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TRACK CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 31, 2014 Press Release- After one of best and most competitive seasons in recent memory, champions were crowned for the 2014 season at Thunderhill Raceway. We fought mother nature all day, but in the end the rain wouldn’t stop and our final night was washed out. “Thank you to everyone who helped pack and to all the drivers, fans, crews, workers and sponsors who waited it out with us.” “Thanks to everyone for making this such a great season.”-Woody

The 2014 season saw fresh clay and arguably one of the best dirt racing surfaces in North East Wisconsin . Drivers who competed in at least 75% of the races will be eligible for the $30,000 contingency give-away at The Draft Haus for the awards banquet.

The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds saw the return of “Felix” Todd Dart to full time action. Algoma’s Dart was dominant the entire year, winning 8 features en route to the championship. He was the only Modified driver with multiple feature wins. Dart now holds 8 titles and 55 feature wins at Thunderhill.

Dave “The Bulldozer” Bouche of Algoma etched his name in the record books of the Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Cars, becoming the first driver to earn 3 consecutive track championships in the division. Bouche finished no worse than 7th place the entire season, taking home 1 heat race and 1 feature win. This is Bouche’s 4th track championship at the Hill, the other coming in the Street Stocks.

The LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods crowned a first time champion as “Budzo” Chris Budzban of Luxemburg secured the title. Budzo had a career year with 1 heat race win along with a division best 3 feature wins. Budzban also placed 2nd in points at Luxemburg Speedway.

Green Bay’s Jeremy Jauquet also became a first time champion, taking the crown in the Lackie Rentals IMCA Hobby Stocks. Since moving over from the IMCA Stock Car division, Jauquet has been a force to be recon with. Jauquet, a hired gun for the Ryan Rohr owned machine was best in the division with 6 features wins.

Geno Sternard of Sturgeon Bay rallied late in the season to earn his second Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock title. Consistency was the key for the veteran Street Stock driver as he had a solid string of top 5 finishes. Sternard’s last title came in 2010.

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT PLUS TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION AUG 30 AT T-HILL

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 27, 2014- It all comes down to this Saturday night August 30 at Thunderhill Raceway. Champions in all five divisions will be crowned. The points battles are still up for grabs in every single division. After the final feature of 2014 the second installment of the Trailer Race of Destruction will take place. The evening will feature a Halloween “Trick-or-Treat” theme for anyone who wants to join in on the fun. The entire nights festivities will be brought to you by Floors by Josh. Racing starts at 6pm

Thunderhill will NOT be having a special that was scheduled for September 6. There was a double booking at the track, so the special has been cancelled.

The incredibly tight points battles are giving drivers sleepless nights. The crews will be going through the race cars with a fine tooth comb to make sure every nut and bolt is tight. New spark plus, timing checked and several new tires will be mounted up for the final push. For many drivers the season starts with hopes of a championship. By July you can see who the contenders are. On championship night some maybe mathematically still in the hunt but for the most part, it’ll come down to the top two drivers in each class.

The IMCA Stock Cars feature a battle with in a battle. 2-time defending champion Dave Bouche looks to become the first ever  Stock Car driver to earn 3 consecutive titles. Bouche leads Shawn Havel by 3 points. Havel is hungry for that first ever title. Charlie Kroll sits 12 back and is still in the hunt but will need some good luck, bad luck fortune for the drivers in front of him.

Point leader Felix Dart looks for his 8th championship in the IMCA Modifieds.  He leads 2-time defending champ James Tebon by 14 points. With a neighboring track having off, it’s possible extra cars could show up and play into how the night unfolds.

Chris Budzban clings to a 6 point margin over Ryan LeMieux in the IMCA Sport Mods. Both drivers are very motivated to do what it takes to earn their first ever track championship. Jarred VaLaanen sits third in the standings 16 points back and will a need a lot of luck to play out.

