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2012 THUNDERHILL RACEWAY AWARDS CEREMONY RUNDOWN

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) December 1, 2012 A near capacity crowd packed into The Draft Haus Sports Bar & Grill in Sturgeon Bay for the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway 2012 awards ceremony and banquet. Sponsors, drivers, fans and track workers were greeted with several give-a-ways that included 2013 several season grandstand and pit passes. Each driver in attendance received one free pit pass for the upcoming season.

The 1/3 mile clay oval saw 12 total nights with 154 drivers earning points. Of those drivers 36 scored feature wins. All 6 division’s saw new champions, 4 of which earned their first ever track title.

In the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds Algoma’s James Lee Tebon won the title in dominating fashion with a division high 6 feature wins. The championship was the first ever Tebon, who switched over to a Slick Chassis this season. Billy LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay earned his best points finish of his career with second in the standings. Luxemburg’s Scott Derenne also scored a personal best third. Frog Station’s Dan Ratajczak won 3 features taking fourth and former champion Felix Dart of Algoma rounded out the top five. Algoma’s Tyler Hackett scored 2 feature wins on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.

Dave Bouche of Algoma took top honors in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Car class. It’s Bouche’s first ever IMCA Stock Car title, he also holds a title in the Street Stocks. The chase for the title wasn’t easy as he had to beat out one of the area’s best and defending champion Troy Muench of Union. Bouche bested Muench by a single point when the final checker fell, leaving fans on the edge of their seat the entire night. Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala stayed in the title hunt all season long and finished third in points, just 9 markers back of Bouche. Algoma’s Shawn Havel claimed a division best 3 feature wins on his way to fourth place. Former champion Charlie Kroll of Forestville tied Havel in the standings. Algoma’s Marcus Moede took home Rookie of The Year, placing 8th in the standings with 2 heat race wins.

Sturgeon Bay’s hometown ace, Bernie Reinhardt put his name in the record book by winning the Butch‘s Auto IMCA Northern Sport Mod crown with 4 feature wins. With the championship Reinhardt became the first driver to ever win 3 titles in 3 separate divisions at Thunderhill. Jarred VanLaanen of Green Bay led standings early but came up just 4 points short in a bid for the title. This was VanLaanen’s break out season since moving up from the IMCA Hobby Stocks a few years ago, he scored his first open wheel feature win and bested the class with 7 heat race wins. Sturgeon Bay’s Kelsy Hayes also had a solid season scoring her first of 2 feature wins and finished third in the standings 5 markers back of Reinhardt, which made a great battle for the title all season long. Josh Massart of Brussel’s, made a return to driver seat after several years off and placed a solid fourth in the standings. Veteran driver Ricky LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay rounded out the top 5. Last years IMCA Hobby Stock champion Brandon Peterson was the top Rookie in the IMCA Sport Northern Mods.

Denmark’s Tom Brumlic had a banner year in the LaVine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks. Not only did he score his first career title at Thunderhill, he also won the championship at Luxemburg Speedway and earned the IMCA Wisconsin State title for the second year in a row. Casco’s Derek Moede kept Brumlic honest all year and when the dust settled he missed the title by only 3 points. Algoma’s Travis Hackett earned third place in the standings with a division best 5 feature wins. Appleton’s Brittany King had a banner season placing fourth as well as earning Rookie of The Year honors. Second generation driver Amber Weidner of East Maplewood had a solid season and took home fifth.

In the Lackie Rentals Street Stocks, Dennis Weidner of East Maplewood scored his first ever track championship. Weidner had to overcome a lot of racing bad racing luck, that included the use of an back up car several times. Weidner also faces a physical battle behind the wheel of his #44. He was involved in a farming accident years ago that led to the amputation of his left leg below knee down. He scored a feature win opening night and led the points all season. Jimmy Anderson of Forestville kept the pressure on finishing second in the standings just 3 points back of Weidner. Former champion Geno Sternard placed third with 2 feature wins. West Jacksonport driver, Todd Polster ran a partial schedule and still managed a division best 6 feature wins and came home fourth in the standings. Kevin Luedtke of Sturgeon Bay rounded out the top 5 and earned Rookie of the Year.

Former Rookie Joey Scoon of Sturgeon Bay earned his first track title in the Feisty Fours with a division best 4 feature wins.

