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POINT LEADERS FALTER WHILE THE HACKETT BROTHERS DOUBLE UP / GEORGENSON GETS FIRST FEATURE WIN AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 11 Results- Rookie Tyler Hackett proved last weeks win was no fluke holding off point leader James Tebon scoring his second IMCA Modified feature in a row at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. While some point leaders faltered, other drivers took their first trophy of the season and tightened the points battles. Other feature winners were Jeremy Wiitala (IMCA Stock Car), Steve Georgenson (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Von Eytcheson (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders)

Corina Luedtke piloting her husband Kevin’s Street Stock and Chelsea Lau racing the Joe Hegnet Hobby Stock each tasted victory in the 2012 Powder Puff races brought to you by Quietwoods RV Sales & Service. Other Powder Puff racers were Megan Anschutz, Carla Wynveen, Angela Kaye, Erin Weckler, Erika Wiitala and Danelle Ferron. Hats off to all of you and thanks for putting on a great show!

Fresh off a strong third place finish Friday at Luxemburg Speedway, Tyler Hackett jumped to the lead on the first lap of the IMCA Modified feature. Point leader James Tebon followed suit and gave chase. A caution on lap 6 slowed the field and ended the night for Mark Vankauwenburg. This set up a 16 lap dash to checkers, Hackett held off advances from Tebon and led the rest of the way silencing his critics with his second feature win in a row and capping off a strong weekend. The engine Hackett won with belonged to the guy who chased him to the checkers and took second, James Lee Tebon. Dan Ratajczak was third, Billy LeMieux was credited with fourth after tangling with Gladstone, Michigan driver Greg Bruce on the final lap and Scott Derenne took home fifth.

Jeremy “Weeds” Wiitala moved solidly into the championship hunt in the IMCA Stock Cars with his first feature win of the season.

Fresh off a heat race win Scott Reinhardt moved to the lead in the opening laps fighting off last weeks winner Bret Koehler. The caution flew on lap 3 as title contender Dave Bouche and former Champion Greg Gretz argued for track position which sent Gretz into a white tire ending his night and sent Bouche to the back of the pack for the restart. Reinhardt guarded the preferred low groove with Koehler, Rick Dix and Jeremy Wiitala giving chase. Wiitala took his machine to the high side of Reinhardt, racing side by side and eventually taking the lead at the midway point. Point leader Troy Muench muscled his way into the second spot at the same time, but his charge for the win came up short suffering a flat tire sending him to pit lane and laps down. Wiitala went unchallenged and scored the win. Dix held on for second, Dave Bouche made a late race charge to third, Koehler was fourth with another solid finish.

In the IMCA Sport Mods, Sturgeon Bay’s Steve Georgenson scored his first career feature win in the TC prepared machine.

Veteran Rick LeMieux and Stephanie DeJardin paced the field in the opening laps. The battle for the lead came to a halt as the duo made contact sending them spinning on the front stretch, sending cars scattering as the caution flew. DeJardin was brought back to the lead but her reign up front was short lived as Steve Georgenson worked to the lead from row 4 in only 5 laps. Point leader Jarred VanLaanen gave chase pulling right to the back bumper of Georgenson. With 3 laps remaining VanLaanen looked to extent his point but his engine blew up in a cloud of smoke ending his night. Georgenson held off last weeks winner Todd Wiese to the checkers, scoring his first feature win in front of a cheerful hometown crowd. Wiese had to settle for second, Bernie Reinhardt took home third closing the battle with point leader VanLaanen, Kelsy Hayes made a late race charge to fourth after starting last and Dennis Miesler capped of a solid night taking fifth.

For the second week in a row Travis Hackett made it a family affair pulling into the Bull Pen Bar & Grill victory lane for his 3rd win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Back after a hard wreck last Sunday at Seymour, Rookie Brittany King set a steady pace leading the main event. Last weeks winner Travis Hackett caught King at the midway point, taking the lead away. Point leader Tom Brumlic ended up with a flat tire and went to the pit lane for service putting him laps down. Hackett went on to win his second feature in a row. Derek Moede closed in on Brumlic for the point lead with a second place finish, CJ Weckler had an up and down night that resulted with a third place, Dave Schmidt fourth and Joe Hegnet rounded out the top five.

After a string of bad luck the first two nights Von Eytcheson scored a clean sweep in dominating fashion in the Street Stocks.

Eytcheson powered from his front row starting spot distanced himself from his competitors. Todd Polster made contact with Kevin Leudtke on lap 3 causing a caution while trying to chase down Eytcheson. Luedtke was given his spot back and Polster was put the back of the field. Eytcheson again drove away from the pack leaving the battle for second. With 3 laps remaining Polster made it back to the runner up position. He slowly began to close in on the leader but was never able to challenge Eytcheson who scored his second feature of the week after winning Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway. Polster had to settle for second, Luedtke third, Mike Sargent fourth and Geno Sternard rounded out the top five. Point leader Dennis Weidner was involved in a wreck in his heat race and had to run his backup car yet again, Weidner finished towards the tail end of the field losing several points to Jimmy Anderson in the title chase.

Joey Scoon won his third feature of the season in the Feisty Fours. Matt Sargent had something break after leading most of the feature hitting the turn 4 wall coming to the checker, he was shaken up but ok.

Witt Peninsula Ford will host the races next Saturday, August 18 for the Big Wheel races. 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.Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Tebon; Hackett

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 2. Rick Dix, Green Bay; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

HEAT 1: Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Troy Muench, Union
HEAT 2: Koehler; Dave Bouche

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Todd Wiese, Algoma; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Wiese
HEAT 2: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Georgenson

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

HEAT 1: Weckler; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Hackett; Brittany King, Appleton

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

HEAT 1: Eytcheson; Sargent
HEAT 2: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; Sternard

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

HEAT 1: Sargent; Scoon

HACKETT WINS IMCA MODIFIED MAIN / WIESE & KOEHLER CONQUER T-HILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 1- What started as a night of talking over a few beers landed Tyler Hackett in the winners circle in the IMCA Modifieds on Floors by Josh, Bissen Asphalt, LaVines Ice night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Bret Koehler (IMCA Stock Car), Todd Wiese (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Polster (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders)

A conversation at the Bull Pen Bar & Grill with Dave Bouche and Sport Mod driver at that time Tyler Hackett, lead to Hackett racing the Luxemburg Special as a Modified. After that night Hackett switched over to the IMCA Modifieds and found victory in only his second week in the division.

Although Hackett lead every lap of the feature it was no easy task as point leader James Tebon was the first to take a shot at the Rookie. Next up it was 6-Time Mod Champion Felix Dart working to the runner up spot with Tebon being shuffled to fourth. With 5 to go 2-Time Mod Champion Jay Matthias began to battle Dart for the runner up position as they gave chase at Hackett. The duo gave it all they had but when the checker fell it was Hackett scoring the upset. Dart came home second, Matthias Second, Tebon fourth and Kyle Fredrick rounded out the top five with his first trip to the track this season.

