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THUNDERHILL RACEWAY OPENER WASHED OUT FOR MAY 11

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 11, 2013- Mother-Nature has once again caused another track in N.E. Wisconsin to cancel a night of racing. Thunderhill Raceway is forced cancel due to heavy rains, pits being flooded & just plain ole nasty weather…oh and its snowing. We are set to attempt another go at it next Saturday, May 18 for Dave Hatch Racing, WDOR and Maas Floral night.

Talked to Woody and staff members that have been at the track since 7am trying to see what they could do to and make things a go. In preparation for the bad weather the track was worked until the early morning , unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate at all.

Woody stated, “Even if the pits weren’t flooded the condition of the racing surface likely would’ve been sketchy, unless you have mud and snow tires.” “We need warm weather and sun shine, cross your fingers for next weekend!”

For those of you heading to the track this season, the 42/57 bridge is closed for construction. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl…this will take you right to the pit gate. Detour signs are posted, so make sure to follow them into town, then let the GPS take you the rest of the way. Otherwise I’m pretty sure it will take you to the closed bridge.

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.

IMCA MODIFIEDS WILL PAY $650 TO WIN SEASON OPENER AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI)  May 5, 2013- With the May 11 season opener less than a week away the IMCA Modifieds will be chasing added cash to win the feature at Thunderhill Raceway. A great supporter of the track offered to kick in some extra cash, bringing first place pay to a guaranteed $650. In addition a hard charger bonus of $50 will be added to the driver who passes the most cars in the feature

Thunderhill’s Modified class has fluctuated through recent years and there has be a lot of trash talking that anyone can win at the track known as the “Circle of Death” due its unique design. Its time to put up or shut up come opening night. We’re calling out the best in the IMCA Modified division to come and try to beat our hard working blue color locals. If you can do so, you’ll be walking away with a pocket full of cash….If not, it’ll once again prove our regulars are some of the best in the business.

Normally these type of added cash races come at end of the year specials at the expense of the drivers who pay large pit gate fees. Thunderhill is set to change all that offering a one time $50 membership fee, you basically get in FREE for all regular point nights. With our opener coming on May 11 it’ll offer drivers a fresh start to chase a championship if they’ve been off to a rough start at other tracks. Pits spots are still available.

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.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY & DOOR CANCER TEAM UP TO HELP THOSE FIGHTING CANCER

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 6, 2013- In this day and age its hard to find someone who hasn’t had cancer touch their life. So many have fought and beat this disease, far too many times we have sadly lost loved ones. A fight with cancer is a tall enough task even with the best doctors in the world. The cost of medical bills alone can be staggering. Add in the loss of an income because they aren’t able to work, all of this can be to overwhelming for any family. This is where Thunderhill Raceway and DOOR CANcer come together.

Our goal in working with DOOR CAN is to help those who are currently courageously battling cancer.
This will be achieved in several ways which include but are not limited to apparel sales, donations and a 50/50 raffle. We already have drivers who are willing to donate their payout after a night of racing. Several racers have come up with special paint jobs on their race cars to support the cause at Thunderhill as well as pay respects to those who have passed away. Most drivers these days barely have enough cash to fill up their hauler to get back home. This truly shows the character of drivers, crews, sponsors and staff we have at Thunderhill Raceway.

A special committee separate from the race track will be in charge of all the money raised. Working with DOOR CANcer means we can directly work with local family’s in their time of need. For more information about DOOR CANcer please visit their website at www.doorcancer.com

Actions kicks off Saturday May 11 with 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.

Thunderhill Raceway moves opening night to May 11 / Practice on May 4

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 29, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway staff members have decided to push opening night to Saturday May 11 due to weather and track conditions. Its been a fine line mastering mother nature. One way or another we plan to get cars on the track before our new opening night.

Practice will now take place on Saturday May 4 at 2pm till ?? We realize everyone is amped up and ready for the season to start but we will always be cautious when it comes to drivers and the track. The last thing we want is drivers tearing up equipment. Practice cost $15 for anyone entering the pits. Grandstands are free.

“Every time the track surface starts to become workable, we get cold rainy weather and it halts all progress and we have to start the whole process all over again.”

Once again WDOR 93.9 FM will host the first night of the season. Maas Floral will be on hand with flowers to celebrate Mothers Day. We will be working with DOOR CANcer for the entire 2013 season, more information coming soon.

Actions kicks off Saturday May 11 with 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.

April 20 practice cancelled at Thunderhill Raceway

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 16, 2013- Due to the recent cold wet weather we weren’t able to get on the track and judging from the projected weather forecast we have decided to cancel our April 20 practice. We are still on schedule for a practice on Saturday April 27. Practice is open to all classes, must have a muffler and starts at 3:00 p.m. till ?? The admission price for the pits will be $15.00 for drivers, $10.00 for pit crew and grandstands are free to spectators.

$50 membership fee to get in free can be paid at anytime. Earlier the better, so things move at a faster pace come opening night. Opening night will be Saturday May 4 at 6pm.

