by Chris Budzban
May 23, 2009; Sturgeon Bay, WI – New Franken’s Shawn Kilgore made the move to the inside of Kevin Sternard on the final lap to win he IMCA modified feature at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Kilgore also took home the win on Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway.
In other action, Chargin’ Charlie Kroll dominated the IMCA stock car feature while Jarred VanLaanen led every lap of the IMCA hobby stock feature event.
Sternard took off from his front row starting spot and built up a sizable lead, but that would be wiped out by a caution for debris on the track. With the grid reset, Kilgore shot up to 2nd past Billy LeMieux and set his sights on Sternard. With 2 laps to go, Kilgore started to make the move on the inside and took the lead with 1 lap remaining, holding off Sternard for his 2nd feature win on the weekend. LeMieux finished third, Julie Wedelstadt fourth and Todd Dart fifth.
Kroll started about four rows back in the pack, but it did not take him long to find the lead. He powered past John Anschutz and Mike Pierrard and never looked back, taking home his 1st feature win of the season. Dave Bouche came in second, followed by Von Eytcheson, Pierrard and Jamie Suchocki.
VanLaanen started on the outside pole of the IMCA hobby stock feature and led every lap en route to his 1st feature win at Thunderhill, and 2nd feature win overall. Frank Paul started dead last in the field and took second, followed by Robert Waechter Jr., Roger LaViolette and Brandon Peterson.
Kewaunee’s Eugene Gregorich came out victorious in the IMCA northern sport mod feature. Gregorich did battle with Jesse Kroll for the top spot throughout the race, and held off the rest of the pack to pick up the win. A frenzy of a finish occurred after Bernie Reinhardt struck an infield tire coming to the checkers, scattering the field. Reinhardt held on to take second, Troy Jerovetz third, Cory Cochart fourth and Kroll fifth.
The tough luck continued for Jeremy Wiitala in the NEW super stock division. For the second week in a row he was passed on the final lap of the feature event, this time by Todd Everard. Wiitala again took runner-up honors, followed by Ryan Mueller, John Sternard and Logan Rhode.
Green Bay’s Tyler DeBouche captured the 4 cylinder feature win. Kasey Gross and Kipp Burlo finished second and third, respectively.
In some extra curricular racing, Todd Dart picked up an extra $300 in a special “Dash for the Cash” race by the IMCA modified drivers.
Next week’s races are sponsored by Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay. Racing begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening with IMCA modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks, sport mods, NEW super stocks and 4 cylinders. For more information, check out www.racethunderhill.com or call (920) 743-7052.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE – Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Julie Wedelstadt, Oconto Falls; Todd Dart, Algoma
Heat 1 – Sternard; Kilgore
Heat 2 – Art Siefert, Green Bay; Brett Wenzel, Two Rivers
Heat 3 – Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont; LeMieux
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE – Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Von Eytcheson, Forestville; Mike Pierrard, Green Bay; Jamie Suchocki, Forestville
Heat 1 – Jerry Wenzel, Two Rivers; Shawn Havel, Brussels
Heat 2 – Eytcheson; Kroll
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE – Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Frank Paul, Luxemburg; Robert Waechter Jr., Ellisville; Roger LaViolette, Forestville; Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 1 – C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Marcus Moede, Luxemburg
Heat 2 – VanLaanen; Peterson
IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD FEATURE – Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; Jesse Kroll, Algoma
Heat 1 – Jeff DuBois, Luxemburg; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
Heat 2 – Kroll; Gregorich
NEW SUPER STOCK FEATURE – Todd Everard, Green Bay; Jeremy Wiitala, Seymour; Ryan Mueller, Manitowoc; John Sternard, Green Bay; Logan Rhode, Manitowoc
Heat 1 – Everard; David Baenen, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Mueller; Rhode
4 CYLINDER FEATURE – Tyler DeBouche, Green Bay; Kasey Gross, Gleason; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Tony Everard, Green Bay; Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 1 – Burlo; Gross
Heat 2 – DeBouche; DuBois