Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
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By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 9 – Thunderhill Raceway celebrated its 300th feature in the IMCA Modifieds and when the fireworks ended it was 6-time champion “Felix” Todd Dart sitting in victory lane. Other feature winners were Troy Muench (stockcar), Brad Lautenbach (sport mod), Travis Hackett (hobby stock), Jimmy Anderson (street stock) and Teddy Everard (four-cylinders).
Former champion Eugene Gregorich would jump to a sizable lead at the drop of the green for the IMCA Modified feature leading the first 6 laps before Todd Dart would move from row 4 into second. Like the days of old a side by side battle with Dart and Gregorich. Dart would take the lead away from Gregorich on lap 7. Dart would slowly pull away from the field till a caution with 3 laps remaining would bunch the field. Dan Ratajczak would pull to the outside of Dart on the restart but that was as close as he would get, as Dart cruised to the win, his second of the season. Gregorich would suffer a flat tire ending his good run. Second would go to Ratajczak followed by point leader Jay Matthias, Evan Madden and Jeremy Jacobs.
With the win Dart pocketed an extra $300 dollars and a special trophy commemorating the 300th modified feature.
Point leader Troy Muench charged through the field out dueling Kyle Fredrick to take home the win in the IMCA Stock Cars.
Jeremy Anschutz would jump from the pole leading the first 6 laps of the IMCA Stock Car feature before Todd Polster would work to the inside taking over the top spot. Polster’s reign up front wouldn’t last long as Troy Muench would rocket from row 6 and take the lead midway through the feature. Last weeks winner Kyle Fredrick and defending champion Greg Gretz would make a charge through the pack and begin working on Polster for the runner up spot. Gretz and Polster would tangle, sending Gretz to pit lane with a flat tire. This would move Fredrick who started in row 7 to the third spot as he tried to reel in Muench. A caution would fly with 4 laps remaining and wipe away the lead Muench had.
When the green flew Fredrick would move to the second spot and with one to go he would move to the high side and pull even with Muench, but it wouldn’t be enough as Muench would power down low and pick up his third win of the season and pad his points lead. Polster would be caught up in a late race wreck with Luke Lemmens ending their chances at top 5 finish. Fredrick would place second, third for Jeremy Wiitala followed by Dave Bouche and Scott Reinhardt who both started deep in the field.
Points leader Brad Lautenbach would come from row 8 to take home his third feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Tom Stark would jump from his front row starting spot opening up a big lead early. Second year Sport Mod drivers Tyler Hackett and Kelsy Hayes would reel in Stark waging a three car battle for the lead. Brad Lautenbach quickly worked through the field and by midway point was running in the top 5. Stark, Hackett and Hayes would go 3-wide for the lead with Hackett taking the top spot on lap 10. A lap later Stark would push up make contact with Hackett and send him spinning in turn 3. Caution would fly and Stark would be put to the back for the contact and Hackett would be given his spot back as the leader.
On the restart Lautenbach would make a power move and take the lead away from Hackett. Hackett would keep constant pressure on Lautenbach but was never able to make the pass. Lautenbach picked up the win with Hackett a close second, followed by Hayes, defending champion Eric Arneson and Jarred Van Laanen would have his best run of the season taking fifth.
Travis Hackett would lead every lap of the IMCA Hobby Stock feature to take home his first win of the season. Tom Brumlic would nip Marcus Moede at the line for second, point leader Brandon Peterson would place fourth with CJ Weckler rounding out the top five.
Jimmy “Windows” Anderson would take home the time shorted Street Stock Feature, his first of the season. Defending champion Geno Sternard would place second, Ford Malvitz would have another strong run placing third with new points leader Tony Everard fourth and brother Nick Everard fifth.
Teddy Everard took home his first win of the season in the Feisty Fours. Point leader Kasey Gross second followed by Calvin Stueck, Michael Verheyden and Joey Scoon.
The family of Teddy, Tony and Nick Everard have all won their first features at Thunderhill in the Feisty Fours.
Next week July 16 will be Driver Autograph night at Thunderhill and will be brought to you by Sonny’s Pizzeria and The Draft Haus of Sturgeon Bay.
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.
KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Todd Dart, Algoma ; 2. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 3.J ay Matthias, De Pere ; 4. Evan Madden, Algoma ; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee; Dart
HEAT 2: Matthias; James Tebon, Algoma
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Troy Muench, Union ; 2. Kyle Fredrick, Gillet ; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay ; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma ; 5. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor
HEAT 1: Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: Wiitala; Greg Gretz Kewaunee
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken ; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 3. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls ; 5. Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Hackett; Tim McCormick, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Arneson; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark ; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma ; 4. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 5. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Brumlic; Moede
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay ; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay ; 5. Nick Everard, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay
DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Teddy Everard, Green Bay ; 2. Kasey Gross Gleason ; 3. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 4. Michael Verheyden, Green Bay ; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Verheyden; Stueck