McDermid Cashes In at Thunderhill’s Fair Night Special

By Chris Budzban

August 6, 2008; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Oconto Falls’ Julie McDermid beat out Seymour’s Brian Mullen, taking home the $1,000 prize in the IMCA modified division at the Forest County Potawatomi Thunderhill Raceway’s fair night special. Jamie Suchocki notched his first career feature win in the IMCA stock cars.

The night didn’t start out as planned, as Mother Nature has thrown the track quite a few curveballs all season long, and this night being no different. Thunderhill Raceway would like to thank all the track crew, the drivers and the fans for getting a very important night of racing in tonight.

Denmark’s Tim Czarneski was looking to take back to back feature wins in the modifieds, but McDermid had other intentions. McDermid powered down low on her way to second, then drove underneath Czarneski to take the lead. A late surge from Brian Mullen set up a close finish, but McDermid came out on top. Mullen settled for second, Billy LeMieux third, Czarneski fourth and Mike Wedelstadt fifth.

Forestville’s Jamie Suchocki had his hands full with some heavy competition behind him, but he shrugged off the pressure and took home his first career feature win. Suchocki survived a heated battle with multi-feature winner Charlie Kroll on several occasions, and was able to cruise onto a victory. Rod Snellenberger finished third, Darren Otto fourth and Mike Wietor fifth.

The wild and crazy finishes in the IMCA hobby stock division of late added a new chapter with tonight’s finish. State points leader Dave DeGrave took the lead away from Brian Belleau with 5 laps remaining, but Belleau took DeGrave around and received the black flag for his efforts. DeGrave somehow held on, but Jarred VanLaanen shot past him and into the lead. VanLaanen felt the pressure from Derek Moede with a few laps remaining, but he was up to the challenge taking home his first feature win of the season. Derek Moede took second, followed by DeGrave, Brandon Peterson and Marcus Moede.

Algoma’s Jesse Kroll set the pace early in the IMCA northern sport mod division, but lost control of his car coming out of the corner, surrendering multiple positions. Last week’s winner Travis Cain would inherit the lead, and was able to hold off initial pressure from Charlie Kroll and Tim Jorgenson. Jorgenson challenged late for the lead, but Cain kept holding him off until the final turn, as Jorgenson was able to get to the inside and narrowly beat out Cain for the win. Charlie Kroll followed in third, Eric Arneson fourth and Bernie Reinhardt fifth.

Green Bay’s Tyler DeBauche picked up his second feature win of the season in the 4 cylinder division, besting Gleason’s Kasey Gross.

There is no racing this Saturday night, racing will resume next Saturday, August 16. The sponsor for the night will be Witt Peninsula Ford. For more information, visit the website at www.racethunderhill.com or call (920) 743-7052.

RACE SUMMARY

IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Julie McDermid, Oconto Falls; Brian Mullen, Seymour; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Tim Czarneski, Denmark; Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont

Heat 1 – Mullen; Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Benji LaCrosse, Luxemburg; Todd Dart, Algoma
Heat 3 – LeMieux; Tebon

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; Darren Otto, Green Bay; Mike Wietor, Green Bay

Semi-feature – Tyler Smith, Luxemburg; Casey Groessl, Algoma

Heat 1 – Kroll; Willie DeGrave, Luxemburg
Heat 2 – Dave Bouche, Algoma; Troy Muench, Brussels
Heat 3 – Larry Karcz, Pulaski; Otto

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Derek Moede, Casco; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Marcus Moede, Luxemburg

Heat 1 – Jason LaViolette, Little Sturgeon; Peterson
Heat 2 – Jamie Bosman, Sturgeon Bay; VanLaanen
Heat 3 – Derek Moede; DeGrave

IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – Tim Jorgenson, DePere; Travis Cain, Oconto; Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Eric Arneson, Coleman; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Marcus Yarie, Wausau; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
Heat 2 – Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Jesse Kroll, Algoma

4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Tyler DeBauche, Green Bay; Kasey Gross, Gleason; Tony Everard, Green Bay; Jason Cornelius, Oneida; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay

Heat 1 – Burlo; Jody Cornelius, Oneida
Heat 2 – Jason Cornelius; Mark Kuhfuss, Sheboygan Falls