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JACOBS TAKES BOUCHE MEMORIAL AT THE HILL

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

by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/25/2011) – A late race pass was the difference as former track champ Jeremy Jacobs raced to the IMCA Modified feature win in the 3rd annual Nathan Bouche Memorial Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Top division prizes on the night also went to Brandon Czarapata in the IMCA Stocks Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Geno Sternard in the Street Stocks, Tom Brumlic in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Joey Scoon in the 4 cylinder class.

For the bulk of the IMCA Modified headliner, it appeared that the die was cast; Jacobs would finish second to Tony Wedelstadt. The second generation racer from Fremont took the lead at the drop of the green, and while never able to pull completely away, he maintained a consistent edge on a trio of pursuers – Jacobs, Jay Matthias and Shawn Kilgore.

But with two laps to go, Jacobs made a charge, diving to the bottom through one and two. The two raced hard through the corner with Jacobs taking control down the backstretch. After leading 18 laps, Wedelstadt could only watch as Jacobs pulled away heading to the white flag. He then fell prey to Matthias and Kilgore as both shot by on the low line.

The win for Jacobs was his second of the season after taking the victory on opening night.

Czarapata scored the IMCA Stock Car win in only his second visit of the year. Starting from the front row, he led every lap, but saw several leads wiped away by a series of cautions.

Jeremy Wiitala took over the second spot on the 8th lap, but Czarapata proved to be the master of the restart, never giving the runner-up a chance to draw even.

A late rally by Troy Muench scored a third place finish, preserving his point lead for another week. Todd Polster ran in the lead pack though the event to grab fourth ahead of Shawn Havel.

The IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature proved to be a duel between the two co-point leaders entering the night; Arneson and Brad Lautenbach,

Arneson took the top spot from Jarred VanLaanen on the 8th lap, after a two-lap side by side battle following restart prompted by leader Tom Stark’s breakdown. Lautenbach worked his way past VanLaanen as well to grab second.

Arneson took control of the higher preferred line, leaving the bottom groove open for Lautenbach. Lautenbach made several runs, diving under the leader, but each attempt fell short as Arneson was able to carry the momentum on the higher line.

Holding the advantage to the checker, Arneson’s third win of the season moved him into solo possession of the division lead by a single marker over Lautenbach.

Chris Benes kept the pressure on the point leaders finishing an impressive third. Randy LeMieux, Jr raced from his sixth row starting spot to fourth ahead of VanLaanen.

Sternard came a long way in a short amount of time to catch Kipp Burlo en route to the Street Stock win. Burlo took the lead at the drop of the green, and built what appeared to be a safe cushion.

Sternard moved into second on the 10th lap, chased down the leader and passed him with a strong move on the outside line through one and two with just one lap to go.

It was the second straight win for the defending class champ, and third overall on the season.

Ford Malvitz turned in a career best performance, running up front the entire way, placing third. Point leader Tony Everard was fourth, with Les Sternard joining his nephew in the top five.

Brumlic used an outside move to get around Marcus Moede and leader Dave Schmidt on the sixth lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

Scott Boulanger eventually secured second after a hard fought battle with Brandon Peterson, Moede and Schmidt. He cut into Brumlic’s advantage, but ran out of time before he could mount a serious challenge.

Scoon shot to the inside of Matt Borths on a restart on the second lap of the 4 cylinder feature, dominating the rest of the way, as he posted his second feature win of the season.

With his car sidelined after banging the wall in the heat, Kasey Gross jumped behind the wheel of father Charlie’s machine to place second.

This Saturday night, Poh’s Corner Pub and Bissen Asphalt will host the show. The Raceway’s regular six divisions will be on hand, with the finale of the night the ever popular trailer race of destruction.

The night will also mark the 300th feature run in the IMCA Stock Car class since the track reopened in 1993. The winner will receive an extra $300, as well as a special commemorative trophy.

