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BIKE GIVE AWAYS ON ESTES FAMILY AT THUNDERHILL JULY 21

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 18- Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will give 6 bikes away this Saturday, July 21. For the 3rd year in a row the track will feature a drivers bicycle race around the 1/3 clay oval. 6 children will choose their favorite driver and those drivers will race around the track at intermission. After the race the bikes will be given to those 6 children.

The night is being brought to you by the Estes Family, they own several Door County based business’s such as Sonny’s Pizzeria, The Draft Haus, Little Hoppers and Hole N’ One Mobil. “The Estes Family has been huge supporters of Thunderhill and we look forward to putting some smiles on the kids faces this Saturday”…Woody

For the 7th week in a row James Lee Tebon comes into Saturday night leading in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds. Billy LeMieux still sits in title contention second in points 15 behind Tebon. Eric “Chummy” Arneson leads the Rookie standings in the Modifieds.

The battle for the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Car title has been up in the air all season and this week is no exception as Troy Muench climbs back to the top of the standings. Dave Bouche has been consistent all season and sits in the second spot only 3 points behind Muench. Jeremy Wiitala had a transmission failure which dropped him to third but he’s still right in the thick of it just 7 points of the leader. Marcus Moede is the Rookie leader in the Stock Cars.

The chase for the crown in the Butchs Auto IMCA Sport Mods gets tighter and tight every week. The top 3 drivers are only separated by a total of 6 points. Randy LeMieux Jr., again holds the top spot with Jarred VanLaanen a mere 2 points back and Bernie Reinhardt has made a mid season charge to third in the standings just 6 back of LeMieux. 2011 Hobby Stock Champion Brandon Peterson leads the Rookie points in the Sport Mods.

LaVine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Tom Brumlic received maximum points winning the feature on Saturday. The victory pushed him to a 15 point lead over CJ Weckler. Brittany King is the leading Rookie in the Hobby Stocks.

Dennis Weidner has had the wildest year of all the point leaders. He holds the top spot in the Lackie Rentals Street Stock division. Weidner again blew an engine in the heat race and had to rush back to East Maplewood to get his spare car. With Marvin Denny having mechanical issues Jimmy Anderson moved to second in points 7 marks back of Weidner. The Street Stocks saw the return of former Champion Von Eytcheson, Von won his heat but was able to start the feature. Jason Barfell is the leading Rookie in the Street Stocks.

Although Todd Polster and Geno Sternard missed the first point night they have both slowly marched up the standings and despite that night off if they keep winning they could be a factor for the title. Polster leads the class with 3 feature wins.

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.

THUNDERHILL WEEK #6 PREVIEW $1 COORS LIGHT ON KAY DISTRIBUTING NIGHT

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 11 – For the second time this racing season Coors Light will be on sale Saturday night July 14 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway for only $1, thanks to our friends at Kay Distributing.

Thunderhill is at the midway point of the season and every position at the end of the feature will be critical.

Algoma’s James Tebon is closing in on some elite company in the IMCA Modifieds. He’s currently leading the standings at Thunderhill and is 2nd in points at Luxemburg Speedway. Leaving him as one of the hottest drivers in N.E. Wis. He holds 4 feature wins at the Hill, the most ever won in a season is 7 by Kewaunee’s Eugene Gregorich Sr. With 7 point nights left, that record could fall.

Jeremy Wiitala of Green Bay leads the standings in the IMCA Stock Cars for the second week in a row. Wiitala could become the first driver to hold titles in the Bombers, Street Stocks and Stock Cars if he can hold on to that point lead. Union’s Troy Muench sits 2nd in the standings 3 back, with Algoma’s Dave Bouche 3rd just 5 behind.

Its hard to believe that with all the features Randy LeMieux Jr. has won, he has never scored a track championship. The Sturgeon Bay driver is back a top the standings with a slim 1 point advantage over Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen. VanLaanen also an accomplished driver, is still looking for that first title as well. Sturgeon Bay’s Bernie Reinhardt sits 3rd in the standings 7 markers back. Reinhardt holds titles in the Bombers and Street Stocks. Last weeks feature winner Kelsey Hayes of Sturgeon Bay stays in title contention matching her car number sitting 9 points back. Hayes is also eying her first title. Hayes becomes only the second female to score feature win at Thunderhill. The other being Julie McDermid in the IMCA Modifieds.

Defending 2011 Wisconsin IMCA Hobby Stock Champ Tom Brumlic of Denmark still leads the standings only losing 1 point to last weeks feature winner CJ Weckler. Both drivers are looking for their first track title. Although it wasn’t a feature win, Appleton’s Brittany King made it a girl power night as the rookie picked up her first career checker flag in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. She is piloting the former Brandon Peterson track champion Hobby Stock.

