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Tebon Goes Two for Two during Palmer Johnson Night at Thunderhill Raceway

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

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By Eric Mueller

June 9th – (Sturgeon Bay, WI) A hot humid afternoon welcomed 5 divisions to the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The humid temperatures made for a tacky surface as the feature events started under sunny skies.

James Anderson and Todd Polster started on the front row for the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stocks as they rolled out first on the evening. Polster got the early holeshot into turn one and battled Marcus Moede for the first 8 circuits of the race. As Anderson faded, Gene Sternard made a move to the top 3 and let Polster pull away during a heated battle with Moede. But just past halfway Sternard pushed Moede just hard enough that as Polster caught lap traffic the top 3 were nose to tail, with a handful of laps left Moede pulled alongside Polster and grabbed the lead for good. Polster held on for second with sternward in tow, third. Dennis Weidner and Marvin Denny rounded out the top 5.

Next out of the chute was the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods. James Iverson and Stephani DeJardin led the field to green. The race went yellow immediately as Kelsy Hayes turned around on the first circuit, after a top of the order restart the field went back underway and Hayes jumped on the throttle again this time getting a great jump on the restart as the field went 4 wide and Hayes, from back in the field, brought Bernie Reinhardt and Jared VanLaanen along for a spirited 3-way battle for the top spot. Hayes pulled several car lengths out ahead of the field but brought out her second yellow of the evening with a spin in turn 4, collecting Josh Massart. A restart and a field reset for Vanlannen and Reinhardt, they pulled out to a lead again but Martin Kelsey and Randy Lemieux raced into the mix. A yellow for Iverson put the top five back together for the race to the finish, a torrid 5 way battle for the lead, with Vanlannen victorius over Lemuiex, Reinhardt, John Soukup and Kelsey.

The Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars raced onto the track with Brett Koehler and Charlie Kroll on the front row, Koehler jumped to the outside on the start and caused Kroll to Check up into turn one, again jumbling the field in a 4 wide frenzy for the back stretch real estate. Troy Muench and David Bouche started in the third row but quickly worked their way into second and third respectfully behind Koehler, nose to tail the three drivers mirrored each other and pulled ahead of the field, but as the yellow came out for Scott Reinhardt spin in turn 2, it reset the field and Koehler began to lose the handle on the car and Muench capitalized jumping to the outside and Bouche followed. Jeremy Wiitala and Shawn Havel raced side by side for fourth with Kroll racing his way back towards the front. No matter how many times Bouche knocked on the door, Muench would not relent. Muench took the checkered flag, followed by, Bouche, Kroll, Wiitla and defending champ Greg Gretz rounding out the top 5.

The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds were led to green By Dan Ratacjzak and Eric Arneson with a two lap side by side duel Arneson went wide and got held up in the marbles, allowing Ratacjzak to pull ahead. James Lee Tebon, fresh off of the opening night feature win was in third chasing down Arneson and then setting sights on the leader. Ratacjzak held the point past halfway and slowly Tebon worked to the inside closer each lap until 8 to go when he dove into turn one and took the lead. Arneson gathered the handle on his modified and got around Ratacjzak pulling Cory Cochart into the top three where they finished. Ratacjzak held onto fourth and Todd Dart finished fifth.

The Lavine’s Ice Hobby stocks concluded the racing program with Brittany King starting on the pole and jumping out to the early lead for the first few circuits until her car started overheating under the first yellow of the main event for Naomi Weidner. King went to the pits for repairs and rejoined the field at the tail end on the restart. Phil Faustini Inherited the lead during the pitstop sequence, and led the field to green again with Scott Boulanger and Tom Brumlic chasing the leader. Brumlic went by to take the lead the hard way, passing on the cushion in turn 4 after 3 laps of side by side dueling for the top spot. Boulanger chased after Brumlic in the middle portion of the main event getting to lapped traffic with 10 to go, Boulanger pinned the leader in lapped traffic and set his sights on his first career victory, exclaiming in the BullPen Victory Lane “It’s about time we got one, I knew I didn’t want to finish second here again.” Boulanger was followed to the stripe by Brumlic, Travis Hacket, Sawyer Haese and Faustini.

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway resumes racing again next Saturday night June 16th with the Jim Olson Motors/Bob Brown Memorial. Gates open at 4:30pm, racing follows at 6:00pm. For full race finishes, point standings and more information visit www.racethunderhill.com.

OFFICIAL FINISH

IMCA STOCK CARS
1, Muench. 2, D. Bouche, 3, Kroll. 4, Wiitala. 5, Gretz. 6, Havel. 7, Moede. 8, A. Bouche. 9, Don Aregoni. 10, Chris Konitzer

Heat winners Kroll, Koehler

IMCA SPORT MODS
1, VanLaanen. 2, Lemieux, Jr. 3, Reinhardt. 4, Soukup. 5, Kelsey. 6, Iverson. 7, Hayes. 8, DeJardin. 9, Massart.

Heat Winners VanLaanen, Lemieux, Jr.

STREET STOCKS
1, M. Moede. 2, Polster. 3, Sternard. 4, Weidner. 5, Denny. 6, John Williams. 7, Jason Barfell. 8, Anderson. 9, Ed Franklin

Heat Winner Polster

IMCA MODIFIEDS
1, Tebon. 2, Arenson. 3, Cochart. 4, Ratajczak. 5, Dart. 6, Derenne. 7, Billy Lemieux.

