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SCOTT RATAJCZAK & GREG GRETZ GET FIRST OPEN WHEEL FEATURE WINS @ T-HILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 13, 2013 Results- Scott Ratajczak survived a wild final lap to win his first ever feature win the IMCA Sport Mods at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Modified), Troy Muench (IMCA Stock Car), Sawyer Haese (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stock).

Thunderhill is back in action on Thursday July 18 for the Badger Stock Car Tour with Sport Mods and Street Stocks. Our regular five classes will be back racing for points on Saturday July 20.

Scott Ratajczak in only his second night in the IMCA Sport Mods raced to the lead from his front row starting spot. Ryan LeMieux steadily worked through the field for row 4 and at the midway point was in the runner up position as he began to chop away at Ratajczaks half a lap lead. As the laps wore on the handling began to deteriorate on Ratajczaks racer and he fell into the clutches of Ryan LeMieux and the race to the checker was on. The duo checked out from the rest of the field as they settled the race for the win like a couple of heavy weight boxers. As the white flag flew the pair made heavy contact as they nearly came to a stop out of turn 2. With such a large gap back to third place both drivers were able to gather it back up and raced door to door out of turn 4. With the checkers waving Ratajczak beat LeMieux back to the finish line by a bumper for his first career feature win. LeMieux wasn’t happy with the way he was raced on the final lap and let the flagman know about it in front of a very animated crowd. Despite his displeasure it was a strong second place for LeMieux, Randy LeMieux Jr. made a late race charge to third, Rick LeMieux was fourth and Rookie leader Cody Rass was fifth. The contest was caution free.

Troy Muench put his John Soukup tribute car in victory lane leading every lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature.

Muench a former champion who is used to starting deep the field, took advantage of his front row starting spot pulling away from the field at the drop of the green. A couple of early race cautions helped keep the field close to the leader. Scott Reinhardt and John Anschutz gave chase but as the laps clicked away Muench again pulled away working the low groove. Again the caution flew setting up a 7 lap dash to the checker, that’s what point leader Dave Bouche needed as he sliced from fifth to second on the restart. With 5 laps remaining Bouche caught Muench and began to apply heavy pressure to the leaders back bumper. Bouche was warned for rough driving allowing Muench a little more breathing room to which he used to take home his first feature win of the season. Bouche padded his point lead with second, Anschutz brought home third, Larry Karcz scored another top four and Tony Bouche completed the top five.

Greg Gretz scored an upset in the IMCA Modifieds as the Rookie lead every lap en route to victory.

Although on paper it shows Gretz as a Rookie, in only a handful of nights he has 3 heat race wins which is best in the division. With Gretz out front a caution on lap 2 brought the field to a halt as Eric Arneson and Dan Ratajczak tangled. Gretz built a big lead early but James Tebon began to close in on the leader late in the contest but it was all No. 24 up front with Gretz scoring a convincing clean sweep. Second for Tebon who sits alone as point leader with a 1 point edge over Dan Ratajczak who was third, Cory Cochart won a race long battle for fourth over Felix Dart who was fifth.

Sawyer Haese was victories in his visit to Thunderhill scoring the win in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Eric Micolichek paced the field from the front row with Joe Hegnet giving chase. Hegnet then muscled his way to the inside and took the lead but a caution negated the pass. As the race restarted Micolichek had suspension problems after battling with Hegnet ending his night in the pits. Sawyer Haese made quick work of the field racing to the lead on lap 7. Haese never looked back scoring his first career Thunderhill feature win. Hegnet was second, point leader Derek Moede rallied late for third, Ryan Rohr had strong fourth and Scott Boulanger rounded out the top five.
Keith Kickbusch clobbered the competition with his 2nd feature win of the season in the Street Stocks.

Rookie John Denil Jr. paced the field before he spun on lap 2 ending his hopes for a win. Brandon Peterson inherited the lead and looked to have the car to beat running down low until point leader Keith Kickbusch broke free of the field and moved to the high side challenging for the lead. The pair swapped the lead lap after lap. With 5 laps remaining Kickbusch took hold of the lead for good and never let go cruising to the win. Peterson placed second, Kevin Luedtke was third, Todd Wagner fourth and Rookie Joey Scoon was fifth.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3.Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Felix Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: Gretz; Tebon

20 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Brussels; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. John Anschutz, Brussels; 4. Larry Karcz Jr., Pulaski; 5. Tony Bouche, Algoma

HEAT 1:T. Bouche; Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski
HEAT 2: Muench; Dan Sell, Suring
HEAT 3: John Anschutz; Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels

18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Scott Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 4. Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Josh Massart, Forestville; Ryan LeMieux
HEAT 2: LeMieux Jr.; Rick LeMieux

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Sawyer Haese, New Franken; 2. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Ryan Rohr, Casco; 5. Scott Boulanger, Duvall

HEAT 1: CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Travis Hackett, Algoma; Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg

15 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Todd Wagner, Brussels; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Kickbusch; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Peterson; Luedtke

“Grand” Night For Reinhardt at Thunderhill

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By Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 7/6/2013) – Over 20 years of racing experience paid off in a big way for defending IMCA Northern Sport Mod champ Bernie Reinhardt, as the Sturgeon Bay veteran raced to his second feature win of the season Saturday night at the Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Joining Reinhardt in victory lane on the night were Benji LaCrosse in the IMCA Modifieds, Shawn Havel in the IMCA Stock Cars, Billy LeMieux in the Street Stocks and Dave Schmidt in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

The Sport Mods were in the spotlight Saturday, an evening dedicated to the memory of racer John Soukup. Soukup’s number “99″ was prominent on the night; both on the track and at the pay window, as the Sport Mod field was gunning for a top prize of $1,099.

