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THUNDERHILL FEATURE WINNERS DONATE TO ALSA.ORG / TITLES UP FOR GRABS

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 23, 2014 Results- With only one point night remaining several championships are up for grabs. While some point leaders flourished, others lost several precious points. For tonight, Billy LeMieux was living large with another double header weekend, taking the win in the IMCA Stock Cars and Street Stocks for the third time this season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Modified), Josh Massart (IMCA Sport Mod) and Jeremy Jauquet (IMCA Hobby Stock). Ashley Maccoux was victorious the Powder Puff race.

On behalf of Thunderhill Raceway track promoter Woody Wodack made a sizable contribution to the ALS Foundation for every feature winner and track official that took the water challenge.

With the final night fast approaching the quest for championships in 2014 have a clear direction. Four out of the five divisions have points battles within 6 points or less. These titles will come down the final lap in each division. Make sure you see all the action, plus the “Trailer Race of Destruction” on Saturday, August 30.

David Reinhardt raced from his pole position to lead the opening 2 circuits of the IMCA Stock Car feature. Next inline for the top spot was family member Scott Reinhardt, until Billy LeMieux road the highline to the lead. Title contender Shawn Havel charged through the pack, making his way to second. LeMieux had the field covered, going unchallenged the remainder of the caution free event. Havel cut into Dave Bouche’s point lead with a second place finish. Jamie Suchocki, Scott Reinhardt and Dylan Heilmann all had solid nights finishing in the top five. Bouche has a 3 point advantage over Havel heading into the final night.

Sometimes it doesn’t take a 20 car field to have an exiting race. Second year IMCA Modified driver Greg Gretz worked around Tyler Hackett for the lead early in the 20 lap main event. Point leader Todd Dart moved into second and began to apply heavy pressure on Gretz. Gretz worked the extreme top side while Dart hugged the tires. Dart pulled along side Gretz several times as they passed the stripe but each lap it was Gretz holding the top spot. The cagey veteran threw everything he could at the leader but when the Coors Light checker flag fell it was Gretz getting his first feature win in 2014. Dart padded his point lead with the runner up position, followed by Hackett, James Tebon and Eric Arneson. Dart leads Tebon by 14 points.

Although Josh Massart led all 20 laps in the IMCA Sport Mod main, it was anything but easy in the highly contested event. The first challenger was Jared VanLaanen in the early going. A series of cautions kept the field locked to the back spoiler of the lime green machine. Todd Wiese used the re-racks to work from the 10th spot to the top 5. Once Wiese got clear of traffic he ran down Massart. With the white flag waving Wiese ducked inside Massart for lead. Wiese got a little to low in turn 2 causing him to clip the infield tire, sending his machine spinning wildly into the infield. Massart went on to collect his second feature win of the season. VanLaanen second, Cody Rass, Ryan LeMieux and Chris Budzban completed the top five. Budzban leads Ryan LeMieux by 6 points.

Billy LeMieux led all 15 laps en route to a clean sweep in the Street Stock division. Jeremy Dubois was second, Geno Sternard came home third, Kevin Luedtke rallied late for fourth and Mike Sargent rounded out the top five. Sternard leads Luedtke by a mere 3 markers.

IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Jeremy Jauquet came into the night with a 1 point lead and left with a 4 point edge after picking up the feature win. Dave Schmidt capped off another solid night with second, early leader Marcus Moede had to settle for third. Second place points runner Derek Moede was fourth, Amber Weidner worked to a fifth place finish.

Next Saturday, August 30th will be the final night in 2014. Floors by Josh will bring you a wild night of racing. The evening will have a “Trick or Treat” theme. Children are encouraged to dress up. The “Trailer Race of Construction” will complete the nights events along with championship photos by Dan Lewis Photography.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. James Tebon, Algoma; 5. Eric Arneson

HEAT 1: Tebon; Hackett

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; 5. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Heilmann; LeMieux
HEAT 2: Suchocki; Bouche

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Josh Massart, Forestville; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Massart
HEAT 2: Rass; LeMieux Jr.

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. Derek Moede, Casco; 5. Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

HEAT 1: Schmidt; Jauquet

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma; 3. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Mike Sargent; Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Luedtke; Sargent
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

8 LAP 911 LAWN CARE POWDER PUFF EVENT: 1. Ashley Maccoux; 2. Michelle Budzban; 3. Renee LeMieux; 4. Stacy Walecka; 5. Abby Denzel; 6. Jacy Williamson; 7. Corrina Dart; 8. Connie Anschutz

“KINGS OF THE HILL” RULE STURGEON BAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI — 8/9/2014) Call them the Kings of the Hill; the two drivers with more feature wins than anyone else at the Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

They are Todd Dart and Charlie Kroll, the only two drivers to hit the 50 win plateau at the Speedway since the track reopened in 1993. Saturday night, both of the veteran competitors added to their lofty feature win totals, taking top honors in the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars respectively.

The duo shared the spotlight on the night with fellow feature winners Chris Budzban in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Ed Anschutz in the Street Stocks and Dave Schmidt in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

In the Modifieds, Dart put a virtual padlock on a potential 7th track championship; his first since 2008 with his 8th win of the season.

Two-time defending champ James Tebon had taken the lead from Tyler Hackett on the second lap. Dart patiently worked his way into second on the 10th lap, closing on Tebon two laps later. They raced side by side for two laps until Dart took command, pulling away to his 55th career feature win at the Hill.

Kroll’s 51st career Thunderhill win came at the expense of Craig Dorner who was looking for his first.

Dorner won a two lap duel with Scott Reinhardt on the fifth lap to take the lead in the IMCA Stock Car headliner. As Dorner moved past Reinhardt, Kroll followed him through into the second spot. With both drivers choosing the bottom groove, Kroll settled in behind the leader waiting for an opening.

Dorner left the door open just enough exiting the second turn on the 14th lap to give Kroll enough room to pull even. After a drag race down the backstretch, Kroll gained the edge through the corners to gain the point at the line.

By the time Dave Bouche passed Dorner for second, he had no chance of catching Kroll, who motored away to his first win of the season.

While he didn’t win the trophy on the night, Bouche was able to extend his point lead in the division by two more over second place Shawn Havel. Havel passed Reinhardt on the last lap for fourth in the feature, falling now 8 points behind Bouche in the title chase.