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.

REALITY TV PROMOTER MEETS WITH KELSY HAYES & THUNDERHILL RACEWAY STAFF

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 7, 2013 – A few months back Sturgeon Bay’s Bill Hayes was approached by the makers of Great Lake Warriors which is a reality show that airs on the History Channel. They wanted to know if Hayes daughter, Kelsy was interested in a racing themed show, of which showcased what it’s like to be a female racer in a predominantly male sport and all the that goes into becoming and taking on the top guns in the IMCA Sport Mod division.

On Friday April 5 the tv producer/promoter met with Hayes, track promoter Woody Wodack and Thunderhill Raceway announcer Edward Anschutz to interview and get comfortable with inner the workings of Thunderhill Raceway. Footage was shot in the shop where Hayes’s IMCA Sport Mod is being readied for the 2013 season. As of right now more footage is slated to shoot the first two nights of racing.

Many know Bill for his recycling business, Metal’s America located in Door County. Bill is no stranger to dirt track racing. He’s raced everything from a Street Stock to a Modified. A few years ago his daughter Kelsy followed in his foot steps wanting to get behind the wheel. She began her career in the Hobby Stock division before moving to the highly competitive Sport Mods where she won two features in 2012 and finished third in the standings just a handful of points from winning the championship.

“We have a great dynamic here at Thunderhill, the fact footage will be shot at the track is great for everyone who supports our Saturday night shows” stated Woody. Many details are currently being discussed and we will have more information in coming weeks.

Thunderhill Raceway features arguably one of the nicest dirt track faculties in Wisconsin. On track Musco Lighting that makes it look like daytime when night falls. Hard packed pit area makes it easy if you need to work on your race car. The track is also level with the pit area making it very easily visible from the pits making it easy to keep up on track conditions. It also allows you to enjoy a night of racing as if you were in the stands. The PA system is second to none encased in an easy accessible covered grandstand that offers back rest and plenty of leg room. The track is a uniquely shaped 1/3 mile clay base with very little banking, it’s a true drivers track that is affectionately known as the “Circle of Death.”

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.

WHO WILL BE KING OR QUEEN OF THUNDERHILL RACEWAY IN 2013?

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) February 18 – With the opening night of May 4th fast approaching race teams are kicking it into high gear, working late nights in the shop with the thoughts and hopes of getting to victory lane. For some, its chasing that first checkered. For others its defending the track title, while others fight, do slide jobs or use the chrome horn try to take it away and crown themselves champions.

In order to look forward, sometimes you need to look back. The last few years the IMCA Stock Cars had the championship come down to the final lap of the season. Algoma’s Dave Bouche is a perfect example of that, winning the title by a mere one point over defending champion Troy Muench of Brussels. Bouche is set to return in his home built “FAST Chassis” and defend his championship.

Muench is finishing his new Petrie Chassis and will be tough to beat when he hits the track. Algoma’s Shawn Havel looks to be one of the top contenders in challenging Bouche for the title. Havel led the class in feature wins, along with winning the North Dakota IMCA Series. Havel and Bret Koehler of Two River’s were the only two drivers to have multiple feature wins in the highly competitive division. Add in former champion Charlie Kroll of Forestville, Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala, last years Rookie of the Year, Marcus Moede of Algoma and Jamie Suchocki of Forestville. Last years IMCA Hobby Stock Champion, Tom Brumlic of Denmark will compete for Rookie of the Year. On paper it looks like the title will once again come down to the final night.

Not to be out done the IMCA Sport Mod’s put on one heck of a show with the top three in points separated by only five points when the final checker flew! Hometown favorite, Bernie Reinhardt of Sturgeon Bay etched his name in the record books by becoming the first driver at Thunderhill to win three titles in three different divisions. Reinhardt bested the class in his Victory Chassis with 4 feature wins. Sturgeon Bay’s “Dirt Track Diva”, Kelsy Hayes was the only other driver with multiple feature wins. Hayes used a Side Biter chassis to score two trophies, which were her first ever in the division. Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen also had a break out season scoring his first Sport Mod feature win. VanLaanen’s Harris Chassis earned a division best seven heat race wins, led the points for most of the season and came up just four points short of his first track title. Josh Massart of Brussels and veteran racer Ricky LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay made their presence felt last season. All drivers will certainly step up their game and attempt to chase down Reinhardt for the crown.

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon, put his new Slick Chassis on the map in a dominating performance. Earning his first championship in the IMCA Modifieds with a division best six feature and five heat race wins.  Last years Rookie of the Year, Tyler Hackett of Algoma showed he’s a force to be reckon with scoring two feature wins right out of the gate. Hackett is also racing a Slick Chassis this year. Billy LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay kept the pressure on Tebon all season long. LeMieux took his SSR Chassis to second in the final standings also scoring two heat race wins. Frog Station’s Dan Ratajczak brought home three feature wins in his Side Biter chassis, Ratajczak is still chasing for that illusive first championship. Algoma’s Felix Dart looks to be running on a part time basis and is a threat to win anytime he hits the track. Luxemburg’s Scott Derenne finished a career best third in the standing. Look for Derenne to challenge for his first career feature win. There is a solid crop of Rookie’s entering the division in 2013, some of which will be title contenders.