Josh Massart led the headliner through a series of cautions over the course of the first 14 laps. Reinhardt was able to work the high line and secure the top spot on the 15th lap. He edged away to what appeared to be a comfortable cushion on second place running Jarred VanLaanen, but a caution set the stage for some late drama with five laps to go.

In his first start of the year, Jesse Kroll had been a force from the outside line all feature long. From the third starting spot on the restart, he was able to shoot past Reinhardt for the lead. But before the lap could be counted, another caution flew and Kroll was relegated back to third. Tipped off to Kroll’s dominance on the outside, Reinhardt was able to adjust his line enough on the second late restart to break his challenger’s momentum, allowing him to secure the top spot for good and pull away to the win – and the thousand dollar payoff.

In the Modifieds, Dan Ratajczak was shooting for his fourth win in a row, and wasted little time taking charge. He popped from his second row starting spot to take the lead on the first lap, with LaCrosse moving into second two laps later.

For the next 14 laps, it was a high speed chess match; LaCrosse trying to edge inside with Ratajczak refusing to budge. With time running out, LaCrosse changed tactics, going to work on the high side of the leader. The move paid off, and the 2007 champ was able to make the pass en route to his first Thunderhill win of the season.

Bret Koehler had used an outside move to pass Jeremy Anschutz on the ninth lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature, only to become a victim of a similar play by Havel in the closing stages of the division’s main.

Havel was put in position by a restart with five laps to go. He powered to the outside of second place Jaime Suchocki, and continued on past Koehler to record his second feature win of the season.

In the early going, first place wasn’t the best place to be in the Street Stock feature as both John Denil, Jr and Mike Sargent spun while out front. Sargent’s misfortune on the sixth lap allowed LeMieux to take control and cruise to his second straight win in the division.

Point leader Keith Kickbusch gave chase, but couldn’t get close enough to mount a serious challenge.

In the Hobby Stocks, pole sitter Justin Hartel suffered a flat tire as the field took the initial green, setting off a wild scramble as the tight pack of cars swerved around him. Schmidt was the first to break into the clear, taking the lead on the first lap.

While he wasn’t able to totally escape, a race-long battle for second between Joe Hegnet, Scott Boulanger and Derek Moede occupied the trio long enough to prevent any of them from moving in on Schmidt.

Hegnet lost and then regained the runner-up spot on the final lap as Schmidt took the checker for his first win of the year.

Saturday night, the Street Stocks will be in the spotlight with driver introductions, hosted by Jim Olson Motors of Sturgeon Bay.

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

Thunderhill Raceway Results 7/6/2013

LaVines’s Ice IMCA Northern Sport Mod 25 Lap Feature – Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay; Jesse Kroll, Forestville; Josh Massart, Brussels; Chad Vetting, Valders

Heat 1 – Massart; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Jacob Zellner, New Franken; VanLaanen
Heat 3 – Vetting; Kroll

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Todd Dart, Algoma; Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Gretz;: LeMieux

Bull Pen IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Shawn Havel, Algoma; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Jaime Suchocki, Forestville; Jeremy Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; Charlie Kroll, Forestville

Heat 1 – Troy Muench, Namur
Heat 2 – John Anschutz, Brussels: Jeremy Anschutz
Heat 3 – Dan Sell, Suring, Suchocki

Showcase Kitchens Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; Von Eytcheson, Brussels; Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – LeMieux; Luedtke
Heat 2 – Kickbusch; Debois

Lackie Rental IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Dave Schmidt, Casco; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Derek Moede, Casco; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; Travis Hackett, Algoma; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – Boulanger; Hegnet
Heat 2 – C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Moede

SUCHOCKI SWEEPS STOCK CAR MAIN / DAN & ANDY RATAJCZAK RACE TO WINS @ T-HILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 29, 2013 Results- Jamie Suchocki withstood all challengers scoring a clean sweep the IMCA Stock Car feature at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Andy Ratajczak (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Billy LeMieux (Street Stock).

Next Saturday July 6 will be the 1st Annual John Soukup Memorial. $1 Coors w/paid wristband. The IMCA Sport Mods will be Topless and they’re racing for extra cash.

Jamie Suchocki sped to the lead from his front row starting spot in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Shawn Olson in only he second race of the season raced to the leaders back bumper as a series of cautions plagued the field. Olson kept Suchocki honest as laps clicked away. Larry Karcz Jr. made his presences felt as he worked inside Olson for the runner up spot. The duo made contact resulting in Olson suffering a flat tire ending his night. Karcz set his sites on Suchocki and began to work the leader over. With heavy and constant pressure Suchocki was forced to run a perfect lap each and circuit around the track. As the top two played bumper tag, point leader Dave Bouche caught the duo and made it a trio for the lead. With Karcz pressured from Bouche, Suchocki was able to gain a car length lead on the final lap and scored the feature win. Bouche won the battle for second, Karcz in his first run of the season was third, John Anschutz fourth and Troy Muench completed the top five.

