By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 28 – Jared Siefert made it a clean sweep in the IMCA Modifieds winning his heat and feature at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway. Other feature winners were Dave DeGrave (stockcar), Troy Jerovetz (sport mod), Luke Lemmens (hobby Stock), Jimmy Anderson (street stock) and Jeremy DuBois (four-cylinder).
Former 4-Time Champion Eugene Gregorich set the early stages of the IMCA Modified feature. Gregorich fresh off a big win at 141 Speedway looked to be on his way to another checkered. That was until former Champ Jared Siefert began to work down low on Gregorich’s machine. The pair would run door to until the mid way point, that’s when Siefert would begin to pull away. A caution on lap 13 would set up a 7 lap dash to the finish.
As the green flew Siefert would again distance himself from the field and never look back picking up his first win of the season. Siefert becomes the 12th different Modified winner in the 13 points nights. Kyle Lentz would round out a solid weekend taking second, Defending Champion Shawn Kilgore would place third after starting 12th and Eugene Gregorich would hold on for fourth, with Kyle Kudick fifth.
Dave “The Hammer” DeGrave made two in a row picking up the win the IMCA Stock Cars.
Jeremy Jauquet lead the opening 3 circuits before Shawn Havel made his way to the top spot. But his reign up top wouldn’t last long as last weeks winner Dave DeGrave powered by Havel top take the lead. As DeGrave and Havel drove away from the field everyones eyes were glued on the top to point contenders.
Greg Gretz and Charlie Kroll would come into the night tied for the points lead. With Gretz starting 11th and Kroll 12th both drivers had there work cut out for them. Kroll would be the first to make a move as he started working through the field. As Kroll worked through the pack, Gretz would shadow every move Kroll made. The duo worked through the pack and found themselves running third and fourth.
With DeGrave and Havel checked out, Kroll and Gretz began their own battle for third. They would run side by side for the remaining laps. Havel would stay within striking distance of DeGrave, but never was able to mount a challenge. DeGrave would picked up the win in the caution free contest, Shawn Havel a close second, Greg Gretz would make a last lap pass and take over the points lead finishing third, Charlie Kroll would place fourth, and Rookie Jeremy Wiitala fifth.
Troy Jerovetz would make it a clean sweep winning the heat and feature in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Eric Mahlik led the first 2 laps before Troy Jerovetz would power to the inside and took the lead and never look back. Jerovetz would pull out to over a half a track lead and win the caution free event. This was Jerovetz’s second win of the weekend after taking the checkers at Luxemburg Friday night. After a hard wreck last week Tom Stark would place a strong second, a hard charging Brad Lautenbach third after starting 12th. Dennis Miesler fourth and J.J. Anderson rounded out the top five. Eric Mahlik would cross the stripe in the top four but was disqualified after not pulling into the claim area.
Luke Lemmens picked up his 4th feature win of the season inching closer to his first career title in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
A series of caution early would put Lemmens to the front of the pack, with CJ Weckler your leader. Lemmens would power to the outside as the duo would run door to door until contact on the backstretch. Weckler would lose control of his racer and clobber the wall, ending his night. Lemmens would go on to win the feature, he would also make it a clean sweep winning his heat race. Marcus Moede second, third for Rookie Travis Hackett, Brandon Peterson fourth and Rookie Dave Schmidt would place fifth after starting 15th.
Jimmy “Windows” Anderson notched his first career feature win in the Street Stocks.
Marvin Deny would jump from his front row starting spot to lead the first 2 laps, that’s when Ed Franklin would charge to the outside and take away the lead. But Deny wasn’t about to go away, he fought back to the inside making the pass at the midway point. Caution would fly on lap 9 bunching the field, and that’s the break Veteran racer Jimmy Anderson needed. When the race resumed Anderson made an aggressive move coming into turn three. Heavy contact was made but Anderson would take the top spot on lap 10. Anderson quickly pulled away, but the caution would fly two laps later setting up a 3 lap dash to the checkers
Anderson would have to the top 2 points drivers of Tony Everard and points leader Geno Sternard right on his back bumper. The green would fly and Sternard would power to the outside of Anderson. The pair would race door to door coming for the checkers with Anderson winning by mere inches at the line. Anderson would make it a clean sweep also winning his heat race. Geno Sternard second, Rookie Tony Everard third, fourth to Les Sternard and fifth to Nick Grovogel.
Points leader Jeremy DuBois led from the drop of the green to win his 6th feature of year in the Four-Cylinders.
Floors by Josh will be the sponsor for Championship night next week, as we will crown Champions in all 6 division.
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.
20 LAP IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 2. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 4. Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; 5. Kyle Kudick, Two Rivers
HEAT 1: Sean Jerovetz; Sobieski; Todd Dart, Algoma
HEAT 2: Siefert; Jay Matthias, De Pere
HEAT 3: Dan Rataczjack, Frog Station; Kilgore
20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 5. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Havel; Wiitala
HEAT 2: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; DeGrave
HEAT 3: Don Aregoni, Sturgeon Bay; Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; 2. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 3. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. J.J. Anderson, Pulaski
B-MAIN 1: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; James Iverson, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jerovetz; Stark
HEAT 3: Miesler; Jesse Brey, Two Rivers
15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dave Schmidt, Algoma
HEAT 1: CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; Rob Waechter, Ellisville
HEAT 2: Lemmens; Moede
15 LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 4. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Nick Grovogel, Forestville
HEAT 1: Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay; Grovogel
HEAT 2: Anderson; David Baenen, New Franken
12 LAP FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brian Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay
HEAT 1: DuBois, Mike Sargent