The IMCA Hobby Stocks will crown a new champion as Tom Brumlic heads to the IMCA Stock Cars. Off the roster from last season whoever tops the points, it’ll be their first career title which should add to the action. Casco’s Derek Moede looks to be the man to beat after coming up only three points short of the title to Brumlic. Moede will pilot a new machine that was built by Scott Derenne. Algoma’s Travis Hackett bested the class with five feature wins in his FAST Chassis. Hackett will no doubt be a title contender. Appleton’s Brittany King and East Maplewood’s Amber Weidner are just a couple of the ladies of the field who will give the boys a run for their money. A wild card in all of this is Luxemburg’s Scott Boulanger, who plans to race all season. He scored two feature wins last season running on a part time basis.

The Street Stocks have always been a mixed bag of racers for quite some time now and 2013 looks to be no different. Defending champion Dennis Weidner of East Maplewood isn’t sure what his plans are. In the off season Weidner put together an IMCA Stock Car with the help of Dave Bouche of Fast Chassis. He will be racing, just unsure what class. Jimmy Anderson of Forestville and Sturgeon Bay’s Kevin Luedtke seem to be the only drivers from the top five in points that are returning. The most dominant car that was wheeled by West Jacksonport’s Todd Polster was sold to Sturgeon Bay’s Brandon Peterson. Peterson is a former champion in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, so add him to the title hunt. Last years Feisty Fours champion, Joey Scoon of Sturgeon Bay is moving up and purchased Geno Sternard’s track champion car and will contend for Rookie of the Year.

Former champions, John Sternard of Sturgeon Bay and Maplewood’s Aaron Thornton are always a threat to win. Marvin Denny of Sturgeon Bay was in also in the title hunt for most of last season. Former champion also from Sturgeon Bay, Von Eytcheson won two features last season racing part time and will be tough to beat. Most of the Street Stock boys are from the Door County area, will a hometown hero take the title or will an “outsider” steal the top spot?

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.

2013 DRIVERS GET IN FREE AT THUNDERHILL & OFFICIAL SCHEDULE RELEASE

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) February 9, 2013 -Staff members at Thunderhill Raceway met recently to discuss the up coming race season and what could be done to offer racers and fans the best show without breaking the bank. It went to a vote and with a ONE TIME $50 membership fee, drivers will get in pits free the entire season on regular point nights for 2013.

You didn’t read it wrong we said DRIVERS GET IN FREE with mandatory membership fee! Many other tracks have implemented mandatory membership fees due to many reasons, essentially it equates to brand loyalty which results in a reduced pit pass prices for the season. Crew members prices will remain the same as last year, $25 membership fee then its $20 per night rest of the season. Its as simple as it sounds.

Two practices will take place on April 20 & 27.

18 nights of action will fill the slate with the first points night of the season on May 4. We felt it was important to push our start date into May, with hopes of the weather being a little better for fans and drivers alike. This is also the same weekend that Luxemburg Speedway starts. Drivers racing at both tracks will get that much needed adrenaline rush come the first weekend in May. Championship night rounds out the season on August 31.

In order to help Wisconsin drivers chasing IMCA National, Regional & State championship Thunderhill will holds its first ever “THURSDAY NIGHT THUNDER” on July 18th. It will be a non track points night but as stated above, IMCA sanctioned. Luxemburg is off that Friday.

July 6 IMCA Sport Mods will cut the roofs off and go Topless.
July 27 The ever popular Trailer Race of Destruction with take place.
August 24 Powder Puff Night
Spectator Eliminator will also return for a minimum 3 events. May 18, June 15 & August 10. Rules forth coming.

Much more info to follow including our “RACING FOR A CURE” themed season. Complete schedule release will be available on the tracks websites and on Facebook very soon…so stay tuned

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.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY DRIVERS MEETING FEB. 9th @THE DRAFT HAUS

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) January 27 – Thunderhill Raceway will hold its drivers meeting on Saturday February 9th, at The Draft Haus Sports Bar at 7:00pm. The Draft Haus is located at 901 Egg Harbor Rd. Sturgeon Bay

Pit spots must be paid for before or at the meeting. Any pit stalls that remain unpaid or open will then go to a lottery of drivers who want to purchase them. Memberships will also be available for purchase which allows for a few bucks off your pit pass throughout the season.

We’re very excited to have more info and details for our themed “Racing for a Cure” season and how we intend to start our charity group to help raise Cancer awareness and money for selective cancer charities. Several other items will be addressed at the meeting including schedule, general track rules, Street Stock rules and much more.

We hope to see you all their even if its just to have some great food and a few adult beverages…. www.thedrafthaus.com

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.