Sandwiched between the contenders was Dorner, who’s third place finish was his best ever at the track.

Like Bouche, Budzban was able to gain some ground on competitors in his quest for his first ever IMCA Sport Mod crown.

The first half of the feature belonged to Randy LeMieux, Jr, who passed his uncle Rick LeMieux for the lead on the second lap. Budzban motored into second on the 7thlap, and joined by Bernie Reinhardt, the top three broke away from the rest of the field.

Budzban pulled even with LeMieux on the 13th lap, and was scored as the leader narrowly as the two crossed under the flagstand. Timing was perfect for Budzban, as the 14th lap was waved off by a caution flag for a spinner.

As the leader, Budzban led the field to the green for the restart — which he timed perfectly. He shot from the pack, never giving LeMieux a chance to challenge, sailing easily to the win.

LeMieux would finish a solid second, marking his 12th straight top 10 finish on the season. The restart favored Cody Rass, who rescued a possible mid-pack finish with a surge to third, passing Reinhardt late in the event for the position.

Ryan LeMieux was able to rally for a fifth place finish to keep his title hopes alive.

The Street Stock feature opened with a memorable first lap; unless you happened to be James Dahlstrom who would probably rather forget it.

Dahlstrom took the lead from his front row starting spot as the field entered the first turns. Through two, he moved from the inside up, encountering some traffic in the higher line. A tap sent him sliding back down, directly into an infield retaining tire. Contact with the tire toppled him up, over and unto his roof.

Dahlstrom was fine, but was done for the night.

Jeremy Dubois inherited the lead, but met a similar fate to Dahlstrom’s; up, then down, but this time not on his roof.

Anschutz was in the path of Dubois’ descent to the infield, but was able to avoid contact with him as he slid into the retaining tires in the third corner.

With limited tire contact, Anschutz was able to get back into the hunt and play the role of spoiler. Championship contenders Geno Sternard and Kevin Luedtke raced past Mike Sargent on the restart, passing the lead back and forth.

With running room on the bottom groove, Anschutz was able to pick off the top two, taking over first on the 8th lap. From that point, he sped away unchallenged to his first win of the season on his first night behind the wheel; marking his 26th career feature visit to the Thunderhill victory lane, good for 10th on the all-time list.

Sternard’s second place run added a single point to his division lead over Luedtke, who now sits just two points back with three races left in the season.

In the Hobby Stocks, Schmidt passed Travis LuMaye on the 7th lap, then survived a late restart en route to his 4th win of the season.

Marcus Moede matched his best finish of the year with a second place showing. The Hobby point race tightened to a single marker as Derek Moede crossed the line third, picking up a point on 4th place running Jeremy Jauquet.

All five classes will be back in action Saturday, with Big Wheel races for the kids highlighting the show.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions Saturday nights through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway results 7/30/2014

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature: Todd Dart, Algoma; James Tebon, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat: Tebon; Hackett

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Craig Dorner, Luxemburg; Shawn Havel, Algoma; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay;

Heat 1: Kroll; Jaime Suchocki, Forestville

Heat 2: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods 20 Lap Feature: Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Lambert, Casco

Heat 1: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Randy LeMieux

Heat 2: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Budzban

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature: Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee; Geno Sternard, Brussels; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Wagner, Brussels

Heat 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 2: Luedtke; Dubois

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature: Dave Schmidt, Casco; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Derek Moede, Casco; Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1: Jauquet; Schmidt

Heat 2: Weckler; Marcus Moede

HACKETT, SUCHOCKI, RASS, LEMIEUX AND JAUQUET FIRST AT THE FAIR

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

(Sturgeon Bay, WI — 7/30/2014) There may not be a way to prove it, but race fans may have witnessed a bit of history Wednesday night as the Thunderhill Raceway’s five division program kicked off grandstand festivities at the 2014 Door County Fair in Sturgeon Bay.

Tyler Hackett in the IMCA Modifieds, Jaime Suchocki in the IMCA Stock Cars, Cody Rass in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Street Stocker Billy LeMieux and IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Jeremy Jauquet proved to be feature winners on what may have been the fastest paced night of racing ever at the fairgrounds race track.

A grand total of two cautions — one in the Modified feature, the other in the Stock Car feature — were the only delays in the action, with threatening weather at the Raceway’s doorstep for most of the night.

Not counting a Sport Mod heat that did end under caution because of a last lap spin, the first stoppage of an event that was under green didn’t come until the Modified feature late in the program. It came before the first lap could be scored as Greg Gretz slipped free in the fourth turn.

After that, the Mods clicked off 15 quick laps on the smooth & fast racing surface without further incident.

Hackett proved to be the pacesetter for the duration, holding point leader and seven time winner Todd Dart at bay for most of the event.

Dart took second from Gretz on the fifth lap, and with ten to go, seemingly would have plenty of time to catch Hackett and challenge for the lead. But Hackett had other ideas, maintaining a six to eight car length advantage to the checker en route to his first feature win of the season.

The other feature caution was a bit more dramatic. Mike Wietor jumped from his front row starting spot to claim the lead as the IMCA Stock Cars took the green. Wietor looked comfortable running the outside line for the first couple laps, but on the third circuit, he slid sideways through fourth turn, crossing down into rush hour traffic.

The first few cars avoided trouble — most of the middle of the pack did not. The first hit came from 2-time feature winner Bret Koehler, who had nowhere to go as Wietor slid down in front of him. The ensuing hard contact started a chain reaction collision with five more cars sliding into the fray; including front runners Rod Snellenberger and Scott Reinhardt.

Miraculously, all seven cars were able to drive away, even the battered Wietor machine.
With Wietor retired for the night, Tom Brumlic inherited the lead as the green flag flew again.

Brumlic’s stay in the penthouse was brief as Dylan Heilmann shot from the outside of the second row to claim the lead on the restart. Action behind him was intense, as anywhere from six to eight cars ran in a tight pack behind him jockeying for position.

Suchocki and Brumlic raced side by side for seven laps, up to the race’s midpoint, before the eventual winner was finally able to secure the spot and set sail for the leader. With five laps to go, he caught Heilmann, and it was back to side by side racing, this time for the point.

