by Chris Budzban
May 30, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – Although he won the IMCA modified points title for the sixth time in 2008, Algoma’s Todd Dart did not have a single feature win on the season. It didn’t take him long to grab his first feature win of 2009, and he notched his second feature win tonight at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway.
Dart followed early race leader Eric Van Iten on the bottom of the race track for several laps, then turned on the jets and headed up to the middle groove. He was able to make the pass with 4 laps to go and hang on for the win. Van Iten would take second, Jeremy Jacobs third, Mike Wedelstadt fourth and Tim Czarneski fifth.
Brussels’ Shawn Havel also captured his second feature win of the season at Thunderhill in the IMCA stock car division. Havel grabbed the lead early and never relinquished, fending off an early challenge from division rookie Dave DeGrave to take the checkers. DeGrave finished second, Pat Davister third, Dave Bouche fourth and Bret Koehler fifth.
The IMCA hobby stocks, dubbed the “wild things,” excited the crowd with early three and four wide action up front. Frank Paul took command of the race with last week’s winner Jarred VanLaanen and Luke Lemmens nipping at his heels. A caution set up a green-white-checker finish, with Paul edging VanLaanen at the line for the win. Lemmens finished third, Chad Kaminski fourth and a spinning Aaron Zellner fifth.
Second year IMCA northern sport mod driver JJ Andersen bested Cory Cochart to win his first career feature in the division. Cochart tried relentlessly to pass Andersen on the inside, but to no avail. Cochart settled for second, Bernie Reinhardt third, Jesse Kroll fourth and Brad Lautenbach fifth.
Seymour’s Jeremy Wiitala ended his tough luck by bringing home the win in the NEW super stock division. Ryan Mueller led the majority of the race, when with 2 laps to go he was sandwiched by Wiitala on the outside and John Sternard on the inside. Wiitala was able to make the pass, taking the win. Mueller took second, Sternard third, Joe Schwister fourth and David Hoerning fifth.
Suamico’s Tyler DeBouche captured the 4 cylinder win for the second week in a row. Kasey Gross was the runner up, also the second week in a row he’s finished there.
The IMCA modifieds held another “Dash for the Cash” special, with Mike Wedelstadt coming out victorious.
Next week The Big Dawg 97.7 will sponsor the racing action. Racing gets underway at 6pm on Saturday evening with 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; Eric Van Iten, Green Bay; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont; Tim Czarneski, Denmark
Semi-feature – Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 1 – Wedelstadt; Jacobs
Heat 2 – Van Iten; Jay Matthias, DePere
Heat 3 – James Tebon, Algoma; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Shawn Havel, Brussels; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; Pat Davister, Luxemburg; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
Heat 1 – Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Havel
Heat 2 – Scott Reinhardt, Bailey’s Harbor; Von Eytcheson, Forestville
Heat 3 – DeGrave; Tony Bouche, Algoma
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Frank Paul, Luxemburg; Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; Chad Kaminski, Luxemburg; Aaron Zellner, Luxemburg
Heat 1 – Paul; VanLaanen
Heat 2 – Lemmens, Marcus Moede, Luxemburg
IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – JJ Andersen, Pulaski; Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
Heat 1 – Kroll; Lautenbach
Heat 2 – Rod Solem, Seymour; Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee
NEW SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Jeremy Wiitala, Seymour; Ryan Mueller, Manitowoc; John Sternard, Green Bay; Joe Schwister, Black Creek; David Hoerning, Appleton
Heat 1 – Mueller; Sternard
Heat 2 – Wiitala; Matt Grismann, Kaukauna
4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Tyler DeBouche, Suamico; Kasey Gross, Gleason; Tony Everard, Green Bay; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 1 – DeBouche; DuBois
Heat 2 – Nick Everard, Green Bay; Tony Everard