Bret Koehler finally shook off his bad luck taking home his first ever IMCA Stock Car feature win.

Luke Lemmens paced the opening lap with Koehler charging from the outside to the point a lap later. A series of cautions kept the field tight to Koehler’s tail piece as the laps slowly clicked away. With the majority of the field running down low, title contender Jeremy Wiitala took his machine up top and began to move through the field. Point leader Troy Muench worked his way through the field into the top 5 with 8 laps remaining. Both Wiitala and Muench worked to second and third from starting in row 7. They gave chase to Koehler but came up short with Koehler in the primer 65 scoring his first Stock Car main. Muench charged to second, Wiitala scored third, Rick Dix fourth and Lemmens settled for fifth. Koehler scored a clean sweep also winning his heat race earlier in the night.

In the IMCA Sport Mods Todd Wiese made his second trip to Thunderhill a successful one taking home his first feature in the division.

Wiese worked from his pole position to a huge lead, leaving the battle for second. Kelsy Hayes was the first to work through traffic setting her sights on Wiese and slowly began to close in on what looked like a impossible task. Point leader Jarred VanLaanen worked from row 5 to third and joined Hayes on the way to Wiese’s back bumper. Just as the battle for the lead was about to heat up the caution flew, setting up a 4 lap dash to the checker. Second place points runner Randy LeMieux Jr., was already on his second car of the night after his machine lost power in the heat. He borrowed Ryan LeMieux’s car but his night ended under the caution, heading to the pits with a huge trail of rear end grease following him. On the restart Wiese was able to hold off VanLannen scoring his first ever IMCA feature. VanLaanen padded his point lead with a second place, Steve Georgenson made a trip down pit lane before the first lap and rallied to third, Hayes had to settle for fourth with Josh Massart took home fifth. Wiese scored a clean sweep also winning his heat race earlier in the night.

Travis Hackett, Tyler’s younger brother also scored a feature win, his second of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Hackett worked by Eric Micolichek on lap 2 and distanced himself from the field. Last weeks winner Derek Moede raced to second midway through the contest and mounted a charge at Hackett. Hackett had suffered a slue of mechanical issues this season but he over came them tonight holding off Moede to the checkers, scoring his second main of the season, Moede placed second staying in the title hunt, third went to former champion Joe Hegnet who pitted midway through the contest with a flat tire, point leader Tom Brumlic came home fourth and Sawyer Haese rounded out the top five.

Todd Polster returned to victory lane with his 4th feature win of the season in the Street Stocks.

Mike Sargent paced the first 2 laps before former champ Geno Sternard raced by to the lead. A caution on lap 5 involved second place points man Jimmy Anderson, sending him to the pits with a busted steering box. Todd Polster who started last because of carburetor issues and former champion Aaron Thornton worked through the field and it looked to be a 3 car battle for the lead, but mechanical issues sent Thornton to the pits 2 laps later. Polster worked the low groove past Sternard with 5 laps to go. Sternard stayed on Polster’s rear spoiler but wasn’t ever able to retake the lead and Polster scored the fan popular win. Sternard took home a strong second, Marvin Denny crossed the line third, Sargent fourth after a trip down pit lane and Ed Franklin had another solid run placing fifth. Polster then gave his race winning trophy away to a lucky race fan.

After post race tech, Denny was disqualified for what the rep called an illegal part, bumping the rest of the field up one position. This moved point leader Dennis Weidner to fifth in the finishing order. Weidner had a hard crash in his heat race and again had to use his backup car and still managed to pad his point lead over Anderson.

Joey Scoon won his second feature of the season the Feisty Fours.

The track is off this Saturday Aug 4.

August 11 will be the next night at Thunderhill, featuring the Powder Puff Races brought to you by Quietwoods RV. 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.Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. James Tebon, Algoma; 5. Kyle Fredrick, Oconto Falls

HEAT 1: Dart; Matthias

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 2. Troy Muench, Union 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Rick Dix, Appleton; 5. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Koehler; Lemmens
HEAT 2: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor
HEAT 3: Shawn Havel, Algoma; Casey Groessl, Algoma

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1 Todd Wiese, Algoma.; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Josh Massart, Brussels

HEAT 1: Wiese; Martin Kelsey, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: VanLaanen; Hayes

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Derek Mode, Casco; 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Sawyer Haese, New Franken

HEAT 1: Moede; Hackett
HEAT 2: CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Brittany King, Appleton

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood

HEAT 1: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Sargent
HEAT 2: Sternard; Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay

FEISTY FOURS FEATURE: 1. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Scoon; Sargent

HAVEL, TEBON, MOEDE & STERNARD SWEEP ACTION AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 28 Results – 74 cars took the green flag in front of a packed house at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway on Olson Fabrication night. Shawn Havel survived a late race restart outlasting Dave Bouche to score his second feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified), Ryan LeMieux (IMCA Sport Mod), Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock), Geno Sternard (Street Stock) and Matt Sargent (Four-Cylinders). Thunderhill Raceway will have a quick turn around because of the Door County Fair, with racing taking place this Wednesday, August 1 with a start time of 6:30pm. Back gate is $25 with the fair and races only costing $10.

Shawn Havel doubled up also winning the Estes Family drivers bike race around the 1/3 mile clay oval. Cory Nessinger was crowned the winner in the Trailer Race of Destruction.

Scott Reinhardt fought off Bret Koehler to lead the opening laps of the IMCA Stock Car headliner. Shawn Havel quickly shot to second and began to chase down the leader. Reinhardt biggest challenge became mechanical gremlins as his machine was forced to the pits on lap 7, handing the lead over to Havel. Dave Bouche and Charlie Kroll waged a spirited battle for the second spot with Bouche securing the position by the midway point. A caution late in the event setup a 4 lap dash to the checkers. Troy Muench used this to break into the top 3. As Bouche and Muench wrestled for second Havel went on to score his second feature win of the season, scoring a clean sweep by winning his heat race earlier in the night. Bouche scored second allowing him to gain 1 point in the title chase with Muench taking home third, Kroll fourth and last weeks winner Devin Snellenberger rounded out the top five.

James Lee Tebon scored his 5th feature win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Second generation racer Scott Derenne jumped from the pole position and held the competition off early on. Last weeks winner Felix Dart wasted no time working the low groove into the runner up position. Point leader James Tebon followed suit and raced to the back bumper of Dart. With Tebon and Dart working down low, Billy LeMieux moved to the high side pulling even with Tebon. With the pressure on the point leader and Derenne sliding high Tebon went 3 wide with Dart taking the lead away from Derenne by the midway point. Tebon pulled away from a seasoned field picking up the win and padding his point lead. Dart had to settle for second, Derenne scored a season best third, Eugene Gregorich Sr. fourth, LeMieux fifth.