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 6/25/11

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg,: Jay Matthias, Depere: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken: Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont: Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

Heat 1 – Tony Wedelstadt: James Tebon, Algoma
Heat 2 – Jacobs: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg

IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Brandon Czarapata, Appleton: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay: Troy Muench, Namur: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay: Shawn Havel, Algoma: Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg

Semi-feature – Dan Sell, Suring: Kyle Frederick, Gillett: John Anschutz, Brussels: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

Heat 1 – Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Mike Wietor, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Czarapata: Polster
Heat 3 – Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor: Havel

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Chris Benes, Algoma: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay: Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat 1 – Tom Stark, Egg Harbor: VanLaanen
Heat 2 – Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay, Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay: Tony Everard, Green Bay: Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Dave Baenen, New Franken

Heat 1 – Burlo: Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Malvitz: Les Sternard

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Dave Schmidt, Algoma: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Marcus Moede, Algoma

Heat 1 – Moede: Travis Hackett, Algoma
Heat 2 – Weckler: Peterson

4 Cylinder Feature – Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: Kasey Gross, Gleason: Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay: Theodore Everard, Green Bay: Steve Skippon, Sturgeon Bay: Calvin Stueck, Clintonville:

Heat – Scoon: Borths

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RATAJCZAK ROCKETS TO TOPLESS IMCA MODIFIED WIN AT THUNDERHILL

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

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 18 – Dan Ratajczak of Frog Station captured the first ever Topless IMCA Modified feature passing James Tebon on lap three and going on to win his second main of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Troy Muench (IMCA Stock Cars), Tyler Hackett (IMCA Sport Mod), Brandon Peterson (IMCA Hobby Stock), Geno Sternard (Street Stock) and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders).

Fans were treated the first ever Topless night in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified A-main where drivers removed the roofs and sail panels. Giving fans a birds eye view of the drivers in the cockpit.

Tony Wedelstadt and James Tebon battled early for the top spot. Tebon would take the lead but was quickly hounded by Dan Ratajczak. Ratajczak would work past Tebon on lap four and never look back picking up his second feature win of the season, he also made it a clean sweep winning his heat race. Jay Matthias would sneak by Tebon for the runner up spot, with the second place finish Matthias takes over the points lead. Tebon would place third with Jeremy Jacobs fourth. With Ratajczak running with the roof off his Modified, he pocketed an extra $200 for the victory.

Troy Muench would out duel Shawn Havel with two laps remaining to pick up the win in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler let the opening circuits before he was chased down by the machine of Shawn Havel on lap three. Havel quickly began to drive away from the pack. 10th place starter Troy Muench broke free from the pack and began to chase down Havel. By lap twelve Havel and Muench were locked in a battle for the lead. Muench working down low and Havel up high door to door lap after lap. With two laps remaining Muench would slip by Havel and go on to pick up his second feature of the season also scoring a clean sweep. With the win Muench moved into the points lead. Havel would settle for second place pay, defending champion Greg Gretz third and Koehler holding on for fourth.

Tyler Hackett took home his first feature win of the season in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods.

Like the Modifieds the Sport Mods were also given the chance to run Topless. Martin Kelsey would lead early from his front row starting spot. Steve Georgenson would make his presence felt and would work past Kelsey on lap three. Georgenson’s reign up front wouldn’t last long as second year driver Tyler Hackett would make the pass on lap seven and go on to win the feature. Kelsy Hayes and Eric Arneson would wage a spirited battle for the runner up spot, Hayes would come home second with her best run of the season. Arneson would close up the points race finishing third, as leader Brad Lautenbach would pit late in the feature for a broken shock. Randy LeMieux Jr. would come home fourth after starting twelfth. Hackett would take a home an extra $100 for winning the feature with his roof removed.

Brandon Peterson would survive a late race charge by Travis Hackett and pick up the win in the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Brandon Peterson would take the lead away from Marcus Moede early in the feature. Peterson was challenged late by Travis Hackett but Peterson was up for the challenge and would keep Hackett at bay to go on and score a clean sweep in the division, winning the heat and feature. With the win Peterson would take over the points lead, Hackett would place second, Moede third and Wisconsin IMCA Hobby State points leader Tom Brumlic fourth.

Defending champion Geno Sternard would win a thriller in the Lackie Rentals Street Stocks feature.

Last weeks feature winner David Baenen would power by Jimmy Windows for the lead early in the contest. With a series of cautions midway through the event it would keep Geno Sternard and Nick Everard tightly on the back bumper of Baenen. Baenen would shake off Everard with Sternard moving to the second spot. Baenen looked well on his way to another feature win with checker flags waving in the air Baenen lost the handle on his machine in turn four and went sliding into the infield grass. Sternard would sneak by and take the win, his second of the season. Everard would place a strong second, Brian Weslow third and Les Sternard fourth.

