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THUNDERHILL OPENER CANCELLED FOR MAY 10, INSTEAD A PRACTICE WILL BE HELD AT 3:30pm

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 9, 2014- Officials at Thunderhill Raceway have decided to cancel the season opener for this Saturday May 10. The track is too soft for a full race night, especially on the top groove where it’s to wet for a 20 car feature. Woody has stated from the beginning that the track had to be 100% ready.

So instead of the opener this Saturday May 10 a practice will be held from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. This will allow for the perfect number of cars to be on the track at once and allow track officials to focus in on the places that will need work before the opener.

We can dictate the cars at a practice but we can’t on a race night.

Woody stated; “This wasn’t an easy decision by any means, if the track was hard we’d be racing. I’m just as frustrated as everyone else is on this matter. It isn’t worth wrecking cars and the track just to get this night in, all the hard work with the new clay would all be for nothing. We’ll get this practice in and prep the track to start the season next Saturday.”

Practice is open to all divisions. Pit gates open at 2:30pm. $15 charge for anyone entering the pits. No charge for the grandstand.

Practice only this Saturday May 10 at 3:30pm

APRIL 26 PRACTICE AT THUNDERHILL HAS BEEN POSTPONED

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 25, 2014- The practice that was scheduled for this Saturday April 26 at Thunderhill Raceway has been postponed. We are looking at options for a midweek practice next week before our season opener on May 3.

Woody was animate in making sure the newly resurfaced track is 100% ready for action.

“Under no circumstances will cars at Thunderhill Raceway hit the track until it’s ready! The track as well as drivers have countless hours and money invested in this season. When we open with the new surface it will be nice for the drivers, crews, sponsors and fans. My mission is to have everyone drive their cars on the trailer after opening night.”

Stay tuned on details for the rescheduled practice.

Five divisions do battle every Saturday, starting on May 3. 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.

602 CRATE MOTOR GIVE-AWAY AT THUNDERHILL COURTESY OF JIM OLSON MOTORS

Jim Olson Motors 602 Crate

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 22, 2014- In another addition to its huge contingency program Thunderhill Raceway will give away a brand new GM 602 Crate Engine to one lucky racer in the IMCA Sport Mod or IMCA Hobby Stock division courtesy of Jim Olson Motors.

Jim Olson Motors of Sturgeon Bay is the latest business to get in on the 2014 banquet contingency that has now reached in excess $25,000. To be eligible you must complete in 80% of the weekly events. This equates to being able to miss 3 nights of racing for the season and still remain in the drawing for engine that is valued at $3,500.

“Jim and his associates stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park for our racers.” Stated an excited Woody Wodack, Thunderhill’s track promoter; “This is the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Jim Olson Motors serves Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac customers with a wide selection of new and used cars, trucks and SUV’s. Jim’s GM Certified service department is also available to take care of your Chevrolet, Buick, or Cadillac. Jim Olson Motors is your premier auto dealership, serving Appleton, Green Bay and greater Wisconsin.

Jim Olson Motors is located at 632 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay. To see what they can do for you please call (920) 473-4571.

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.

PRACTICE AND OPENER DELAYED 1 WEEK AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 18, 2014- With weather conditions being less than desirable Thunderhill Raceway has been forced to cancel practice for April 19. Practice is being tentatively rescheduled for April 26 while the season opener has been pushed to May 3.

While we want to get the 2014 rolling the biggest emphasis will be put on taking care of the drivers and their race cars. “We refuse to tear up equipment or the track just to get opening night in the books.” Stated Woody; “The goal will to be to give drivers and race fans the best show possible. Mother nature has played havoc in recent weeks so we are hoping for some sunshine and dry weather.”

A second practice is also in the works.

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.

FRIDAY JULY 4TH SPORT MOD TOPLESS $1000 TO WIN, $150 TO START JOHN SOUKUP MEMORIAL AT THUNDERHILL

John Soukup Memorial July 4

$1 Busch Light with paid wristband

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 17, 2014- The 2nd Annual John Soukup Memorial will pay $1000 to the winner and $150 to start the feature. 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 in action.

It’s also Topless Night for the Sport Mods. All Sport Mods must remove their roofs to be eligible for $1000 top prize. I’ll repeat that, in order to claim the $1000 for the win you must have the to the roof and sail panels removed. If not standard pay applies.

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.

Entry for the event will be same price as regular event. Non-members are $25 and members are $20. No extra fees!

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.

“The winners purse could rise, last year it doubled as local Bernie Reinhardt took home the win”. Stated track promoter Woody Wodack; “John was a great friend and keeping his memory alive at the track he loved makes it a special night for everyone who comes in the gate. We’re looking for some solid competition from outsiders and our locals.”

This night will count towards the $20,000 contingency. You will be allowed to miss 3 nights of racing and still remain in the drawing.