The “Rocket” Ryan LeMieux scored his first feature of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods after starting in row 8.

Jesse Kroll paced the opening lap as the leader before a broken ball joint sent him to the pits. Rick LeMieux paced the next two circuits before Kelsy Hayes took the lead away. Last weeks winner Bernie Reinhardt gave chase working to the runner up position by the midway point. Hayes led the next 10 laps and looked to have her second win of the season in hand with a solid lead. The caution flew on lap 15 as point leader Randy LeMieux Jr. lost a driveshaft on the front stretch, setting up a 5 lap dash to the checkers. Ryan LeMieux showed his hand after starting deep in the field, racing around Hayes on the restart and he cruised to his first feature win of the season. Hayes had to settle for second, Reinhardt placed a solid third, Jarred VanLaanen took home fourth and is the new point leader, Dennis Miesler rounded out the top five.

Derek Moede picked up his first main event of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Kimberly Denil lead the opening lap before Derek Moede made his way to the front. Dave Schmidt followed through taking over the runner up position on lap 5. Schmidt then set his sights on Moede. With just 2 laps remaining Schmidt took over the top spot using the cushion to his advantage. Moede mashed the throttle wrestling the lead away as the white flag flew. Schmidt popped the cushion giving Moede the advantage out of turn 2 and Moede scored the win in an action packed feature. Schmidt placed a solid second, Scott Boulanger placed third after starting on row 5, Rob Waechter Jr. was a late arrival and started in row 9 and finished fourth, CJ Weckler rounded out the top five.

Geno Sternard inherited the lead at the midway point and survived a late race restart, winning the Street Stock feature.

Former Champion Von Eytcheson used his front row starting spot to distance himself from the rest of the field early on. Marvin Denny brought out the first caution as his racer lost a right front wheel. Denny headed to the pits but his crew got him back out in time and he stayed on the lead lap. Again Eytcheson pulled away on the restart with Geno Sternard and point leader Dennis Weidner giving chase. With the race well in hand Eytcheson’s racer broke ending his bid for the win, handing the lead over to Sternard. Sternard ran unopposed to his second victory of the season, Weidner padded his point lead with a second place finish, RJ Sternard placed a season best third, Ed Franklin placed fourth after an early trip down pit lane and tilte contender Jimmy Anderson brought home fifth.

Action was halted with 5 laps remaining in the Street Stock main as Rookie Jason Barfell tangled with Kevin Luedkte. Barfell’s machine almost rolled over then slammed head on into the turn 2 wall. This also ended Luedkte’s night on the hook. Barfell emerged under his own power, beat up and bruised with his race car destroyed.

Matt Sargent out dueled point leader Joey Scoon in the Feisty Four backwards race.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. 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. All photos courtesy of danlewisphoto.com

FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 James Lee Tebon, Algoma.; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg; 4.Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee; 5. Billy LeMieux

HEAT 1: Tebon; Dart

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Troy Muench, Union; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski

HEAT 1:Havel; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 2: Kroll; Rick Dix, Green Bay
HEAT 3: Snellenberger; Muench

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay ; 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Hayes
HEAT 2: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Todd Wiese, Algoma

LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Casco; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 4. Rob Waechter Jr., Ellisville; 5. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Weckler
HEAT 2: Moede; Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood; 3. RJ Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville

HEAT 1: Von Eytcheson, Sturgeon Bay; Todd Polster, West Jacksonport
HEAT 2: Geno Sternard; Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay

FEISTY FOUR FEATURE: 1. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay;

HEAT 1: Scoon; Sargent

HAVEL DAKOTA SERIES CHAMP / DART & SNELLENBERGER TAKE WINS AT THE HILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 14- 6-time IMCA Modified Champion “Felix” Todd Dart captured his first feature of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Devin Snellenberger (IMCA Stock Car), Bernie Reinhardt (IMCA Sport Mod), Tom Brumlic (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Todd Polster (Street Stock)

Several of North Eastern Wisconsin’s best drivers took part in the IMCA Dakota Series Tour this week. 6 races in 6 nights and when the dust settled it was Algoma’s Shawn Havel taking home the Series Championship. Havel had the pressure on his back as he came into the final night of the series 2nd in points. Havel won the events finale, earning him the crown in the IMCA Stock Cars. Bonduel’s Greg Whichman took 4th in the standings, Kyle Fredrick of Oconto Falls was 15th and Jon Courchaine 22nd also of Oconto Falls. A total of 47 Stock Cars took the green flag in the Dakota Series.

In the IMCA Modified portion of the Dakota Series Algoma’s Todd Dart won the feature the opener. 2011 Series Champion Brian Mullen of Seymour placed 12th in points with Dart placing 13th. A total of 98Modifieds took the green flag in the Dakota Series.

3rd Generation driver Devin Snellenberger got out the broom scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret “Bad Luck” Koehler led the opening circuits of the IMCA Stock Car feature before Devin Snellenberger charged down low from row 3 taking the lead away on lap 6. Laps later Koehler faded as his racer suffered 2 burnt plug wires. With Snellenberger on point Greg Gretz and Troy Muench closed in on the rear bumper of “Snelly” making it a 3 car battle for the lead. Dave Bouche, Charlie Kroll and Scott Reinhardt waged battle for the fourth spot. Point leader coming into the night, Jeremy Wiitala exploded a transmission which dropped him from competition. Gretz gave it one last ditch effort muscling Snellenberger off the low groove coming for the checkers, but Snelly had just enough forward bite to take the win, it was his first ever feature win at Thunderhill. Gretz settled for second, Muench placed third and inherited the point lead. Dave Bouche placed fourth, moving him to second in the standings 3 behind Muench and Charlie Kroll took home fifth.

After a few weeks off “Felix” Todd Dart made a triumphant return winning in the IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux mixed it up early going 3 wide down low passing Scott Derenne on the opening lap. Dart also did the same 3 wide move and positioned himself in the second spot. LeMieux and Dart ran the same line nose to tail for the next 3 laps. Dart then took to the high side working to the outside of LeMieux and to the lead on lap 6. Dart then marched away from the field but the caution would fly 6 laps later erasing his huge lead. This time it was point leader James Tebon on the prowl moving to the second spot. A suspension issue hampered Tebon’s advances as he battled Cory Cochart and LeMieux. All alone up front was Dart cruising to the checkers taking his first win of the season. Cochart captured a solid second, Tebon placed third, LeMieux fourth and Derenne fifth. The win netted Dart an extra $100 from Ducksy Racing.

Bernie Reinhardt scored his second win of the season fighting off point leader Randy LeMieux Jr. in the IMCA Sport Mod headliner.