Calvin Stueck would capture his fourth feature win of the season in the Denil Auto and Trucking Feisty Fours. Points leader Casey Gross would encounter problems and the points lead would go to Stueck.

Action was halted during Feisty Four feature as Nick LeMieux would hit the turn four wall and barrel roll on the front stretch with his car coming to a stop on the passengers side. LeMieux was helped out of the car and taken to a near by hospital for further observation.

The win in the Woody’s Signs Spectator Eliminator went to Craig Wilson. The legendary “Land Shark” made its debut for the Spectator Eliminator. But the ride didn’t last long, when coming for the checkers driver Jeff Schroeder lost control of his 1969 Chevy Impala and went head on the front stretch wall destroying the car. Schroeder would escape unharmed.

Next week will be the 3rd Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial on Saturday June 25 at Thunderhill Raceway. The night will be brought to you by Wicked Witch Racing and will be Driver Autograph Night.

Drivers will get in the pits “FREE”. All IMCA division winners will be racing for extra pay. The IMCA Modified will pay $750 to win and has also been designated as a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $500 to win and a guaranteed spot in qualifying for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. Karl Chevrolet Northern Sport Mods race for $300 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250.

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

20 LAP IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station ; 2.Jay Matthias, De Pere ; 3.James Tebon, Algoma ; 4.Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg ; 5.Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: Matthias; Tebon
HEAT 2: Ratajczak; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Troy Muench, Union ; 2.Shawn Havel, Algoma ; 3.Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 4.Bret Koehler, Two Rivers ; 5.Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee

HEAT 1:Gretz; Havel
HEAT 2:Lemmens; Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay
HEAT 3:Muench; Charlie Kroll, Forestville

20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 2.Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay ; 3.Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls ; 4.Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay ; 5.Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1:Hayes; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
HEAT 2:Arneson; Georgenson

15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay ; 2.Travis Hackett, Algoma ; 3.Marcus Moede, Algoma ; 4.Tom Brumlic, Denmark ; 5.Rick Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1:Hackett; Moede
HEAT 2:Peterson; Amber Weidner, West Maplewood

15 Lap STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Geno Sternard, Luxemburg ; 2.Nick Everard, Green Bay ; 3.Brian Weslow, Green Bay ; 4.Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay ; 5.Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1:David Baenen, New Franken; Les Sternard
HEAT 2:Tony Everard; Kipp Burlo

15 Lap 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Calvin Stueck, Clintonville ; 2Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay. ; 3.Matt Borths, Green Bay ; 4.Charlie Gross, Gleason ; 5.Steve Skippon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1:Scoon; Stueck

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MADDEN CRUISES TO THUNDERHILL MODIFIED VICTORY

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

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/11/2011) – Evan Madden took command early, sprinting away to his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Joining Madden in victory lane were Luke Lemmens in the IMCA Stock Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Dave Baenen in the Street Stocks, Marcus Moede in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Calvin Stueck in the 4 cylinder class.

In the Modified headliner, Madden took full advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead from Chris Derenne at the initial drop of the green. With Derenne holding the line in second, Madden steadily increased his advantage, pulling away to an insurmountable lead.

While Madden raced away uncontested at the point, Derenne was forced to fend off repeated attacks from Dan Ratajczak to hold the runner-up spot, with Jay Matthias, James Tebon and Shawn Kilgore stacked up behind in a tight pack.. Ratajczak was able nose inside several times, but Derenne carried the momentum and held the spot to the checker.

At the line, Madden claimed his first feature of the season by nearly half a lap, with Derenne winning the race-long battle with Ratajczak for second.

After wrestling the lead away from Dave DeGrave on the 14th lap, Lemmens was able to stave off a late efforts from Troy Muench to win for the second week in a row in the rugged IMCA Stock Cars.

A late incident that collected point leader Shawn Havel, Bret Koehler and Don Aregoni, set the stage for a four lap shoot-out to the finish. Lemmens had the lead, with veterans Muench, Charlie Kroll, Greg Gretz and Dave Bouche lined up in the two rows behind him for the restart.

Muench secured second, pulling even with Lemmens multiple times, but the rookie was able to hold his line en route to the win.

In a memorable IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature, Arneson used a late restart to jump from third to first, setting up his second win of the year.

