By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 15, 2013- Thunderhill Raceway heads into the weekend with only 3 nights remaining. The pressure is on the point leaders to keep their top spot while drivers 2nd on back are breathing down their neck. This Saturday, August 17 will be brought to you by Witt Peninsula Ford. During intermission the annual Kids Big Wheel race will take place. Witt Ford is also be giving away a remote control car.
Eagles Inside Groove…
Action has been hot and heavy. Those who were around last Saturday definitely got their moneys worth in the Stock Car feature. Rivalries are a part of racing and its possible another one was born. The feature video courtesy of Pain Racing was one of the most shared races of the season. Being a track official can be a thankless job. Most cases it doesn’t matter what choices are made, someone will be mad. The NFL has instant replay and still cant get calls correct. In racing its 1000 times as harder. With race cars reaching 60-70mph things happen quicker than a blink of an eye. Its easy for fans to point out things when they sit and watch 1 or 2 drivers then entire race. Try to watch ALL the cars for 18 laps. The Promoter and Flagman are the ones who take the most heat, when in fact the Promoter makes zero track calls and the flagman takes heat for well just about anything and everything. Make sure keep an open thought process when a call is made, 99% of the time of the officials see a lot more than you do.
While were on that note, remember the scores or the announcer don’t make any track calls. We just relay the message. So yelling at them does nothing.
Dan Ratajczak who was challenging for his first IMCA Modified title was involved in a 4-wheeler mishap, which resulted with a trip to the hospital with several broke bones. Everyone at the Hill wishes Dan a full and speedy recovery. Ratajczak still leads the class with 3 feature wins.
Speaking of Modifieds James Lee Tebon earned his first feature win of the year. The defending champ has the title wrapped up with a 37 point lead. It also appears Greg Gretz has the Rookie of The Year honors locked up.
In IMCA Stock Car action it was Dave Bouche scoring his 2nd feature win of the season. Bouche is also your defending champ and holds a 13 point edge over Shawn Havel. Havel leads the division with 3 feature wins. With all the action that took place in last weeks feature the battle for the title took a back seat. I suspect some of that same thought process will take place Saturday if the fire fly again.
A shake up in the IMCA Sport Mod standings took place when defending champion Bernie Reinhardt suffered a flat and went laps down. Randy LeMieux Jr. was there to capitalized taking the point lead for the first time this season. He holds a 7 point edge over Reinhardt.
Scott Boulanger has been the man to beat in the IMCA Hobby Stocks as he picked up his 6th feature win. Even with those wins he still sits second in the standings 1 mere point behind Derek Moede. Moede also has a tight points battle at Luxemburg where he his co-point leader. Both drivers are looking for their first track title. 2003 Hobby champ Joe Hegnet has been a model of consistency and is still in the title hunt sitting 9 back of Moede.
Keith Kickbusch leads the Street Stock points with a 17 point lead over Kevin Leudtke. Kickbusch holds 2 track titles at the Hill in the Hobby Stocks. He also is the current leader at Luxemburg.
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.