Josh Massart and Rick LeMieux traded the lead for the first few laps of the IMCA Sport Mod feature. Bernie Reinhardt wasted no time powering from row 4 to the inside of Massart and LeMieux making a 3 wide pass for the lead on lap 5. Midway through the contest last weeks winner Kelsy Hayes, Massart and LeMieux suffered mechanical issues ending their good runs. Point leader Randy LeMieux Jr. worked his way through the field and to the back bumper of Reinhardt but in the end it was Reinhardt pulling away through a set of cautions scoring his second win of the season. LeMieux Jr. still holds the point lead, Jarred VanLaanen rallied to third after being sent to the back of the feature after contact with John Soukup. Rookie Brandon Peterson was fourth and James Iverson rounded out the top five. The win netted Reinhardt an extra $100 from Ducksy Racing.

Tom Brumlic padded his point lead scoring the win in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

The first 3 laps saw three different leaders with Naomi Weidner, Eric Micolichek and eventual leader Derek Moede. Moede’s reign in the top spot didn’t last long as Tom Brumlic closed in and passed Moede on the high side on lap 7 and never looked back scoring the win. Moede had to settle for second, Travis Hackett fought through his mechanical gremlins placing third, Dave Schmidt placed fourth in his first run of the season and last weeks winner CJ Weckler came home fifth.

Todd Polster returned to victory lane in the Street Stocks with his 3rd main event win.

Jimmy “Windows” Anderson paced the opening circuits before Todd Polster maneuvered his way around Windows for the lead. Polster set sail and scored a division high 3rd feature win, even though he has only raced 4 nights. Geno Sternard scored a solid second, with a third place finish Anderson moved to 2nd in the standings, Jeremy Schultz fourth and Ed Franklin placed fifth.

Point leader Dennis Weidner blew up his engine in the heat race and had to use a backup car and finished mid pack. Weidner’s lead shrunk to 7 points over Anderson.

Estes Family will be the sponsor for night #7 on Saturday, July 21 which will feature the ever popular drivers Bike Race. 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 You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

FEATURE & HEAT RACE RESULTS

15 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. Cory Cochart, Casco; 3. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Tebon; LeMieux

20 LAP ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Troy Muench, Union; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Charlie Kroll, Forestville

HEAT 1: Snellenberger; Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Dave Bouche; Kroll
HEAT 3: Gretz; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

20 LAP BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. James Iverson, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Reinhardt; John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: VanLaanen; Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

15 LAP LAVINES ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Dave Schmidt, Sturgeon Bay; 5. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Schmidt; Amber Weidner, East Maplewood
HEAT 2: Moede; Brumlic

15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 4. Jeremy Schultz, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Von Eytcheson, Sturgeon Bay; Polster
HEAT 2: Kevin Luedkte, Sturgeon Bay; Geno Sternard

HAYES & DIX HUSTLE TO IMCA WINS AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 7- Kelsy “Hollywood” Hayes survived two mid race cautions scoring her first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified) Rick Dix (IMCA Stock Car), CJ Weckler (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Geno Sternard (Street Stock)

James Iverson set the pace early in the IMCA Sport Mod main event from his pole position. Kelsy Hayes charged from inside row 4 passing Iverson on lap 3. Hayes then distanced herself from the field. A pair of cautions just past the midway point set up and 8 lap dash to the checkers. The restarts proved no issue for Hayes as she once again pulled away scoring her first career feature win at Thunderhill to a loud round of applause from the hometown crowd. Randy LeMieux Jr., battled to a second place finish late in the going, netting him the point lead. Bernie Reinhardt finished a solid third, John Soukup fourth and Jarred VanLaanen needed 2 cars to keep in the title hunt as he broke rear suspension parts before the green ever flew for his heat. He jumped in the #2 machine of Josh Massart for the feature and rallied late to a fifth place finish.

“Racer” Rick Dix scored his first career feature win in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler led from the drop of the green in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Despite a broken hood pin early on, he looked like the man to beat for the win. The caution flew just before the midway point when Marcus Moede and Charlie Kroll tangled. On the restart Rick Dix went outside of the preferred groove and pulled along side Koehler for the top spot. 2 laps later Dix secured the lead only to have Koehler work the low side and cut a good corner to pull even with Dix but the caution waved once again, slowing Koehler’s advances. Under caution Koehler’s machine suffered a broken upper A-Frame in his front suspensoin while running second sending him to the pits, ending his night. Dix led rest of the way scoring his first career feature. Point leader Jeremy Wiitala snuck by at the checkers scoring second, Dave Bouche third, fourth for Troy Muench who came from last in only 8 laps after being called in part of a caution. Scott Reinhardt had another solid run placing fifth.

A wild finish ended with CJ Weckler being towed by a wrecker to the winners circle in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

Fresh of her heat race win Rookie Brittany King set the pace early in the IMCA Hobby main event as she led past the midway point.. CJ Weckler used a caution for Joe Hegnet’s flat tire to work around and take the lead away from King. Phil Faustini gave chase getting to the back bumper of Weckler as the white flag flew. Weckler worked the middle groove with Faustini hunting down low, as the duo entered turn 3 they made contact cutting the right front tire down on Faustini’s machine sending Weckler and Faustini head on into the turn 4 wall, were they sat with smoke billowing out. Both cars suffered heavy damage but both drivers were ok. With a new ruled implemented just 2 weeks earlier, Weckler was awarded the win, his second of the season. Faustini was called for the contact putting him to the back in the finishing order. Point leader Tom Brumlic placed second, King placed a season best third, Derek Moede and Joe Hegnet came home fourth and fifth after making trips down pit lane for flat tires.

Geno Sternard outlasted the competition capturing his first feature of the season in the Street Stocks.

Jimmy Anderson grabbed the top spot for the first 4 laps of the Street Stock headliner. Todd Polster who suffered a broken rocker arm in the engine during his heat race charged from the tail of the field to the lead on lap 5 and looked to have his third win in a row in hand. Geno Sternard also powered through the field quickly moving to second. With 5 laps remaining the power plant in Polster’s machine let go in a plume of smoke, handing the lead to Sternard who cruised to the checkers getting his first win of the season. Jimmy Anderson placed a season best second, point leader Dennis Weidner third, Chad DuBois scored fourth in his first run of the season and Jeremy Schultz came home fifth.

James Lee Tebon scored his 4th feature in 5 nights of racing in the IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux set the pace early in the IMCA Modified feature. Point leader James Tebon quickly worked to second and set his sights on LeMieux. Midway through the contest Tebon worked to the inside and snatched the lead away from LeMieux. Tebon pulled away in his Slick Chassis Modified and picked up another feature win. LeMieux scored second keeping the points tight with Tebon. Cory Cochart third and Dan Ratajczak fourth.

