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DAVE “THE BULLDOZER” BOUCHE TAKES IMCA STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 17 – Fresh off a feature win in the Street Stocks last week, Dave Bouche would muscle his way inside Bret Koehler with 4 laps remaining to take home his first IMCA Stock Car feature of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Brad Lautenbach passed Rod Solem and held off Eric Arneson on his way to winning the “King of The Hill” Sport Mod Tournament. Other feature winners were Eugene Gregorich Sr. (IMCA Modified), Eric Arneson (IMCA Sport Mod), Marcus Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock), Aaron Thornton (Street Stock), and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders)

John Anschutz and Bret Koehler would do battle in the early goings of the Stock Car main event. Koehler would edge Anschutz and take the top spot. Dave Bouche would power to second by lap three and run down Koehler. Both drivers would be running the low groove, as Bouche waited for an opening point leader Troy Muench and defending Champion Greg Gretz would join the battle. The top four would run nose to tail down low.

With 5 laps remaining Gretz would be the first to try the top side and he would pull along side and pressure Bouche for the second spot. Koehler would leave just enough opening coming into turn 3 and Bouche would tuck in battling to the inside. Koehler and Bouche would lock horns with smoke and sparks coming off their racecars, when the dust settled Bouche would take the lead. A caution with 2 laps remaining would set up a dash to the checkers. Muench and Gretz would be right on Bouche’s bumper on the restart but Bouche would pull away and pick up the win, his 20th career at Thunderhill. Gretz would have to settle for second, followed by Muench, last weeks winner Charlie Kroll and Todd Polster rounding out the top five.

Muench holds a 25 point lead over Gretz going into the final night.

“The Professor” Eugene Gregorich Sr. would lead every lap winning his 2nd feature of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Eugene Gregorich would work the top groove around Chris Derenne in the opening laps of he Modified feature. Gregorich would pull out to a sizable lead as James Tebon quickly worked to second. Tebon would try the low and high groove trying to chase down Gregorich but it wouldn’t be enough as Gregorich cruised to victory in the caution free event. Tebon took home second, third for point leader Jay Matthias, with Todd Dart fourth and Jeremy Jacobs fifth.

Gregorich captured his 41st Thunderhill feature in a car that was built in 2002. The Modified originally built as a Harris Chassis for Brian Mullen, which Gregorich cut apart and basically made a Franken Stein machine with his own rear suspension design which Gregorich has affectionately named “2010 Hairy Fat Boy” Chassis.

By virtue of his third place finish Matthias holds a 10 point edge over Dart heading into the last point night.

Eric “Chummy” Arneson would take the lead away from Jeff Lautenbach midway through the IMCA Sport Mod feature and pick up his 6th checker of the season.

Jeff Lautenbach would do battle with Tom Stark early in the Sport Mod feature. Jeff would have the lead running the low groove as Stark challenged to the outside. While heading into turn 3 Stark and Jeff Lautenbach made contact sending Stark sliding through grass. Stark would stay in the gas and come back on track in the fifth spot. A few laps later Stark’s engine would expire in a plume of smoke and his night would be over.

Defending Champion Eric Arneson wasted no time chasing down the leader driving around Jeff at the midway point. Arneson would go uncontested picking up the victory. Tyler Hackett would take a solid second, Rod Solem in his first visit of the season would place third, point leader Brad Lautenbach took home fourth with Jeff Lautenbach holding onto fifth.

Brad Lautenbach will go into the final point night with a 4 point edge over Arneson.

Marcus Moede would his use his backup car and claim his second feature of the season in the IMCA Stocks.

The Hobby Stocks saw Kim Denil, Dave Schmidt and Marcus Moede exchange the lead, with Moede taking charge on lap 4. Schmidt would find the top groove and began to chase Moede down. With 2 laps remaining Schmidt would pull even with Moede but Schmidt would get to high out of turn 2 and tag the backstretch wall. Moede would take the win, Schmidt would soldier on to second, CJ Weckler third, Travis Hackett and point leader Brandon Peterson rounded out the top five. As Moede pulled into victory lane his radiator hose blew, had the race been a lap longer he wouldn’t have finished.

Second place point contender Tom Brumlic would encounter trouble allowing Peterson to extend his lead to double digits.

The 300th Street Stock feature goes to Aaron “The Hammer” Thornton as he would nail down his second feature of the season.

Drama would start early the Street Stocks as point leader Geno Sternard would suffer transmission trouble in his heat race that would send him scattering to find a different car for the feature. Andy Paluch who was in his third night of the season gave up his front row starting spot and loaned his racer to Sternard who would then start dead last on the grid.

Fresh off another heat race win Kipp Burlo pulled away to a huge lead early in the Street Stock feature. 2004 Street Stock Champion Aaron Thornton would make his first appearance in nearly 2 months and wage battle with Jimmy Anderson and Rick Sternard. With 5 laps remaining Thornton would take the second spot and quickly close in on Burlo. With 2 laps remaining Thornton would make the pass for the lead passing Burlo down low, a lap later Burlo’s machine would slow and head into the pits ending his night. Thornton would take home the win, followed by Les Sternard, Anderson, Nick Everard and Rick Sternard.

Geno Sternard would finish two spots behind Tony Everard leaving those two drivers tied for the point lead with one night to go.

Matt Borths would battle Kasey Gross early in the Feisty Four main. Gross would work to the inside taking the lead just before the midway point. While leading Gross would clip an infield tire sending his machine rolling on its roof. Gross would emerge uninjured but his night would be over. Once the race was restarted point leader Calvin Stueck would work to the outside of Matt Borths with two laps remaining and capture his 6th feature of the season.