Prior to the move, James Iverson was in position to upset the field and score his first career feature win. Iverson had been fast all night, and looked to be in control until Jason LaViolette’s blown engine forced caution, setting the stage for the final dash.

Behind him, Arneson, Brad Lautenbach, Bernie Reinhardt, Tom Stark and Jarred VanLaanen had been dicing for position lap after lap. The late restart positioned Reinhardt on the inside and Arneson on the outside of the second row.

The starting spot allowed Arneson to gain the outside edge as he powered around Iverson to the win.

In the Street Stocks, Baenen out-dueled Kipp Burlo for the lead on the 11th lap, then withstood a late caution as he drove away to his first career feature win. Les Sternard recorded his best finish since returning to the sport, a solid second, in front of Dennis Weidner and Tony Everard.

A late caution didn’t derail Moede as he notched his first IMCA Hobby Stock feature win of the season.

He took the lead from Eric Micolichek on the second lap, leading the rest of the way. A tight battle for second was eventually decided by Peterson who took the spot late in the contest.

Stueck became the Raceway’s first three-time winner on the season, passing Charlie Gross on the fourth lap in the 4 cylinder feature. Charlie held off son Kasey at the line for second.

Originally scheduled for July 16th, Saturday will be “Topless Modified” night at the Hill. The unique event will feature the IMCA Modified class running without roofs, sponsored by Little Hoppers of Sturgeon Bay. The Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Street Stocks, Hobbies and 4 cylinders will also be on hand, as well as another match-up of Spectator Eliminator 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 6/11/11

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Evan Madden, Algoma: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Jay Matthias, Depere: James Tebon, Algoma: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken

Heat 1 – Tebon: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Ratajczak: Derenne

IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee: Troy Muench, Namur: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Ben Kroll, New Franken: Charlie Kroll, Forestville: Dave Bouche, Algoma

Heat 1 – Shane Havel, Algoma: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Lemmens: Muench
Heat 3 – John Anschutz, Brussels: Gretz

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: James Iverson, Luxemburg: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay: Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat 1 – Iverson: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Lautenbach: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Dave Baenen, New Franken: Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood: Tony Everard, Green Bay: Brian Weslow, Coleman: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville

Heat 1 – Everard: Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee
Heat 2 – Baenen: Weidner

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Marcus Moede, Algoma: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Travis Hackett, Algoma: Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – Dave Schmidt, Algoma: Peterson
Heat 2 – Moede: Brumlic

4 Cylinder Feature – Calvin Stueck, Clintonville: Charlie Gross, Gleason: Kasey Gross, Gleason: Steve Skippon, Sturgeon Bay: Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay: Nick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

Heat – Kasey Gross: Stueck

Spectator Eliminator – Darrell Farley, Algoma

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LEMMENS LEADS EVERY LAP TAKES HOME FIRST IMCA STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

LEMMENS LEADS EVERY LAP TAKES HOME FIRST IMCA STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

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

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 4- Luke Lemmens would lead every lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature, taking home the top prize at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (modified) Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Tom Brumlic (hobby stock), Aaron Thornton (street stock) and Calvin Stueck (four-cylinders).

Dan Ratajczak took the lead on lap 2 and never looked back winning the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified feature, his first of the season at Thunderhill.

Veteran Chris Derenne lead the opening circuit before Dan Ratajczak would work down low and take the top spot. Ratajczak would pull away leaving the battle for the second spot. Billy LeMieux and James Tebon would tangle battling while running for the runner up position. This would allow former track champion Shawn Kilgore to work the outside and move to second. Kilgore would pull away from the pack but was never able to challenge Ratajczak who would win the caution free event, Kilgore would take the points lead finishing second with defending champion Jay Matthias third, James Tebon and last weeks feature winner Todd Dart rounded out the top five.

Rookie Luke Lemmens would lead every lap winning his first career Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Car Feature.

The Stock Car drivers were treated to driver introductions to start their feature. Front row starter Luke Lemmens wouldn’t waste any time when the green dropped building a big lead early. Jeremy Wiitala would do battle with defending champion Greg Gretz late in the running. Gretz would have to settle for second as Lemmens was long gone by the time he got around Wiitala in the caution free feature. Wiitala would place third with new points Shawn Havel fourth and fifth for Bret Koehler who start 18th.

Brad Lautenbach padded his point lead winning the feature in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mod feature.