For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Pre-Season Thunder / Chasing Titles at The Hill in 2014

2014 Season Opener

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) April 8, 2014 – With the WDOR season opener on Saturday April 26 fast approaching, race teams scamper ready their race machines. It’s that time of the year where the shop lights stay on a little longer and cases of beer become payment for the crews to keep pushing to finish the race cars. Drivers will have a whole new ball game at Thunderhill Raceway so to speak with the track receiving a complete over haul that included the track being completely reshaped, recut banking and brand new clay which will provide some awesome 3-wide racing. The test and tune on April 19 could give those drivers the upper hand on the new track layout.

In the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds it’s been James Lee Tebon leading the field the past two seasons with back to back championships. Rookie of Year and multiple feature winner Greg Gretz could be one of many drivers to challenge Tebon’s bid for a 3-peat. Despite a late start Gretz came home second in the standings last season. Sean Jerovetz will make his return; he’s no stranger to success at the Hill with a 1997 Stock Car crown. He has also earned several track titles in the Modifieds the last couple seasons. You can never count out the king of the Modifieds, Felix Dart who is a threat anytime he pulls in the back gate. “The General” Troy Jerovetz is fresh off a runner up points finish at the Oshkosh Speedzone also plans to chase his first title at Thunderhill. Last year saw several drivers show up to chase big money races, this year will bring the same. Watch out for guys like former Sport Mod champ Eric “Chummy” Arneson, former National Champ Benji LaCrosse, former King of The Hill winner Tim Czarneski, former Hill champion Jared Siefert and Slick Modified Chassis builder Russ Reinwald.

The Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Cars have defending champion Dave Bouche eyeing a first ever 3-peat in the division. Last year’s bridesmaid Shawn Havel, will have a Wolfe Racing chassis at his disposal in the attempt to win his first track title. John Anschutz, Scott Reinhardt and Jeremy Anschutz had their best points finish and will look to unseat Bouche. A sleeper in the bunch could be Bret Koehler who will be wheeling a brand new Medieval Chassis. Jamie Suchocki had one of his best seasons to date, with a little luck he could lay claim to the throne. Add in drivers like Charlie Kroll, Billy LeMieux Tom Brumlic, Jeremy Wiitala, Dennis Weidner, Troy Muench, Tony Bouche and it’s clear to see why they call this class, too tough to tame.

Bernie Reinhardt has been the man to beat in the LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mods. Reinhardt has won the title the past two seasons but it wasn’t easy. Last year’s title chase came down to the final laps of the feature where he’d clinch it by a mere 2 points over “The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. LeMieux Jr. will once again drive for car owner “TC” Terry Conlon. Their team will battle for the crown in 2014. Jarred VanLaanen has been in the title hunt the last 2 seasons but has fallen just short when the final checker flew. JVL is desperate for that first title in his Harris Chassis. Josh Massart was one of the hottest drivers at the end of the season with multiple heat and feature wins. Massart has the pedigree and heritage to win the title. Cody Raas, Jacob Zellner, Kelsy Hayes, Dennis Miesler, Rick LeMieux, Ryan LeMieux and Martin Kelsey will challenge for wins with hopes of working up the points ladder.

Scott Boulanger was the man to beat last year in the Lackie Rentals IMCA Hobby Stocks. Despite a dominate championship season Boulanger had his hands full of Derrick Moede. Moede will once again stand ready to chase down Boulanger. Former Luxemburg Speedway champ Marcus Moede will make his return to the division and will join his brother Derrick in the title hunt. Former Hill champ Joe Hegnet, Amber Weidner, CJ Weckler, Dave Schmidt and Eric Micolichek will be in the mix.

The Reese’s Auto & Body Shop Street Stock title will be up for grabs as defending champ Keith Kickbusch is not planning on racing full time Saturday nights. The Street Stocks grew leaps and bounds over the last two seasons and this could be the best in recent history. Billy LeMieux tied for second in the standings last year and led the class in feature wins. He either won or broke. Kevin Luedtke had his best season to date tying LeMieux for that runner up spot. Look for those two drivers to be the front runners. Jeremy DuBois, Todd Wagner, Mike Sargent, Geno Sternard, Von Eytcheson and Joey Scoon will be nipping at their heels.

Drivers and schedule subject to change. Drivers will be chasing $20,000 in contingencies in 2014.

Thunderhill Contingency Jumps to $20,000 with $2,500 in Cash to Drivers at 2014 Banquet

2014 Thunderhill Raceway Contingency Program

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) March 27, 2014- As if the bar wasn’t set high enough Thunderhill Raceway is pleased to announce its 2014 contingency has risen to an astounding $20,000. To add more incentive for the drivers who support the track this upcoming season, one driver in each division will receive $500 cash in sponsorship at the 2014 banquet.

