DAVE “THE HAMMER” DEGRAVE NAILS DOWN FIRST THUNDERHILL FEATURE IN THE IMCA STOCK CARS

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By Edward Anschutz

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 21 – Dave DeGrave wrestled the lead away from Don Aregoni at the mid way point, and went on to win the 20 lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Other feature winners on Bissen Asphalt night at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway were, Billy LeMieux (Mods), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Luke Lemmens (hobby stock), Geno Sternard (street stocks) and Jeremy Dubois (four-cylinders).

John Anschutz set the early paces in the IMCA Stock Car feature before veteran racer “Donzo” Don Aregoni would power to the front and start to pull away from the field. A series of caution would keep the pack bunched behind Aregoni. Once racing resumed it was defending Rookie of the Year Dave DeGrave muscling his way into the inside taking over the top spot midway through the contest.

DeGrave would then have to fight off former Street Stock Champion Troy Muench. The duo would run door to door for the remaining laps with DeGrave holding on and taking home the win, his first at ThunderHill this season making it a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Troy Muench second, Jeremy Wiitala, last weeks winner Tony Bouche fourth and Co-point leader Greg Gretz rounded out the top 5.

Billy LeMieux would work the high line to perfection winning the 20 lap caution free IMCA Modified feature.

Rookie Tony Wedelstadt would jump to the point from his front row starting spot. Wedelstadt would have his hands full with a hard charging Jeremy Jacobs. Jacobs a former champion would challenge for the lead lap after lap. As the race wound down Wedelstadt would begin to pull away from Jacobs advances.

That’s when Billy LeMieux began to find momentum using the high and reeled and passed Jacobs for second. He then set his sites on the Wedelstadt. With 2 laps remaining LeMieux passed Wedelstadt and took home his first win of the season, making it a clean sweep after winning his heat race as well. A career best second for Tony Wedelstadt, Jeremy Jacobs, Kyle Lentz and Kyle Kudick rounded out the top 5.

Brad Lautenbach made a late race pass to pick up his 6th feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.

Defending feature winner, Rookie Tyler Hackett lead from the drop of green and looked well on his way to another feature win until Ryan LeMieux and Kelsy Hayes tangled out of turn four. Hayes’s car would spin and caution would fly. When the race resumed Hackett would fight off the advances of LeMieux and Jesse Kroll. After starting deep the field Brad Lautenbach began to work his way through the pack and caught Hackett with 3 laps remaining. Lautenbach would carry the momentum on high side and take the lead with 2 laps remaining picking up the clean sweep winning the heat and the feature. Second for Ryan LeMieux, Travis Hackett, Jesse Kroll and Jeff Vlies rounded out the top 5.

In heat race action, sport mod points contender Tom Stark would slam the turn one wall nearly ripping the whole rear-end housing out of the car. Stark would emerge shaken but was uninjured. He would not compete the rest of the evening.

Point leader Luke Lemmens picked up a division high 3rd feature of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

After and opening lap crash IMCA State Point Leader, Marcus Moede found himself leading the feature. That didn’t last to long as on lap 3 Luke Lemmens challenged Moede and took over the top spot. Lemmens would hold on and win the 15 lap feature, extending his point lead. Title contender Brandon Peterson would place second, Marcus Moede, CJ Weckler would place third after pitting early in the event and fifth for Travis Hackett who also came from deep in the field.

Geno Sternard padded his point lead winning his 3rd feature of the season in the Street Stocks.

Marvin Deny set the early paces before Les Sternard powered his way to the point and built up nearly a straightaway lead. A caution on lap 10 would wipe the lead away and set up a 5 lap dash to the checker. The green would fly but this time Les would have his hands full with relative and current point leader Geno Sternard. Geno would work to the inside and the Sternard’s would go door to door for the win. Les would get loose out of turn 4 with 3 laps remaining sending his car spinning. Handing the lead over to Geno who held on picked up the win. Rookie Tony Everard second, Kipp Burlo, James Anderson and Brian Weslow rounded out the top five.

Naomi Weidner would suffer a stuck throttle and smash head-on into the turn 4 wall heading for the checkers in the street stock feature. Her car would immediately burst into flames and suffer extensive damage. Amazing she would walk away unharmed.

Point leader Jeremy DuBois picked up his fifth feature win of the season on the Four-Cylinders.

Next week, August 28 Little Hoppers will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include a Halloween trick or treat theme. Children are encouraged to dress up in there costumes.

Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side with racing in the six divisions beginning every Saturday night through the summer at 6:00 PM. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com You can also follow ThunderHill Raceway on Facebook and Twitter

RACE SUMMARY

IMCA MODFIED FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Tony Wedelstadt, New London; 3. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; 4. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 5. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers

HEAT 1: Kudick; Jay Matthias, DePere
HEAT 2: Wedelstadt; Lentz
HEAT 3. LeMieux; Todd Dart, Algoma

IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; 2. Troy Muench, Brussels; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 5. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee

HEAT 1: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay; Muench
HEAT 2: Bouche; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 3: Done Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers

IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Jesse Kroll, Algoma; 5. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee

CONSI 1: Chris Benes, Algoma; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay

HEAT 1: Lautenbach; Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Kroll; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 3: Eric Arneson; Oconto Falls; LeMieux

IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Travis Hackett, Algoma

HEAT 1: Adam Pallex, Algoma; Moede
HEAT 2: Peterson; Weckler

FOUR-CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Nick Everard, Green Bay; 3. Matt Sargent, Green Bay; 4. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Bob Skippon, Sturgeon Bay

HEAT 1: Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; DuBois