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MOTHER NATURE WASHES OUT FEATURES AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 15, 2013 Results- As the green flag flew for the first feature of the night the skies opened and action was halted. The staff knew once the rain started it wasn’t going to stop and the races were cancelled at Thunderhill Raceway. All qualifying races had been complete which constitutes a complete show per the rule book. All drivers received equal pay and points for the night. Huge thanks to all the drivers who did their best in helping us get the show in.

The Egg Harbor Fun Park go-karts saw their first action as three lucky fans raced their dirt track heroes on the oval go-kart track that lies within the infield of the track. In competition Morgan Serveys upset Dave Bouche in a 4 lap dash, Bradley Skippon bested Kelsy Hayes and Brayden LeMieux made short work of Randy LeMieux Jr. en route to victory.

The go-kart races are something we are hoping to do on a weekly basis, with a maximum of 3 children per night. Right now drivers must be 4’ or taller to register. We are working on ideas to get the shorter children a chance to race as well. We’ve also thrown around ideas to do a raffle for a race at the end of the night, all money raised would be donated to DOOR CANcer. For now you can get a ticket for your children at the ticket booth after the first heat race has started not before as we want to let fans in the stands first so we don’t mess up the ticket line.

Next Saturday June 22 we hope to finally be in Mother Natures good graces as we set to remember long time Thunderhill supporter and race fan Terry Simon. The night will feature driver introduction in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds and everyone will receive free popcorn.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee

18 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1:Tony Bouche, Algoma; Dennis Weidner, Maplewood
HEAT 2: Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Andy Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEAT 2: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; James Iverson, Luxemburg

18 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Dave Schmidt, Casco; Derek Moede, Casco
HEAT 2: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg

18 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Wagner, Maplewood

KOEHLER KEEPS LEMMENS AT BAY TAKES STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 8, 2013 Results- Bret Koehler took the lead on lap 10 and kept the competition in his rearview scoring the win in the IMCA Stock Cars at Thunderhill Raceway on Wicked Witch Racing night brought to you by Northland Steel. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Bernie Reinhardt (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Brandon Peterson (Street Stock).

Next Saturday Coors Light will be the title sponsor and will offer $1 a beer for the night with a paid wristband. Spectator Eliminator is slated to race and we are searching for those who are brave enough to race their street vehicles on the track.

A broken thumb didn’t stop Jamie Suchocki from pacing the first 9 laps of the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Car main. Bret Koehler kept pace and stalked Suchocki the first half of the race. As the midway flags flew Koehler made his move sneaking under Suchocki and to the lead. Luke Lemmens and Dave Bouche made a late race charge on Koehler. Lemmens got to the leaders back bumper that’s as far as he’d get with Koehler scoring an exciting win. Lemmens second, Bouche took third and took over the point lead, Tom Brumlic and John Anschutz completed the top five.

Bernie Reinhardt brought home the top spot in the IMCA Sport Mods with his first win of the season.

Rick LeMieux and Martin Kelsey battle for the lead early on before defending LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mod champion Bernie Reinhardt slipped around Kelsey for the lead. Rick LeMieux suffered a flat tire sending cars scattering ending the night for co-point leader Kelsy Hayes who was caught up in the wreck. Reinhardt with stood all comers through several cautions going on to score a clean sweep. Jarred VanLaanen made a late race charge finishing second thus taking over the point lead, Rookie Cody Rass placed a career best third, Dennis Miesler fourth and Randy LeMieux came back for fifth after being part of a caution mid race.

Dan Ratajczak made it two wins in a row in the IMCA Modifieds.

Ratajczak worked past rookie Greg Gretz for the lead on the opening lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified feature. Point leader and James Tebon jumped to second and caught Ratajczak. Tebon tried several times to work his way inside for the lead but Ratajczak wouldn’t be denied scoring a clean sweep. Tebon took second for the third straight week, Gretz was third, Cory Cochart fourth and Billy LeMieux fifth.

Scott Boulanger remains undefeated with his third win in a row in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

In the Lackie Rentals & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks it was Dave Schmidt leading till lap 11 before point leader Scott Boulanger blast by down low a cruised to a comfortable win. Schmidt had to settle for second, Derek Moede third, Joe Hegnet fourth and Amber Weidner rounded out the top five.