Floors by Josh will host Championship night on Saturday, September 3. Their will be a Trick or Treat them for the kids. Champions will be crowned in all 6 classes. 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. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon. Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Troy Muench, Union; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport

HEAT 1: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 2: Muench
HEAT 3: Polster

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Rod Solem, Seymour; 4. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 5. Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Tom Stark, Egg Harbor

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 2. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 3. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 5. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Schmidt
HEAT 2: Weckler

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; 2. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. James Anderson, Forestville; 4. Nick Everard, Green Bay; 5. Rick Sternard, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Rick Sternard
HEAT 2: Kipp Burlo

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 4. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Brittany King, Appleton

HEAT 1: King

TISLER SALVAGE SPORT MOD KING OF THE HILL: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3. Rod Solem, Seymour; 4. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

KROLL, KILGORE, LAUTENBACH, BRUMLIC AND BOUCHE VICTORIOUS AT THE HILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – August 20 – “Chargin” Charlie Kroll would work past Todd Polster with 5 laps remaining to pick up his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Shawn Kilgore (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Tom Brumlic (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dave Bouche (Street Stock) and Kasey Gross (Four-Cylinders)

Tony Bouche would lead the first 3 circuits before Todd Polster would work to the top side taking the lead away. Last years Stock Car Champions Charlie Kroll and Greg Gretz would quickly give chase moving to the back bumper of Polster. Gretz would be the first to take a shot at the leader, Gretz’s Ford powered machine would work the low groove racing under the leader. Polster would have a little more momentum and hang on to the top spot.

Gretz would lose ground and quickly jumped back to the high side, this allowed Kroll to sneak by for second. Kroll then went to work keeping constant pressure on Polster. The duo raced door to door for the lead, with 5 laps remaining Polster would slide high out of turn 4 and make contact with the front stretch wall allowing Kroll to take command of the race as he would go on to take home the win, Gretz would sneak by for second followed by Polster, Point leader Troy Muench and Shawn Havel.

Shawn Kilgore would take the lead on lap 2 and cruise to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.

Billy LeMieux and Shawn Kilgore would wage battle in the opening laps of the Modified main with Kilgore taking the lead on lap 2. Dan Ratajczak and LeMieux would tangle while battling for second, sending LeMieux’s racer sliding into the front stretch wall. LeMieux would emerge unhurt and would express his displeasure to Ratajczak. Once racing resumed Kilgore would run the cushion to perfection taking home the win over a hard charging James Lee Tebon, Todd Dart would place third, point leader Jay Matthias and Jeremy Jacobs rounded out the top 5.

Point leader Brad Lautenbach power his way from 12th to the lead in 13 laps picking up the win in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Todd Weise jumped from his front row starting spot taking the lead early in the contest. Dennis Miesler would follow in Weise’s tire tracks as he dogged the leader. Midway through the contest Brad Lautenbach would work inside Miesler take the second spot and went to work on Weise. Lautenbach would make the pass only to see a caution fly. This would put Weise back to the lead. Once the race restarted Weise would hug the low groove trying to hold off the point leader, but it wouldn’t be enough as Weise would slide high allowing Lautenbach to take the lead for good as he would cruise to his 4th feature win of the season. Defending Champion Eric Arneson would make a late race charge placing second, Miesler took home a solid third followed by Wiese and Kelsy Hayes.

Wisconsin State point leader Tom Brumlic pass Dave Schmidt on lap 4 and pick up the victory in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Dave Schmidt would jump from row 2 to lead the opening circuits, before Tom Brumlic would charge by and take the lead on lap 4. Brumlic would run the rest of the contest unchallenged as he picked up his 4th feature on the season. Schmidt would place second, CJ Weckler, Marcus Moede and point leader Brandon Peterson would round out the top five. With the win Brumlic now sits only 7 points behind Peterson.

Stock Car driver Dave Bouche would pilot the Edward Anschutz machine to victory in the Street Stocks.

2nd Generation driver Connor Iverson would take command early in the Street Stock main event. Iverson would come under heavy pressure from Rick Sternard. A caution on lap 6 would bunch the field. Former Street Stock Champion Dave Bouche would use the restart to his advantage working inside Iverson for the lead, Sternard then jumped to the high side making it a 3 wide battle for the lead. The trio would make contact out of turn 2 and when the dust settle Sternard and Iverson would head to pit lane with the caution flying. Bouche would inherit the lead and never look back picking up his first win in the division since 1996. Tony Everard would make a late race charge to second followed by Les Sternard, Ford Malvitz and David Baenen would round out the top 5 after going down pit lane early in the race.

Point leader Geno Sternard would suffer a broken a suspension part which sent his car into the backstretch wall on the last lap. With Everard placing 2nd, Sternard’s lead is down to only 2 points with only 2 point nights remaining.

Kasey Gross held off point Leader Calvin Stueck to pick up his first feature of the season and scoring a clean sweep in the Feisty Four Cylinders.

Racing resumes next Saturday night for the Tisler Salvage Sport Mod “King of The Hill” tournament.
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.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3.Todd Dart, Algoma; 4. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Todd Polster, Jacksonport; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma

HEAT 1: Polster
HEAT 2: Gretz

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 4. Todd Wiese, Algoma; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay

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

HEAT 1: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay; 5. David Baenen, New Franken

HEAT 1: Les Sternard
HEAT 2: Baenen

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 3. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brittany King, Appleton; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Gross

LACROSSE KING OF THE HILL / MATTHIAS AND MUENCH PAD POINT LEAD

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 13 – Green Bay’s Benji LaCrosse led every lap enroot to victory and was crowned “2011 King of The Hill” at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. The win netted LaCrosse $1500 for his efforts, courtesy of Packerland Whey, Paul J. Georgia and Joe Hernandez. With LaCrosse winning Thursday night at Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa he took home a total of $8000 in just 2 nights of racing. Feature winners were Jay Matthias (modified), Troy Muench (stock car), Tyler Hackett (sport mod), Rick Lumaye (hobby stock), Geno Sternard (street stock) and Calvin Stueck (four-cylinders).

Defending IMCA Modified Champion Jay Matthias picked up his first feature win of the season.

Eugene Gregorich would wrestle the lead away from Tony Wedelstadt in the early goings. Gregorich pulled out to a sizeable lead leaving the battle for second. Point leader Jay Matthias would slice his way through the field and climb to the second spot. Once in the clear Matthias would begin to reel in Gregorich. A caution for Rick Johnson as his machine would make heavy contact with the front stretch wall. Johnson’s racer would suffer heavy damage and he was done for the night.

This would put Matthias and Todd Dart right on the leaders bumper and set up a 6 lap dash to the checker. When the green flew Dart and Matthias would swarm Gregorich with Matthias taking the lead. Brian Mullen and Benji LaCrosse would move past Dart and Gregorich but were never able to challenge the defending Champion who would pick up his first checker of the year followed by Mullen, LaCrosse, Gregorich and Dart. Matthias now holds a 10 point lead over Dart with 3 point nights remaining.

