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EAGLES INSIDE GROOVE @ T-HILL WITH RACING THIS SATURDAY JUNE 8 $1 BUD NIGHT

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June, 6 2013 Press Release- Last week Mother Nature may have got the best of us but its not putting a stop to the $1 Bud Light and Budweiser this Saturday night June 8 at Thunderhill Raceway. The buck beer will last all night with a paid wrist band. Northland Steel of Sturgeon Bay will bring the IMCA Hobby Stocks into the spotlight with driver introductions. The Bartenders Race will be rescheduled.

With no racing the point standings stay the same which allows me to let you know more of what’s happening at The Hill with something I like to call “Eagles Inside Groove”….

Former IMCA Stock Car champion Greg Gretz of Kewaunee made his debut in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds at Thunderhill two weeks ago . Gretz is a racing a Slick Chassis built by Russ Reinwald of Juneau. The chassis burst onto the scene scoring several feature wins last season. Years ago it was common place for local drivers to buy chassis  that were built out of state, namely Iowa. Now days local racers have started their own chassis shops with great success. James Lee Tebon of Algoma finished second in the standings in 2012 at Luxemburg Speedway by only 3 points and earned his first career IMCA Modified championship at Thunderhill with a Slick Chassis, he’s currently getting his new Slick machine dialed in.

Speaking of chassis builds in Wisconsin, Kewaunee’s Luke Lemmens broke into victory lane two weeks ago in the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars wheeling a 2013 FAST Chassis. These race cars are built by defending IMCA Stock Car champ Dave Bouche of Algoma.

3rd Generation racer Daniel Sell of Suring made his first ever laps in the Lackie Rentals IMCA Hobby Stocks for the 5th Annual NB-27 night. The Weidner Family borrowed Daniel Sell one of their race cars allowing him to get his feet wet in the sport. Daniel Sell was running well until a mechanical failure ended his maiden voyage. The late JR Sell paved the way for his son Dan to race in the IMCA Stock Car ranks in the mid 90′s while working out of the Bouche Racing shop in Algoma. Dan jumped back into Nathan’s memorial car and won his heat and placed fifth in the feature. Sells have always ran under the Ford Motorsports blue oval banner.

Full Throttle racing magazine has made its return to our local dirt tracks due to the extensive work of Bert Lehman. Lehman could be consider the center of the racing universe covering stories from tracks, drivers and local touring series. A Thunderhill Raceway article will be forth coming. Not only do you receive exclusive stories in Full Throttle, the magazine is also FREE and can be picked up at the Dan Lewis Photography trailer.

Lehman also offers race fans a chance to own their favorite dirt drivers die cast car. He offers an endless display from the cars of yesteryear to 2013 Late Models. “Like” his page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HighWideHandsomeCustomDieCasts

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. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. 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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$1 BUD LIGHT NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY / BARTENDERS RACE / WEEK 3

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 30, 2013 Press Release- Thunderhill Raceway kicks off night number 3 of the season with racers already starting to keep an eye on the point standings. Budweiser and Bud Light will only be $1 with a paid wristband. Budweiser has been a long time supporter of the track and with everyone being on a tight budget these days, what’s better than having a few cold beers after a hard week of work for only a buck!

A special Bartenders Race will take place at the end of the night. So if you’re a bartender and you want to race. Get after your buddy who has a race car, get your pit pass, sign up at the back gate and come get your thrill at Thunderhill!

Algoma’s James Lee Tebon leads the standings in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds with a 5 point edge over Kewaunee’s Eugene Gregorich Sr. Last weeks winner Dan Ratajczak of Frog Station sits third 7 points back.

In the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars Shawn “Handsome” Havel holds a 2 point margin over Dave “The Bulldozer” Bouche, both drivers are from Algoma. Green Bay’s Jeremy “Weeds” Wiitala sits third just 5 marks back.

Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen, Kelsy “Hollywood” Hayes and “The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. both of Sturgeon Bay sit tied for the lead in the LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mods. Last weeks feature winner Chris Budzban of Luxemburg sits 1 point back for the lead in the standings.

Luxemburg’s Scott Boulanger has won both features in the Lackie Rentals & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks and leads the points with a 2 point lead over “The Casco Kid” Derek Moede. Algoma’s Travis Hackett is third 4 points out.

Fresh of a feature win Kewaunee’s Keith “The Kicker” Kickbusch leads the Showcase Kitchens Street Stock standings with a 2 point edge over Sturgeon Bay’s Kevin Luedtke.