Coors Light and Kay Distributing will be the sponsors for next Saturdays races which will feature $1 cans of Coors Light all night. 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 You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE SUMMARY

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

HEAT 1: LeMieux; Cochart

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Rick Dix, Appleton; 2. Jeremy Wiitala; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

HEAT 1: Marcus Moede, Algoma; Muench
HEAT 2: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Scott Reinhardt

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay ; 5. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay

HEAT 1: James Iverson, Luxemburg; Reinhardt
HEAT 2: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

LAVINES ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 3. Brittany King, Appleton; 4. Derek Moede, Casco; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Brumlic; Moede
HEAT 2: King; Hegnet

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 3. Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood; 4. Chad DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jeremy Schultz, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Anderson; Weidner

MIESLER SCORES FIRST FEATURE WIN, HAVEL CROWNED KING OF THE HILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 30- A very warm summer night greeted fans at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. A total of 82 drivers took to the 1/3 mile clay oval with Dennis Miesler out lasting Jarred VanLaanen to the checkers scoring his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods. Other feature winners were James Lee Tebon (IMCA Modified), Shawn Havel (IMCA Stock Car), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Polster (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders)

Dennis Miesler jumped to the lead from his front row starting spot in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. The red flag flew on lap 3 as Chad Vetting pounded the front stretch wall. He was ok but his night was over. The caution allowed Jarred VanLaanen to move past Miesler a lap after the restart. VanLaanen led the next few circuits as Miesler found his groove and worked back to the top spot on lap 6. VanLaanen and Miesler began to swap the lead lap after lap with the duo in break away from the rest of the field. Tyler Hackett powered into third midway through the contest. Miesler took the top spot midway through the contest and never let go scoring his first career feature win. VanLaanen scored a second place finish despite having carburetor issues the final 2 laps, he now leads the point standings. Hackett scored a solid third, Kelsy Hayes fourth and Ryan LeMieux fifth.

Scott Boulanger survived a late race charge by Tom Brumlic to score his 2nd win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Ryan Rohr used his pole position to take the lead till lap 4 in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Scott Boulanger charged from row 3 to lead on lap 5. Point leader Tom Brumlic worked from row five into the top four midway through the contest. Brumlic road the top side all the way to second then set his sights on Boulanger. Brumlic wrestled the lead away with 2 laps remaining. Brumlic took the white flag but his racer began to slow after suffering a flat tire. Boulanger capitalized taking the lead and the win. Sawyer Haese scored a second in his first run of the season. Former Champion Joe Hegnet placed third with Brumlic fourth and Eric Micolichek scored a season high fifth after being in pit lane early in the contest.

Shawn Havel out dueled Bret Koehler to score his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler jumped to the lead early in the IMCA Stock Car headliner. Koehler fought off the early advances of John Anschutz leading the first 8 laps. Shawn Havel worked quickly from inside row 3 to the outside of Koehler. Havel took the lead midway through the contest and looked to have the car to beat. Koehler didn’t relent chasing Havel lap after lap. With 3 laps remaining Koehler pulled even with Havel. Havel up high Koehler down low in a Saturday night shoot out to the checkers, when the dust settled it was Havel taking home the trophy. Koehler scored a season best second. Jeremy Wiitala placed third and took over the point lead. Troy Muench made a late race charge to fourth and Anschutz scored a season best fifth.

Havel continued his hot streak beating Dave DeGrave to the checkers, scoring the win in the Stock Car King of the Hill tournament. The win netted Havel $500.

James Lee Tebon flexed his muscle scoring his 3rd win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Last weeks feature winner Dan Ratajczak jumped from row 2 to the lead in the opening laps. Defending Champion Jay Matthias followed suit and quickly worked to second. Point leader James Tebon charged from row 4 and began to work through the field. Midway through the contest Tebon reeled Matthias and passed Ratajczak for the lead. Tebon pulled away from the rest of the field scoring the win in the caution free event. Rookie Eric Arneson continues his strong season with second, Matthias had to settle for third, Ratajczak fourth and Todd Dart rounded out the top five.

Todd Polster scored his 2nd feature win in a row in the Street Stock division.

Kevin Luedtke led early from his pole position starting spot. Todd Polster worked the high side chased down Luedtke midway through the contest. With only 5 laps remaining Polster made the pass for the lead and cruised to victory, scoring a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Luedtke took home a solid second, former Champions Geno Sternard and Tony Everard placed third and fourth, Rookie Brad Laurent took home fifth in his first trip to the track this season.

Joey Scoon dominated the competition leading every lap of the Feisty Four feature.

Next Saturday night will be driver autograph night brought to you by Whipple Trucking.

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 You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter

RACE SUMMARY

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3.Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 5. Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: Matthias; Dart
HEAT 2: Arneson; Tebon

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Troy Muench, Brussels; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels

HEAT 1: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; David Bouche, Algoma
HEAT 2: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski
HEAT 3: John Anschutz; Havel

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Hayes; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
HEAT 2: Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux
HEAT 3: Miesler; Hackett

LAVINES ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg ; 2. Sawyer Haese, New Franken; 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Boulanger; Haese
HEAT 2: Brumlic; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

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

HEAT 1: Polster; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Everard; Laurent

FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Michael Verheyden, Appleton; 4. Scott Johnson, Seymour; 5. Alex Wendt, Suamico

HEAT 1: Scoon; Sargent

KROLL SCORES T-HILL MILESTONE WIN

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by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/23/2012) – Charlie Kroll etched his name into the record books Saturday night, winning his 50th career track feature at the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Sharing the winner’s circle with Kroll, who captured the checker in the IMCA Stock Cars, were Dan Ratajczak in the IMCA Modifieds, Bernie Reinhardt in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, C.J. Weckler in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Street Stocker Todd Polster, and first time winner Alex Wendt in the Feisty Fours.

Entering the night, Kroll already stood as the track’s all-time winning driver, collecting 49 since it reopened in 1993 as Thunderhill. The total included wins in the Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Street Stocks and even one in the now defunct Bomber class. To hit the 50 mark, he had to fend of a challenge from another of the Raceway’s most successful drivers, Jeremy Wiitala.

It took time to set the stage for the late race drama, as the event was plagued with a series of early cautions. Four caution flags flew in the first five laps, including one that wiped away a Kroll pass of Bret Koehler for the lead.

Koehler’s stay at the top was short-lived regardless, as Kroll used an inside pass on the fourth lap to grab the top spot; and that one stood.

With the early issues behind them, Kroll broke from the field with Wiitala, Troy Muench and Dave Bouche in tow. Wiitala ran the distance within a couple car lengths of the leader, but could never quite pull even to attempt a pass, as the top four crossed the stripe in order.

After an early incident sent him to the back of the pack, Devin Snellenberger raced his way through the field to place fifth followed by Rob Waechter.

In the Modifieds, Ratajczak cruised to his first Thunderhill win of the season, breaking James Tebon’s streak of two straight wins. He took the lead at the initial drop of the green, and despite a mid-race caution that bunched the field, stayed clear of any serious challengers.