Brandon Peterson scored a clean sweep in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stocks. Point leader Keith Kickbusch took home second place pay, Kevin Luedtke third, Marcus Moede fourth and Mike Sargent in his first run of the year took a fast fifth. Peterson dedicated the win in memory of his dad.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Billy LeMieux

HEAT 1: Gretz; Ratajczak

20 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 2. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels

HEAT 1: Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Lemmens
HEAT 2: D. Bouche; Koehler
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Brumlic

18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Randy LeMieux Jr.; Miesler

18 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood

HEAT 1: Boulanger; Schmidt
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

18 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 5. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Peterson; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Moede

BUDZBAN, RATAJCZAK & LEMMENS LEAD WIRE TO WIRE AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 25, 2013 – “Budzo” Chris Budzban survived several late race restarts to earn his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods at Thunderhill Raceway for the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modifieds), Luke Lemmens (IMCA Stock Cars), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stocks). The Nathan Bouche Sportsman award went to Sturgeon Bay’s Mike Kelsey.

The Bouche Family sends out a Special Thanks to Dan & Scott Ratajczak, Dino Motorsports, Dorsch Ford, Hackett Racing, Fast Ed Distributors, Floors by Josh, Malfroid Racing, Massart’s AutoBody, Metals America Recycling, Mike Wietor Racing, North Bay Construction, Tri County Heating and Van Drisse Racing Parts.

Next Saturday June 1 will feature the return of the Bartenders Race brought to you by Wicked Witch Enterprises and we will have $1 Bud Beer night.

Ricky LeMieux’s mechanical issues moved Budzban to the first row of the feature which stuck him door to door with defending LaVine’s IMCA Sport Mod track champion Bernie Reinhardt. Both of which won their qualifying races. Budzban quickly established a sizable lead sending the field battling behind him. Cautions kept Budzban honest but when the checkers fell it was “Budzo” with a dominating performance en route to a clean sweep followed by Reinhardt, Josh Massart, Randy LeMieux Jr. and Kelsy Hayes completed the top five.

Luke Lemmens finally found some good luck leading every lap to victory in the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars.

A 23 car starting grid brought the field to green with Lemmens sneaking by Tony Bouche for the lead on lap 1. Jeremy Wiitala worked his way to the runner up spot with a handful of laps left but a leaking right front tire ended his mount to challenge Lemmens who scored a clean sweep in his 2013 FAST Chassis Stock Car, Wiitala barely finished with his tire going down but still managed a second place. When Wiitala pulled into the infield for tech the tire had gone completely flat. Last weeks winner Shawn Havel brought home third, defending champion Dave Bouche fourth and Dan Sell driving the Nathan Bouche #27 brought home fifth and a heat race win. It was the first checker flag Nathan’s car has seen since it was rebuilt, very fitting to see it came on his night.

The “Frog Station Flash” Dan Ratajczak led every lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds to earn his first feature win of the season.

Defending champion James Lee Tebon gave chase the entire race but had to settle for second for the second straight week, two-time champ Jay Matthias made his first trip to the track with a solid third place, Eugene Gregorich and Billy LeMieux rounded out the top five.

Keith “The Kicker” Kickbusch capped off a stellar weekend winning in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stock feature.

Fresh off a heat race win Brandon Peterson paced the field. With the end in sight Peterson left just enough room down low and Kickbusch took advantage of it taking the lead with only 2 laps remaining scoring the win. It was Kickbuschs second victory of the weekend after winning Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway. Peterson placed second, Billy LeMieux again went double duty racing in two divisions racing to third from row 6, Kevin Luedtke had another solid run with fourth and former champion Tony Everard took home fifth with his first visit of the season.

Scott Boulanger remains undefeated in the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks with his second feature win a row passing CJ Weckler for the win.

Weckler had good night go bad with another flat tire. Derek Moede who rolled over Friday night rallied to second, Travis Hackett third, Ryan Rohr fourth and Joe Hegnet fifth. Boulanger also won Friday at Luxemburg.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the five divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. 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.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station.; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee; 5. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Ratajczak; Tebon

BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Dan Sell, Suring

HEAT 1: Lemmens; Havel
HEAT 2: Sell; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 3: Tony Bouche, Algoma; John Anschutz, Brussels

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 2. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Josh Massart, Brussels; 4. Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Budzban; LeMieux Jr.

LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett; 4. Ryan Rohr, Lincoln; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Hackett; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Peterson; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Luedtke; Everard

SIEFERT SWIPES $800 PAY DAY ON LATE RACE RESTART AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 18, 2013 Results- Former Thunderhill Raceway champion Jared Siefert used a green white checker restart to slide by defending champ James Tebon taking the win in the IMCA Modifieds. The win netted the former IMCA Modified National champ $800. Other feature winners were Shawn Havel (IMCA Stock Car), Jarred VanLaanen (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Von Eytcheson (Street Stock) Cory Cochart earned the N.E.W. Racing Supplies Hard Charger award in the IMCA Modifieds.

Next Saturday May 25 will be the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial featuring driver introductions for the IMCA Stock Cars.

Tebon and Siefert quickly sped to first and second with Tebon leading the way. Billy LeMieux was shuffled out of his front row starting spot but came storming back literally driving the car like he stole it. LeMieux pounded the cushion working to the outside of Siefert. Tebon stayed smooth working the low groove leaving the battle behind him. A series of cautions brought the field tight to Tebon’s bumper. LeMieux’s machine began to show smoke when another yellow flag flew forcing him to the pits with mechanical issues. Rookie Brad Lautenbach became a player on lap 10 running the top side eventually passing Siefert for second. Lautenbach then set his sights on Tebon pulling to the outside quarter panel of the leader when the caution flew. This put Lautenbach inside and Siefert outside for the green white checker finish. That was the break Siefert needed as he slipped passed Tebon taking the win in thrilling fashion. Tebon second, Lautenbach a strong third, Cory Cochart started in row five to finish fourth and Eugene Gregorich Sr. rounded out the top five.

Shawn Havel scored a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Havel and defending champion Dave Bouche quickly distanced themselves from the pack. Bouche kept the lead as Havel began to search for a line to catch the leader. With 7 laps remaining Havel found the momentum in the high groove working passed Bouche as they raced door to door. Havel’s racer was hooked up and hauling the mail which brought him all the way to the NAPA Auto Parts victory lane. Bouche held of a closing Brett Koehler for second, Tom Brumlic and John Anschutz capped off strong runs finishing in the top five. The race went caution free.

Jarred VanLaanen led every lap en route to victory in the IMCA Sport Mods.

VanLaanen used his front row starting spot to take an early lead but several cautions kept Kelsy Hayes and Martin Kelsey on the back bumper of the leader. Hayes secured the second spot and set her sights on VanLaanen closing in midway through the contest. With a handful of laps remaining the caution again waved allowing Ryan LeMieux to challenge the leader. VanLaanen nailed a perfect restart and beat LeMieux back to the checkers by car length. Hayes held on for third, Randy LeMieux Jr. fourth and Dennis Miesler brought home a solid fifth.

Scott Boulanger passed Ryan Rohr en route to victory in his John Soukup themed IMCA Hobby.

Rohr set the pace early leading the first five circuits before Boulanger blasted to the outside groove taking the lead. Derek Moede followed suit taking over second. With 5 laps remaining CJ Weckler broke an axle sending his car into a barrel roll out of turn 2. Dave Schmidt hit the debris field from Weckler‘s crashing machine, sending his race car into the backstretch wall. Both drivers emerged unscathed under the red flag but their night was over. Boulanger led the rest of the way taking home the win, Moede second, Travis Hackett was third, Rookie Dan VanPay placed an impressive fourth and Rohr rounded out the top five finishers.

Von Eytcheson went to victory lane scoring a clean sweep in the Street Stocks.

Jimmy Anderson and Kevin Luedtke paced the first handful of laps before Eytcheson quickly worked from row 3 and to the lead. John Sternard worked to the back bumper of Eytcheson with 2 laps remaining but it was to little to late as Eytcheson took the win, Sternard had to settle for second, Luedtke third, Keith Kickbusch and Todd Wagner made their return to racing both finishing in the top five.

Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval.
For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. 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.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Tebon; Nick Mahlik, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Siefert; Lautenbach

BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2.Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels

HEAT 1: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; D. Bouche
HEAT 2: John Anschutz; Dan Sell, Suring
HEAT 3: Havel; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Randy LeMieux Jr.; Josh Massart, Brussels
HEAT 2: Hayes; Ryan LeMieux

LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Dan VanPay, Denmark; 5. Ryan Rohr, Casco

HEAT 1: Moede; Rohr
HEAT 2: Sawyer Haese, New Franken; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Von Eytcheson, Forestville; 2. John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3.Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 5. Todd Wagner, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Eytcheson; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Kickbusch; Bill Krueger, Sturgeon Bay