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

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

(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:

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Koehler Triumphs at Thunderhill

Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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HAVEL, TEBON, MOEDE & STERNARD SWEEP ACTION AT THUNDERHILL

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

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