(Sturgeon Bay, WI) On Saturday, August 25 Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway readies for its second to final point night of the 2012 racing season. While the weather begins to cool, action will be hot as Hades when we kick off week 11 brought to you by Sturgeon Bay’s Northland Steel. To see what Northland Steel can do for you, check out their website at northlandsteel.net or call them toll free (800) 765-0153
Back by popular demand, the Bartenders Race will conclude action at the end of the night. Rules & guidelines for the special race; Be a bartender that doesn’t have any previous racing experience, buy a pit pass…oh and no drinking before hand. So if you’re a bartender and you want to get in on the action, find a race car, pour yourself in the seat and hammer down till the checker flies.
Every week you expect drivers to break away from the pack and distance themselves in the title hunt but it hasn’t happened yet. As we draw closer to the last point night four of the six divisions are within 8 points or less in the battle for the championship.
The closest title chase comes to be in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars. Three drivers are separated by just 2 points. Algoma’s Dave Bouche climbed to the top of the standings for the first time in 2012. Bouche who is old school and builds his own race cars has been solid all season and now leads defending Champion Troy Muench of Union by a mere 1 point. Green Bay’s Jeremy Wiitala sits just 2 points back of Bouche in the third spot. All 3 drivers hold titles in the Street Stocks.
The point battle is just as tight in the Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mods where Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen holds a slim 1 point advantage over hometown driver Bernie Reinhardt. VanLaanen’s had a frustrating few weeks of racing suffering from a blown engine to getting caught up in rough night of racing. VanLaanen has seen his solid point lead spontaneous combust as Reinhardt scored his fourth feature win of the season. Sturgeon Bay fan favorite Kelsy Hayes has quietly closed in on the lead duo and she sits just 7 points back in third. If Hayes can gain those 7 points in the next two Saturdays she’d become the first female champion at Thunderhill Raceway.
It’s been a battle of survival as East Maplewood’s Dennis Weidner looks to claim his first ever title in the Lackie Rentals Street Stocks. Weidner has suffered 3 blown engines and his racer has felt the effects of the concrete wall on more than one occasion. That’s resulted in him using his back car on 4 separate occasions. The back up car is more or less an IMCA Hobby Stock that his daughter Naomi raced opening night. Despite all that Weidner clings to a 6 point lead over seasoned veteran Jimmy Anderson of Forestville, who is also looking for his first title. When Weidner has faltered so has Anderson, one more bad night for either driver could be the nail in the coffin.
Denmark’s Tom Brumlic opened the point gap in eyeing his first track title in the Lavine’s Ice IMCA Hobby Stocks. As of a month ago Brumlic had a 20 point lead over Casco’s Derek Moede. Moede closed the points spread to just 2 points before last Saturday. Moede who is getting married in the off season, had his coin shower Saturday afternoon resulting in him missing his heat race. This forced him to start dead last on the field with no laps under his belt for the night. When the green flew for the main Moede slowed and had to be pushed to pit lane with fuel issues, he returned to action but was laps down. Brumlic snapped his string of bad luck capturing a sold second place finish and now leads Moede by 8 points.
It appears that unless Algoma’s James Lee Tebon is abducted by aliens he will take home the title in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds. Billy LeMieux of Sturgeon Bay has won several features in the Modifieds over the years is still mathematically in the title hunt depending on car count, trailing the leader by a hefty 27 points. Tebon has a division high 5 feature wins & 4 heat race wins, the former Street Stock hot shoe has the chance to capture not only one but two track titles in the same season as he sits just 3 points out of the lead at Luxemburg Speedway, either of which would be the first of his racing career.
For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com 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. IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport Mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, Street Stock and Feisty Fours in action. Pit gates open at 3:30 P.M. racing starts at 6:00 P.M. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.