Troy Muench would methodically work his way through the field and pick up his fifth feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Bret Koehler would jump from the pole leading the first 6 circuits before Shawn Havel would take over the top spot. Point leader Troy Muench quickly worked into the top four and battled door handle to door handle with defending Champion Greg Gretz for second. Muench would take over the runner up spot midway through the contest and set his sights on Havel.

With 5 laps remaining Muench would work down low passing Havel for the lead. Havel would fight back retaking the lead 2 laps later. The duo would race side by side with the white flag waving Muench would find a little more bite and move passed Havel for good and take home the victory. Havel would place a season best second, defending Champion Greg Gretz would place a solid third, followed by Jeremy Wiitala and Kyle Fredrick who started 11th.

Tyler Hackett picked up his second feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Keith Peterson and Jeff Lautenbach would battle for the lead early, this would allow Jarred VanLaanen to close in and take the lead on lap 5, a lap later the caution would fly. As the race resumed Tyler Hackett would make his presence felt working to high side of VanLaanen. Midway through the contest Hackett would take over the lead and begin to pull away only to have the caution flag fly.

This would set up a 5 lap dash to the checkers, on the restart defending Champion Eric Arneson would do battle for second with VanLaanen. This would allow Hackett to pull away and pick up the win. VanLaanen would brush off Arneson and take a career best second followed by Arneson, Kelsy Hayes and Steve Georgenson would started outside row 7. With the victory Hackett climbs to second in the standings just 4 points behind Brad Lautenbach with Arneson 5 back in 3rd.

Rick Lumaye would take the lead on lap 2 and never look back picking up his first career IMCA Hobby Stock Feature win.

Point leader Brandon Peterson would make a late race charge to place second, Travis Lumaye would place a season best third, fourth for IMCA State point leader Tom Brumlic and Dave Schmidt would round the top 5.

Defending Street Stock Champion, Geno Sternard would make a last lap pass winning his 5th feature of the season.

Andy Paluch and Dennis Weidner would battle for the lead early with Weidner getting the best of that battle and opening up a large lead. Point leader Geno Sternard steadily worked through traffic pulling even with Weidner with only a handful of laps remaining. The duo raced side by side all the way to the checkers where Sternard would find just enough to slide by Weidner and make yet another last lap pass for the win. Connor Iverson would place a career best third follow by Tony Everard and Paluch.

Point leader Calvin Stueck would survive a wild Feisty Four-Cylinder feature and pick his fifth win of the season adding to his point lead.

Next Saturday night will be brought to you by Peil Construction and Custom Seal Coating. The night will feature kids big wheel races and powder puff action.

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

PACKERLAND WHEY KING OF THE HILL: 1.Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 2. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 4.Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont

KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 2. Brian Mullen, Seymour; 3. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 4. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Todd Dart, Algoma

HEAT 1: James Lee Tebon, Algoma
HEAT 2: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Union; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 5. Kyle Fredrick, Gillett

HEAT 1: Casey Groessl, Algoma
HEAT 2: Havel

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 4. Kelsy Hayes. Sturgeon Bay; 5. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Rick Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Travis Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Dave Schmidt, Algoma

HEAT 1: Marcus Moede, Algoma
HEAT 2: Schmidt

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Luxemburg; 2. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 3. Connor Iverson, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Andy Paluch, Pulaski

HEAT 1: Paluch
HEAT 2: Jeremy DuBois, Algoma

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 3. Michael Verheyden, Appleton ; 4. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Scoon

TEBON TOPS THE HILL

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by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/11/2011) – James Tebon used a late race pass to propel him to his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Joining Tebon in victory lane on Door County Fair night were Troy Muench in the IMCA Stock Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Nick Everard in the Street Stocks and Travis Hackett in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Tebon’s win came at the expense of four-time champion Eugene Gregorich, who took command of the headliner at the drop of the green. He worked to a sizeable advantage over the course of the race’s first half, but lost it as caution bunched the field on the 11th lap.

Gregorich maintained the point on the restart with Tebon right behind in second. Tight quarter racing for third between Chris Derenne, Jeremy Jacobs and Todd Dart eventually led to a second late caution as Derenne was sent sliding into the pack, collecting Jared Siefert and point leader Jay Matthias.

Gregorich worked the high line for the final laps, opening the door on the inside for Tebon. The Algoma veteran took advantage, pulling even and squeezing through to the lead with two laps to go.

Gregorich was able to hold off the charging Jacobs for second, with Dart fourth and Dan Ratajczak crossing the line fifth.

Muench took another step closer to his first Thunderhill IMCA Stock Car championship with his fourth win of the season. The final laps proved to be a duel between Muench and Thursday night’s feature winner, Jeremy Wiitala.

Bret Koehler led the first half of the feature, but on the 12th lap, he found himself under assault from two sides. With Wiitala edging past him from the inside, Muench swung to the extreme outside groove. The three-wide sequence through the corner moved Wiitala to the lead with Muench a close second.

Wiitala was able to keep Muench at bay for five more lap before the eventual winner completed the winning pass on the 15th circuit.

Defending co-champ Greg Gretz made a late move to second with five laps to go, but couldn’t reel in Muench to contend for the win. Wiitala completed a successful Fair week with a third place run followed by Koehler and Charlie Kroll, who nipped Shawn Havel at the wire for fifth.

Defending IMCA Northern Sport Mod champ Arneson picked up two points on division leader Brad Lautenbach with his fifth feature win of the season.

After taking the lead from Steve Georgenson on the 8th lap, Bernie Reinhardt appeared to be in position to win his first feature of the year. Reinhardt’s cause was aided by a battle for second involving Georgenson, Randy LeMieux, Jr, Tyler Hackett and Arneson.

Timing was key, as Arneson finally gained the spot on the 15th lap, one lap before a final caution erased Reinhardt’s lead.

Hampered by a broken spring, Reinhardt proved no match for Arneson, who shot to the lead from the inside on the restart.

Hackett followed through to take the second spot, where he eventually finished. A first lap tangle had sent Lautenbach down pit lane under caution, but the point leader fought back to salvage a third place finish, with Reinhardt fourth and LeMieux fifth.

First place was the best place to be in a rugged Street Stock feature, and that’s where Everard stayed after a lap five pass of Kipp Burlo.

Several incidents thinned the field, none of which hindered Everard as he stayed clear of the carnage en route to his second feature win of the season.