Heat Winner Ratajczak

IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
1, Boulanger. 2, Brumlic. 3, Hackett. 4, Haese. 5, Faustini. 6, Ryan Rohr. 7, Chris Weckler. 8, A Weidner. 9, Brittany King. 10, Eric Micolichek.

Heat Winners: D Moede, Hackett

TEBON & GRETZ GET OUT THE BROOM, SWEEPING ACTION AT THUNDERHILL

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

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 2- James Lee Tebon fought off a late race charge from Todd Dart to pick up the win in the IMCA Modifieds at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Stock Car), Randy LeMieux Jr. (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dennis Weidner (Street Stock) and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders)

James Tebon jumped to an early lead in the IMCA Modified main, leaving the battle for the runner up spot to Eric Arneson, Todd Dart and Cory Cochart. With a handful of laps to go a caution for a driveshaft that came out of Eugene Gregorich’s machine bunched the field. Dart used this to his advantage securing the second spot, setting his sights on Tebon for the lead, but again Tebon drove away from the field and picked up the win. Tebon scored a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Dart placed second, Billy LeMieux made a late race charge coming home third, Cory Cochart and rookie Eric Arneson rounded out the top five. With the win Tebon earned the Massart’s Auto Body lucky dog award worth $75.

Tebon also took home top pay in the Modified shoot-out which paid $250 to win in addition to his feature pay, making it three checkered flags for the Algoma driver.

Former champion Greg Gretz flexed his muscle scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Shawn Havel jumped to the point as Greg Gretz gave chase. The due raced door to door for the top spot, Havel’s Chevy powered racer riding the cushion with Gretz’s Ford powered machine working the low groove. The duo raced away from the pack settling the battle between themselves. Charlie Kroll worked his way into the top four but mechanical issues sent his car pit side ending his night. Gretz snuck by Havel midway through the contest never looking back picking up the win. Havel had to settle for second, a wild three car battle ended with Jeremy Wiitala taking home third, Dave Bouche fourth by inches over Troy Muench.

Like Tebon, Gretz won the Stock Car shoot-out netting him an extra $250 and a picture with his son in the Budweiser, Bull Pen Bar & Grill victory lane.

“The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. led every lap winning the IMCA Sport Mod feature.

On a very fast racing surface LeMieux jumped to an early lead. Steve Georgenson gave chase and began to reel in LeMieux midway through the feature. Georgenson worked to LeMieux’s back bumper as they powered through lap traffic but he couldn’t make the pass and LeMieux took home the win in the caution free event, Georgenson second, Jarred VanLaanen a solid third, Chris Budzban and Bernie Reinhardt rounded out the top five.

Travis Hackett came out victories in the IMCA Hobby Stocks also scoring a clean sweep.

Derek Moede set the pace early in the Hobby Stocks. Hackett ran in Moede’s tire tracks for half the race, running nose to tail. Hackett moved up a groove up and began to run the cushion pulling to the outside of Moede several times. The duo checked out from the rest of the field, with 3 laps to go Hackett worked past Moede for the lead. Moede got sideways on the front stretch allowing Hackett the breathing room he needed to cruise home and take the trophy. Moede second, defending state champion Tom Brumlic used a late race pass to place third, CJ Weckler fourth and former Street Stock champion Phil Faustini fifth.

Dennis Weidner used a back up car in winning a wild Street Stock feature.

Andy Paluch and Marvin Denny started on the front row and when the green dropped the pair made heavy contact which ended the night for Paluch, Jason Barfell, Josh Massart in the Geno Sternard machine. Dennis Weidner who had blown his engine during the heat race, borrowed his daughters IMCA Hobby Stock to race the feature. His plan was just to make a few laps to get his points, but after the caution he found himself leading the feature. As the race restarted Denny dogged Weidner the entire way but was never able to make the pass as Weidner picked up a very popular win.

Defending Four Cylinder champion Calvin Stueck continued his winning ways leading every lap and taking home the win in the Feisty Fours.

Special thanks to all the sponsors who supported the Nathan Bouche Memorial; Dave Hatch Racing, WDOR, Dorsch Ford, Tri County Heating, North Bay Construction, Packerland Whey, Metals America, Engine Rebuilding Service, Wisconsin Custom Machine, 141 Speedway, Luxemburg Speedway, Van Drisse Racing Parts, Hackett Racing, Denil Auto & Trucking, Seiler Tire, Mike Weitor Racing, Kroll Racing Fabrication and Malfroid Racing.

Racing continues onto night #2 next Saturday, June 9. The night will be brought to you by Palmer Johnson Yachts and be $1 Coors beer.

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

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

HEAT 1: Tebon; LeMieux

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Troy Muench, Brussels

HEAT 1: 1) Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg; 2) Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: 1) Gretz; 2) Havel

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 2. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 4. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: 1) VanLaanen; 2) LeMieux Jr.
HEAT 2: 1) Josh Massart, Brussels; 2) Martin Kelsey, Sturgeon Bay

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Phil Faustini, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: 1) Hackett; 2) Brumlic
HEAT 2: 1) Weckler; Faustini

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 2. Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Andy Paluch, Pulaski; 4. Josh Massart, Brussels; 5. Jason Barfell, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: 1) Paluch; 2) Massart

FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Trophy, Clintonville

HEAT 1: 1) Stueck; 2) Scoon