Andy Ratajczak had a stellar weekend of racing, not only did the young gun score his first feature win Friday at Luxemburg Speedway. 24 hours later he completed the same feat at Thunderhill in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Ratajczak led every lap of the feature going unchallenged through contest collecting the win. Defending champion Bernie Reinhardt had the rest of the field covered placing second thus taking over the point lead, Rookie Jacob Zellner had a career best finish of third, Dennis Miesler made a late race charge to fourth after starting in row 7 and title contender Randy LeMieux Jr. brought home fifth.

Not to be outdone Andy’s father Dan Ratajczak raced to his 3rd feature win in a row in the IMCA Modifieds.

Ratajczak matched his son by leading every lap in the Modified main event en route to the win. Point leader James Tebon ounce again placed second at the pay window, Tyler Hackett took home third in his first run of the season, former champ Todd Dart was fourth and Billy LeMieux rounded out the top five.

Billy LeMieux took the lead away from Scott Pagels on lap 5 and never looked back picking up his first Street Stock feature win.

Point leader Keith Kickbusch padded his point lead placing second, Marcus Moede was third, Brandon Peterson fourth and Geno Sternard came home fifth after starting in row 7. LeMieux’s racer let out a huge puff of smoke when he took the checker which turned out to be a blown transmission that lasted just long enough to earn the victory. LeMieux has raced Mods and Street Stocks each night throughout the season.

Travis Hackett picked up his first feature win of the year in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

CJ Weckler paced the field until lap 6 when he lost the handle and spun in turn 4 whole battling for the lead with Scott Boulanger. Hackett inherited the lead and never let go taking home the win. The run for 4 feature wins in a row ended as Boulanger suffered mechanical problems while running 2nd ending his night. Derek Moede placed second and took over the point lead, Sawyer Haese was third, Joe Hegnet fourth and Amber Weidner had a solid fifth place finish.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma; 5. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Mark Joski, New Franken; Ratajczak
HEAT 2: Jay Matthias, Green Bay; Hackett

20 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Larry Karcz Jr., Pulaski; 4. John Anschutz, Brussels; 5. Troy Muench, Brussels

HEAT 1: Suchocki; Shawn Olson, Casco
HEAT 2: Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; Karcz
HEAT 3: Muench; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Andy Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jacob Zellner, New Franken; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; LeMieux Jr.
HEAT 3: Zellner; Josh Massart, Forestville

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Sawyer Haese. New Franken; 4. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood

HEAT 1: Hackett; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg; A. Weidner

15 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay 5. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Kickbusch
HEAT 2: Scott Pagels, Bad Lands; Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay

MOTHER NATURE WASHES OUT FEATURES AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 15, 2013 Results- As the green flag flew for the first feature of the night the skies opened and action was halted. The staff knew once the rain started it wasn’t going to stop and the races were cancelled at Thunderhill Raceway. All qualifying races had been complete which constitutes a complete show per the rule book. All drivers received equal pay and points for the night. Huge thanks to all the drivers who did their best in helping us get the show in.

The Egg Harbor Fun Park go-karts saw their first action as three lucky fans raced their dirt track heroes on the oval go-kart track that lies within the infield of the track. In competition Morgan Serveys upset Dave Bouche in a 4 lap dash, Bradley Skippon bested Kelsy Hayes and Brayden LeMieux made short work of Randy LeMieux Jr. en route to victory.

The go-kart races are something we are hoping to do on a weekly basis, with a maximum of 3 children per night. Right now drivers must be 4’ or taller to register. We are working on ideas to get the shorter children a chance to race as well. We’ve also thrown around ideas to do a raffle for a race at the end of the night, all money raised would be donated to DOOR CANcer. For now you can get a ticket for your children at the ticket booth after the first heat race has started not before as we want to let fans in the stands first so we don’t mess up the ticket line.

Next Saturday June 22 we hope to finally be in Mother Natures good graces as we set to remember long time Thunderhill supporter and race fan Terry Simon. The night will feature driver introduction in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds and everyone will receive free popcorn.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee

18 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1:Tony Bouche, Algoma; Dennis Weidner, Maplewood
HEAT 2: Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Andy Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEAT 2: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; James Iverson, Luxemburg

18 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Dave Schmidt, Casco; Derek Moede, Casco
HEAT 2: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg; Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg

18 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: RAINED OUT

HEAT 1: Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Wagner, Maplewood

KOEHLER KEEPS LEMMENS AT BAY TAKES STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 8, 2013 Results- Bret Koehler took the lead on lap 10 and kept the competition in his rearview scoring the win in the IMCA Stock Cars at Thunderhill Raceway on Wicked Witch Racing night brought to you by Northland Steel. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Bernie Reinhardt (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Brandon Peterson (Street Stock).

Next Saturday Coors Light will be the title sponsor and will offer $1 a beer for the night with a paid wristband. Spectator Eliminator is slated to race and we are searching for those who are brave enough to race their street vehicles on the track.