A spirted battle for second between Sternards – Geno, Rick and Les – eventually went to Geno, the division’s defending champ and current point leader. Rick finished a career best third.

Veteran Scott Pagels returned to action and carded a solid fourth place run, just ahead of Connor Iverson who scored his first career top five finish.

C.J. Weckler used a three-wide move from the outside through three and four to take the lead on the first lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Weckler led the field until the 10th lap, when Marcus Moede’s outside pass put him in control.

Moede would hold the top spot for only three circuits, as Hackett split the seams between the lead duo, slicing through to the lead with just two laps to go.

Hackett would motor away to his third win of the season, with Moede holding off division leader Brandon Peterson for second. Tom Brumlic and Eric Micolichek rounded out the top five.

Racing returns to the Raceway Saturday night, highlighted by the rescheduled Packerland Whey IMCA Modified King of the Hill competition. An additional $1,000 dollars has been added to the purse, courtesy of Prestige Yacht Coatings and Paul J. Georgia, CPA, bringing the total count for the added event up to $1,500.

Witt Peninsula Ford Lincoln will host the regular night’s events, with all six of the Raceway’s regular 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 8/6/11

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – James Tebon, Algoma: Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee: Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg: Todd Dart, Algoma: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Jared Siefert, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Chris Derenne, Luxemburg: Ratajczak
Heat 2 – Jay Matthias, DePere: Tebon

IMCA Stock Car 25 Lap Feature – Troy Muench, Namur: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Jeremy Wiittala, Green Bay: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers: Charlie Kroll, Forestville: Shawn Havel, Algoma

Heat 1 – Wiitala: Muench
Heat 2 – Kroll: Koehler

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 25 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: Tyler Hackett, Algoma: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Reinhardt: Kelsey Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Hackett: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 3 – Randy LeMieux: Lautenbach

Street Stock 20 Lap Feature – Nick Everard, Green Bay: Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Rick Sternard, Egg Harbor: Scott Pagels, Little Sturgeon: Connor Iverson, Sturgeon Bay: Tony Everard, Green Bay

Heat 1 – Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville
Heat 2 – Tony Everard: Nick Everard
Heat 3 – Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay: Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Travis Hackett, Algoma: Marcus Moede, Algoma: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg: Amber Weidner, East Maplewood

Heat 1 – C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Moede
Heat 2 – Hackett: Rick LuMaye, Sturgeon Bay

WIITALA FENDS OFF FREDRICK TO TAKE HOME $1000 PAY DAY AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 5- Jeremy Wiitala fought off Kyle Fredrick and Jeremy Christians to take home his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Tony Wondra (MSA Sprints) and Eric Barth (Legend Cars)

Former IMCA National Champion “Hot” Rod Snellenberger would draw the pole for the 25 lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Fans and sponsors would ante up an extra $900 to win if Snellenberger would start last in the feature, but the current Wisconsin State point leader opted to keep front row starting spot.

Snellenberger would lead the opening 2 circuits before the “High-Side Hustler” Kyle Fredrick would work to the outside and take over the lead. Snellenberger would then come under attack for the second spot from former Champion “Mad” Matt Junio who was driving Casey Groessl’s racer and multi-time Champion Jeremy “Weeds“ Wiitala. Wiitala would get the best of that battle and work into the second spot. A caution on lap 5 would bunch the field.

On the restart the 2010 IMCA Super National’s champion Jeremy Christians would join in the chase as he worked into third right on the back bumper of Wiitala. Fredrick would continue to lead running the high groove. Wiitala began to work down low and begin to make his presence felt. On lap 13 Wiitala would sneak below Fredrick and take the lead. Fredrick would come back 2 laps later and retake the top spot. The pair would run door to door not allowing any room for Christians to get through. With 8 laps remaining Wiitala would take the lead back from Fredrick. Christians and Fredrick would keep constant pressure on Wiitala all the way to the checkers. The win would net Wiitala $1000. Fredrick would place second, Christians third, Shawn Wagner and Rod Snellenberger rounded out the top five.

Tony Wondra would survive a pair of late race cautions to pick up the victory in the MSA Sprint Cars.

Wondra would take off from his front row starting spot and quickly sprinted away from the rest of the pack. At the mid way point Wondra would start to encounter heavy lap traffic allowing Danny Schlafer to close in. Wondra who had been running the top side for most of the race switched to the bottom in hopes of clearing lap traffic. But Schlafer continued to dog the leader. With only 2 laps remaining Schlafer would be right on the back bumper of Wondra, but the caution would fly as rookie Jeremy Schultz winged machine would come to a halt on the backstretch.

This would set up a green white checker finish. The field would reset and the green would fly, Wondra would waste no time going right back down low tight to the infield tire. Earl Possi would quickly power into the second spot but it wouldn’t be enough as Wondra picked up the win, Possi would place second, Tim Haddy third, fourth for Danny Schlafer with Lance Fassbender taking fifth.

Eric Barth would pass Ethan Ross on lap 5 and cruise to the feature win in the Midwest Legend Cars.

Mike Mueller would make a late race charge placing second, Ross would hold on for third, D.J. Ross and Greg Hartlaub would round out the top five.

Extra money on the line this Saturday August 6. The Fiesty Fours have off.
IMCA Modifieds $800 to win, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $300 and $100 to start,
IMCA Stock Cars $600 to win, 2nd $350, 3rd $225, 4th 200 and $100 to start,
IMCA Sport Mods $400 to win, 2nd $200, 3rd $150, 4th $130 and $40 to start,
IMCA Hobby Stocks $300 to win $40 to start,
Street Stocks $300 to win $40 to start

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.

DART, GRETZ, ARNESON AND GREGORICH JR. TAKE HOME IMCA WINS AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 23 – “Felix” Todd Dart took the lead from Cory Cochart midway through the IMCA Modified feature and cruised to his third win of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (stock car), Eric Arneson (sport mod), Eugene Gregorich Jr. (hobby stock), Dennis Weidner (street stock) and Charlie Gross (four-cylinders)

Rick Johnson and rookie Cory Cochart would battle for the lead in the early goings with Cochart taking the lead on lap 4. Cochart would come under heavy pressure from last weeks winner Eugene Gregorich. This would allow Todd Dart and point leader Jay Matthias to close in. Gregorich would look several times under Cochart but just didn’t have enough to make the pass. A caution with 11 laps remaining would bunch the field. On the restart Dart would use the middle groove to pull along side Cochart and take the lead. Dart would slowly pull away and pick up the win, his 44th at Thunderhill. Matthias would place a strong second, Gregorich was third, Tebon would sneak by for fourth with Cochart placing fifth in only his second night in the car.