It took a full lap, but Suchocki was able to edge past into the lead, then pace the final four laps to his first feature win of the year.

Title contenders Shawn Havel and Dave Bouche used late charges to surge by Heilmann into second and third respectively. Snellenberger rebounded from the early wreck to battle back to a fifth place finish.

There were no late race dramatics to be found in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature as the event could have been subtitled the Cody Rass show.

Rass took the lead on the first lap — and that — was pretty much that. He pulled away to a commanding advantage, and without any cautions to bunch up the field, was never seriously challenged on the way to his third feature win of the season.

Josh Massart had second to himself for most of the way, until Ryan LeMieux’s late charge gained him the position on the last lap. The pass was important, as it allowed him to pull within three points of division leader Chris Budzban who finished fourth.

Billy LeMieux is no stranger to dominant wins in 2014, and his 6th Street Stock victory was no exception to that. Working to the inside of Fred Davister on the third lap, LeMieux took command and breezed home from that point.

While the win was never in doubt, second place was, as Mike Sargent, Jeremy Dubois, Kevin Luedtke, Geno Sternard and Davister were all in the hunt until the checker.

Luedtke eventually prevailed, and with Sternard finishing behind him in third, was able to pull within a single marker of the former class champ for the point lead.

Top spot in the Hobby Stocks did change hands as Jauquet recorded his fifth feature win of the season. Marcus Moede held the lead for a single lap, but from that point on, the spotlight belonged to Jauquet.

Moede held off Dave Schmidt at the wire to finish second, matching his best finish of the year so far. Derek Moede posted a fourth place run. Good, but not good enough to hold the point lead over Jauquet.

It’s back to Saturday night racing on August 9th as Quietwoods RV Sales and Service will host the show. The Raceway’s regular divisions will be in action, with the annual Trailer Race of Destruction slated to cap off the program.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions Saturday nights through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway results 7/30/2014

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 15 Lap Feature: Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Todd Dart, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; James Tebon, Algoma; T.J. Smith, Menasha; Tyler DeBouche, Suamico
Heat: Tebon; Gretz

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature: Jaime Suchocki, Forestville; Shawn Havel, Algoma; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Josh Mroczkowski, Krakow
Heat 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Wietor, Green Bay
Heat 2: Mroczkowski; Suchocki
Heat 3: Heilmann; Tony Bouche, Algoma

LaVine’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mods 20 Lap Feature: Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Massart, Forestville; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Lambert, Casco
Heat 1: Randy LeMieux; Lambert
Heat 2: Rass; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay; Dan Juszczyk, Sobieski
Heat 1: Fred Davister, Sugarbush; Luedtke
Heat 2: Sargent; Dubois

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature: Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Dave Schmidt, Casco; Derek Moede, Casco; Travis Lumaye, Brussels; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood
Heat 1: Derek Moede; Lumaye
Heat 2: Marcus Moede; Jauquet

DAVE & TONY BOUCHE BATTLE FOR STOCK CAR WIN IN MEMORY OF BRAD ANDEREGG

LATE RACE PASSES RULE THE NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 26, 2014 Race Results- Earlier in the day former IMCA Modified racer Brad Anderegg was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma. A somber mood in the racing world turned into a fairy tail finish. Anderegg’s best friends, Tony and Dave Bouche battled for the win late in the going of the IMCA Stock Car feature at Thunderhill Raceway.

Dave chose the #21 when Anderegg moved into the Modifieds. Tony grew up with Brad, racing him in everything from a Street Stock to the old Wing Modifieds. Bouche’s shop is right next to Anderegg’s, to say they were close would be an understatement. Feature winners were Todd Dart (IMCA Modified), Chris Budzban (IMCA Sport Mod), Jeremy Jauquet (IMCA Hobby Stock) Danny Gracyalny (Street Stock), Cole Possi (600 Sprints)and John Mathias (500 Sprints).

The opening laps of the IMCA Stock Car feature were rough for Dylan Heilmann and co-point leader Shawn Havel as they ended up wrecked after an opening lap collision that sent Havel to pit lane. Heilmann clipped the turn 4 light pole and received heavy damage. Jamie Suchocki grabbed the lap one lead but was quickly over taken by Tony Bouche who took his Ford powered machine to the top side. Tony then set sail pulling out to a sizable advantage. Co-point leader Dave Bouche and Billy LeMieux gave chase with Dave working to third. Dave slipped by Suchocki with 10 laps remaining for the runner up spot.

Dave then began reeling in his Uncle, using the low side of the track. With 5 laps remaining Dave pulled even with Tony. A lap later it was Dave grabbing the top spot to which he never let go of, taking home an emotional victory. Tony took a proud second, Suchocki had another solid week with third, LeMieux held on for fourth and the ever consistent Heilmann was able to salvage a fifth place. Dave did a polish victory lap while carrying the black flag in remembrance of Anderegg.

A series of caution slowed the pace of the IMCA Sport Mod main as Cody Rass and Ryan LeMieux traded the lead lap after lap for the first half of the feature. LeMieux was able to get a good restart on lap 12 to keep Rass at bay. Point leader Chris Budzban kept cool picking his way through the field, blasting past Rass for the runner up spot. With LeMieux committed to the cushion, Budzban worked the tires. The stage was set for the title contenders to duke it out for the win. The duo raced door to door with Budzban gaining the advantage with 2 laps left. Budzban held on the for the win, his second of the season. Rass was third, Randy LeMieux Jr. raced to fourth after starting last on the field. Defending champion Bernie Reinhardt completed the top five.

Jeremy DuBois led the opening laps of the Street Stock main until a spin sent him to the tail, handing the lead over to Kevin Luedtke. Like a replay of last week Danny Gracyalny raced to second with point leader Geno Sternard third. This week Gracyalny was patient, staying on the back bumper of the leader, waiting for a mistake. With 2 laps remaining Gracyalny slipped to the inside of Luedtke, Sternard followed by as well. Gracyalny and Sternard were side by side heading to the checker. A physical battle ensued, for the second week in a row Gracyalny was victories by a mere fender to the amazement of the crowd. Sternard had to settle for second at the pay window, Luedtke took a solid third, Freddie Davister and Tony Everard rounded out the top five.