A broken thumb didn’t stop Jamie Suchocki from pacing the first 9 laps of the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Car main. Bret Koehler kept pace and stalked Suchocki the first half of the race. As the midway flags flew Koehler made his move sneaking under Suchocki and to the lead. Luke Lemmens and Dave Bouche made a late race charge on Koehler. Lemmens got to the leaders back bumper that’s as far as he’d get with Koehler scoring an exciting win. Lemmens second, Bouche took third and took over the point lead, Tom Brumlic and John Anschutz completed the top five.

Bernie Reinhardt brought home the top spot in the IMCA Sport Mods with his first win of the season.

Rick LeMieux and Martin Kelsey battle for the lead early on before defending LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mod champion Bernie Reinhardt slipped around Kelsey for the lead. Rick LeMieux suffered a flat tire sending cars scattering ending the night for co-point leader Kelsy Hayes who was caught up in the wreck. Reinhardt with stood all comers through several cautions going on to score a clean sweep. Jarred VanLaanen made a late race charge finishing second thus taking over the point lead, Rookie Cody Rass placed a career best third, Dennis Miesler fourth and Randy LeMieux came back for fifth after being part of a caution mid race.

Dan Ratajczak made it two wins in a row in the IMCA Modifieds.

Ratajczak worked past rookie Greg Gretz for the lead on the opening lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified feature. Point leader and James Tebon jumped to second and caught Ratajczak. Tebon tried several times to work his way inside for the lead but Ratajczak wouldn’t be denied scoring a clean sweep. Tebon took second for the third straight week, Gretz was third, Cory Cochart fourth and Billy LeMieux fifth.

Scott Boulanger remains undefeated with his third win in a row in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

In the Lackie Rentals & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks it was Dave Schmidt leading till lap 11 before point leader Scott Boulanger blast by down low a cruised to a comfortable win. Schmidt had to settle for second, Derek Moede third, Joe Hegnet fourth and Amber Weidner rounded out the top five.

Brandon Peterson scored a clean sweep in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stocks. Point leader Keith Kickbusch took home second place pay, Kevin Luedtke third, Marcus Moede fourth and Mike Sargent in his first run of the year took a fast fifth. Peterson dedicated the win in memory of his dad.

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS

18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Billy LeMieux

HEAT 1: Gretz; Ratajczak

20 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 2. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels

HEAT 1: Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Lemmens
HEAT 2: D. Bouche; Koehler
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Brumlic

18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Randy LeMieux Jr.; Miesler

18 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood

HEAT 1: Boulanger; Schmidt
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

18 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 5. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Peterson; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Moede

BUDZBAN, RATAJCZAK & LEMMENS LEAD WIRE TO WIRE AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 25, 2013 – “Budzo” Chris Budzban survived several late race restarts to earn his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods at Thunderhill Raceway for the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modifieds), Luke Lemmens (IMCA Stock Cars), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stocks). The Nathan Bouche Sportsman award went to Sturgeon Bay’s Mike Kelsey.

The Bouche Family sends out a Special Thanks to Dan & Scott Ratajczak, Dino Motorsports, Dorsch Ford, Hackett Racing, Fast Ed Distributors, Floors by Josh, Malfroid Racing, Massart’s AutoBody, Metals America Recycling, Mike Wietor Racing, North Bay Construction, Tri County Heating and Van Drisse Racing Parts.

Next Saturday June 1 will feature the return of the Bartenders Race brought to you by Wicked Witch Enterprises and we will have $1 Bud Beer night.

Ricky LeMieux’s mechanical issues moved Budzban to the first row of the feature which stuck him door to door with defending LaVine’s IMCA Sport Mod track champion Bernie Reinhardt. Both of which won their qualifying races. Budzban quickly established a sizable lead sending the field battling behind him. Cautions kept Budzban honest but when the checkers fell it was “Budzo” with a dominating performance en route to a clean sweep followed by Reinhardt, Josh Massart, Randy LeMieux Jr. and Kelsy Hayes completed the top five.

Luke Lemmens finally found some good luck leading every lap to victory in the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars.

A 23 car starting grid brought the field to green with Lemmens sneaking by Tony Bouche for the lead on lap 1. Jeremy Wiitala worked his way to the runner up spot with a handful of laps left but a leaking right front tire ended his mount to challenge Lemmens who scored a clean sweep in his 2013 FAST Chassis Stock Car, Wiitala barely finished with his tire going down but still managed a second place. When Wiitala pulled into the infield for tech the tire had gone completely flat. Last weeks winner Shawn Havel brought home third, defending champion Dave Bouche fourth and Dan Sell driving the Nathan Bouche #27 brought home fifth and a heat race win. It was the first checker flag Nathan’s car has seen since it was rebuilt, very fitting to see it came on his night.

The “Frog Station Flash” Dan Ratajczak led every lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds to earn his first feature win of the season.

Defending champion James Lee Tebon gave chase the entire race but had to settle for second for the second straight week, two-time champ Jay Matthias made his first trip to the track with a solid third place, Eugene Gregorich and Billy LeMieux rounded out the top five.

Keith “The Kicker” Kickbusch capped off a stellar weekend winning in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stock feature.

Fresh off a heat race win Brandon Peterson paced the field. With the end in sight Peterson left just enough room down low and Kickbusch took advantage of it taking the lead with only 2 laps remaining scoring the win. It was Kickbuschs second victory of the weekend after winning Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway. Peterson placed second, Billy LeMieux again went double duty racing in two divisions racing to third from row 6, Kevin Luedtke had another solid run with fourth and former champion Tony Everard took home fifth with his first visit of the season.

