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Jerovetz Fends Off Kilgore at Thunderhill

By Chris Budzban

July 12, 2008; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Little Suamico’s Sean Jerovetz fended off New Franken’s Shawn Kilgore to become the 8th different IMCA modified feature winner at the Forest County Potawatomi Thunderhill Raceway. Meanwhile, Luxemburg’s Dave DeGrave captured his 5th IMCA hobby stock feature win at Thunderhill.

Jerovetz got the best of a three-wide battle for the lead with Tom Stark and Kevin Sternard, and drove his way to a comfortable lead. A couple of cautions would bunch the field, with points leader Todd Dart and Shawn Kilgore looking to take advantage. Dart tried the high line around Jerovetz, and as Jerovetz went to make the block, Kilgore dove underneath with 2 laps to go. Jerovetz got a run back on the outside and was able to hang on for the feature win. Kilgore followed in second, Dart third, Sternard fourth and James Tebon fifth. Kilgore has posted three 2nd place finishes so far this year.

Green Bay’s John Heinz looked like the sure winner in the IMCA stock car division, but a late caution wiped out his lead. Greg Gretz and Scott Pagels went on the inside and outside of Heinz, respectively, with Gretz gaining the lead. Gretz would pull away and capture his 1st feature win of the season. Heinz followed in second, Matt Junio third, Pagels fourth and Charlie Kroll fifth.

Dave DeGrave picked up his second feature win of the weekend in the IMCA hobby stocks, also picking up the win at the Luxemburg Speedway. DeGrave passed rookie driver Robert Waechter, Jr. on the outside with 1 lap to go, edging him out for his 10th feature win overall on the season. Trouble for points leader Jarred VanLaanen will shake up the standings in the hobby stock division.

Seymour’s Rod Solem held off last week’s IMCA northern sport mod feature winner Bernie Reinhardt to capture his 2nd career win in the division. The sport mods were able to go from the green flag to the checkers without a caution.

Maplewood’s Aaron Thornton jumped out to a huge lead from his front row starting position in the street stocks, similar to last week’s feature event. The race would be uninterrupted until 2 laps to go with James Iverson collecting the frontstretch wall. That set up a great battle between Thornton and Jeremy Wiitala, with Thornton hanging on for his 1st feature win on the season. Wiitala took second, Dennis Weidner third, Todd Everard fourth and John Sternard fifth.

Green Bay’s Tony Everard held off a late charge by Kipp Burlo to take the 4 cylinder feature victory.

Next week’s races are sponsored by Bergstrom Automotive. 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 – Sean Jerovetz, Little Suamico; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Todd Dart, Algoma; Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; James Tebon, Algoma

Heat 1 – Tom Stark, Sturgeon Bay; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Tebon; Tim Czarneski, Denmark

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; John Heinz, Green Bay; Matt Junio, Casco; Scott Pagels, Egg Harbor; Charlie Kroll, Forestville

Semi-feature – Shawn Havel, Brussels; Tim Czarneski, Denmark

Heat 1 – Dave Bouche, Algoma; Pagels
Heat 2 – Charlie Kroll; Von Eytcheson, Forestville
Heat 3 – Ben Kroll, New Franken; Gretz
Heat 4 – Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay; Heinz

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; Robert Waechter, Jr., Ellisville; Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; Roger LaViolette, Sturgeon Bay; Jason LaViolette, Little Sturgeon

Heat 1 – Lautenbach; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Waechter, Jr.; Roger LaViolette

IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – Rod Solem, Seymour; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Travis Cain, Oconto; Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Miesler; Jeff DuBois, Luxemburg
Heat 2 – Reinhardt; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay

STREET STOCK FEATURE – Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Jeremy Wiitala, Seymour; Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; Todd Everard, Green Bay; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Tim Jandrin, Kewaunee; Gene Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Thornton; John Sternard

4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Tony Everard, Green Bay; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Kasey Gross, Gleason; Charlie Gross, Gleason; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Everard; Jared Smith, Luxemburg
Heat 2 – Kasey Gross; Burlo

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