Billy LeMieux withstood race-long pressure from Jay Matthias to score the runner-up finish, with Tebon fourth. Jared Siefert used the high line to advance as high as third before drifting back to a fifth place run.

Names synonymous with Thunderhill racing history sorted out as the contenders in the Northern Sport Mod headliner.

Reinhardt used an inside move through turns one and two to secure the top spot from Josh Massart on the fifth lap. He established a solid lead as Steve Georgenson, Randy LeMieux, Jr, Andy Kletczka and Jarred VanLaanen battled for second.

Caution with six to go erased the lead, but Reinhardt was able to hold off Georgenson for his first win of the year.

In the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Derek Moede literally had victory in his sights. But just as he was exiting turn four for the stretch run, contact with Rob Waechter, Jr sent him skidding to the infield. Running third, Weckler was able to dodge the sliding Moede, as Waechter gathered himself back up, actually crossing the line first.

Officials ruled that Waechter was part of the incident, meaning the win would go to Weckler.

Tom Brumlic’s second place finish lifted him to the division’s point lead, as pre-race leader Travis Hackett snapped a drive shaft late in the event.

Polster passed Dennis Weidner on the third lap, then built a safe cushion over Gene Sternard to score his first win of the season in the Street Stocks.

A first lap back-stretch wreck ended the night for four cars, including second place point driver Marvin Denny.

In the Feisty Fours, Wendt raced off to a commanding lead early. Joey Scoon advanced from the last row to second, but without any cautions in the event, had no chance to catch the eventual winner.

The night was run in memory of two long-time friends of the Raceway who both passed away earlier this year; Terry Simon and Bob Brown.

Contributions from the families, as well as proceeds from the sale of commemorative decals, increased the night’s purse by over $3,000 cash, as well as several product certificates.

Racing returns to the Raceway Saturday night, highlighted by the annual King of the Hill competition, this year featuring the IMCA Stock Cars.

Young Automotive and Poh’s Corner Pub will host the night’s events, with all six of the Raceway’s divisions in action.

Prestige Yacht Coatings 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.

Thunderhill Raceway Results 6/23/12

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay: Jay Matthias, DePere: James Tebon, Algoma: Jared Siefert, Luxemburg: Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

Heat 1 – Ratajczak: LeMieux

IMCA Stock Car 18 Lap Feature – Charlie Kroll, Forestville: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay: Troy Muench, Namur: Dave Bouche, Algoma: Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski: Rob Waechter, Ellisville

Heat 1 – Muench: Tony Bouche, Algoma
Heat 2 – Dave Bouche: Shawn Havel, Algoma
Heat 3 – Kroll: Wiitala

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay: Andy Kleczka, Suamico

Heat 1 – Hayes: Kleczka
Heat 2 – VanLaanen: Georgenson

Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Todd Polster, West Jacksonport: Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood: Jeremy Schultz, Sturgeon Bay: Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay: John Williams, Oconto Falls

Heat 1 – Polster: Franklin
Heat 2 – Jimmy Anderson, Forestville: Kevin Luedke, Sturgeon Bay

IMCA Hobby Stock 18 Lap Feature – C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay: Amber Weidner, East Maplewood: Phil Faustini, Carlsville: Kim Denil, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg: Brumlic
Heat 2 – Travis Hackett, Algoma: Ryan Rohr, Kewaunee

4 Cylinder 15 Lap Feature – Alex Wendt, Suamico: Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Bo Bennesh, Gleason: Jeff Brehmer, Pulaski

Heat 1 – Wendt: Bennesh

Tebon Goes Two for Two during Palmer Johnson Night at Thunderhill Raceway

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By Eric Mueller

June 9th – (Sturgeon Bay, WI) A hot humid afternoon welcomed 5 divisions to the Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The humid temperatures made for a tacky surface as the feature events started under sunny skies.

James Anderson and Todd Polster started on the front row for the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stocks as they rolled out first on the evening. Polster got the early holeshot into turn one and battled Marcus Moede for the first 8 circuits of the race. As Anderson faded, Gene Sternard made a move to the top 3 and let Polster pull away during a heated battle with Moede. But just past halfway Sternard pushed Moede just hard enough that as Polster caught lap traffic the top 3 were nose to tail, with a handful of laps left Moede pulled alongside Polster and grabbed the lead for good. Polster held on for second with sternward in tow, third. Dennis Weidner and Marvin Denny rounded out the top 5.

Next out of the chute was the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods. James Iverson and Stephani DeJardin led the field to green. The race went yellow immediately as Kelsy Hayes turned around on the first circuit, after a top of the order restart the field went back underway and Hayes jumped on the throttle again this time getting a great jump on the restart as the field went 4 wide and Hayes, from back in the field, brought Bernie Reinhardt and Jared VanLaanen along for a spirited 3-way battle for the top spot. Hayes pulled several car lengths out ahead of the field but brought out her second yellow of the evening with a spin in turn 4, collecting Josh Massart. A restart and a field reset for Vanlannen and Reinhardt, they pulled out to a lead again but Martin Kelsey and Randy Lemieux raced into the mix. A yellow for Iverson put the top five back together for the race to the finish, a torrid 5 way battle for the lead, with Vanlannen victorius over Lemuiex, Reinhardt, John Soukup and Kelsey.

The Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars raced onto the track with Brett Koehler and Charlie Kroll on the front row, Koehler jumped to the outside on the start and caused Kroll to Check up into turn one, again jumbling the field in a 4 wide frenzy for the back stretch real estate. Troy Muench and David Bouche started in the third row but quickly worked their way into second and third respectfully behind Koehler, nose to tail the three drivers mirrored each other and pulled ahead of the field, but as the yellow came out for Scott Reinhardt spin in turn 2, it reset the field and Koehler began to lose the handle on the car and Muench capitalized jumping to the outside and Bouche followed. Jeremy Wiitala and Shawn Havel raced side by side for fourth with Kroll racing his way back towards the front. No matter how many times Bouche knocked on the door, Muench would not relent. Muench took the checkered flag, followed by, Bouche, Kroll, Wiitla and defending champ Greg Gretz rounding out the top 5.

The Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds were led to green By Dan Ratacjzak and Eric Arneson with a two lap side by side duel Arneson went wide and got held up in the marbles, allowing Ratacjzak to pull ahead. James Lee Tebon, fresh off of the opening night feature win was in third chasing down Arneson and then setting sights on the leader. Ratacjzak held the point past halfway and slowly Tebon worked to the inside closer each lap until 8 to go when he dove into turn one and took the lead. Arneson gathered the handle on his modified and got around Ratacjzak pulling Cory Cochart into the top three where they finished. Ratacjzak held onto fourth and Todd Dart finished fifth.