Scott Boulanger remains undefeated in the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks with his second feature win a row passing CJ Weckler for the win.

Weckler had good night go bad with another flat tire. Derek Moede who rolled over Friday night rallied to second, Travis Hackett third, Ryan Rohr fourth and Joe Hegnet fifth. Boulanger also won Friday at Luxemburg.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the five divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station.; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee; 5. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Ratajczak; Tebon

BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Dan Sell, Suring

HEAT 1: Lemmens; Havel
HEAT 2: Sell; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 3: Tony Bouche, Algoma; John Anschutz, Brussels

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 2. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Josh Massart, Brussels; 4. Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Budzban; LeMieux Jr.

LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett; 4. Ryan Rohr, Lincoln; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Hackett; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Peterson; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Luedtke; Everard

SIEFERT SWIPES $800 PAY DAY ON LATE RACE RESTART AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 18, 2013 Results- Former Thunderhill Raceway champion Jared Siefert used a green white checker restart to slide by defending champ James Tebon taking the win in the IMCA Modifieds. The win netted the former IMCA Modified National champ $800. Other feature winners were Shawn Havel (IMCA Stock Car), Jarred VanLaanen (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Von Eytcheson (Street Stock) Cory Cochart earned the N.E.W. Racing Supplies Hard Charger award in the IMCA Modifieds.

Next Saturday May 25 will be the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial featuring driver introductions for the IMCA Stock Cars.

Tebon and Siefert quickly sped to first and second with Tebon leading the way. Billy LeMieux was shuffled out of his front row starting spot but came storming back literally driving the car like he stole it. LeMieux pounded the cushion working to the outside of Siefert. Tebon stayed smooth working the low groove leaving the battle behind him. A series of cautions brought the field tight to Tebon’s bumper. LeMieux’s machine began to show smoke when another yellow flag flew forcing him to the pits with mechanical issues. Rookie Brad Lautenbach became a player on lap 10 running the top side eventually passing Siefert for second. Lautenbach then set his sights on Tebon pulling to the outside quarter panel of the leader when the caution flew. This put Lautenbach inside and Siefert outside for the green white checker finish. That was the break Siefert needed as he slipped passed Tebon taking the win in thrilling fashion. Tebon second, Lautenbach a strong third, Cory Cochart started in row five to finish fourth and Eugene Gregorich Sr. rounded out the top five.

Shawn Havel scored a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Havel and defending champion Dave Bouche quickly distanced themselves from the pack. Bouche kept the lead as Havel began to search for a line to catch the leader. With 7 laps remaining Havel found the momentum in the high groove working passed Bouche as they raced door to door. Havel’s racer was hooked up and hauling the mail which brought him all the way to the NAPA Auto Parts victory lane. Bouche held of a closing Brett Koehler for second, Tom Brumlic and John Anschutz capped off strong runs finishing in the top five. The race went caution free.

Jarred VanLaanen led every lap en route to victory in the IMCA Sport Mods.

VanLaanen used his front row starting spot to take an early lead but several cautions kept Kelsy Hayes and Martin Kelsey on the back bumper of the leader. Hayes secured the second spot and set her sights on VanLaanen closing in midway through the contest. With a handful of laps remaining the caution again waved allowing Ryan LeMieux to challenge the leader. VanLaanen nailed a perfect restart and beat LeMieux back to the checkers by car length. Hayes held on for third, Randy LeMieux Jr. fourth and Dennis Miesler brought home a solid fifth.

Scott Boulanger passed Ryan Rohr en route to victory in his John Soukup themed IMCA Hobby.

Rohr set the pace early leading the first five circuits before Boulanger blasted to the outside groove taking the lead. Derek Moede followed suit taking over second. With 5 laps remaining CJ Weckler broke an axle sending his car into a barrel roll out of turn 2. Dave Schmidt hit the debris field from Weckler‘s crashing machine, sending his race car into the backstretch wall. Both drivers emerged unscathed under the red flag but their night was over. Boulanger led the rest of the way taking home the win, Moede second, Travis Hackett was third, Rookie Dan VanPay placed an impressive fourth and Rohr rounded out the top five finishers.

Von Eytcheson went to victory lane scoring a clean sweep in the Street Stocks.

Jimmy Anderson and Kevin Luedtke paced the first handful of laps before Eytcheson quickly worked from row 3 and to the lead. John Sternard worked to the back bumper of Eytcheson with 2 laps remaining but it was to little to late as Eytcheson took the win, Sternard had to settle for second, Luedtke third, Keith Kickbusch and Todd Wagner made their return to racing both finishing in the top five.

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.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 2. James Tebon, Algoma; 3.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Tebon; Nick Mahlik, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Siefert; Lautenbach

BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2.Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels

HEAT 1: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; D. Bouche
HEAT 2: John Anschutz; Dan Sell, Suring
HEAT 3: Havel; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Randy LeMieux Jr.; Josh Massart, Brussels
HEAT 2: Hayes; Ryan LeMieux

LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Dan VanPay, Denmark; 5. Ryan Rohr, Casco

HEAT 1: Moede; Rohr
HEAT 2: Sawyer Haese, New Franken; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Von Eytcheson, Forestville; 2. John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3.Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 5. Todd Wagner, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Eytcheson; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Kickbusch; Bill Krueger, Sturgeon Bay

SIX KINGS CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 1 Results- Shawn Havel used a late race pass on John Anschutz to score his third feature win of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners on Floors by Josh night were James Lee Tebon (IMCA Modified), Kelsy Hayes (IMCA Sport Mod), Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Polster (Street Stock) and Kasey Gross (Four-Cylinders).