Todd Dart was once again victories over star studded field of IMCA Modifieds. Dart took the lead away from Tyler Hackett on lap 4 and never looked back, cruising to his 7th feature win of the season. James Tebon had a strong second, Hackett was third, Benji LaCrosse and Jared Siefert completed the top five.

In IMCA Hobby Stock action it was Jeremy Jauquet out lasting Derek Moede to earn his 4th feature win of the season. Marcus Moede was third, Travis Lumaye fourth and Dave Schmidt rallied late to place fifth after a trip down pit lane.

John Mathias had a little luck on his side when leader Gabe Zellner suffered mechanical issues with just two laps remaining. Mathias pounced on the opportunity to claim victory in the 500cc Micro Sprints.

Cole Possi led every lap en route to a feature win in the 600cc Micro Sprints.

Racing will take place Wednesday, July 30th for the Door County Fair. It will be a full points night for our 5 regular divisions, plus Powder-Puff and a Mechanics race. Racing starts at 6:30PM

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 5. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Tebon; LaCrosse

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Suchocki; Dave Bouche
HEAT 2: Tony Bouche; Shawn Havel, Algoma

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jacob Zellner, New Franken; Ryan LeMieux
HEAT 2: Rass; Jesse Kroll, Algoma

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. Travis Lumaye, Brussels; 5. Dave Schmidt, Casco

HEAT 1: Derek Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Marcus Moede; Amber Weidner, Maplewood

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Danny Gracyalny, Kaukauna; 2. Geno Sturgeon Bay; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Fred Davister, Sugarbush; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Everard; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma; Gracyalny

16 LAP LITTLE HOPPERS RECYCLING 600CC FEATURE: 1. Cole Possi, Rock, MI; 2. Matt Peterson, Escanaba, MI; 3. Denver Larson, Neillsville; 4. Greg Brayak, Wilson, MI; 5. Todd Belanger, Escanaba, MI

HEAT 1: Peterson; Belanger
HEAT 2: Jim Groleau, Cornell, MI; Possi

16 LAP SONNY’S PIZZERIA 500CC FEATURE: 1. John Mathias, Wilson, MI; 2. Gabe Zellner, New Franken; 3. Trent Pepin, Escanaba; 4. Austin Berg, Bark River, MI; 5. Colton Pepin, Escanaba, MI

HEAT 1: Zellner; Berg

HAVEL SWIPES VICTORY FROM SUCHOCKI IN IMCA STOCK CAR ACTION

GRACYALNY GETS CONTROVERSIAL WIN IN THE STREET STOCKS

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 19, 2014 Results- Shawn Havel hustled around Jamie Suchocki late in the going to earn his 3rd feature win of the season at Thunderhill Raceway in the IMCA Stock Cars. Other feature winners were Todd Dart (IMCA Modified), Josh Massart (IMCA Sport Mod), Dave Schmidt (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Dan Gracyalny (Street Stock)

When the green flag dropped in the IMCA Stock Cars it was veteran Ford racer Tony Bouche leading the field riding the top groove. Jamie Suchocki sprinted from row 3 and into second where he put the pressure on Bouche down low. Suchocki grabbed the top spot on lap 5 but Bouche wasn’t letting go as he raced door to door for the lead. Lap after lap Suchocki led by a fender at the line. Title contender Shawn Havel was able to work his way to 3rd and then set his sights on the lead duo. Just as Havel caught the leaders Bouche slid high off of turn 3, costing him a good finish. Havel went to the high line, passing Suchocki for the lead with a handful of laps remaining. Havel went unchallenged in the caution free event. Suchocki had to settle for second, Charlie Kroll, Billy LeMieux and Dave Bouche rounded out the top five.

Kevin Luedtke took the lead from Todd Wagner in the Street Stock feature on lap 3. Luedtke looked like the man to best as Geno Sternard and Dan Gracyalny gave chase. Gracyalny was able to secure second and began applying heavy pressure to the leader. Lap after lap Luedtke had to fend off the challenges of Gracyalny. With the bumper tag going on down low, this allowed Sternard to close back in as he went to the outside of the leader. Coming for the checker Gracyalny muscled his way inside Luedtke, Sternard took the extreme top side. The trio was 3 wide out of turn 4 with sparks flying and smoke rolling Gracyalny was able to edge by Luedtke and Sternard by mere inches to pick up the win in his first visit of the season. Luedtke held on for second with a flat tire, Sternard took over the point lead with a third place, Brandon Peterson placed fourth with Jeremy Dubois fifth. Billy LeMieux came into the night leading the standings but again suffered mechanical issues during his qualifying race which forced him to borrow a car to run the feature.

Josh Massart had his hands full with early cautions and Bernie Reinhardt in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. Massart fresh off a heat race win paced the field until a series of cautions bunched the field. Reinhardt used this to his advantage as worked the low groove past Massart for the top spot. Massart came charging back on the outside to reclaim the top spot. Massart dominated the rest of the event as he picked up a clean sweep on the night with his first win of the season. Randy LeMieux Jr. was second, Chris Budzban had a rough night but salvaged a third place finish as he retook the point lead, Jarred VanLaanen was fourth and Reinhardt held on for fifth. Ryan LeMieux came into the night as the point leader but suffered mechanical issues in his heat. He borrowed a car for the feature and finished mid pack.

“Felix” Todd Dart took the lead away from Tyler Hackett early in the IMCA Modified feature. Despite several cautions Dart was never challenged as his scored his 6th feature win of the season. Hackett was second, James Tebon third and Al Gibson brought home fourth.

Dave Schmidt was victories for the 3rd time this season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Schmidt survived a late race restart to score a clean sweep. Point leader Derek Moede suffered a flat tire but rallied to place second, Jeremy Jauquet, Scott Boulanger and Amber Weidner complete the top five.