The Lavine’s Ice Hobby stocks concluded the racing program with Brittany King starting on the pole and jumping out to the early lead for the first few circuits until her car started overheating under the first yellow of the main event for Naomi Weidner. King went to the pits for repairs and rejoined the field at the tail end on the restart. Phil Faustini Inherited the lead during the pitstop sequence, and led the field to green again with Scott Boulanger and Tom Brumlic chasing the leader. Brumlic went by to take the lead the hard way, passing on the cushion in turn 4 after 3 laps of side by side dueling for the top spot. Boulanger chased after Brumlic in the middle portion of the main event getting to lapped traffic with 10 to go, Boulanger pinned the leader in lapped traffic and set his sights on his first career victory, exclaiming in the BullPen Victory Lane “It’s about time we got one, I knew I didn’t want to finish second here again.” Boulanger was followed to the stripe by Brumlic, Travis Hacket, Sawyer Haese and Faustini.

Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway resumes racing again next Saturday night June 16th with the Jim Olson Motors/Bob Brown Memorial. Gates open at 4:30pm, racing follows at 6:00pm. For full race finishes, point standings and more information visit www.racethunderhill.com.

OFFICIAL FINISH

IMCA STOCK CARS
1, Muench. 2, D. Bouche, 3, Kroll. 4, Wiitala. 5, Gretz. 6, Havel. 7, Moede. 8, A. Bouche. 9, Don Aregoni. 10, Chris Konitzer

Heat winners Kroll, Koehler

IMCA SPORT MODS
1, VanLaanen. 2, Lemieux, Jr. 3, Reinhardt. 4, Soukup. 5, Kelsey. 6, Iverson. 7, Hayes. 8, DeJardin. 9, Massart.

Heat Winners VanLaanen, Lemieux, Jr.

STREET STOCKS
1, M. Moede. 2, Polster. 3, Sternard. 4, Weidner. 5, Denny. 6, John Williams. 7, Jason Barfell. 8, Anderson. 9, Ed Franklin

Heat Winner Polster

IMCA MODIFIEDS
1, Tebon. 2, Arenson. 3, Cochart. 4, Ratajczak. 5, Dart. 6, Derenne. 7, Billy Lemieux.

Heat Winner Ratajczak

IMCA HOBBY STOCKS
1, Boulanger. 2, Brumlic. 3, Hackett. 4, Haese. 5, Faustini. 6, Ryan Rohr. 7, Chris Weckler. 8, A Weidner. 9, Brittany King. 10, Eric Micolichek.

Heat Winners: D Moede, Hackett

TEBON & GRETZ GET OUT THE BROOM, SWEEPING ACTION AT THUNDERHILL

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 2- James Lee Tebon fought off a late race charge from Todd Dart to pick up the win in the IMCA Modifieds at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Stock Car), Randy LeMieux Jr. (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dennis Weidner (Street Stock) and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders)

James Tebon jumped to an early lead in the IMCA Modified main, leaving the battle for the runner up spot to Eric Arneson, Todd Dart and Cory Cochart. With a handful of laps to go a caution for a driveshaft that came out of Eugene Gregorich’s machine bunched the field. Dart used this to his advantage securing the second spot, setting his sights on Tebon for the lead, but again Tebon drove away from the field and picked up the win. Tebon scored a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Dart placed second, Billy LeMieux made a late race charge coming home third, Cory Cochart and rookie Eric Arneson rounded out the top five. With the win Tebon earned the Massart’s Auto Body lucky dog award worth $75.

Tebon also took home top pay in the Modified shoot-out which paid $250 to win in addition to his feature pay, making it three checkered flags for the Algoma driver.

Former champion Greg Gretz flexed his muscle scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Shawn Havel jumped to the point as Greg Gretz gave chase. The due raced door to door for the top spot, Havel’s Chevy powered racer riding the cushion with Gretz’s Ford powered machine working the low groove. The duo raced away from the pack settling the battle between themselves. Charlie Kroll worked his way into the top four but mechanical issues sent his car pit side ending his night. Gretz snuck by Havel midway through the contest never looking back picking up the win. Havel had to settle for second, a wild three car battle ended with Jeremy Wiitala taking home third, Dave Bouche fourth by inches over Troy Muench.

Like Tebon, Gretz won the Stock Car shoot-out netting him an extra $250 and a picture with his son in the Budweiser, Bull Pen Bar & Grill victory lane.

“The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. led every lap winning the IMCA Sport Mod feature.

On a very fast racing surface LeMieux jumped to an early lead. Steve Georgenson gave chase and began to reel in LeMieux midway through the feature. Georgenson worked to LeMieux’s back bumper as they powered through lap traffic but he couldn’t make the pass and LeMieux took home the win in the caution free event, Georgenson second, Jarred VanLaanen a solid third, Chris Budzban and Bernie Reinhardt rounded out the top five.

Travis Hackett came out victories in the IMCA Hobby Stocks also scoring a clean sweep.

Derek Moede set the pace early in the Hobby Stocks. Hackett ran in Moede’s tire tracks for half the race, running nose to tail. Hackett moved up a groove up and began to run the cushion pulling to the outside of Moede several times. The duo checked out from the rest of the field, with 3 laps to go Hackett worked past Moede for the lead. Moede got sideways on the front stretch allowing Hackett the breathing room he needed to cruise home and take the trophy. Moede second, defending state champion Tom Brumlic used a late race pass to place third, CJ Weckler fourth and former Street Stock champion Phil Faustini fifth.

Dennis Weidner used a back up car in winning a wild Street Stock feature.

Andy Paluch and Marvin Denny started on the front row and when the green dropped the pair made heavy contact which ended the night for Paluch, Jason Barfell, Josh Massart in the Geno Sternard machine. Dennis Weidner who had blown his engine during the heat race, borrowed his daughters IMCA Hobby Stock to race the feature. His plan was just to make a few laps to get his points, but after the caution he found himself leading the feature. As the race restarted Denny dogged Weidner the entire way but was never able to make the pass as Weidner picked up a very popular win.

Defending Four Cylinder champion Calvin Stueck continued his winning ways leading every lap and taking home the win in the Feisty Fours.

Special thanks to all the sponsors who supported the Nathan Bouche Memorial; Dave Hatch Racing, WDOR, Dorsch Ford, Tri County Heating, North Bay Construction, Packerland Whey, Metals America, Engine Rebuilding Service, Wisconsin Custom Machine, 141 Speedway, Luxemburg Speedway, Van Drisse Racing Parts, Hackett Racing, Denil Auto & Trucking, Seiler Tire, Mike Weitor Racing, Kroll Racing Fabrication and Malfroid Racing.

Racing continues onto night #2 next Saturday, June 9. The night will be brought to you by Palmer Johnson Yachts and be $1 Coors beer.