Greg Gretz would charge from row four taking the lead on lap 7 and picking up his second straight feature of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Veteran racer Tony Bouche would lead the field early in the contest as defending champion Greg Gretz methodically worked his way through traffic. Gretz would pull to the outside of Bouche and the pair of Ford powered cars would race door to door. With Gretz taking the lead on lap 7. Shawn Havel would follow Gretz through the field and move into the runner up position and began to slowly try to reel in Gretz. John Anschutz and Luke Lemmens would tangle in turn 3 and the caution would fly with just 4 laps remaining. This would put Havel and point leader Troy Muench who started outside row seven right behind Gretz on the restart. As the green flew Gretz would pull away leaving the battle for second. Gretz would take home the win, his third of the season followed by Havel, Dave Bouche would sneak by Muench at the line for third and Tony Bouche would come home fifth.

Eric “Chummy” Arneson would find redemption taking home his fourth feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Last weeks feature winner Tom Stark would take the lead away from Jeff Lautenbach early in the contest. Current State point leader Eric Arneson would quickly work his way to second and begin to cut into Starks lead. At the midway point Arneson would work past Stark and take the lead. Tyler Hackett would break into the clear and begin to chase down Arneson, but it wouldn’t be enough as the race would go green to checker with the defending champion taking home the clean sweep. Arneson would find redemption after contact with a lap car last week cost him a chance at victory. Hackett would place a strong second, Stark third, point leader Brad Lautenbach fourth and Randy LeMieux Jr. would place fifth.

Asphalt hot shoe Eugene Gregorich Jr. made his first appearance of the year a successful one, starting last and winning the IMCA Hobby Stock main event.

The Hobby Stocks saw 6 different leaders in the first 13 laps of the feature. Point leader Brandon Peterson would battle lap after lap with Travis Hackett. The duo would trade the lead several times before Eugene Gregorich Jr. would pass Peterson with 2 laps remaining winning his first every IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Gregorich Jr. who had trouble in the heat race started last in the feature. Peterson would pad his point lead taking second, C.J. Weckler, State point leader Tom Brumlic and Rick Lumaye rounded out the top five.

Dennis Weidner would take the lead with 5 to go and win his first feature of the season in the Street Stocks.

Kipp Burlo would lead early jumping from his front row starting spot. Dennis Weidner who also started on the front row would be locked in a battle with James Anderson and Aaron Thornton for second. Weidner was the only car working the outside groove. For several laps Weidner would catch Burlo only to slide high with Anderson and Thornton looking under him. This allowed Burlo to hold the low line and stay in command of the race, a caution on lap 9 would set up a 6 lap dash. On the restart Weidner would find the bite he was looking for and would take the lead away from Burlo. Weidner would go on to pick up his first feature win of the season. Burlo would place second, Anderson, Thornton and point leader Geno Sternard would round out the top five.

In the Feisty Fours, Charlie Gross would out duel his son Kasey and point leader Calvin Stueck to pick up his first ever feature win. Stueck who suffered damage in his heat race would start last in a borrowed car to come home second, Kasey Gross would challenge for the lead but a shredded right front tire would relegate him to a third place late in the event. TJ Everard would place fourth with Joey Scoon fifth.

Next Saturday July 30 will feature the “King of The Hill” Modified tournament. A change to the tournament this year will allow every Modified to enter the event with a cash prize of $500. The race will take place at intermission with 2 cars on the track for a 2 lap race with winner moving on. The night will be brought to you by Quietwoods RV & Campgrounds and Packerland Whey.

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. Todd Dart, Algoma; 2. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 3. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 4. James Tebon , Algoma; 5. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Dart

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Tony Bouche, Algoma

HEAT 1: Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: Tony Bouche

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 4. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: LeMieux Jr.
HEAT 2: Arneson

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Eugene Gregorich Jr., Plover; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Rick Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Weckler
HEAT 2: David Schmidt, Algoma

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 2. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; 3. James Anderson, Forestville; 4. Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; 5. Geno Sternard, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Thornton
HEAT 2: Burlo

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 3. Kasey Gross, Gleason; 4. TJ Everard, Green Bay; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Kasey Gross

EUGENE GREGORICH SCORES IMCA MODIFIED A-MAIN AT THUNDERHILL

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 16 – Four-time IMCA Modified champion Eugene Gregorich would fight off a late race charge from Jay Matthias to take home his first win of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (stock car), Tom Stark (sport mod), Travis Hackett (hobby stock), Geno Sternard (street stock) and TJ Everard (four-cylinders).

Eugene Gregorich would jump from his front row starting spot in the Modified feature and pull out to a half a track lead by the midway point. The battle for second would be a three car contest with Chris Derenne, Dan Ratajczak and defending champion Jay Matthias. Matthias would battle to second at the halfway point. Gregorich would begin to encounter lap traffic slowing his progress and allowing Matthias to close in.

With 5 laps remaining in the contest Matthias would get to Gregorich’s back bumper. Over the next few laps Gregorich would continue to work through lap traffic on the last lap Matthias would work to the inside of the leader. With the checkers waving Gregorich would find a little more bite out of turn 4 and take home the win, making it a clean sweep in the caution free event. Matthias would pad his points lead placing second followed by Derenne, Ratajczak and Mike Wedelstadt.

Defending IMCA Stock Car champion Greg Gretz would take the lead on lap 6 and never look back winning his second feature of the season.

Tony Bouche and Todd Polster would battle early in the contest with Polster taking the lead away from Bouche. A series of cautions early would keep the field tight. Gretz would use this to his advantage working his way to second by lap 5. On the restart Gretz would use a cross over move and slide up in front of Polster taking the lead on lap 6. Gretz would get bottled up in lap traffic midway through the feature allowing Jeremy Wiitala to close in on Gretz, but with a clear track Gretz would slowly pull away taking home the win. Wiitala would place second, followed by Polster, points leader Troy Muench who battle from row 5 to take fourth and Don Aregoni would have another good showing placing fifth.