Street Stock points are very tight as former champ Geno Sternard leads Kevin Luedtke by just 3 points. Luedtke is looking for his first title. Jeremy Dubois sits third in points 12 behind the leader.

Jeremy Jauquet leads Derek Moede by 4 points heading into the final IMCA Hobby Stock feature of the year. Moede is currently leading the Wisconsin state points and at Luxemburg Speedway. Jauquet will have his hands full trying to fend off Moede for his first ever title.

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.

911 Lawn Care Night Tonight at Thunderhill

It’s race day! Tonight is sponsored by 911 Lawn Care & Wood Products / Dairy Queen (Orange Julius) and features the 5 regular divisions in action. Plus, we have Kids Big Wheel Races and Power Wheels races at intermission. After the show, the ladies will get another shot at glory with Powder Puff races to conclude the evening’s events! Join us at the track tonight, 6pm start time!

Thunderhill Raceway Rained Out Saturday August 16 / Trailer Race of Destruction Added to Championship Night

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 16, 2014- Thunderhill Raceway battled mother nature all day but in the end to much rain and serious impeding weather has cancelled Dairy Queen night. The staff did all they could in keeping pace with the rain since 8am. Several measures were taken to try and hold the track but all hopes were washed away with another dose of moisture. Radar also shows another large group of thundershowers heading into the area, so we have been forced to pull the pin.

The Kids Big Wheel and Power Wheels races will be moved to next week August 23. Next Saturday will also feature Powder Puff and Mechanic’s races. Brought to you by 911 Lawn Care and Wood Products.

An extra Trailer Race of Destruction has been added to the August 30th finale. Champions will be crowned in all divisions. Courtesy of Floors by Josh.

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.

QUIETWOODS RV TRAILER RACE OF DESTRUCTION AT T-HILL SATURDAY AUGUST 9

Quietwoods RV Trailer Race August 9

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 7, 2014 Press Release- With only 4 point nights remaining in the 2014 season at Thunderhill Raceway drivers and crews will make their final push to see who will be crowned King of the Hill in each division. Action all season long as has been hot and heavy. By the looks of the standings, every title could come down to the final lap of the season.

It’s that time of the year again where fans come out in full force for the annual “Trailer Race of Destruction” brought to you by Quietwoods RV Sales & Service. Quietwoods RV has been gracious enough to defend their 2013 crown as Trailer Race champion. This wild and crazy must see race will take place after the final feature.

We still have spots open on the grid for the trailer race, if you wish to compete please email Woody at woodysigns@itol.com Also please make note of vehicle, name and number at the back gate so the announcer knows who you are!

Kids will be able to sign up for the Egg Harbor Fun Park Go-Karts at the ticket booth. 4 lucky winners will get to race their favorite driver at intermission on the infield go-kart track.

THE TITLE SHAKEDOWN…

The IMCA Stock Car title chase is shaping up to be settled on the final night as Dave Bouche leads Shawn Havel by 6 points. Bouche is looking to become the first Stock Car driver to win 3 championships in a row, while Havel is looking for his first.

In the IMCA Modifieds Todd Dart leads James Tebon by 11 points. Both drivers are muli-time champions.

Chris Budzban and Ryan LeMieux are looking for their first career title in the IMCA Sport Mods. Budzban leads LeMieux by 3 marks.

Jeremy Jauquet is back on top in the IMCA Hobby Stocks with a 2 point edge of Derek Moede. Both drivers are looking for their first Hill crown.

The tightest battle of all is in the Street Stocks where former champ Geno Sternard holds a slim 1 point advantage over Kevin Luedtke. Billy LeMieux and Jeremy DuBois are tied for third, 10 points behind the leader.

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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING AT THUNDERHILL TOMORROW 7/30/14

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 29, 2014 Press Release- A full program is on slate for Wednesday, July 30 and Thunderhill Raceway. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and the Street Stocks will be in action with a 6:30pm start time. This is being treated as a regular night and is a track point night. Line ups will be set by point average. The night will also count towards the $30,000 contingency program.