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 You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE SUMMARY

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

HEAT 1: Tebon; LeMieux

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Troy Muench, Brussels

HEAT 1: 1) Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg; 2) Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: 1) Gretz; 2) Havel

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 2. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 4. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: 1) VanLaanen; 2) LeMieux Jr.
HEAT 2: 1) Josh Massart, Brussels; 2) Martin Kelsey, Sturgeon Bay

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

HEAT 1: 1) Hackett; 2) Brumlic
HEAT 2: 1) Weckler; Faustini

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 2. Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Andy Paluch, Pulaski; 4. Josh Massart, Brussels; 5. Jason Barfell, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: 1) Paluch; 2) Massart

FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Trophy, Clintonville

HEAT 1: 1) Stueck; 2) Scoon

2011 CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 3 – 103 cars packed the pits as “Hot Rod” Todd Polster outlasted “Chargin” Charlie Kroll to take home his first feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Dave Schmidt (IMCA Hobby Stock), Les Sternard (Street Stock) and Charlie Gross (Four-Cylinders).

Rookie Luke Lemmens and Todd Polster battled for lead early in the Stock Car main event, with Polster powering past Lemmens on lap 3. The top 3 in points would suffer a rough night as Dave Bouche and Greg Gretz ended up in the pits before the night was over and point leader Troy Muench made contact with the turn 1 wall and had a lengthy stop on pit lane, but stayed on the lead lap.

Midway way through the contest Charlie Kroll and Shawn Havel would make their presence felt challenging Polster for the lead. Feeling pressure Polster began to hug the tires which left the top side open and Kroll came motoring by and taking the lead with 8 laps remaining. Polster moved back to the high groove and closed back in on Kroll with Havel in toe. A bobble by Kroll out of turn 4 allowed Polster to retake the lead with 5 laps to go. Havel and Kroll hounded Polster the rest of the way but couldn’t get by as Polster picked up his first win of the season also scoring a clean sweep followed by Havel, Kroll, Jeremy Wiitala and Troy Muench.

Troy Muench was crowned the 2011 IMCA Stock Car champion. Muench is only the second driver to win a title in the Street Stocks and Stock Cars the other is Mike Pierrard.

“The Frog Station Flash” Dan Ratajczak took the lead early and dominated the IMCA Modified feature.

Rookie Cory Cochart and Chris Derenne would lock horns while battling for the lead in the Modifieds bringing out the first caution. Derenne and Cochart would be done for the night, that handed the lead to Evan Madden. Madden would quickly come under attack as Dan Ratajczak powered to the outside taking the lead on lap 3. Ratajczak began to check out leaving the battle for second between Madden and Billy LeMieux.

LeMieux made contact with Madden which sent LeMieux spinning out of turn 4. As LeMieux tried to save the car point leader Jay Matthias had no where to go making heavy contact with LeMieux‘s machine. This sent LeMieux to the pits and Matthias down pit lane with a broken steering box and his night would be over. Ratajczak again pulled away on the restart. Todd Dart would make a late race charge to second but it was all Ratajczak who went on to pick of his third feature of the season by almost a straightaway. Dart second, Eric Mahlik with a Sport Mod took an impressive third, Madden fourth and James Lee Tebon rounded out the top five.

“Big Money” Jay Matthias had just enough of a point cushion over “Felix” Todd Dart to take his second consecutive IMCA Modified title. Matthias becomes only the third driver in the Modifieds to take back to back championships, the other two are Dart and Eugene Gregorich.

Brad Lautenbach worked past Todd Weise to take home his fifth feature win of the year in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Keith Peterson and Todd Weise set the early paces in the Sport Mod feature before Peterson’s racer would slow with a suspension failure bringing out the caution which sent point contender Tyler Hackett to the pits. Todd Weise would have Tom Stark battling on the low groove and Weise worked the high side. As Weise and Stark battled for the lead, point leader Brad Lautenbach marched through the field and with 3 laps to go taking the lead away from Weise and went on to win the feature and score a clean sweep. Stark would sneak by for second, Weise third, Mike Joski fourth from row 6 and Ryan LeMieux fifth from row 7.

With the win Brad Lautenbach picked up the IMCA Sport Mod crown. Not only did he take the Thunderhill title, he also took home championships at Luxemburg Speedway, Seymour Super Speedway as well as the IMCA Sport Mod Wisconsin State title. There’s been five different champions in the five years of the Sport Mods at Thunderhill.

Dave Schmidt lead every lap on his way to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Dave Schmidt would jump from row two and set a blistering pace as he pulled away from the rest of his competitors. 2011 Luxemburg Speedway champion Marcus Moede would give chase quickly moving into second. Tom Brumlic made a late race charging moving into third with 5 laps to go. Schmidt would dominate the event winning by over a half a lap. Moede would hold off Brumlic for second, fourth to CJ Weckler and fifth to Travis Hackett.

Brandon Peterson would drive a safe race finishing inside the top 10 and securing his first ever track championship in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Tom Brumlic took home the IMCA Hobby Stock Wisconsin State crown.

The “Black Stallion” Les Sternard powered by Kipp Burlo with 5 laps remaining to win the Street Stock feature.

Kipp Burlo would set the early paces of the Street Stock feature before last weeks winner Aaron “The Hammer” Thornton worked by down low taking the lead on lap 4. Thornton’s reign up front wouldn’t last long as his engine would expire 3 laps later. Burlo would inherit the lead but was quickly challenged by 67 year old Les Sternard. Sternard led the final 5 circuits to take home his second feature of the season in the caution free event followed by Burlo, George Paul, Tony Everard and Nick Everard rounded out the top five.

Tony Everard and Geno Sternard came into the night tied for the lead in the Street Stocks. Everard came out on top finishing two spots ahead of Sternard. This is Everard’s first Street Stock title. Everard becomes the first person at Thunderhill to hold titles in the Feisty Fours and Street Stocks.

Charlie Gross battled his son Kasey to the checkers taking home his second feature win of the season in the Feisty Fours.

Calvin Stueck took home his first ever track title taking home top honors in the Feisty Fours.

Thunderhill Raceway would like to thank everyone for their support all season, we wish everyone a quick off season and look forward to seeing you all in 2012.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com You can also follow Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter.

RACE SUMMARY

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2.Todd Dart, Algoma; 3.Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; 4. Evan Madden, Algoma; 5. James Lee Tebon, Algoma

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Madden

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 4. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 5. Troy Muench, Union

HEAT 1: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 2: Tim Jandrin, Kewaunee
HEAT 3: Polster

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 3. Todd Weise, Algoma; 4. Mike Joski, Green Bay; 5. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Tyler Hackett, Algoma
HEAT 2: Weise
HEAT 3: Lautenbach
CONSI 1: Jeremy Cota, Oconto Falls

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 4. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Travis Hackett, Algoma

HEAT 1: Moede
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; 3. George Paul, Luxemburg; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 2. Kasey Gross, Gleason; 3. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 4. Michael Verheyden, Green Bay; 5. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Verheyden

4 CYLINDER BACKWARDS RACE: 1. TJ Everard, Green Bay