Tom Stark would inherit the lead with 5 laps remaining and take home the win in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Jeff Lautenbach would lead the first 7 circuits before defending track champion Eric Arneson would make the pass, taking over the lead. Arneson would begin to check out on the field. With five laps remaining Arneson appeared to be on his way to another feature win, but contact from a lap car would send his machine spinning to a stop off turn 3. This handed the lead over to Tom Stark. Stark would go uncontested picking up his first feature win of the season. Tyler Hackett would place second, point leader Brad Lautenbach would place third with Jeff Lautenbach placing a season best fourth and Randy LeMieux Jr. fifth.

Travis Hackett would make it two feature wins a row in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

State points leader Tom Brumlic and Hackett would battle door to door all 15 laps, each lap the duo would trade the lead. With 3 laps remaining Hackett would capture the lead for good and take home his second feature win of the season. Brumlic would settle for second, CJ Weckler third, point leader Brandon Peterson would make a late charge to fourth with Rick Lumaye fifth.

Defending Street Stock champion Geno Sternard would make a last lap last corner pass to collect his fourth feature win of the season.

Aaron Thornton would jump to an early lead from his front row starting spot. Kipp Burlo would work to the back bumper of Thornton and begin to challenge for the lead. Just as Burlo was about to take the lead his racer would suffer a mechanical failure and end his night. This would allow Geno Sternard to take the second spot right behind Thornton. With one lap remaining Sternard pull to the high side and pull even with Thornton. Sternard would find a little bit more traction out of turn four and pass Thornton for the win. With the win Sternard is the new points leader. Thornton settled for second, followed by Nick Everard, Dennis Weidner and Tony Everard.

TJ Everard would lead every lap in route to his second feature win in a row in the Feisty Fours.

Point leader Kasey Gross would encounter trouble midway through the event handing the points lead to Calvin Stueck who would place second. Third for Matt Borths, fourth for Michael Verheyden and fifth to Brittany King.

Next Saturday, July 23 will be brought to you by Miller Lite and the Street Stocks will feature driver introductions as well as the annual Christmas in July theme. Drivers are encouraged to decorate their trailers with the Christmas theme. Prizes for the best decorated trailer will be given out.

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. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 2. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 3. Chris Derenne, Luxemburg; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 5. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont

HEAT 1:Gregorich
HEAT 2:Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Todd Polster, Jacksonport; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Don Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Polster
HEAT 2: Tony Bouche, Algoma

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1 Tom Stark, Egg Harbor.; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 4. Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Martin Kelsey
HEAT 2: Brad Lautenbach

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 3.CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Rick Lumaye, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Peterson
HEAT 2: Marcus Moede, Algoma

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Luxemburg; 2. Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; 3. Nick Everard, Green Bay; 4. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Thornton
HEAT 2: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. TJ Everard, Green Bay; 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 3. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Michael Verheyden, Appleton; 5. Brittany King, Appleton

HEAT 1: Stueck

300TH IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE AT THUNDERHILL GOES TO TODD DART

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 9 – Thunderhill Raceway celebrated its 300th feature in the IMCA Modifieds and when the fireworks ended it was 6-time champion “Felix” Todd Dart sitting in victory lane. Other feature winners were Troy Muench (stockcar), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Travis Hackett (hobby stock), Jimmy Anderson (street stock) and Teddy Everard (four-cylinders).

Former champion Eugene Gregorich would jump to a sizable lead at the drop of the green for the IMCA Modified feature leading the first 6 laps before Todd Dart would move from row 4 into second. Like the days of old a side by side battle with Dart and Gregorich. Dart would take the lead away from Gregorich on lap 7. Dart would slowly pull away from the field till a caution with 3 laps remaining would bunch the field. Dan Ratajczak would pull to the outside of Dart on the restart but that was as close as he would get, as Dart cruised to the win, his second of the season. Gregorich would suffer a flat tire ending his good run. Second would go to Ratajczak followed by point leader Jay Matthias, Evan Madden and Jeremy Jacobs.

With the win Dart pocketed an extra $300 dollars and a special trophy commemorating the 300th modified feature.

Point leader Troy Muench charged through the field out dueling Kyle Fredrick to take home the win in the IMCA Stock Cars.

Jeremy Anschutz would jump from the pole leading the first 6 laps of the IMCA Stock Car feature before Todd Polster would work to the inside taking over the top spot. Polster’s reign up front wouldn’t last long as Troy Muench would rocket from row 6 and take the lead midway through the feature. Last weeks winner Kyle Fredrick and defending champion Greg Gretz would make a charge through the pack and begin working on Polster for the runner up spot. Gretz and Polster would tangle, sending Gretz to pit lane with a flat tire. This would move Fredrick who started in row 7 to the third spot as he tried to reel in Muench. A caution would fly with 4 laps remaining and wipe away the lead Muench had.

When the green flew Fredrick would move to the second spot and with one to go he would move to the high side and pull even with Muench, but it wouldn’t be enough as Muench would power down low and pick up his third win of the season and pad his points lead. Polster would be caught up in a late race wreck with Luke Lemmens ending their chances at top 5 finish. Fredrick would place second, third for Jeremy Wiitala followed by Dave Bouche and Scott Reinhardt who both started deep in the field.

Points leader Brad Lautenbach would come from row 8 to take home his third feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Tom Stark would jump from his front row starting spot opening up a big lead early. Second year Sport Mod drivers Tyler Hackett and Kelsy Hayes would reel in Stark waging a three car battle for the lead. Brad Lautenbach quickly worked through the field and by midway point was running in the top 5. Stark, Hackett and Hayes would go 3-wide for the lead with Hackett taking the top spot on lap 10. A lap later Stark would push up make contact with Hackett and send him spinning in turn 3. Caution would fly and Stark would be put to the back for the contact and Hackett would be given his spot back as the leader.
On the restart Lautenbach would make a power move and take the lead away from Hackett. Hackett would keep constant pressure on Lautenbach but was never able to make the pass. Lautenbach picked up the win with Hackett a close second, followed by Hayes, defending champion Eric Arneson and Jarred Van Laanen would have his best run of the season taking fifth.

Travis Hackett would lead every lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature to take home his first win of the season. Tom Brumlic would nip Marcus Moede at the line for second, point leader Brandon Peterson would place fourth with CJ Weckler rounding out the top five.

