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

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

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

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HAYES & DIX HUSTLE TO IMCA WINS AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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KROLL SCORES T-HILL MILESTONE WIN

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

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

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

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

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