East Maplewood’s Dennis Weidner keeps plugging along week after week finishing in the top 5 on a consistent basis. He started the season holding just a 1 point lead over Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny. Now that lead has grown to 9 points over Denny. With influx of new drivers and the nights winding down its anyone’s guess who will score their first track title.

Joey Scoon has been unchallenged this season in the Feisty Fours holding a staggering 34 point lead. Scoon is a former Rookie of the Year.

All historical notes courtesy of Tom Wagner.

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.

WHIPPLE TRUCKING TO HOST DRIVER AUTOGRAPH NIGHT AT THE HILL JULY 7

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 5 – Whipple Trucking kicks off night #5 at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Race fans will be able to get the autograph of the their favorite drivers this Saturday July 7. The autograph session will take place at intermission in front of the grandstands.

Driver pictures and checkered flags will be available for purchase at the Dan Lewis photo & souvenir trailer. Drivers be ready with your Sharpies!

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon continued his hot streak in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds picking his 3rd feature win of the season in only 4 nights of racing. Tebon stands tall atop of the standings holding an 8 point lead over Eric “Chummy” Arneson of Oconto Falls.

Jeremy “Weeds” Wiitala of Green Bay took sole possession of the #1 spot in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars. In a very tight points battle Weeds holds a 1 point edge over Troy Muench of Brussels. Algoma’s Shawn Havel and Dave “the Bulldozer” Bouche also of Algoma are tied for 3rd just 4 points back of Weeds.

“JVL” Jarred VanLaanen of Green Bay leads the standing in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods. This is the first time JVL has led the standings in this division. JVL comes into this Saturday holding a 2 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Randy LeMieux Jr., better known as “The Kid”. Bernie Reinhardt of Sturgeon Bay sits 3rd in the standings 8 markers behind JVL.

The Denmark Gang’s, Tom “Tuffy” Brumlic holds the lead in the LaVine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks. Brumlic holds a 12 point lead over Sturgeon Bay’s CJ Weckler. Both drivers are looking for their first ever track championship.

Dennis Weidner of East Maplewood has been a model of constituency holding the lead in the Lackie Rentals Street Stocks for the first 4 nights. Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny has kept the battle for the top spot close sitting just 6 points back of Weidner.

Joey Scoon of Sturgeon Bay holds commanding 34 point lead in Feisty Fours.

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.

$500 to Win Stock Car “King of the Hill” Tournament June 30 at Thunderhill

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 28- Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway preps for its first ever Stock Car “King of the Hill” Tournament. This event has been held in the past for the Modifieds and Sport Mods. The event will pay a cool $500 to the winner and take place after all the features are finished. There is no added cost to enter the special race, all you have to do is show up at the track with your Stock Car this Saturday June 30.

The tournament will be set by a random draw. Two cars on the track at a time racing for two laps with winner moving onto the next round until a winner is crowned.

The night will be brought you by Young Automotive and one of Sturgeon Bay’s favorite watering holes, Poh’s Corner Pub.

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon still sits atop the standings in the IMCA Modifieds with a 6 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Billy LeMieux. Former IMCA Sport Mod champ Eric Arneson sits just 7 markers back in third place. Frog Station’s Dan Ratajczak leaped into fourth in the standings after his dominating feature win last Saturday night, he now sits tied with Kewaunee’s Cory Cochart just 9 points behind. Cochart also has a title in the Sport Mods coming in 2009.

Troy Muench of Brussels entered last week in a three way tie for the points lead in the IMCA Stock Cars. When the night ended he found himself still tied for the lead, but this time it was with Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala. Algoma’s David Bouche sits third just 1 point back of the co-point leaders. Algoma’s Shawn Havel has quietly worked into title contention just 6 marks back of the lead. Fresh off a feature win Forestville’s Charlie Kroll sits fifth in points, just 7 points back of the top spot.

Sturgeon Bay’s Randy LeMieux Jr. leads the standings in the IMCA Sport Mods for the 3rd week in a row. Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen went for the feature win last week but in the end it cost him a couple points too LeMieux as he was caught on the high side and ended finishing behind LeMieux. He sits second in points 2 markers back of the leader. Bernie Reinhardt of Sturgeon Bay ended a dry spell picking up his first feature win since 2009. The win moved him within 3 points of LeMieux.

Denmark veteran Tom Brumlic leads the standings in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. CJ Weckler of Sturgeon Bay moved into title contention with his first sanctioned feature win last Saturday. Former Street Stock champion Phil Faustini moved up to third in the standing just 8 back of Brumlic. Former point leader Tyler Hackett of Algoma suffered a broken drive shaft that dropped him to fourth in the standings 10 points behind Brumlic. East Maplewood’s Amber Weidner continues with a career season sitting fifth in the point chase 12 back of the leader.

