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Defending Champion LaCrosse Tops Mods; Two In a Row for Kroll

By Chris Budzban

June 28th, 2008; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Defending track champion Benji LaCrosse held off a hard charging Shawn Kilgore to take the feature win at the Forest County Potawatomi Thunderhill Raceway. Charlie Kroll topped the IMCA stock cars for the second week in a row, and Brad Lautenbach scored his first career IMCA northern sport mod feature victory.

LaCrosse took command early, gaining a huge lead over the rest of the field. A spin by Duwayne Mertens would bunch up the field, and Shawn Kilgore would take advantage. Kilgore made the three-wide pass for second, and took to the high-line to challenge LaCrosse. Kilgore held the lead at one point, but LaCrosse powered back on the bottom groove to secure the victory. Kilgore settled for second, followed by Kyle Kudick, Jared Siefert and last week’s winner Jeremy Jacobs.

Chargin’ Charlie Kroll did just what his nickname implies in the IMCA stock car feature. Scott Reinhardt took the lead from the pole, but a bobble on a restart would set up a great three-wide pass from Kroll to take the lead. Kroll took the feature win for the second week in a row, followed by Jamie Suchocki, Greg Gretz, Von Eytcheson and point leader Matt Junio.

Marcus Moede capped off a great weekend, picking up feature wins at both Luxemburg and Thunderhill in the IMCA hobby stocks. Moede made a three-wide pass on the outside line around Jeff Lautenbach and Dave DeGrave, then held off Jarred VanLaanen and Chad Kaminski for the victory. Aaron Zellner and Keith Kickbusch rounded out the top five.

Brad Lautenbach passed fellow rookie Jesse Kroll to take his first career IMCA northern sport mod feature win. A couple of wicked wrecks sent some heavy hitters down pit lane including point leader Jeff Vlies, Aaron Holiday and Bernie Reinhardt. Lautenbach was followed at the checkers by Rod Solem, Kroll, Holiday and Jeff DuBois.

Todd Everard scored his second feature win of the season in the street stock division. He got by early leader Jimmy Anderson and held off a charging Harley Simon through lapped traffic for the victory. Simon held on for second, followed by John Sternard, Anderson and James Iverson.

Kipp Burlo held off defending champion Tony Everard to pick up his first feature win at Thunderhill in the 4 cylinder division.

Next week’s races are sponsored by Flanigan Distributing of Sturgeon Bay. Racing gets underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. The track’s website is www.racethunderhill.com. For more information, call (920) 743-7052.

RACE SUMMARY

IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Kyle Kudick, Mishicot; Jared Siefert, Green Bay; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg

Semi-feature – Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Kilgore; Kudick
Heat 2 – Jacobs; Scott Mullen, Seymour
Heat 3 – LaCrosse; James Tebon, Algoma

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Von Eytcheson, Forestville; Matt Junio, Casco

Semi-feature 1 – Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay; Cory Cochart, Kewaunee
Semi-feature 2 – Junio; Darren Otto, Green Bay

Heat 1 – Rick Dix, Green Bay; Scott Pagels, Egg Harbor
Heat 2 – John Heinz, Green Bay; Eytcheson
Heat 3 – Rick Mahlberg, Green Bay; Scott Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 4 – Kroll; Suchocki

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Marcus Moede, Luxemburg; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Aaron Zellner, Luxemburg; Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee

Heat 1 – Roger LaViolette, Forestville; Jason LaViolette, Little Sturgeon
Heat 2 – Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; Zellner
Heat 3 – Brian Belleau, Algoma; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay

IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; Rod Solem, Seymour; Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Aaron Holiday, Green Bay; Jeff DuBois, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – DuBois; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; Charlie Kroll, Forestville

STREET STOCK FEATURE – Todd Everard, Green Bay; Harley Simon, Seymour; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Jimmy Anderson, Sturgeon Bay; James Iverson, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Thom Terrien, New Franken; Simon

4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Tony Everard, Green Bay; Jason Cornelius, Oneida; Jody Cornelius, Oneida; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Jason Cornelius; Burlo
Heat 2 – Jody Cornelius; Everard

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