my brother Chuck who has battled and beat Lymphoma twice.”
The Sternard’s have been using racing as a tool to bring attention to their cause, bringing their cars to parades and doing special appearances to help raise awareness and donations. “We are challenging our fellow drivers to come aboard and help donate to the American Cancer Society.” “We are asking any fans that have been affected by cancer or know someone who has to come down after the races and sign the dash or rear firewall of my #76 IMCA Stock Car.”
As for getting back behind the wheel, “Doctors say my back is healing properly and I plan to do a few nights of racing later this year.” esthetically stated Sternard, “I do enjoy being a car owner, I’ve always admired former NASCAR team owner and crew chief Junior Johnson.”
If you are interested in helping Sternard donate to the American Cancer Society please contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 920-495-6631 or just stop by after the races in Sturgeon Bay Saturday nights.
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.