Next Saturday will feature a full racing program plus Micro Winged Sprint Cars. The night will be brought to you by the Estes Family.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. James Tebon, Algoma; 4. Al Gibson, Appleton
HEAT 1: Hackett; Tebon

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 3. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dave Bouche, Algoma

HEAT 1: John Anschutz, Brussels; Kroll
HEAT 2: Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Tony Bouche, Algoma

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Josh Massart, Forestville; 2 Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay.; 3. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 4. Jarred VanLaanen; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: LeMieux Jr.; VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Massart; Scott Boulanger, Duvall

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Dave Schmidt, Casco; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 4. Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood

HEAT 1: Schmidt; Travis Lumaye, Forestville
HEAT 2: Boulanger; Marcus Moede, Algoma

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dan Gracyalny, Kaukauna; 2. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma

HEAT 1: Dubois; Peterson
HEAT 2: Luedtke; James Dahlstrom, Denmark

THE WEATHER HOLDS OUT FOR ONE WILD NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 12, 2014 Results- Like in NASCAR Kyle Bush will race anything with wheels. Often sweeping entire weekends in the Truck, Nationwide and Cup series. Saturday night Billy LeMieux did the same by scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars and in the Street Stocks for the second time this season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Sport Mod) and Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock).

It looked like mother nature had the upper hand coming into night 8 but some how, some way, the first drop of rain fell exactly as the final Coors Light checker flag flew. As drama unfolded in each event, either for the win or in the super tight point battles fans were thrilled and on the edge of their seat.

With a super fast racing surface and big cushion up top Jeff Lautenbach jumped to the lead from his front row starting spot of the IMCA Sport Mod main. Lautenbach looked strong running up top as Scott Boulanger, Jarred VanLaanen and co-point leader Ryan LeMieux gave chase. Boulanger found his groove, putting heavy pressure on the leader. As the cross flags flew Lautenbach slid just a little high out of turn 2 and Boulanger capitalized down low and took the lead. Lautenbach wasn’t unable to find the sweet spot and faded out of the top five.

Up front it was now VanLaanen applying constant pressure to the leader with 5 laps remaining. LeMieux then began an assault for the runner up spot. 3 cars locked in a battle for the win as the white flag flew. VanLaanen threw a block on LeMieux and went to work on the leader, diving to the inside on the final corner but Boulanger had just enough left to charge to the checkers scoring the win. It was Boulanger’s second trophy of the weekend as he won his first open wheel feature Friday at Luxemburg driving for Bill Hayes. VanLaanen held on for second, LeMieux took sole possession of the point lead by placing third, Randy LeMieux Jr. was fourth and Cody Rass raced home to fifth after starting in row 7.

With a $700 payday on the line for the IMCA Modified feature winner, we saw former champion Jeremy Jacobs roll in the back gate and take charge when the green dropped. Jacobs paced the field with James Tebon chasing. Midway through the contest Jacobs showed why he’s one of the areas best as he started to stretch out the lead, pulling away from the likes of Tebon, Sean Jerovetz, Tyler Hackett and Todd Dart. Jacobs had the $700 already in his pocket but with 3 laps remaining his car went up in a plume of smoke as his racer came to halt a in turn one. This handed the lead to Tebon who went on the score the win, his first of the season. Hackett took home $400 for second, Jerovetz got $300 for third and point leader Dart placed fourth and earned $225. Dart leads Tebon by 6 points.

Billy LeMieux was on a mission in the IMCA Stock Car main as he set sail from his pole position. Jamie Suchocki and Scott Reinhardt scrapped for second. Midway through the race title contender Charlie Kroll had problems as he came to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out the caution as he headed to pit lane. On the restart point leader Dave Bouche was able to show his veteran prowess charging from outside the top five to third. Bouche then went to work passing Tom Brumlic for second. Bouche was never able to mount a challenge for the win as LeMieux cruised to his second feature win in the class. Bouche extended his point lead placing second, Suchocki was third, Dylan Heilmann held off Shawn Havel for fourth.

In Street Stock action Billy LeMieux raced around Mike Sargent for the lead and never looked back scoring his 5th feature win of the season. Geno Sternard was second, Jeremy Dubois, Jimmy Anderson and Sargent completed the top five. With the win LeMieux is back in the point lead as Kevin Luedtke suffered mechanical issues.

Travis Lumaye and Scott Boulanger had their time up front in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature but midway through the contest Derek Moede marched past for the lead and scored his second win of the season. Boulanger had to settle for second, Marcus Moede was third, CJ Weckler and Dave Schmidt rounded out the top five finishers.

Next Saturday July 19 will be brought to you by the GO BO! Foundation and will feature a drivers bike race and giveaway.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 James Tebon, Algoma.; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: Hackett; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1 Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay.; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma

HEAT 1: Havel; Heilmann
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Charlie Kroll, Forestville

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Josh Massart, Forestville; VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Luxemburg; 2. Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dave Schmidt, Casco

HEAT 1: Marcus Moede; Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Boulanger; Derek Moede

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma; 4. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 5. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Dubois

BOYEA HITS PAY DIRT AT THE HILL

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By Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 7/4/2014) – As he pulled into the pits by himself, Scott “Scooter” Boyea was simply hoping for the best.

Without a pit crew, a night without issues and a safe journey back to the trailer after the feature might be the definition of a good night. As it turned out, his evening turned out significantly better than that.

Boyea scored the most lucrative win of his career, taking home a $1,500 paycheck with a victory in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod, John Soukup Memorial, at the Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay Friday night.

Boyea shared the spotlight with four other feature winners on the night; Todd Dart in the IMCA Modifieds, Shawn Havel in the IMCA Stock Cars, Dave Schmidt in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Von Eytcheson in the Street Stocks.

A one time regular at the Hill in the Modified class, Boyea was one of several visiting teams chasing the area’s highest Sport Mod payout of the year. The list of new faces included former Oshkosh Sport Mod champ Todd Wiese, who established himself early as the man to beat.

From his front row starting spot, Wiese jumped to two sizeable leads, but both times he had to start from scratch due to cautions back in the pack.

After the second restart, Wiese wasn’t able to match his early success, as he couldn’t shake free from Chris Budzban. The Thunderhill co-points leader established the inside line, taking control of the lead on the 13th lap. Two laps later, Boyea entered the fray by passing Wiese for second, and the stage was set for a dramatic run to the finish.

Budzban held the point through the middle third of the 40 lap headliner with Boyea racing right in his shadow. With 13 laps to go, Jason Maccoux bounced off the front stretch wall, bringing out the races’s final caution.