Bernie Reinhardt would set the early paces in the Sport Mod main event. A series of cautions would keep the field bunched as Brad Lautenbach quickly worked through the field from outside row five. Lautenbach would take the lead away from Reinhardt on lap 5. Dennis Miesler would work to second and begin to run down Lautenbach. Miesler would get to the back bumper but could never complete the pass. Lautenbach would take home the top spot with Miesler setting for second place money, Steve Georgenson third with Tyler Hackett and Kelsy Hayes rounding out the top five after going down pit lane early in the contest.

Tom Brumlic would complete yet another dominating performance winning the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stock main event.

Four drivers came into the night tied for the points lead in the Hobby Stock feature. Mitch Vandermause would jump from his fourth starting spot to lead the opening 2 laps. Wisconsin State points leader Tom Brumlic would make a quick charge to the front taking the lead from Vandermause and go on to win his third feature in as many nights of racing. With the win Brumlic would take soul possession of the points lead. Travis Hackett would place a solid second, C.J. Weckler would battle and place third with Marcus Moede fourth and Brandon Peterson fifth after going down pit lane early in the feature.

Former Lackie Rentals and Remodeling champion Aaron Thornton came home the winner in a caution plagued Street Stock feature.

Second year Street Stock driver Kipp Burlo would use his pole position to take the top spot early. Aaron Thornton would battle quickly to the second spot. On lap 2 Thornton and Burlo would make contact sending Burlo spinning out of turn four. Caution would fly and track officials would give Burlo back the lead and send Thornton to the tail of the field. Burlo would lead till a flat tire would side line his machine handing the lead over to Brian Weslow. Thornton would battle from the back moving back into the top four midway through the event. Thornton would take the lead on lap 11 and capture the checker. With the win Thornton would score a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the evening. Weslow would come home second, Tony Everard third, Geno Sternard would battle back to fourth after an early wreck sent him to the tail of the field and Ed Franklin would round out the top five.

Calvin Stueck would lead every lap picking his second feature win at Thunderhill in the Denil Auto and Trucking Feisty Fours.

For the second week in a row Theodore Everard would win the Woody Signs Spectator Eliminator.

Next week, June 11 will feature a drivers bicycle race at intermission brought to you by Jim Olson Motors.

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

20 Lap IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station ; 2.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee ; 3.Jay Matthias, DePere ; 4.James Tebon, Algoma; 5.Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; Dart
HEAT 2: Tebon; Kilgore

20 Lap IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2.Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 3.Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay ; 4. Shawn Havel, Algoma ; 5.Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

HEAT 1: Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Lemmens
HEAT 2: Gretz; Todd Polster, West Jacksonport

20 Lap IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken ; 2.Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg ; 3.Steve Georgenson ; 4.Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 5.Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Miesler
HEAT 2: Jarred Vanlaanen, Green Bay; Hackett

15 Lap IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Tom Brumlic, Denmark ; 2.Travis Hackett, Algoma ; 3.C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay ; 4.Marcus Moede, Algoma ; 5.Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Brumlic; Moede
HEAT 2: Hackett; Ryan Rohr, Casco

15 Lap STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Aaron Thornton, Maplewood ; 2.Brian Weslow, Green Bay ; 3.Tony Everard, Green Bay ; 4.Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay ; 5.Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Dennis Weidner, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Dubois, Algoma
HEAT 2: Thornton; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

15 Lap 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Calvin Stueck, Clintonville ; 2.Kasey Gross, Gleason ; 3.Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay ; 4.Charlie Gross, Gleason ; 5.Brian Johnson, Oconto Falls

HEAT 1: Stueck; Johnson

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DART DOMINATES NIGHT TWO AT THUNDERHILL

DART DOMINATES NIGHT TWO AT THUNDERHILL

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

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 28 – 105 cars packed the pits at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Feature winners were Todd Dart (modified) Greg Gretz (stockcar), Eric Arneson (sport mod), Tom Brumlic (hobby stock), Nick Everard (street stock) and Joey Scoon (four-cylinders).