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. Track GPS address is 1116 N 15th Pl. 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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T-HILL ONLY SANCTIONED IMCA MOD TRACK THIS SAT MAY 25 FOR NB-27 MEMORIAL

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial Contributor Mike Kelsey
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 23, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway gears up for night number two with the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial this Saturday night May 25. With 141 Speedway off and Shawano Speedway not sanctioning for the Mods, this leaves Thunderhill as the only track in the state where drivers in the IMCA Modifieds can earn sanctioned points. “With the weather playing havoc in recent weeks this will offer Wisconsin drivers chasing State, Regional and National points an extra night.” Stated track promoter Woody Wodack.

The Bouche racing shop has always helped those with the will to race. The NB-27 memorial will award the Sportsman trophy to someone who defines what racing and family are all about. The traveling trophy has been awarded to Nathan’s father IMCA Stock Car driver Tony Bouche, Billy Hayes, Edward Anschutz and Darrell Massart. Award ceremony will take place in front of the grandstand. The IMCA Stock Cars are spotlighted and will have driver introductions for their feature.

We will also take a moment of silence in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom while serving our great nation.

REMINDER…For those of you heading to the track this summer 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.

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AARON “THE HAMMER” THORNTON TAKES ON NEW ROLE AT THUNDERHILL

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial Contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) March 23, 2013- One of Thunderhill Raceway’s most decorated racers looks to enter new role as car owner. Aaron “The Hammer” Thornton looks to help an old time racer cross a wish off his bucket list. With his very busy seasonal business Seal-Tec Seal Coating, Thornton’s time in the shop has been limited over the years and last season he only raced a few times. At 69 years young “Wild” Bill Krueger has seen it and just about done it all in racing. He and his wife Mary are now retired and living in Sturgeon Bay. Kruger is a published author and was a paid crew member on an open wheel Indy Car team in the late 1960’s. Kruger will add another chapter to his storied career driving for Thornton in 2013.

“Wild” Bill’s first race came to be at Jefferson Speedway when a friend bet him he was to scared too strap in the car and race it. This took place in 1960 barely 18 years old Krueger, had to duck track officials as he wasn’t old enough to race! He ended up an impressive ninth out of 23 cars driving a 1949 Buick 4 door Sedan that featured a straight 8 engine. Krueger has wins on the dirt capturing a feature win at Chilton in the Sportsman division which paid a grand total of two dollars and a case of beer. He’s raced in several different states, numerous tracks that include Indianapolis Raceway Park, Elkhart Lake, Hales Corners, Slinger Super Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile. Next on the list, Thunderhill Raceway.

If you’ve been racing for a long time you’re considered a veteran. This makes Thornton’s race car a veteran and then some. “The car started out racing an Enduro Series then progressed into a early 90’s IMCA Stock Car finally finding its home as a Street Stock a few years later.” “I bought it from local racer Troy Muench in 1999 and won the 2004 Street Stock title at Thunderhill.” “This will be the 26th season on the car.” In fact Thornton has never finished outside the top three in points in all the years he ran full time with that car.

Thornton has competed the Bomber, Street Stock, IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Modified divisions, finding victory lane in all of them. He holds two track championships at Thunderhill and a Street Stock title at Luxemburg Speedway. When you see the black and gold #95 remember “Wild” Bill is behind the wheel. As for Thornton’s racing future; “As the years go by I’ve raced less and less, it maybe time for me to hang up my drivers suit, time will tell.” “For now I’m looking forward to helping Krueger drive that old tank of mine.”

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.

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$800 TO WIN IMCA MOD MAIN / SPECTATOR ELIMINATOR AT THUNDERHILL OPENER

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial Contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 16, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway is coming out of the gate swinging with a guaranteed $800 purse for the winner of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified feature. The season opener is this Saturday May 18, brought to you by Dave Hatch Racing and WDOR. A $50 Hard Charger award will be given to the driver who passes the most cars in the mod main courtesy of N.E.W. Racing Supplies.

Thunderhill is in search of a few brave souls to race their street vehicles for the Spectator Eliminator tentatively taking place as the last race of the night. Drivers will need to have a “street legal” vehicle, helmet, seat belts are mandatory…racing suits recommended. Spectator Eliminator drivers must buy a pit pass, register at the pit gate before the night starts and attend the drivers meeting. No coming out of stands to race. Winner gets a trophy and a trip to victory lane!

The best photographers in the business, Dan & Mary Lewis are back once again to take photos. If you still need Hot Shot pictures, make sure to get to the track early. Huge thanks to all our division sponsors…

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds
Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars
LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mods
Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks
Showcase Kitchens Street Stocks

For those of you heading to the track 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.