In addition to a full night of racing, there will be a Tough Truck Tug-O-War competition and a tentative Burn Out contest. For more info, please call Jeremy 920.495.0559

The ladies and mechanics will get their shot at the flat 1/3 mile clay oval. A Powder Puff and Mechanics race is scheduled. All extra event participants must be signed at the back gate before the night starts.

It also the Door County Fair. We invite everyone to come out early and enjoy the sights and sounds.
If coming in the pit area make sure to tell the fair workers that’s where your going. For more info on the fair please visit www.doorcountyfair.com

If you want to go in the stands with no carnival rides it cost $5 to get into the fair. The cost to get in the grandstand is only $10 for adult admission 13yrs and up. 12 years old and under is $5 for the stands.

Pit pass will be $25. Racing begins at 6:30pm

There will be no racing on Saturday August 2. Racing resumes to its regular night on August 9 for the Quietwoods RV Trailer Race of Destruction.

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 4:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Extra pay for top 5 finishers in the IMCA Modifieds plus $700 to win Saturday July 12 at Thunderhill

7/12 Modified Payout

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 10, 2014 Press Release- Thunderhill Raceway Modified drivers will once again race for added pay this Saturday, July 12. The top five spots in the main will receive a pay bump with the feature winner taking home $700. Second place pays $400, third $300, fourth $225, fifth $200. No extra fees at the back gate. Being treated as a regular points night.

The 3rd Annual Terry Simon Memorial will take place as the first attempt was washed out by mother nature. The night will feature $1 cans of Coors Light with a paid wristband and free popcorn. Street Stocks will be in competition for bragging rights in the for King of the Hill tournament. Racing starts at 6pm.

Race Wars…

Point leader shakeups! Top five in the Street Stock separated by only 3 points. New point leader in the IMCA Stock Cars. IMCA Sport Mods all locked up. Super tight battles in the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Kevin Luedtke has emerged with the point lead heading into week 8 in the Street Stocks. Billy LeMieux has slipped to second but is only one point behind. Both drivers are chasing their first title. Former champ Geno Sternard sits third just 2 points out of it. Jeremy DuBois and Mike Sargent are tied for fourth in the standings but are still in contention for the crown only 3 points back.

Speaking of the Street Stocks, despite controversy surrounding the bounty on Street Stock driver Billy LeMieux, it still stands and has grown to $600. LeMieux started the season with 4 feature wins but mechanical gremlins have plagued the Sturgeon Bay driver. Three straight dnf’s have cost him the point lead. While some drivers have questioned the legitimacy of the mechanical issues other realize its just how racing goes sometimes.

LeMieux gains nothing from the bounty and if anything it has hurt him in the point standings. On his bad nights there’s more cars chasing the bounty, so if he doesn’t finish he’s losing more points. When LeMieux doesn’t break, he hasn’t been beaten. Dating back to last season where won a division best 5 feature wins and 7 heat race wins. Combine that with this years stats and its 9 feature wins and 9 heat race wins in only a season and a half. Some drivers don’t have that many wins in their career. LeMieux has shown up each week to win and that’s why the bounty will stay in place.

It’s a dead heat for the top spot in the IMCA Sport Mods. Chris Budzban and Ryan LeMieux are tied for the lead. Jarred VanLaanen sits third 5 points behind. All three drivers are looking to earn their first championship.

Defending IMCA Stock Car champ Dave Bouche leads the standings for the first time this season. Fresh off his second feature win of the season, Shawn Havel sits second and is tied with former champ Charlie Kroll. They both are just 1 point back. Havel is chasing his first ever championship.

Todd Dart rolled to his fifth feature win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds and leads the class by 9 points over defending champ James Tebon.

Jeremy Jauquet has lead the IMCA Hobby Stock points since opening night. He leads the division with 3 feature wins but he only has a 5 point advantage over Derek Moede.