Jimmy “Windows” Anderson would take home the time shorted Street Stock Feature, his first of the season. Defending champion Geno Sternard would place second, Ford Malvitz would have another strong run placing third with new points leader Tony Everard fourth and brother Nick Everard fifth.

Teddy Everard took home his first win of the season in the Feisty Fours. Point leader Kasey Gross second followed by Calvin Stueck, Michael Verheyden and Joey Scoon.

The family of Teddy, Tony and Nick Everard have all won their first features at Thunderhill in the Feisty Fours.

Next week July 16 will be Driver Autograph night at Thunderhill and will be brought to you by Sonny’s Pizzeria and The Draft Haus of Sturgeon Bay.

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. Todd Dart, Algoma ; 2. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 3.J ay Matthias, De Pere ; 4. Evan Madden, Algoma ; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

HEAT 1: Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; Dart
HEAT 2: Matthias; James Tebon, Algoma

ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Union ; 2. Kyle Fredrick, Gillet ; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay ; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma ; 5. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor

HEAT 1: Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: Wiitala; Greg Gretz Kewaunee

BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken ; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 3. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls ; 5. Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Hackett; Tim McCormick, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Arneson; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark ; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma ; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Brumlic; Moede

LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay ; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay ; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Teddy Everard, Green Bay ; 2. Kasey Gross Gleason ; 3. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 4. Michael Verheyden, Green Bay ; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Verheyden; Stueck

Frederick Wins 300th IMCA Stockcar Feature at Thunderhill

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By Greg Aregoni

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – Kyle Frederick started on the pole and fought off all challengers in winning the 300th IMCA Stockcar feature. He was awarded $300.00 for the win.

Other feature winners were Mike Wedelstadt in the IMCA Modifieds, Brad Lautenbach in the IMCA Northern Sportmods, Brandon Peterson in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Lester Sternard in the Street Stocks, and Matt Borths in the 4 Cylinders.

Kipp Burlo led from the onset of the Street Stock feature and built up a nice lead until an Ed Franklin spin would bring out the first caution of the race on lap four. Geno Sternard would make his way through field with Lester Sternard and run to second and third. Both would make the pass on Burlo for the top two spots. With nephew Geno leading, uncle Lester would try to run him down. Over a series of cautions that plagued the middle part of the race the field would stay bunched. On the final restart Geno Sternard would get a good jump and take off but only to have a blown motor end his night coming to the white flag. Lester Sternard would inherit the lead and the 67 year old would win the Street Stock feature. Trailing Sternard were Burlo in second, Mike Sargent third, Jeremy Dubois fourth and Jimmy Anderson fifth.

Tom Stark used a power move early on with Ryan Lemieux to grab the top two spots in the IMCA Northern Sportmod feature. A lap four caution would bring Lemieux to the back bumper of Stark. Lemieux would use the restart and shoot down low and grab the lead on lap six. Lemieux looked to be on his way to a win but Brad Lautenbach made his second with other ideas. Lautenbach moved to the top side of the racetrack and started stalking Lemieux. Lautenbach got to the back bumper and made methodical work of Lemieux up top. Lautenbach would cruise to the win with Lemieux settling for second. Brother Randy Lemieux Jr finished third. Kelsey Hayes and Eric Arneson rounded out the top five.

Kyle Fredericks grabbed the early lead from the pole in the IMCA Stockcar feature. Fredericks would continue to lead but with heavy pressure from Brandon Czarapata. The top two would break away from the field. Jeremy Wiitala made his way to third and started to reel in the top two. Wiitala ran the highline and passed both Fredericks and Czarapata for the lead. Right after the lead change the lone caution would put a halt on the race. With Wiitala the leader Fredericks continued to work the bottom of the track and go side by side with Wiitala for the lead. With four laps to go Fredericks would grab the lead for good with Dave Bouche making the pass for second. Bouche would never get a chance to challenge as Fredericks would pick up the win. Fredericks would win the 300th feature in the IMCA Stockcars since the reopening of the track. Bouche would run second. Wiitala after leading midway through the race finished third. Greg Gretz would finish fourth and Brandon Czarapata fifth.

It was a family affair in the IMCA Modified feature event. Tony Wedelstadt would be the early leader with father Mike making his way to second. Dad would go to the top and pass son on lap three. Jeremy Jacobs would come up and challenge Tony Wedelstadt the rest of the way for second. Dad Mike Wedelstadt would cruise to a ¼ lap win over son Tony. Jacobs would run a solid third. Todd Dart would put his racer in the top 4. Point leader Jay Matthias would finish fifth.

Eric Micolichek graced the lead in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature before Brandon Peterson would come and make a three wide pass for the lead over Micolichek and Dave Schmidt. A caution would bunch up the field one last time midway through the race. After problems in his heat race, Travis Hackett would come from deep in the field and make his presence felt. Hackett would get to the outside of Peterson numerous times but could never make the pass. Peterson would pull away and go onto the win and become the new point leader. Marcus Moede would make a late pass to finish second. Hackett would fall back and finish third. C.J. Weckler would settle for fourth and Schmidt fifth.

Matt Borths would score a clean sweep on the night after winning both heat and feature in the 4 Cylinders. Borths would fight off all advances of Joey Scoon and win the main event. With Scoon second, Kasey Gross would finish third, Calvin Stueck fourth and Theodore Everard fifth.

Jarred VanLannen would like to thank the Thunderhill Racing community for the kind thoughts and prayers this week after the untimely passing of his mother.