The ensuing restart and race to the checker provided perhaps the best feature finish in recent memory. First it was three-wide for the lead, with Budzban on the low line, Boyea on top, and Wiese getting back in the hunt sandwiched in the middle. After a couple of laps, Wiese drifted back slightly, and it became a two car battle; back and forth. Boyea would be scored the leader one lap, Budzban the next.

On the final corner of the final lap, Boyea made a last ditch run from the outside to cross the line in front by less than a quarter of a car length.

Not far behind the lead trio at the finish was Randy LeMieux, Jr, capping a great run from his 6th row starting spot.

Not to be outdone, the IMCA Stock Cars followed the Sport Mods with a tight finish of their own.

Once again, it was three cars in the mix right down to the finish; Havel, Billy LeMieux and Troy Muench.

After a restart with five laps to go, Muench worked the bottom with LeMieux and Havel to his outside. With a bit more momentum, LeMieux was able to edge past Muench into the lead. Havel followed, and had just enough clearance to change lanes, diving to the inside in front of Muench.

Again it came down to the final corner of the final lap. LeMieux appeared to have the race won from the outside, but Havel conjured up a late surge underneath him to squeak into the lead at the wire by a matter of inches.

Things were a little simpler for Dart as he motored away to his fifth straight Modified feature win. He shot outside of leader Greg Gretz on the 7th lap and then easily cruised away to the checker.

Gretz continued on unchallenged for second, followed by former Sport Mod champ Eric Arneson and Tyler Hackett.

Eytcheson was one of several Street Stockers poised to claim the bounty on 4-time winner Billy LeMieux. But for the third straight week, LeMieux wasn’t around when the checkers were flying, as his night ended midway through the feature on pit lane with the hood off.

Eytcheson would go on to pass leader Mike Conard en route to his second feature win of the season. Geno Sternard matched his best finish of the year with a third place run. Kevin Luedtke raced back from an early spin to place fifth behind Paul Diefenthaler, taking over the division point lead from LeMieux in the process.

The Hobby Stocks ended the night with a good duel of their own. Schmidt took the lead from Amber Weidner on the third lap, and was chased the entire way by Scott Boulanger.

Boulanger stayed close up to the checker, but could never gain the preferred line, as Schmidt held on for his second win of the season.

It’s back to Saturday night racing this week as the Raceway will host the Terry Simon Memorial race, postponed from earlier in the year. Street Stocks will be featured as it’s the division’s turn to compete for the annual King of the Hill honors.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions Saturday nights through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway Results 7/4/2014

LaVines’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mod 40 Lap John Soukup Memorial Feature – Scott Boyea, Abrams; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Todd Wiese, Green Bay; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Cody Schroeder, Manitowoc

Last Change Qualifier – Jason Maccoux, Sturgeon Bay; Derek Kaye, Green Bay; Josh Massart, Forestville; Kevin Bethke, Neenah

Heat 1 – Wiese; Jacob Zellner, New Franken
Heat 2 – Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 3 – Kroll; Hunter Parsons, Green Bay

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 15 Lap Feature – Todd Dart, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Mark Joski, Denmark; Chris Pepin, Escanaba, MI

Heat 1 – Dart; Hackett

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Shawn Havel, Algoma: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Troy Muench, Namur; John Anschutz, Forestville; Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; Mark Schuenemann, Boulder Junction

Heat 1 – Havel; LeMieux
Heat 2 – Anschutz; Dave Bouche, Algoma

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Von Eytcheson, Forestville; Mike Conard, Whitelaw; Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Paul Diefenthaler, Manitowoc; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Jimmy Anderson, Forestville

Heat 1 – Anderson; Eytcheson
Heat 2 – James Dahlstrom, Greenleaf; Jeremy Dubois, Forestville

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Dave Schmidt, Casco; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Derek Moede, Casco; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – Boulanger; Jauquet
Heat 2 – Schmidt; Travis Lumaye, Forestville

RECORD BREAKING NIGHT FOR DART AT THE HILL

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(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/28/2014) – Maybe it was destiny.

Saturday night the Thunderhill Raceway inducted its first Hall of Fame class – and in a surprise turn of events, a future Hall of Famer took home the night’s top prize.

Todd Dart etched his name in The Hill record books again by winning for the 51st time in the IMCA Modified headliner when a late crash sidelined Benji LaCrosse just two laps from the checker.

Sharing the spotlight with Dart on the night were Bret Koehler in the IMCA Stock Cars, Jarred VanLaanen in the IMCA Sport Mods, Shawn Haydon in the Street Stocks and Jeremy Jauquet in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

There are times when racers find themselves in front of the cameras holding a trophy when it appeared unlikely that they wouldn’t be. And on the other side of the coin – there are times when the opposite happens.

Unfortunately for LaCrosse, he qualified for the latter Saturday night.

Dart had used an inside pass on Greg Gretz to take the Modified feature lead on the third lap. LaCrosse was close behind, and just four laps later, he swung to the outside of Dart to take control of the point.

LaCrosse eased away to a comfortable margin, matched by Dart’s command of second. Focus shifted to the battle for third as the laps ticked away, with Gretz, James Tebon, Brad Lautenbach and Jared Siefert all in the hunt for what appeared to be the final podium spot.

But things changed dramatically just as the white flag was about to fly signaling the final lap. LaCrosse caught a couple cars at the back of the field as he entered the third turn. Tyler Wilson had moved outside with the leader approaching, but lost the handle heading into the fourth turn. LaCrosse’s attention was on a car to his immediate right and his approach to the front stretch, meaning he never saw the sliding Wilson coming down in front of him – until the split second before contact.

LaCrosse blasted into the side of Wilson, and while both drivers emerged unhurt, their night was over. Dart took command immediately on the restart, leading the final two laps unchallenged.

The victory was his fourth in a row in the Modifieds, and broke a tie with Charlie Kroll for the most feature wins at Thunderhill since the track reopened in 1993.

Late race dramatics played out in the Stock Cars as well as Koehler used a late pass on Mike Pierrard to secure his second feature win of the season.

Pierrard took the lead at the drop of the green with Koehler quickly moving in to challenge. Pierrard took command of the low groove with Koehler following in his tracks waiting for a mistake. At the half way mark, Rod Snellenberger advanced to third and closed on the lead trio.