Dennis Weidner of East Maplewood leads everyone in the Street Stock standing holding a 7 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny. Denny was caught up in an opening lap wreck that left him with a busted tie rod and DNF for the night. Forestville’s Jimmy Anderson sits third still in title contention 13 points out of the top spot.

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 our social media like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY PAYS TRIBUTE TO TERRY SIMON JUNE 23

Terry Simon Memorial decal 12

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 20- Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway pays tribute to long time track supporter and Door County resident, Terry Simon. Terry and his wife Darlene were a main stay at all local dirt tracks including sponsoring several cars over the years. Sadly in January we lost Terry in a logging accident, Saturday night June 23 will be dedicated it his memory with the first Annual Terry Simon Memorial.

Darlene will have decals for sale to commemorate the night, $5each or 3 for $10. Decals can also be purchased at the Troy Muench trailer. All proceeds raised will be put into drivers payout for that night.

The night will be brought to you by long time track sponsor Wicked Witch Racing. Due to last week being cancelled the Bob Brown Memorial will also take place this Saturday. The same goes for Jim Olson Motors being part of the nightly sponsor with giveaways for free oil changes.

In the IMCA Modifieds Algoma’s James Lee Tebon sit’s atop the standings having won the first two point nights. A three car tie for the runner up position has Kewaunee’s Cory Cochart, Oconto Falls rookie Eric Arneson and 6 time Mod champ Todd Dart of Algoma looking to end Tebon’s winning streak.

Defending track champion out of Brussels, Troy Muench, Algoma’s Dave Bouche and Kewaunee’s Greg Gretz sit tied for the lead in the IMCA Stock Cars. Gretz and Muench each have one feature win the season and both hold titles in the Stock Cars. Bouche has had a consistent two nights of racing and has a Street Stock championship to his credit at Thunderhill coming in 1995.

The IMCA Sport Mods have 5 drivers within 10 markers of opening night feature winner and point leader Randy LeMieux Jr., of Sturgeon Bay. Jarred VanLaanen of Green Bay has one feature win to his credit and sits just 1 point out of first. Veteran racer Bernie Reinhardt of Sturgeon Bay sits third 5 markers back, Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Kelsey is having the best start to a season sitting fourth, 9 points out, Kelsy Hayes also of Sturgeon Bay sits fifth 10 back of LeMieux. Of that group Reinhardt is the only driver that has a championship at Thunderhill winning the Bomber title in 1994 and Street Stocks in 1999.

Algoma’s Travis Hackett holds a slim 1 point margin over Denmark’s Tom Brumlic in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. No matter how the points shake out their will be a first time champion crown in this division.

The same can also be said for the Street Stocks, as former champion Geno Sternard of Sturgeon missed the first night of racing. Maplewood native Dennis Weidner leads the chase for the title with a 2 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny

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.

JIM OLSON MOTORS / BOB BROWN MEMORIAL JUNE 16 AT THE HILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will pay respects to former racer Bob Brown of Forestville who passed away in April. The night will be brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Jim Olson Motors. Jim Olson will be passing out hats and certificates to race fans for free oil changes. Should be another great night for racing so come get your thrill at Thunderhill Saturday night June 16.

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon is perfect so far this season winning the first 2 features. The win becomes Tebon’s 7th in the IMCA Modifieds. Eric Arneson of Oconto Falls, Kewaunee’s Cory Cochart and Algoma’s Todd Dart sit in a three way tie for 2nd 5 points behind Tebon.

Defending IMCA Stock Car Champion Troy Muench of Brussels, fought off Algoma’s Dave Bouche for his first win of the young season. The win brought Muench into a 3 way tie for the point lead with Dave Bouche and Kewaunee’s Greg Gretz.

Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen scored his first career IMCA Sport Mod feature win. VanLaanen a graduate of the IMCA Hobby Stocks now has feature wins in two divisions. Opening night feature winner Randy LeMieux Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, holds a slim 1 point lead over VanLaanen.

Luxemburg’s Scott Boulanger made his first outing of the season a successful one taking home the feature win in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. It was Boulanger’s first ever Thunderhill win. Algoma’s Travis Hackett holds a 1 point edge over veteran Tom Brumlic of Denmark.

Algoma’s Marcus Moede made a splash in the Street Stocks racing his 2011 Luxemburg Speedway Championship IMCA Hobby Stock to victory Saturday night over Jacksonport’s Mayor, Todd Polster. Moede is also running for rookie of the year in the IMCA Stock Cars which made it a busy night for him jumping between 2 divisions. Maplewood’s Dennis Weidner leads the point standings into week #3 with a 2 point lead over Sturgeon Bay’s Marvin Denny.