Billy LeMieux scored the Massart’s Auto Body Lucky Duck award. Top 10 in points for all divisions listed at bottom of the race summary.

In the highly anticipated IMCA Stock Car feature John Anschutz jumped from the outside pole to the lead. Newly crowned Rookie of the Year Marcus Moede used the high side to pull even with Anschutz for the lead. The duo stayed door to door for the first half of the event with Anschutz able to hold off Moede’s advances. Dave Bouche came into the night leading defending Champion Troy Muench by just 2 points. Bouche stayed glued to Muench’s rear bumper for the first half of the race until Muench moved into the top four allowing him to take over the point lead. Bouche kept his cool charging into fifth with a hand full of laps remaining. Anschutz appeared to be on his way to his first feature win, but Shawn Havel had other plans taking over second and slipped by Anschutz with 3 laps remaining taking home his third win of the season. Anschutz held on for a season best second, Rick Dix third, Troy Muench fourth and Dave Bouche placed fifth securing his first ever Championship in the IMCA Stock Cars by 1 point over Muench.

Kelsy “Hollywood” Hayes outlasted Josh Massart scoring her second feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Massart wasted no time opening up a sizable lead in the opening laps. Hayes charged through on the top side and to the lead on lap 8. Massart fought back leading the next two laps as the duo battled for the lead. Leading the standings by only 1 point, Bernie Reinhardt quickly worked into the top four trying to distance himself from the guy chasing him for the title, Jarred VanLaanen. Hayes finally took sole possession of the top spot just past the midway point pulling away from the field and taking home the win in the caution free event. Massart ended a solid season second, Reinhardt third, Mark Joski fourth and newly crowned Wisconsin State and Luxemburg Speedway Champion Brad Lautenbach rounded out the top five. Brandon Peterson won Rookie of the Year honors. By virtue of his third place finish Bernie Reinhardt earned his first IMCA Sport Mod title, he also becomes the first driver at Thunderhill to win a Championship in three different divisions.

Derek Moede made the point battle tight picking up his second feature win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Eric Micolichek paced the opening lap before Travis Hackett worked the cushion and to the lead a lap later. Derek Moede came into the night trailing Tom Brumlic by 6 points. Moede knew his best chance for the title was to simply win. Moede tracked down Hackett and to the lead at the midway point. Hackett refused to give up taking the lead back 2 laps later. Brumlic who was suffering form ignition issues was unable to chase down the top four. Moede and Hackett raced door to door all the way to the final lap where Moede found just enough to power by for the win. Hackett second, Joe Hegnet third, Brumlic fourth and Rookie of the Year Brittany King fifth. Brumlic had just enough left under the hood of his racer to secure the Championship his first ever at Thunderhill. Brumlic’s stellar season also included a championship at Luxemburg Speedway and his second Wisconsin State title.

Todd Polster continued his domination in the Street Stocks with his sixth feature win.

Title contender Jimmy Anderson came into the night trailing Dennis Weidner by just 5 points. Anderson wasted no time flexing his muscle leading the first 7 laps before Polster took charge, taking the lead away from Anderson and never looked back cruising to the win. Geno Sternard second, defending Champion Tony Everard third, Rookie of the Year Kevin Luedtke was fourth and Anderson rounded out the top five. Dennis Weidner kept close tabs on Anderson all race long, when the dust settled Weidner held a 3 point advantage scoring his first career track title.

James Tebon left it all out on the track passing Billy LeMieux for the lead on lap 3 to score his sixth feature of the season in the IMCA Modifieds. LeMieux, Dan Ratajczak, Rookie of the Year Tyler Hackett and Scott Derenne completed the top five in the finishing order for the feature. Tebon’s domination of the IMCA Modifieds earned him the track title, which is the first of his career.

Kasey Gross made his first trip to Thunderhill a successful one, beating out Champion Joey Scoon for the victory. The Championship was a first for Scoon.

Thunderhill wishes all the drivers who are heading out of state to race good luck! For 2013 information stayed connected by visiting the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 4. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 5. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Derenne

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. John Anschutz, Brussels; 3. Rick Dix, Appleton; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Dave Bouche, Algoma

HEAT 1: Havel; Casey Groessl, Algoma
HEAT 2: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; John Anschutz
HEAT 3: Marcus Moede, Algoma; Dix

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Josh Massart, Brussels; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mark Joski, New Franken; 5. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken

HEAT 1: Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay; Massart
HEAT 2: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon; Hayes

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Casco; 2. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tom Brumlic, Denmark

HEAT 1: Brittany King, Appleton; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Hackett; Mitch Vandermause, Luxemburg

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke. Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville

HEAT 1: Luedtke; Everard
HEAT 2: Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay; Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood

FEISTY FOURS FEATURE: 1.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 5. TJ Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Gross; Scoon

TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS FOR 2012

IMCA MODIFIEDS: 1. James Tebon; 2. Billy LeMieux; 3. Scott Derenne; 4. Dan Ratajczak; 5. Todd Dart; 6. Cory Cochart; 7. Tyler Hackett; 8. Eric Arneson; 9. Al Gibson; 10. Jay Matthias

IMCA STOCK CARS: 1. Dave Bouche; 2. Troy Muench; 3. Jeremy Wiitala; 4. Shawn Havel; -tie. Charlie Kroll; 6. Tony Bouche; 7. Bret Koehler; 8. Marcus Moede; 9. Scott Reinhardt; 10. Rick Dix

IMCA SPORT MODS: 1. Bernie Reinhardt; 2. Jarred VanLaanen; 3. Kelsy Hayes; 4. Josh Massart; 5. Ricky LeMieux; 6. Stephanie DeJardin; 7. Martin Kelsey; 8. James Iverson; 9. Randy LeMieux Jr.; 10. John Soukup

IMCA HOBBY STOCK: 1. Tom Brumlic; 2. Derek Moede; 3. Travis Hackett; 4. Brittany King; 5. Amber Weidner; 6. Eric Micolichek; 7. CJ Weckler; 8. Naomi Weidner; 9. Cody Junio; 10. Joe Hegnet

STREET STOCK: 1. Dennis Weidner; 2. Jimmy Anderson; 3. Geno Sternard; 4. Todd Polster; 5. Kevin Luedtke; 6. Ed Franklin; 7. Marvin Denny; 8. Jason Barefell; 9. Von Eytcheson; 10. Mike Saregent

FEISTY FOURS: 1. Joey Scoon; 2. Matt Sargent; 3. Matt Borths; 4. Alex Wendt; 5. Kasey Gross; 6. Michael Verheyden; 7. Calvin Stueck; -tie. Charlie Gross; -tie Scott Johnson; -. Kipp Burlo; 10. TJ Everard

“THE BULLDOZER” BOUCHE GETS FIRST WIN & INCHES CLOSER TO IMCA STOCK CAR TITLE AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 25 Results – Dave Bouche fought off defending champion Troy Muench late in the feature to score his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. There was only one caution the entire night of racing. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Bernie Reinhardt (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Von Eytcheson (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders).

Northland Steel night saw Brian Rouer take home the win in the Bartenders race. Other entries were; Christie Bricco, Luke Ebel, Mark Marchant and Danelle Jessie. Josh Massart claimed an extra $100 winning the Stock Car vs. Sport Mod grudge race. Cody Junio was the winner for the Massart’s Auto Body Luck Duck award.

Rookie Marcus Moede paced the field early in the IMCA Stock Car feature before title contender Jeremy Wiitala passed him for the lead on lap 3. His reign up front didn’t last long as point leader Dave Bouche worked to the inside and to the lead on lap 6. Troy Muench who came into the night second in points worked to Bouche’s back bumper by the midway point. Muench applied heavy pressure the rest of the way but was never able to rattle Bouche who picked up the clean sweep in the caution free event. The win leaves Bouche with a 2 point lead over Muench who finished second as they head into the final night of the 2012 season. Wiitala had to settle for third, Bret Koehler fourth and Charlie Kroll rounded out the top five.

Bernie Reinhardt scored a clean sweep and took over the point lead in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Ricky LeMieux leaped from his front row starting spot and quickly built up a sizable lead over the field. Despite a roll over last week John Soukup looked no worse for wear sneaking into second. Title contenders Bernie Reinhardt, Kelsy Hayes and Jarred VanLaanen waged a solid battle on the back bumper of Soukup. LeMieux looked to have his first career Sport Mod win in hand but a lone caution with 4 laps remaining halted his hopes. On the restart Reinhardt edged by LeMieux and Soukup cruising to the victory, his fourth of the season. Hayes had to settle for second, VanLaanen made a late race charge to third, Soukup fourth and Josh Massart fifth.

Dan Ratajczak made it two in a row taking home top honors in the IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux man handled his machine taking the lead while setting a blistering pace on a very smooth and tacky racing surface, but his machine wasn’t up for the challenge and slowed while leading handing the lead over to Dan Ratajczak on lap 7. Point leader James Tebon gave chase pulling to the back bumper of Ratajczak several times but wasn’t able to make the pass and Ratajczak scored his third feature win of the season. Tebon just about ensured the title with a second place finish, third for Tyler Hackett, fourth for Scott Derenne and Billy LeMieux fifth.

Travis Hackett’s domination of the IMCA Hobby Stocks continued with his third feature in a row.

Eric Micolichek moved from the front row leading early. Travis Hackett gave chase taking the lead away with only 6 laps remaining and went on to win his fifth feature of the season, the contest went caution free. Dave Schmidt had a solid second, Amber Weindner third, Micolichek came home fourth after tangling with Derek Moede on the final lap and Joe Hegenet rounded out the top five.

Von Eytcheson scored a clean sweep passing Mike Sargent on lap 2 in the caution free Street Stock feature. The win is Eytcheson’s second of the season, Rookie Kevin Luedtke made a last lap pass for second, Sargent third, Geno Sternard fourth and Ed Franklin fifth. It was also the second win of week for Eytcheson who also won Thursday night at the Manitiwoc Expo.

