By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 14 – Algoma’s Tony Bouche survived several late race cautions to pick up his first feature win in the class since 1996. Other feature winners at Prestige Yacht Coatings ThunderHill Raceway, were Shawn Kilgore (Mods), Tyler Hackett (sport mod), Maynard Hegnet (hobby stock), Joe Schwister (street stocks) and Mike Sargent (four-cylinders).
Tony Bouche used his front row starting spot to jump out to an early lead until a series of cautions would fly. Scott Reinhardt and Dave DeGrave took there shots at the veteran Bouche but as the race progressed DeGrave would clip an infield tire sending it rolling onto the racetrack. Cars would scatter and Reinhardt and DeGrave would be sent pit side with damages.
As the race resumed Bouche would find his hands full with Rookie Jeremy Wiitala as he battled Bouche for the top spot. That would allow Tony’s Nephew, Dave Bouche to make it a three wide battle for the lead. Dave down low, Tony in the middle and Wiitala up high. When they crossed the flag stand it was Dave Bouche the new leader, but as soon as Dave enter turn one he clipped a series of infield tires sending his car spinning in front of the field.
The caution flag would fly setting up a green white checker finish. The green would again fly with Tony Bouche hugging the low line, as the white flew Wiitala would make charge back up top. The duo would run door to door out of turn 2, Bouche would find better grip down low and go on to pick up the feature win much to the delight of the crowd. Jeremy Wiitala, Todd Polster, Troy Muench and Shawn Havel rounded out the top 5.
Defending champion Shawn Kilgore became the first repeat winner in the IMCA Modifieds.
Kyle Lentz used his front row starting spot to take the lead early, with standing constant pressure from James Tebon. Lentz appeared to be on his way to his first ThunderHill win but a caution for the damaged racer Todd Dart would bunch the field. Once the race restarted Kilgore wasted no time disposing of Tebon and a lap later passed Lentz and cruised to his second feature win of the season. Following Kilgore at the checkers were Kyle Lentz, James Tebon, Jared Siefert and point leader Jay Matthias rounded out the top 5.
Rookie Tyler Hackett picked up his first career ThunderHill IMCA Sport Mod Main.
Keith Peterson set the pace on lap one before Tyler Hackett snuck by and took over the top spot. Hackett would be dogged all race long by former champion Jeff Vlies. But the rookie with stood the pressure and picked up the win. Jeff Vlies, point leader Eric Arneson third, followed by Tom Stark and Brad Lautenbach rounded out the top 5.
Maynard Hegnet fended off Adam Pallex to win the caution free feature, his first of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. At the checkers it was Adam Pallex, Rodger LaViolette, Marcus Moede and CJ Weckler rounded out the top 5.
Joe Schwister passed Dennis Weidner on lap 10 to pick the win the Street Stocks.
Dennis Weidner set the early paces until lap 10 when Schwister power by on the outside. A lap later Weidner’s car would erupt in flames under the hood ending his night. Weidner would walk away uninjured. Racing would resume only for 2 laps as co-point leader James Bosman who was in a borrowed car after breaking in his heat, would go for a wild ride rolling on his side and coming to a halt on all four wheels and bring out the red flag. Bosman would emerge unhurt. When racing resume it was Schwister holding on for the win with Jimmy Anderson, point leader Geno Sternard third , Tony Everard and Kipped Burlo rounded out the top 5.
Mike Sargent passed rookie Joey Scoon late in the going and picked up his first feature win of the season in the Four-Cylinders.
Next week, August 21 Bissen Asphalt & Sturgeon Bay Sand and Gravel will be the sponsor for Saturday night, which will include driver introductions for the modifieds.
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.
IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 2. Kyle Lentz, Green Bay; 3. James Tebon, Algoma; 4. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg; 5. Jay Matthias, DePere
HEAT 1: Siefert; Tebon
HEAT 2: Kevin Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Matthias
HEAT 3: Kilgore; Chris Derenne, Luxemburg
IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma
HEAT 1: Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay; T. Bouche
HEAT 2: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Dave Bouche, Algoma
IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; 3. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 4. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor; 5. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
HEAT 1: Jesse Brey, Two Rivers; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Arneson; Hackett
HEAT 3: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; JJ Anderson, Pulaski
IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Maynard Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Adam Pallex, Algoma; 3. Rodger LaViolette, Forestville; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 5. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Moede; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; LaViolette
STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Joe Schwister, Black Creek; 2. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 3. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Schwister; Dennis Weidner, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Burlo; David Baenen, New Franken
FOUR-CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay: 3. Jeremy DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Brian Sargent, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Scoon; Mike Sargent