Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 28 – 105 cars packed the pits at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Feature winners were Todd Dart (modified) Greg Gretz (stockcar), Eric Arneson (sport mod), Tom Brumlic (hobby stock), Nick Everard (street stock) and Joey Scoon (four-cylinders).
Todd Dart took the lead on lap three and went on to win the 20 lap feature in the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds.
Billy LeMieux set the early paces of the modified feature before Todd Dart worked underneath and took the top spot. By the midway point Shawn Kilgore would make his way to the second spot. Kilgore then began to hunt down Dart would had almost a straightway lead. It looked as though Dart had the race wrapped up but a caution with two laps remaining set up a dash to the finish. Kilgore and LeMieux would give it one last shot but it was Dart would again pull away and pick up his first win of the season, Kilgore would settle for second, , Jeremy Jacobs would make the pass and take third with LeMieux fourth and defending champion Jay Matthias fifth.
Greg Gretz would survive two late race restarts to take home the top honors in the Algoma Motors IMCA Stock Cars.
Bret Koehler would jump from his pole position and quickly distance himself from the rest of the field. But a caution on lap seven would erase his lead. This time he had defending champion Greg Gretz on his back bumper, Koehler would make a slight bobble out of turn four and slide high and that’s all Gretz needed as he drove by Koehler to take the lead on lap fourteen. The caution again would fly with three laps remaining, Dave DeGrave and Dave Bouche would give Gretz all they had on the restart but when the checkers flew it was Gretz taking the win, DeGrave second, Bouche third, points leader Troy Muench fourth and Shawn Havel fifth.
A roll of good fortune for defending Butch’s Auto IMCA Sport Mod champion Eric Arneson who had rolled his car Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway, was able to fend off a hard charging Brad Lautenbach to pick up his first Thunderhill feature.
Chris Benes set the early paces in the Sport Mod feature until defending champion Eric Arneson slid under Benes and took the lead on lap seven. Arneson was out to a sizable lead until Wisconsin State Points leader Brad Lautenbach got to second and set his sites on the leader. With five laps remaining Lautenbach and Arneson were locked in a dog fight for the lead. When the dust settled it was Arneson taking home the win, Lautenbach second, Tyler Hackett third, Randy LeMieux Jr. and Chris Benes rounded out the top five.
Tom Brumlic would lead every lap in the caution free event for the Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks taking the feature win.
Tom Brumlic would use his front row starting spot to drive away and dominate the Hobby Stock feature. Brumlic would make it a clean sweep also winning his heat race. The battle for second would go to CJ Weckler with Dave Schmidt third, Travis Hackett and Brandon Peterson rounded out the top five. There now stands a four way tie for the points lead with Peterson, Brumlic, Weckler and Hackett.
Nick Everard picked up his first career Lackie Rentals and Remodeling Street Stock feature.
Nick Everard would lead the opening laps before Jimmy Anderson would power by after a restart on lap eleven. Anderson’s reign as leader was short lived as has his engine would expire, handing the lead back to Nick Everard as he would cruise to victory. Tony Everard would place second, Geno Sternard would come from row nine to place third, Brian Weslow fourth and fifth for David Baenen after going down pit lane with a flat tire. The contest was red flagged midway through the feature as Aaron Thornton and Josh Novak would become hooked together sending Novak’s machine into the backstretch wall. Both cars were finished for the night, both drivers escaped without injury.
Joey Scoon made a last corner pass coming for the checkers on Ralph Liegeois Jr. to take home the win in the Denil Auto Feisty Fours.
Theodore Everard won the Woody Signs Spectator Eliminator.
Next week, June 4 will be brought to you by Arctic Glacier Ice and will feature driver introductions for the IMCA Stock Cars.
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.Todd Dart, Algoma ; 2.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee ; 3.Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg ; 4.Billy LeMieux ; 5. Jay Matthias, DePere
HEAT 1: Evan Madden, Algoma; Dart
HEAT 2: James Tebon, Algoma; Kilgore
20 LAP IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1.Greg Gretz, Kewaunee ; 2.Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg ; 3.Dave Bouche, Algoma ; 4.Troy Muench, Union ; 5.Shawn Havel, Algoma
HEAT 1: Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Bouche
CONSI 1: John Anschutz, Brussels; Bill Kelsey, Luxemburg
20 LAP IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 2.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 3.Tyler Hackett, Algoma ; 4.Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay ; 5. Chris Benes, Algoma
HEAT 1: Arneson; LeMieux
HEAT 2: Hackett; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg
HEAT 3: Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; Lautenbach
CONSI 1: James Iverson, Luxemburg; Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay
15 LAP IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1.Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 2.CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 3.Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 4.Travis Hackett, Algoma; 5.Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Brumlic; Peterson
HEAT 2: Schmidt; Hackett
15 LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Nick Everard, Green Bay; 2.Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3.Geno Sternard, Luxemburg; 4.Brian Weslow, Green Bay; 5.David Baenen, New Franken
HEAT 1: Nick Everard; Tony Everard
HEAT 2: Aaron Thornton, Maplewood; Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay
15 LAP 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2.Raplh Liegeois Jr., Green Bay; 3.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 4.Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 5.Jody Cornelius, Oneida
HEAT 1: Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; Scoon