For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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FLOORS BY JOSH CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL SEPT. 1

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) Hopes and dreams can become reality this Saturday night September 1 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway for championship night. For others it may mean a very long off season in wondering what more they could have done to take home the championship. Floors by Josh will play host to the seasons final event.

Floors by Josh is owned and operated by IMCA Sport Mod driver Josh Massart. They do everything from residential to commercial flooring. For more information please call (920) 333-0075

If there was a night Dave Bouche needed a feature win, Saturday’s victory in the IMCA Stock Car feature was the one to have. It was his first of the season after a 10 lap race battle with defending Champion and title contender Troy Muench. Bouche enters the final night with a 2 point edge over Muench. Jeremy Wiitala’s third place finish in feature leaves him still in the title hunt just 4 marks back of the leader. Every lap for these drivers will feel like a million miles as they chase for the top spot in the standings.

Bernie Reinhardt also had a very clutch night picking up his fourth feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods vaulting him to the lead with one night remaining. Jarred VanLaanen will have to beat Reinhardt by two spots on the track to take sole possession of the title, as he now trails Reinhardt by a mere 1 point. Kelsy Hays is still mathematically still in the hunt just 7 back, but she will need a little luck on her side to take home the title. Reinhardt has been a main stay at Thunderhill since it reopened in 1993, he has the chance to be the first driver with 3 championships in 3 different divisions. The crowd will be on the edge of their seat to see if he can complete this feat.

The IMCA Hobby Stock title will come down to two drivers both looking for their first track title. Tom Brumlic leads Derek Moede by 6 points. Moede looked to shave off more points last Saturday but got clipped by a car that lost control on the final lap cutting down his front tire. Brumlic battled motor issues and finished towards the tail end of the field. One mistake this Saturday could mean lights out for either title contender.

The Street Stocks are much of the same with Dennis Weidner and Jimmy Anderson going to battle. Weidner leads by just 5 points. Weidner has realized what he needs to do to win the title and stayed tight on Anderson’s bumper the whole feature. He will look to do the same this weekend. Anderson will need a little luck and a solid finish to put the pressure on Weidner.

James Tebon has a solid 30 point lead in the IMCA Modifieds over Billy LeMieux. Tebon has been mechanically sound all season and should claim the title when he takes to the 1/3 mile clay oval for the final time in 2012.

Joey Scoon has a large enough lead that he officially locked up the Feisty Fours Championship, the title is the first career for the former Rookie of The Year.

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. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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ACTION WILL BE HOT AS HADES FOR NORTHLAND STEEL NIGHT & THE BARTENDERS RACE AT THUNDERHILL AUG 25 / WEEK 11 PREVIEW

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) On Saturday, August 25 Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway readies for its second to final point night of the 2012 racing season. While the weather begins to cool, action will be hot as Hades when we kick off week 11 brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Northland Steel. To see what Northland Steel can do for you, check out their website at northlandsteel.net or call them toll free (800) 765-0153

Back by popular demand, the Bartenders Race will conclude action at the end of the night. Rules & guidelines for the special race; Be a bartender that doesn’t have any previous racing experience, buy a pit pass…oh and no drinking before hand. So if you’re a bartender and you want to get in on the action, find a race car, pour yourself in the seat and hammer down till the checker flies.

Every week you expect drivers to break away from the pack and distance themselves in the title hunt but it hasn’t happened yet. As we draw closer to the last point night four of the six divisions are within 8 points or less in the battle for the championship.

The closest title chase comes to be in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars. Three drivers are separated by just 2 points. Algoma’s Dave Bouche climbed to the top of the standings for the first time in 2012. Bouche who is old school and builds his own race cars has been solid all season and now leads defending Champion Troy Muench of Union by a mere 1 point. Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala sits just 2 points back of Bouche in the third spot. All 3 drivers hold titles in the Street Stocks.

The point battle is just as tight in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods where Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen holds a slim 1 point advantage over hometown driver Bernie Reinhardt. VanLaanen’s had a frustrating few weeks of racing suffering from a blown engine to getting caught up in rough night of racing. VanLaanen has seen his solid point lead spontaneous combust as Reinhardt scored his fourth feature win of the season. Sturgeon Bay fan favorite Kelsy Hayes has quietly closed in on the lead duo and she sits just 7 points back in third. If Hayes can gain those 7 points in the next two Saturdays she’d become the first female champion at Thunderhill Raceway.