Next Saturday Night at The Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway, Lakeside Painting and Sherwin Williams will; sponsor the night. IMCA Northern Sportmods will have driver introductions. A kids coin drop will also be done at intermission. The tracks website is www.racethunderhill.com For more information call Woody at 743-7052

Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified Feature- 1. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 2. Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont 3. Jeremy Jacobs, Algoma 4. Todd Dart, Algoma 5. Jay Matthias, DePere

Heats #1 1. James Tebon, Algoma 2. Tony Wedelstadt
#2 1. Mike Wedelstadt 2. Dan Rataczjak, Frog Station

Algoma Motors IMCA Modified Stockcar Feature- 1. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay 4. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee 5. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski

Consy- 1. Barry Van Straten, Shiocton

Heats #1 1. Wiitala 2. John Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay
#2 1. Czarapata 2. Frederick
#3 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers 2. Scott Reinhardt, Bailey’s Harbor
#4 1. Shawn Wagner, Shawano 2. Troy Muench, Union

Butch’s Auto IMCA Northern Sportmod Feature- 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken 2. Ryan Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 3. Randy Lemieux Jr, Sturgeon Bay 4. Kelsey Hayes, Sturgeon Bay 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls

Heats #1 1. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor 2. Arneson
#2 1. Andy Rataczjak, Frog Station 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma
#3 1. Lautenbach 2. Keith Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay 2. Marcus Moede, Casco 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma 4. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay 5. Dave Schmidt, Kewaunee

Heats #1 1. Peterson 2. Schmidt
#2 1. Moede 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark

Lackie’s Rentals and Remodeling Street Stock Feature- 1. Lester Sternard, Sturgeon Bay 2. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay 4. Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay 5.Jimmy Anderson, Sturgeon Bay

Heats- #1 1. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay
# 2 1. Burlo 2. Dubois

Denil Auto and Trucking 4 Cylinder Feature- 1. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay 3. Kasey Gross, Gleason 4. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville 5. Theodore Everard, Green Bay

Heat 1. Borths 2. Gross

JACOBS TAKES BOUCHE MEMORIAL AT THE HILL

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

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by Tom Wagner

(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/25/2011) – A late race pass was the difference as former track champ Jeremy Jacobs raced to the IMCA Modified feature win in the 3rd annual Nathan Bouche Memorial Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Top division prizes on the night also went to Brandon Czarapata in the IMCA Stocks Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Geno Sternard in the Street Stocks, Tom Brumlic in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Joey Scoon in the 4 cylinder class.

For the bulk of the IMCA Modified headliner, it appeared that the die was cast; Jacobs would finish second to Tony Wedelstadt. The second generation racer from Fremont took the lead at the drop of the green, and while never able to pull completely away, he maintained a consistent edge on a trio of pursuers – Jacobs, Jay Matthias and Shawn Kilgore.

But with two laps to go, Jacobs made a charge, diving to the bottom through one and two. The two raced hard through the corner with Jacobs taking control down the backstretch. After leading 18 laps, Wedelstadt could only watch as Jacobs pulled away heading to the white flag. He then fell prey to Matthias and Kilgore as both shot by on the low line.

The win for Jacobs was his second of the season after taking the victory on opening night.

Czarapata scored the IMCA Stock Car win in only his second visit of the year. Starting from the front row, he led every lap, but saw several leads wiped away by a series of cautions.

Jeremy Wiitala took over the second spot on the 8th lap, but Czarapata proved to be the master of the restart, never giving the runner-up a chance to draw even.

A late rally by Troy Muench scored a third place finish, preserving his point lead for another week. Todd Polster ran in the lead pack though the event to grab fourth ahead of Shawn Havel.

The IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature proved to be a duel between the two co-point leaders entering the night; Arneson and Brad Lautenbach,

Arneson took the top spot from Jarred VanLaanen on the 8th lap, after a two-lap side by side battle following restart prompted by leader Tom Stark’s breakdown. Lautenbach worked his way past VanLaanen as well to grab second.

Arneson took control of the higher preferred line, leaving the bottom groove open for Lautenbach. Lautenbach made several runs, diving under the leader, but each attempt fell short as Arneson was able to carry the momentum on the higher line.

Holding the advantage to the checker, Arneson’s third win of the season moved him into solo possession of the division lead by a single marker over Lautenbach.

Chris Benes kept the pressure on the point leaders finishing an impressive third. Randy LeMieux, Jr raced from his sixth row starting spot to fourth ahead of VanLaanen.

Sternard came a long way in a short amount of time to catch Kipp Burlo en route to the Street Stock win. Burlo took the lead at the drop of the green, and built what appeared to be a safe cushion.

Sternard moved into second on the 10th lap, chased down the leader and passed him with a strong move on the outside line through one and two with just one lap to go.

It was the second straight win for the defending class champ, and third overall on the season.

Ford Malvitz turned in a career best performance, running up front the entire way, placing third. Point leader Tony Everard was fourth, with Les Sternard joining his nephew in the top five.

Brumlic used an outside move to get around Marcus Moede and leader Dave Schmidt on the sixth lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.

Scott Boulanger eventually secured second after a hard fought battle with Brandon Peterson, Moede and Schmidt. He cut into Brumlic’s advantage, but ran out of time before he could mount a serious challenge.

Scoon shot to the inside of Matt Borths on a restart on the second lap of the 4 cylinder feature, dominating the rest of the way, as he posted his second feature win of the season.

With his car sidelined after banging the wall in the heat, Kasey Gross jumped behind the wheel of father Charlie’s machine to place second.

This Saturday night, Poh’s Corner Pub and Bissen Asphalt will host the show. The Raceway’s regular six divisions will be on hand, with the finale of the night the ever popular trailer race of destruction.

The night will also mark the 300th feature run in the IMCA Stock Car class since the track reopened in 1993. The winner will receive an extra $300, as well as a special commemorative trophy.

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 6/25/11

IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg,: Jay Matthias, Depere: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken: Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont: Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station

Heat 1 – Tony Wedelstadt: James Tebon, Algoma
Heat 2 – Jacobs: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg

IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Brandon Czarapata, Appleton: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay: Troy Muench, Namur: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay: Shawn Havel, Algoma: Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg

Semi-feature – Dan Sell, Suring: Kyle Frederick, Gillett: John Anschutz, Brussels: Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

Heat 1 – Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Mike Wietor, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Czarapata: Polster
Heat 3 – Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor: Havel

IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Chris Benes, Algoma: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay: Tyler Hackett, Algoma

Heat 1 – Tom Stark, Egg Harbor: VanLaanen
Heat 2 – Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay

Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay, Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay: Tony Everard, Green Bay: Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Dave Baenen, New Franken

Heat 1 – Burlo: Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Malvitz: Les Sternard

IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: Dave Schmidt, Algoma: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Marcus Moede, Algoma

Heat 1 – Moede: Travis Hackett, Algoma
Heat 2 – Weckler: Peterson

4 Cylinder Feature – Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: Kasey Gross, Gleason: Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay: Theodore Everard, Green Bay: Steve Skippon, Sturgeon Bay: Calvin Stueck, Clintonville:

Heat – Scoon: Borths