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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.

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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!

DRIVERS MEETING FRIDAY DEC. 13th @ THE DRAFT HAUS FOR THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) December 3, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway will hold a drivers meeting on Friday December 13th, at The Draft Haus Sports Bar at 7:00pm. Woody will have Sonny’s Pizza on hand along with snacks. We are looking for everyone’s input as we plan to make 2014 the best season yet.

Lots of big news regarding several track improvements and possible contingencies. We ask pit spots be paid 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. Front row spots $100, with second and third rows being $50.

The 2014 Street Stock rules will be up for discussion. Several other items will be addressed at the meeting include schedule, pit pass costs and general track rules. We hope to see you all there even if its just to have some great food and a few adult beverages.

For GPS users the Draft Haus is located at 901 Egg Harbor Rd. Sturgeon Bay.

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.

ADDED PAY IN ALL CLASSES THIS SATURDAY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT PLUS TRICK OR TRICK TREAT THEMED WEEKEND AT THUNDERHILL

MEMBERSHIP FEE WAIVED FOR FINAL NIGHT BROUGHT TO YOU BY FLOORS BY JOSH

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 29, 2013 Press Release- Floors by Josh Championship night this Saturday August 31 at Thunderhill Raceway. Please pass along that the membership fee is NOT needed for the final night of racing. Those who are non members will just pay $25 at the back gate.

Added cash will be handed out in all classes with IMCA Mods paying $500 to win, IMCA Stock Cars is $350, IMCA Sport Mods $300, Street Stocks $300 and IMCA Hobby Stocks will pay $250 to win. All IMCA divisions are sanctioned. State, Regional and National points will be doled out to those chasing other IMCA titles. Line ups for heat and features will be based off your point average.

The night will also feature a “Trick or Treat” theme as we ready for mother nature to change form Summer to Fall. We encourage everyone to join in and dress up. The Haunted Mansion will keep things creepy with a vast array of Halloween ghouls & ghosts. With every adult paid admission this Saturday you will get $1.00 off admission to the Haunted Mansion at Quietwoods South this October. A big thank you to Bob Massart for all the help. We encourage every one to join in the Halloween spirit and send championship night with a bang. Check out our Facebook page to see what’s in store.

Eagles Inside Groove…

Its hard to believe it’s the final night of the year. With 141 off, Saturday will most likely bring a few new faces. Speaking of faces the track saw 136 drivers take the green flag for the 2013 season. For those teams getting ready for the IMCA Super Nationals we wish you the best of luck! Racing kicks off in Boone, Iowa starting on Monday and the super features will take place on Saturday. This season has really been good for our local drivers as they have taken several big wins in out of state specials. Benji LaCrosse, Tracy Wassenberg and Jeremy Christains each have brought home the prestigious honor of Super Nationals champion. The races can be seen on your computer with www.xsan.tv the entire week with a paid fee, similar to pay-per-view.

Down to the meat of championship night, James Tebon has locked up the title in the Modifieds. Its his second straight championship in the division.

The Stock Car crown is still to be decided as defending champ Dave Bouche holds a 12 point gap over Shawn Havel. There has been talk of added drivers for this class coming into Saturday so anything is possible. If Bouche finishes 11th or better he will lock up the championship regardless of where Havel finishes.

A closer contest comes in way of the Sport Mods. Defending champ Bernie Reinhardt comes into the night just 3 points ahead of Randy LeMiuex Jr. Jarred VanLaanen is also in the mix sitting 5 points behind Reinhardt.

3 points is also the gap in the Hobby Stocks where Scott Boulanger leads Derek Moede. Joe Hegnet still has a chance at the title but needs help being 11 out of the lead.

Keith Kickbusch just has to start the feature to take his first Street Stock 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.

POWDER PUFF & BARTENDERS RACE FOR PALMER JOHNSON NIGHT AUG 24

MEMBERSHIP FEE WAIVED FOR FINAL NIGHT

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 22, 2013 Press Release- The ladies will get their shot at the 1/3 mile clay oval this Saturday, August 24 as the fan favorite Powder Puff races return to Thunderhill Raceway. The night will be brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Palmer Johnson Yachts. On top of that will be the rescheduled Bartenders race.

Drivers competing in the Powder Puff and Bartenders race will be required to have a paid $20 pit pass. All entries will need to be submitted before intermission at back gate before the start of the night or to the pit steward after the races start. Please include Name, Class, Car # and Racing experience.

The Egg Harbor Fun Park go-karts will be back in action at intermission this week as well for children 4’ or taller.

Championship night is right around the corner, management has agreed to wave its $50 driver membership fee for the final night on August 31. New comers will only have to pay $25 for a pit pass. With other tracks being off we expect to see a few new faces chasing IMCA points.

On the final night we are asking everyone to join us in dressing up for a “Trick or Treat” themed night. Championship night will be brought to you by Floors by Josh.

Eagles Inside Groove…

Another shake up took place in the IMCA Sport Mods as Randy LeMieux Jr. suffered mechanical issues ending his night early. Defending champ Bernie Reinhardt now holds a 1 point advantage over LeMieux Jr. Jarred VanLaanen still clings to title hopes after his 3rd feature win of the season. He trails Reinhardt by 6 points.

The IMCA Hobby Stock title chase has thickened as Scott Boulanger took over the top spot with his 7th feature win of the season. Derek Moede sits just 1 point back of the leader.

Defending IMCA Stock Car champ Dave Bouche picked up his 3rd feature win of the season and holds a solid 13 point edge over Shawn Havel.

Keith Kickbusch is looking for his first Street Stock championship as he leads Kevin Leudtke by 17 points.

Baring an abduction by the mafia defending champ James Lee Tebon looks to have his second track title in the bag as he holds a staggering 37 point edge over his nearest competitor.

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.