Todd Dart took the lead on lap three and went on to win the 20 lap feature in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux set the early paces of the modified feature before Todd Dart worked underneath and took the top spot. By the midway point Shawn Kilgore would make his way to the second spot. Kilgore then began to hunt down Dart would had almost a straightway lead. It looked as though Dart had the race wrapped up but a caution with two laps remaining set up a dash to the finish. Kilgore and LeMieux would give it one last shot but it was Dart would again pull away and pick up his first win of the season, Kilgore would settle for second, , Jeremy Jacobs would make the pass and take third with LeMieux fourth and defending champion Jay Matthias fifth.

Greg Gretz would survive two late race restarts to take home the top honors in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler would jump from his pole position and quickly distance himself from the rest of the field. But a caution on lap seven would erase his lead. This time he had defending champion Greg Gretz on his back bumper, Koehler would make a slight bobble out of turn four and slide high and that’s all Gretz needed as he drove by Koehler to take the lead on lap fourteen. The caution again would fly with three laps remaining, Dave DeGrave and Dave Bouche would give Gretz all they had on the restart but when the checkers flew it was Gretz taking the win, DeGrave second, Bouche third, points leader Troy Muench fourth and Shawn Havel fifth.

A roll of good fortune for defending Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mod champion Eric Arneson who had rolled his car Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway, was able to fend off a hard charging Brad Lautenbach to pick up his first Thunderhill feature.

Chris Benes set the early paces in the Sport Mod feature until defending champion Eric Arneson slid under Benes and took the lead on lap seven. Arneson was out to a sizable lead until Wisconsin State Points leader Brad Lautenbach got to second and set his sites on the leader. With five laps remaining Lautenbach and Arneson were locked in a dog fight for the lead. When the dust settled it was Arneson taking home the win, Lautenbach second, Tyler Hackett third, Randy LeMieux Jr. and Chris Benes rounded out the top five.

Tom Brumlic would lead every lap in the caution free event for the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks taking the feature win.

Tom Brumlic would use his front row starting spot to drive away and dominate the Hobby Stock feature. Brumlic would make it a clean sweep also winning his heat race. The battle for second would go to CJ Weckler with Dave Schmidt third, Travis Hackett and Brandon Peterson rounded out the top five. There now stands a four way tie for the points lead with Peterson, Brumlic, Weckler and Hackett.

Nick Everard picked up his first career Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stock feature.

Nick Everard would lead the opening laps before Jimmy Anderson would power by after a restart on lap eleven. Anderson’s reign as leader was short lived as has his engine would expire, handing the lead back to Nick Everard as he would cruise to victory. Tony Everard would place second, Geno Sternard would come from row nine to place third, Brian Weslow fourth and fifth for David Baenen after going down pit lane with a flat tire. The contest was red flagged midway through the feature as Aaron Thornton and Josh Novak would become hooked together sending Novak’s machine into the backstretch wall. Both cars were finished for the night, both drivers escaped without injury.

Joey Scoon made a last corner pass coming for the checkers on Ralph Liegeois Jr. to take home the win in the Denil Auto Feisty Fours.

Theodore Everard won the Woody Signs Spectator Eliminator.

Next week, June 4 will be brought to you by Arctic Glacier Ice and will feature driver introductions for the IMCA Stock Cars.

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

20 LAP IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Todd Dart, Algoma ; 2.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee ; 3.Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg ; 4.Billy LeMieux ; 5. Jay Matthias, DePere

HEAT 1: Evan Madden, Algoma; Dart
HEAT 2: James Tebon, Algoma; Kilgore

20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 2.Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg ; 3.Dave Bouche, Algoma ; 4.Troy Muench, Union ; 5.Shawn Havel, Algoma

HEAT 1: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Bouche
CONSI 1: John Anschutz, Brussels; Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg

20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 2.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 3.Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 4.Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay ; 5. Chris Benes, Algoma

HEAT 1: Arneson; LeMieux
HEAT 2: Hackett; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg
HEAT 3: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; Lautenbach
CONSI 1: James Iverson, Luxemburg; Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 2.CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 3.Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 4.Travis Hackett, Algoma; 5.Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Brumlic; Peterson
HEAT 2: Schmidt; Hackett

15 LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Nick Everard, Green Bay; 2.Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3.Geno Sternard, Luxemburg; 4.Brian Weslow, Green Bay; 5.David Baenen, New Franken

HEAT 1: Nick Everard; Tony Everard
HEAT 2: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

15 LAP 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2.Raplh Liegeois Jr., Green Bay; 3.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 4.Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 5.Jody Cornelius, Oneida

HEAT 1: Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; Scoon