Joey Scoon scored a clean sweep in the Feisty Fours.

Saturday September 1 will be the final point night of the season in all six divisions and will be brought to you by Floors by Josh.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg; 5. Billy LeMieux

HEAT 1: Tebon; Derenne

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Troy Muench, Union; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 5. Charlie Kroll, Forestville

HEAT 1: Dave Bouche; Wiitala
HEAT 2: Kroll; Koehler

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay; 4. John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Josh Massart, Brussels

HEAT 1: Massart; VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Reinhardt; Soukup

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Amber Weidner, East Maplewood; 4. Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Hackett; Derek Moede, Casco
HEAT 2: Hegnet; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Von Eytcheson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Luedtke; Jimmy Anderson, Forestville
HEAT 2: Eytchson; Matt Junio, Casco

FEISTY FOURS FEATURE: 1. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; HEAT 1:

Koehler Triumphs at Thunderhill

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By Greg Aregoni

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) Shawn Havel and Charlie Kroll are two of the finest IMCA Stockcar drivers that Thunderhill Raceway has had in the history of the track. Bret Koehler brushed off the advances of both drivers to win his second feature of the season Saturday night.

Von Eytcheson is one of the most decorated Street Stock drivers in the Street Stock division. He looked to notch another win under his belt as he pulled away from the field early in the feature event. Eytcheson led through a series of cautions throughout the race. The final caution flew with just a few laps remaining. Todd Polster finally got the break he was looking for the entire race when Eytcheson slipped up going into turn 1 with 2 laps remaining. Polster forced his way inside and traded paint with Eytcheson all the way down the backstretch. Polster would grab the lead and run to his 5th win of the season. Eytcheson would spin at the checkered flag but still finish second. Kevin Luedtke, Jimmy Anderson and Dennis Weidner finished top five.

Scott Derenne jumped up front and looked to try and pick up a clean sweep win in the IMCA Modified feature after winning his heat earlier in the evening. Dan Ratajczak had other plans and crept up and passed Derenne on lap 3. Ratajczak would go untested the rest of the event to pick up his second win of the season. James Tebon ran second and improved his point lead to 27 points with 2 nights remaining. Todd Dart, Billy Lemieux and Tyler Hackett all ran to top 5 finishes.

Kim Denil shot from outside row 1 and into the front of the IMCA Hobby Stock A Main Event. Denil would continue to lead until Travis Hackett shot in front and into the lead. Point leader, Tom Brumlic moved from his fourth row starting spot to second and tracked down Hackett. At the halfway point Brumlic was working all areas of the track to find enough speed to get around Hackett. Hackett would keep Brumlic at bay and pick up win number 4 on the season. Brumlic increased his point lead with his second place finish. Joe Hegnet finished third all by himself with Brittany King beating Amber Weidner back to the line for fourth.

Josh Massart started fourth but found himself taking the point after just the first lap of the IMCA Sportmod feature. A caution on lap 2 would bring the field to a regroup. Right after the restart, John Soukup took a nasty flip heading into turn 1 after contact with Kelsey Hayes and Martin Kelsey. He would be fine but his racer sustained night ending damage. Massart restarted up front but was quickly hounded by Bernie Reinhardt. Reinhardt worked inside Massart and on lap 8 moved to the top spot. Reinhardt pulled away over the waning laps to earn his 4th win. Massart finished second with Hayes battling back to the front for third. Rick Lemieux and point leader Jarred VanLaanen rounded out the top 5.

John Anschutz led the first few laps of the IMCA Stockcar feature with Bret Koehler on his back bumper. A restart after a lap 2 caution would be what Koehler needed as he found his way to the front of the field. Shawn Havel and Charlie Kroll assumed the role of playing spoiler to Koehler’s feature win. Havel and Kroll raced side by side throughout the feature. Each driver had his chance to knock Koehler off the thrown but each fell short. Koehler drove off into the moonlight with his second win of 2012. Havel edged Kroll to the line for second. Dave Bouche inherited the point lead with his fourth place finish. Jeremy Wiitala finished fifth.

Northland Steel will sponsor next Saturday Night’s races at Thunderhill Speedway. The bartenders will have their chance to take to the 1/3 mile clay oval. Racing goes green at 6 p.m. Check out
www.racethunderhill.com for all your informational needs. You can contact race promoter Bryan Wodack at (920) 493-6991

IMCA Modified Feature- 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station 2. James Tebon, Algoma 3. Todd Dart, Algoma 4. William Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 5. Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat- 1. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg

IMCA Stockcar Feature- 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma 3. Charlie Kroll, Forestville 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma 5. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay

Heats- #1 1. Jamie Suchocki, Kewaunee
#2 1. John Anschutz, Brussels

IMCA Sportmod Feature- 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay 2. Josh Massart, Brussels 3. Kelsey Hayes, Sturgeon Bay 4. Rick Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 5. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay

Heats- #1 1. Massart
#2 1. Reinhardt

IMCA Hobby Stock Feature- 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay 4. Brittany King, Appleton 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood

Heats- #1 1. Hackett
#2 1. King

Street Stock feature- 1. Todd Polster, Western Jacksonport 2. Von Eytcheson, Forestville 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay 4. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville 5. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood

Heats- #1 1. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
#2 1. Aaron Thornton, Maplewood