S & B Trailer Sales will be the $500 IMCA Modified sponsor, Thunderhill Raceway in memory of John Soukup will pitch in $500 to the IMCA Sport Mods, Mikes Automotive will take care of the IMCA Hobby Stock Sponsorship and 911 Lawn Care will sponsor the IMCA Stock Cars and Street Stocks. Drivers who win the sponsorships will receive $500 cash and a decal to place on their race car in 2015.

2014 banquet contingency sponsors are S&B Trailer Sales, Billy LeMieux Racing, Aero Race Wheels, Mike’s Automotive, Kroll Racing Fabrication, WEHRS Machine, Axcel Race Gear, Woody’s Signs, Competition Products, The Draft Haus, Ams Oil, N.E.W Racing Supply, Six-B Apparel, Fast Ed Distributors, The Bull Pen, NAPA, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Bodies by Bouche, Floors By Josh, Dirt Defender, Snap-On Tools (Jared Siefert), 911 Lawn Care, and Vlies Race Car Bodies. A percentage of races run will determine eligibility for prizes.

Practice is tentatively scheduled for April 19 with the season opener on Saturday, April 26. For More information please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com. For your social media outlet, like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

THUNDERHILL RACEWAY REACHES $10,000 IN CONTINGENCIES FOR DRIVERS IN 2014

2014 Contingency Program

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) December 28, 2013- Driver contingencies will be the name of the game in 2014 at Thunderhill Raceway as the total amount reaches a staggering $10,000. In a time of tracks changing promoters, ownership or even closing, the Hill has raised the bar with several hefty driver giveaways.

“I couldn’t have dreamt in only one week we‘d go from $6,500 in contingencies to $10,000!“ Stated track promoter Woody Wodack, “The support from all these great businesses is exciting to say the least! I‘m confident this will only get bigger and better.”

A brand new IMCA Modified Brinn Transmission will be given away courtesy of Billy LeMieux Racing. Fast Ed Distributors is donating a full race version GM HEI Distributor that can be used in anything from a Modified to a Hobby Stock. The Bull Pen Bar & Grill will give out several gift certificates for food and drinks. David Kohn at AMSOIL will be giving away synthetic oil and lubricants. All contingencies will be doled out at the 2014 awards banquet. Tentatively the plan is to base the giveaways on a certain percentage of races run. This rewards drivers who support the track and gives race teams a helping hand heading into the off season.

Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, N.E.W Racing Supply, S & B Trailers, Kroll Racing Fabrication, Woody’s Signs, Floors by Josh and Vlies Custom Race Car Bodies have already signed up to giveaway tires, shocks, race car lettering, Ford 9”, Modified & Sport Mod spruce up kits and custom racing T-Shirts.

A few front row spots remain open for purchase along with several second and third row parking spots. Call today to make sure when you pull in the gate you have your spot.

$6,500 IN CONTINGENCIES TO GREET DRIVERS AT THUNDERHILL IN 2014 ALONG WITH A NEW TRACK SURFACE

By Edward Anschutz
Editorial Contributor Mike Kelsey

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) December 21, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway heads into 2014 with guns blazing with its most aggressive marketing plan to help drivers keep their wheels turning. A minimum $6,500 in contingencies will be dished out at the banquet to drivers who support the track. Such business’s as Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, N.E.W Racing Supply, S & B Trailers, Kroll Racing Fabrication, Woody’s Signs, Floors by Josh and Vlies Custom Race Car Bodies have signed up to give-away tires, shocks, race car lettering, Ford 9”, Modified & Sport Mod spruce up kits, custom racing T-Shirts and so much more. Specifics for each business will be released after the new year.

“This is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to contingencies.” Stated track promoter Woody Wodack, “I’ve been talking non stop with supporters who are signing on, this deal could be huge for our drivers.”

The track known as the circle of death has received a huge make over courtesy of Rass Excavating. Hundreds of yards of fresh premium clay now covers the newly shaped track. The track was surveyed and laid out with state of the art equipment. All problem spots in the track, namely turn 2 and 4 were cut out. This will add banking to the exit of each corner, setting it up for late race passes. The clay was laid out from the top side of the track and worked to the bottom, this will offer drivers a multi-racing grooves around the 1/3 mile oval. The track surface was also widened out to 75’ all the way around which will make it easy to battle 3 and 4 wide racing.

The season is slated to have 18 point nights with racing starting on Saturday April 27 continuing to championship night on Saturday August 27. A special is also penciled for September 10 & 11. A few front row spots remain open for purchase along with several second and third row parking spots. Call today to make sure when you pull in the gate you have your spot.

Rules for the Street Stocks will remain basically the same as last year with a just a few minor tweaks. John Sternard will be the Rep for the division.

Everyone here at the Hill wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!