Now it was three cars bumper to bumper waiting for a slip – which happened with two to go. Koehler was able to dive to the inside of Pierrard through the first and second corner, working the inside to get by. Snellenberger hitched his wagon to Koehler and followed him into second.

With no time left to wait for a mistake, Snellenberger moved outside to try his luck there, but he was unable to pull even, eventually surrendering second back to Pierrard at the line as the duo crossed side by side just behind Koehler.

No such dramatics in the Sport Mods where VanLaanen held court for all 20 laps of the feature. He jumped to the lead from his second row starting spot, putting himself safely in front of title contenders Ryan LeMieux and Chris Budzban.

The only delay on his march to the checker was a red flag stoppage for Martin Kelsey’s flip in the third turn.

After that, it was clear sailing en route to his first feature win of the season. LeMieux finished second, a position ahead of Budzban, to draw even atop the season standings.

New faces were again on hand in the Street Stock class, in part to chase down the bounty on 4-time winner Billy LeMieux. But after dropping out the previous week, issues again hit the LeMieux team before the race even started. The point leader’s car simply refused to start when the class was called to the line, and they were forced to miss the feature entirely.

In his first run ever at The Hill, Haydon used a restart with six laps to go to gain the advantage on leader Justin Lindner, then walked away to the feature win. In his second Sturgeon Bay run of the year, Paul Diefenthaler ended up second chasing Haydon to the stripe, just as he had done earlier this year behind LeMieux.

A potential photo finish in the Hobby Stocks never materialized as a caution prematurely ended the division’s feature after the white flag had been displayed.

Jauquet was the point man, with Scott Boulanger running second and Marcus Moede third. With laps ticking down and no hope of passing two cars locked down on the bottom groove, Moede moved to the middle line, found something there, and began to edge forward toward the lead.

He was scored second ahead of Boulanger as the trio flashed across the line and under the white flag, and it appeared that he may have had enough momentum to continue the pace and potentially get by Jauquet as well.

But as Brandon Peterson, subbing for Dave Schmidt, passed the flagstand, his engine let go in a cloud of smoke, dumping a long line of fluid into the racing groove. With the back of the field sliding through debris, the front stretch became a hazard, forcing the caution.

Per track rules, once the white is displayed the race will end whether it’s under yellow or green – and if it’s the former, the official finish will be the last scored lap. That meant Jauquet would be the winner for the third time in 2014 – with Moede left to settle for second.

Earlier in the night, The Hill inducted it’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. The group included the pre-announced seven inductees, all with ties back to the days of the Door County Speedway era: Clyde LeMieux, Sr, Irv Ettien, Joe Haferkorn, Les Sternard, Dale Knudson, Butch Georgenson, Fritz “Van” VanDuyse, as well as surprise 8th inductee Tom Wagner.

The schedule will feature a change of pace this weekend as racing shifts to Friday night, July 4th with Luxemburg racing on Thursday night. The Speedway will host the second annual John Soukup Memorial featuring the IMCA Sport Mods in topless (roof-less) dress. The class will run for a $1,000 top prize, with a draw/redraw format.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side, with racing in five divisions through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information on the Friday night special event, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com.

Thunderhill Raceway Results 6/28/2014

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Todd Dart, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; James Tebon, Algoma; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; Tyler Hackett, Algoma; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC

Heat 1 – Tebon; Jared Siefert, New Franken
Heat 2 – Gretz; Strickler

Olson Fabrication IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Bret Koehler, Two River; Mike Pierrard, New Franken; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Dyan Heilmann, Green Bay; Shawn Havel, Algoma

Heat 1 – Snellenberger; Pierrard
Heat 2 – Koehler; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

LaVines’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Josh Massart, Brussels: Ryan LeMieux
Heat 2 – VanLaanen; Rod Solem, Seymour

Reese’s Auto Body Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Shawn Haydon, Greenville; Paul Diefenthaler, Manitowoc; Justin Lindner, Hortonville; Sawyer Haese, New Franken; Von Eytcheson, Forestville; Andy Fuhrmann, Brillion

Heat 1 – Lindner; Diefenthaler
Heat 2 – Haydon; Fred Davister, Sugarbush

Lackie Rental & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; Marcus Moede, Algoma; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; Derek Moede, Casco; C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – Derek Moede; Boulanger
Heat 2 – Jauquet; Marcus Moede

DART HITS MILESTONE WITH HIS 50TH IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE WIN AT THUNDERHILL

STREET STOCK BOUNTY CONTINUES

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 14, 2014 Results- Algoma’s “Felix” Todd Dart reigned supreme with his 3rd IMCA Modified feature win of the season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Billy LeMieux (IMCA Stock Car), Cody Rass (IMCA Sport Mod), Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Von Eytcheson (Street Stock).

One of Thunderhill’s most decorated racers added another milestone to his storied career. Early in the IMCA Modified main it was Tyler Hackett pacing the field from his front row starting spot. Hackett battled mechanical gremlins the first month of the season and traced the problem to a crushed float in the carburetor. Now running up to snuff he worked the low groove with Todd Dart and James Tebon giving chase. Dart enjoyed the virtue of another great racing surface has he hammered the cushion reeling in and passing Hackett before the midway point.

Tebon off a strong second place run at Luxemburg Friday night worked to the runner up spot but was never able to challenge. Dart cruised to his 50th IMCA Modified victory at Thunderhill in front of a roaring crowd. Dart now sits tied with Charlie Kroll for most all time wins. Tebon was second, followed by Hackett, Greg Gretz and Chuck Carmin.

Veteran driver Tony Bouche led the opening laps of the IMCA Stock Car headliner. His lead was wiped away on lap 3 as last weeks winner, Billy LeMieux raced around the outside of Tony and to the lead. LeMieux then stretched the lead to a straightaway advantage. Tony’s Nephew Dave Bouche, raced 3-wide to third and set his sits on Uncle Tony for the runner up spot. A caution on lap 17 saw Shawn Havel head into the pits with a motor failure. On the restart LeMieux was able to hold the competition at bay while wheeling away to his second Stock Car main in a row. Dave Bouche held on for second, capping off a good weekend after winning Friday night. Dylan Heilmann once again rallied late with a solid third, Tony Bouche had his best run of the season placing fourth and Charlie Kroll took over the point lead with a fifth place run.