It’s been a battle of survival as East Maplewood’s Dennis Weidner looks to claim his first ever title in the Lackie Rentals Street Stocks. Weidner has suffered 3 blown engines and his racer has felt the effects of the concrete wall on more than one occasion. That’s resulted in him using his back car on 4 separate occasions. The back up car is more or less an IMCA Hobby Stock that his daughter Naomi raced opening night. Despite all that Weidner clings to a 6 point lead over seasoned veteran Jimmy Anderson of Forestville, who is also looking for his first title. When Weidner has faltered so has Anderson, one more bad night for either driver could be the nail in the coffin.

Denmark’s Tom Brumlic opened the point gap in eyeing his first track title in the Lavine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks. As of a month ago Brumlic had a 20 point lead over Casco’s Derek Moede. Moede closed the points spread to just 2 points before last Saturday. Moede who is getting married in the off season, had his coin shower Saturday afternoon resulting in him missing his heat race. This forced him to start dead last on the field with no laps under his belt for the night. When the green flew for the main Moede slowed and had to be pushed to pit lane with fuel issues, he returned to action but was laps down. Brumlic snapped his string of bad luck capturing a sold second place finish and now leads Moede by 8 points.

It appears that unless Algoma’s James Lee Tebon is abducted by aliens he will take home the title in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds. Billy LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay has won several features in the Modifieds over the years is still mathematically in the title hunt depending on car count, trailing the leader by a hefty 27 points. Tebon has a division high 5 feature wins & 4 heat race wins, the former Street Stock hot shoe has the chance to capture not only one but two track titles in the same season as he sits just 3 points out of the lead at Luxemburg Speedway, either of which would be the first of his racing career.

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. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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KIDS BIG WHEEL RACES ON WITT FORD NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) With only 3 nights remaining, the action at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway is sure to be hot and heavy for Witt Peninsula Night this Saturday, August 18. Witt Ford has dealerships in Crivitz and Sturgeon Bay. To see what Witt Ford can do for you, stop in or check out their website at wittauto.com.

The annual Kids Big Wheel Races will also be on hand this Saturday and take place on the front stretch at intermission.

Last week saw four of the six division point leaders encounter issues allowing for some of the tightest points battles in recent history. As we head into week 10 James Tebon’s stranglehold in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds hasn’t wavered as a result of a second place finish last week. Tebon has held the point lead since opening night where he picked up the first of 5 feature wins this season. Billy LeMieux sits solidly in the second spot and is still in title contention 25 points behind Tebon.

Defending Champion Troy Muench still sits as leader in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars, but his nicely padded point lead was erased when he suffered a flat tire last week. Dave Bouche has been consistent and mechanically sound all season which has pushed him to second in standings, Bouche trails the leader by a mere 2 points. Jeremy Wiitala scored his first feature of the season at the right time receiving max points while the point leader faltered. Wiitala trails Muench by just 3 points. This battle looks to be one for the ages and will come down to the final lap of the 2012 season.

Jarred VanLaanen’s bid for his first championship in the Butchs Auto IMCA Sport Mods took a huge blow when his engine grenaded while running second with just 3 laps remaining in the feature. Second place points runner Bernie Reinhardt used this too his advantage closing the gap to just 5 points. Kelsy Hayes busted out of her slump of bad luck and trails VanLaanen by 9 markers. Title contender leader Randy LeMieux Jr. never made it to the green flag suffering transmission issues before the night even started. This pulled LeMieux Jr out of the title hunt for the season.

As of 3 weeks ago Tom Brumlic lead the LaVine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks by a whopping 20 points over Derek Moede. As they had into action this weekend Brumlic’s lead has shrunk to just 2 points. Brumlic suffered a flat tire mid race while Moede scored second. This allowed CJ Weckler to close in as well, he sits 13 points back of Brumlic.

The Lackie Rentals Street Stocks are led by Dennis Weidner who again needed his backup car after wrecking in the heat race. This cost him points to Jimmy Anderson in the battle for the championship. Anderson sits just 8 back of the leader. Despite missing a night of racing Geno Sternard is now within striking distance for the title, he’s 15 points back of Weidner.

Joey Scoon looks to have the title wrapped up in the Feisty Fours proved aliens don’t abduct him. He has a 35 point lead over Matt Sargent.

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. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.