FRIDAY JULY 4TH SPORT MOD TOPLESS $1,500 TO WIN, $150 TO START JOHN SOUKUP MEMORIAL AT THUNDERHILL

John Soukup Memorial

Colton Pink Fire Truck

Sprint Car 2 Seater

Extra cash incentives for Sport Mods

Calling all Street Stocks…the $500 bounty on Billy LeMieux still remains

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 2, 2014- The 2nd Annual John Soukup Memorial will pay $1,500 to the winner and $150 to start the feature in the IMCA Sport Mods. Draw re-draw will set the field. This special event will take place on Friday July 4th. Luxemburg Speedway has the night off. All 5 divisions will be in action. The Sport Mod headliner will be 40 laps with a 10 minute competition caution on the front stretch in front of the grandstands at the midway point. Drivers will be allowed out of their car and crews will be able work on their machines.

It’s also Topless Night for the Sport Mods. All Sport Mods MUST remove their roofs and sail panels to be eligible for $1,500 top prize. I’ll repeat that, in order to claim the $1,500 for the win you must have the roof and sail panels removed. If not standard pay applies to any position.

It will NOT be a track point night for the Mods, Stock Cars or Sport Mods but will be IMCA sanctioned with National, State and Regional points awarded. This is done so competing drivers at the Oshkosh Speedzone can stay in the points chase.

Racing starts at 6:00 PM Entry for the event will be the same price as a regular show. For the pits non-members are $25 and members are $20. No extra fees! Grandstand tickets are same as regular points night $10 per adult. No extra cost for anyone entering the pits or stands.

Mods, Stock Cars and Sport Mods lineups will be through draw re-draw for heats and features. It will be a regular point night for the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Street Stocks. $1 Busch Light with paid wristband.

One spot in the Sport Mod feature will be randomly drawn for an $100 courtesy of Vicky and Gary Soukup.

Gretz Carpentry and Remodeling of Kewaunee will sponsor $100 to the racer who leads lap 24 of feature.

Huge thanks to Gnome Games, Sal Mar Resort and division sponsor LaVine’s Ice for the added winners purse.

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.

EXTRA PAY FOR TOP 5 FINISHERS IN THE IMCA MODIFIED MAIN AT THUNDERHILL JUNE 28

June 28 Extra Mod Pay

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 27, 2014 Press Release- The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds will be competing for an added purse for the top 5 finishers this Saturday June 28 at Thunderhill Raceway. The feature will pay $700 to win, 2nd place pays $400, 3rd $300, 4th $225, 5th $200.

Standard pit pass price, no added fees. Racing starts at 6 PM. Standard pay for 6th place on back.

We are one week away from the $1000 to win $150 to start John Soukup Memorial topless IMCA Sport Mod Special which will take place next Friday July 4.

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.

Inaugural Thunderhill Raceway Hall of Fame Induction Saturday June 28

Wicked Witch Hall of Fame Night

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 24, 2014 Press Release- Race fans, old timers and historians this is a night you want to attend! For the first time ever Thunderhill Raceway will induct 7 members into it’s Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will be inducted this Saturday June 28. The entire nights festivities is proudly brought to you by Wicked Witch Enterprises.

The inductees are as follows…Clyde LeMieux Sr., Irv Ettien, Les Sternard, Dale Knudson, Joe Haferkorn, Butch Georgenson and Fritz VanDuyse.

Tom Wagner is hosting the induction ceremony and calling the action on the track as well.

Race Wars…

The bounty for anyone who can beat Bill LeMieux in the Street Stocks stands at $400. The only rules to the bounty, Billy must finish and it must be clean race. Fans and drivers alike have been on the edge of their seat waiting for the bounty to fall. So LeMieux has been up for the challenge.

Racing gets underway at 6pm. Adults are just $10 at the front gate.

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.