Kroll sits 1 point ahead of Havel and Dave Bouche sits 2 markers out of the lead.

For the second week in a row Cody Rass took top honors in the IMCA Sport Mods. Rass led from the drop of the green and was never challenged in the caution free 20 lap main. Jarred VanLaanen placed second after a race long battle with Josh Massart. Massart settled in to finish third, Chris Budzban and Ryan LeMieux completed the top five. Budzban has sole possession of first place in the point standings with a 1 point advantage over Ryan.

In Street Stock action it was Von Eytcheson besting the field with his first win of the season. Point leader Billy LeMieux had his engine go up in a plume of smoke while battling for second midway through the contest. Due to the “dnf” by LeMieux the bounty remains and will go into week 6. Trailing Eytcheson at the checkers was Jeremy Dubois, Geno Sternard, Mike Sargent and Corey Sampone.

Derek Moede passed brother Marcus Moede for the lead on lap 6 of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Derek then withstood a solid challenge by Scott Boulanger to earn his first win of the season. Point leader Jeremy Jauquet rallied late to place second, Dave Schmidt soldiered home third with an ill running machine, Marcus was fourth and Scott Boulanger faded late to place fifth. The win was the first in 2 seasons for Derek. Jauquet leads Derek by 1 point heading next week.

Next Saturday, June 21 will be the 2nd Annual Terry Simon Memorial.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 5. Chuck Carmin, Gladstone, MI

HEAT 1: Gretz; Hackett

20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay; 4. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 5. Charlie Kroll, Forestville

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Kroll
HEAT 2: Shawn Havel, Algoma; Tony Bouche

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Josh Massart, Forestville; 4. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 5. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Budzban
HEAT 2: Rass; LeMieux

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Casco; 2. Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; 3. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 5. Scott Boulanger, Duvall

HEAT 1: Jauquet; Marcus Moede
HEAT 2: Boulanger; Derek Moede

15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Von Eytcheson, Forestville; 2. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma; 3. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Corey Sampone, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Eytcheson; Sargent
HEAT 2: Dubois; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay

BILLY LEMIEUX DOES THE DOUBLE, BOUNTY CONTINUES AT THUNDERHILL

DART, RASS & SCHMIDT RACE TO VICTORY

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(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 7 results- With the pressure on, Billy LeMieux rose to the occasion. Not only did he win in the Street Stocks, raising the bounty to $300 but he also won the IMCA Stock Car feature at Thunderhill Raceway. A feat very few have done. Other feature winners were (Modified)Todd Dart, (Sport Mod) Cody Rass, (Hobby Stock) Dave Schmidt.

Like “Babe Ruth” Billy LeMieux called his shot early in the week, saying he would make it 4 feature wins in a row in the Street Stocks and he didn’t disappoint. Aaron Thornton raced past pole sitter Corey Sampone on lap 5 for the lead of the 15 lap main event. Thornton looked to have the upper hand as LeMieux struggled in traffic early. Out of no where with 5 to go LeMieux muscled his way into the runner up spot and set his sites on Thornton. With 2 laps remaining LeMieux snatched the lead away working the low groove and took the win in the caution free event. Kevin Luedtke snuck by at the line for second, followed by Thornton, Von Eytcheson and Jeremy Dubois.

It was all clear sailing up front for IMCA Sport Mod driver Cody Rass. Rass jumped to the lead and never let go, leading all 20 laps en route to his first career feature win in only his second year in the class. Co-point leader Chris Budzban made a late race charge in the closing laps on Rass but had to settle for second in the caution free event. Defending champion Bernie Reinhardt was third, the other co-point leader Ryan LeMieux raillied late for fourth and Jesse Kroll rounded out the top five.

In the IMCA Stock Car main it was Billy LeMieux jumping to huge lead early on with Bret Koehler giving chase. LeMieux checked out but a caution with 7 laps remaining set up a dash to checker. Koehler used this to his advantage working down low and to the lead. LeMieux came charging back on the outside to reclaim the top spot. LeMieux went unchallenged the remainder of the event to score his 2nd feature win of the night. Koehler came home second, Charlie Kroll kept the points chase tight with a third place, point leader Shawn Havel was fourth and Dylan Heilmann had another strong top five.

Tyler Hackett was able to power by Greg Gretz for the lead early in the IMCA Modified feature. His reign up front wouldn’t last long as 6-time champ Todd Dart came slicing by down low taking the lead. Dart then went to the top side and pulled away for the win. The race went caution free. It’s Dart’s 49th victory in the Modifieds at Thunderhill. Hackett had his best run of the season placing second, James Tebon, Gretz and Mark Joski completed the top five.

Dave Schmidt worked the high side to perfection in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature as he dominated the event, winning by half a lap. The win was his first of the season in the caution free race. Point leader Jeremy Jauquet rallied late to place second, Derek Moede, brother Marcus Moede and Travis Lumaye rounded out the top five.

RACE SUMMARY

IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Todd Dart; 2.Tyler Hackett; 3.James Tebon; 4.Gerg Gretz; 5.Mark Joski

HEAT 1: Dart; Tebon

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Billy LeMieux; 2.Bret Koehler; 3.Charlie Kroll; 4.Shawn Havel; 5.Dylan Heilmann

HEAT 1: Mike Wietor; Mike Pierrard
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Scott Reinhardt

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Cody Rass; 2.Chris Budzban; 3.Bernie Reinhardt; 4.Ryan LeMieux; 5.Jesse Kroll

HEAT 1: Josh Massart; Jarred VanLannen
HEAT 2: Rass; Randy LeMieux Jr.

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Dave Schmidt; 2.Jeremy Jauquet; 3.Derek Moede; 4.Marcus Moede; 5.Travis Lumaye

HEAT 1: D. Moede; Schmidt
HEAT 2: Scott Boulanger; M. Moede

STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Billy LeMieux; 2.Kevin Luedtke; 3.Aaron Thornton; 4.Von Eytcheson; Jeremy Dubois

HEAT 1: Dubois; Luedtke
HEAT 2. Thornton; Joey Scoon