Next weeks races will pay honor to Sturgeon Bay’s Terry Simon with the 1st Annual Terry Simon Memorial. Terry‘s wife Darlene will have decals for sale to commemorate the night, $5each or 3 for $10. All proceeds raised will be put into drivers pay for that night.

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.

$1 COORS LIGHT ON PALMER JOHNSON NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL JUNE 9

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway is set to kick off night #2 on Saturday June 9, brought to you by Palmer Johnson Yachts. The night will feature $1 Coors Light! Looks to be some warm weather this weekend and theirs nothing better than a cold beer on a hot night. The track has also upgraded its food menu, so be sure to check out the yummy additions.

Opening night saw Algoma’s James Lee Tebon take home top honors in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds. Tebon who has several feature wins switched from a Victory Chassis to a Slick Chassis for the 2012 season.

2009 Champion Gretz of Kewaunee put on a dominating performance in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars. Gretz drives a Ford powered machine with a chassis that him and his younger brother Kraig built.

They say old race cars never die, they just go faster and Sturgeon Bay‘s “The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. proved that taking home the feature win driving for Darrel Massart in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods. The chassis originally started as a Pro Chassis in the early 2000’s and was raced as an IMCA Mod by Mike Mashl. Massart then bought and raced the car several years taking home many wins. It was then sold and purchased by Keith Kickbush who ran it for 2 seasons as a Sport Mod. Massart then bought the car back and with LeMieux behind the wheel picked up the teams first win on opening night. This is why the car number is “218” 2 which is notorious with the Massart Family and the 18 which is LeMieux’s car number.

Algoma’s Travis Hackett took home the main event in the Livine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks. Hackett is in his third year in the division was a title contender all the way to the final point night in 2011. Hackett wheels a FAST Chassis which is built by former Street Stock Champion & current IMCA Stock Car Driver Dave Bouche. Bouche has built several winning Championship cars for such drivers as Craig Paque and Keith Kickbush.

Maplewood’s Dennis Weidner made a memorable win in the Lackie Rentals & Remodeling Street Stocks. Dennis who suffered a mechanical failure in the heat race borrowed his daughter Naomi’s IMCA Hobby Stock to run the Street Stock feature. When the dust settled Weidner held on for the win in an under powered car and is the point leader for the first time in his career.

Clintonville’s Calvin Stueck scored a clean sweep in the Feisty Fours. Stueck is the defending Champion at Thunderhill and he has 4 feature wins and is sitting second in points at Seymour Super Speedway, making him one of the top dogs in the Four Cylinders.

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 PAY FOR NATHAN BOUCHE MEMORIAL AT THUNDERHILL MAY 26

WDOR 93.9 FM & 910 AM will kick off the 20th season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Opening night at the 1/3rd mile clay oval will kick off this Saturday May 26 at 6pm.

The night will pay tribute to Nathan Bouche, son of veteran racer Tony Bouche. Nathan passed away in a farm accident a little more than 7 years ago. Nathan would have been racing the year after he passed away & trading paint with his dad in the IMCA Stock Cars with the #27 car. A tribute car was put together a few years back, painted black with the #27. Tony will piloting Nathan’s car again come Saturday. We hope everyone can make it out for this special night in honoring a Son, a Brother and a Friend.

Extra cash has been added to throughout the pay line in all divisions. On top of that extra pay has been added to the winners in all classes. IMCA Mods $500 to win, IMCA Stock Cars $400, IMCA Sport Mods $350, IMCA Hobby Stocks & Street Stocks $250, Feisty Fours $100.

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.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY OPEN PRACTICE TUESDAY MAY 22 AT 6PM

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will hold an open practice / test and tune Tuesday, May 22 at 6PM till ??

Practice is open to any division. $15 for driver and $10 for crew entering the pits. Stands will be free and open to the public.

Rodger says the track is looking great and is race ready.

Opening night is May 26, rest of the racing schedule is being finalized and will be sent out shortly.

Stay abreast of all the latest news at Thunderhill Raceway via our social media, track website www.racethunderhill.com You can like ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY DRIVERS MEETING WED. MAY 9

By Edward Anschutz

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway will hold a drivers meeting on Wednesday, May 9. Meeting will take place at The Draft Haus Sports Bar at 7:00pm. The Draft Haus is located at 901 Egg Harbor Rd. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54125

Pit spots and memberships will be available for purchase. All memberships paid for at the meeting will only be $20, after May 9 they will be $25. Memberships are NOT mandatory…none members will pay $25 per pit pass, with members paying $20 per pit pass.

Stay abreast of all the latest news at Thunderhill Raceway via our social media, track website www.racethunderhill.com You can like ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.