Photos courtesy of Holly Anschutz
by Chris Budzban
May 16, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Algoma’s Todd Dart took the lead early and held off another former champion Jeremy Jacobs on his way to the IMCA modified feature win at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Also, Ellisville’s Robert Waechter Jr. picked up his 1st career IMCA hobby stock feature win.
Sturgeon Bay’s Kevin Sternard led the early stages of the IMCA modified feature, until a spin by Dan Ratajczak bunched the field. Dart and Jacobs would both attempt to make the pass on Sternard, with Dart down low and Jacobs up high. Dart was able to get the better run and hugged the tires, picking up the feature win. Jacobs finished second, Shawn Kilgore third, Sternard fourth and last week’s winner Mike Wedelstadt fifth.
In the IMCA stock car division, Brussels’ Shawn Havel took advantage of his front row starting position, riding comfortably to his 1st feature win on the season. Luxemburg’s Pat Davister and Two Rivers’ Bret Koehler battled to the checkers for second, with Davister coming out ahead. Troy Muench and Dave Bouche rounded out the top five.
In the IMCA hobby stocks, Waechter rode the outside line and dominated the feature event. He was followed to the checkers by Chad Kaminski, Frank Paul, Brandon Peterson and Marcus Moede.
Kewaunee’s Cory Cochart would lead most of the IMCA northern sport mod feature, when with 1 lap to go, smoke started to barrel out of the car. Last year’s track champion Jeff Vlies took to the outside of Cochart, but Cochart had just enough left in the car to beat him to the line for the win by inches. Bernie Reinhardt followed in third, Jeff DuBois fourth and Brad Lautenbach fifth.
Defending track champion John Sternard caught early leader Jeremy Wiitala with a few laps remaining, and was able to beat him to the checkers in a clean side-by-side battle in the NEW super stock division. Following Sternard and Wiitala were Jimmy Anderson, Geno Sternard and Logan Rhode.
Three time 4 cylinder champion Tony Everard inherited the lead from Tyler DeBouche and picked up his 2nd straight victory.
Next week’s sponsor is Ladder House Sports Bar & Grill of Sturgeon Bay. Racing kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening featuring IMCA modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks, northern sport mods, NEW super stocks and 4 cylinders. For more information, visit www.racethunderhill.com or call (920) 743-7052.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Todd Dart, Algoma; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont
Semi-feature – James Tebon, Algoma; Tim Czarneski, Denmark
Heat 1 – Wedelstadt; Sternard
Heat 2 – Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Jacobs
Heat 3 – Dart; Tom Stark, Egg Harbor
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Shawn Havel, Brussels; Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; Troy Muench, Brussels; Dave Bouche, Algoma
Semi-feature – Mike Pierrard, Green Bay; Scott Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 1 – Koehler; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
Heat 2 – Havel; Tony Bouche, Algoma
Heat 3 – Jerry Wenzel, Two Rivers; Muench
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Robert Waechter Jr., Ellisville; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Frank Paul, Luxemburg; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Marcus Moede, Luxemburg
Heat 1 – Waechter Jr.; Kaminski
Heat 2 – Peterson; Roger LaViolette, Forestville
IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Jeff DuBois, Luxemburg; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
Heat 1 – Lautenbach; Doug Maurer, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Cochart; Vlies
NEW SUPER STOCK FEATURE – John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Jeremy Wiitala, Seymour; Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Logan Rhode, Manitowoc
Heat 1 – Anderson; Wiitala
Heat 2 – Rhode; Sternard
4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Tony Everard, Green Bay; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Nick Everard, Green Bay; Jason Cornelius, Oneida
Heat 1 – N. Everard; Sam Ambrosius, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Cornelius; Kasey Gross, Gleason