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By Greg Aregoni
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – Kyle Frederick started on the pole and fought off all challengers in winning the 300th IMCA Stockcar feature. He was awarded $300.00 for the win.
Other feature winners were Mike Wedelstadt in the IMCA Modifieds, Brad Lautenbach in the IMCA Northern Sportmods, Brandon Peterson in the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Lester Sternard in the Street Stocks, and Matt Borths in the 4 Cylinders.
Kipp Burlo led from the onset of the Street Stock feature and built up a nice lead until an Ed Franklin spin would bring out the first caution of the race on lap four. Geno Sternard would make his way through field with Lester Sternard and run to second and third. Both would make the pass on Burlo for the top two spots. With nephew Geno leading, uncle Lester would try to run him down. Over a series of cautions that plagued the middle part of the race the field would stay bunched. On the final restart Geno Sternard would get a good jump and take off but only to have a blown motor end his night coming to the white flag. Lester Sternard would inherit the lead and the 67 year old would win the Street Stock feature. Trailing Sternard were Burlo in second, Mike Sargent third, Jeremy Dubois fourth and Jimmy Anderson fifth.
Tom Stark used a power move early on with Ryan Lemieux to grab the top two spots in the IMCA Northern Sportmod feature. A lap four caution would bring Lemieux to the back bumper of Stark. Lemieux would use the restart and shoot down low and grab the lead on lap six. Lemieux looked to be on his way to a win but Brad Lautenbach made his second with other ideas. Lautenbach moved to the top side of the racetrack and started stalking Lemieux. Lautenbach got to the back bumper and made methodical work of Lemieux up top. Lautenbach would cruise to the win with Lemieux settling for second. Brother Randy Lemieux Jr finished third. Kelsey Hayes and Eric Arneson rounded out the top five.
Kyle Fredericks grabbed the early lead from the pole in the IMCA Stockcar feature. Fredericks would continue to lead but with heavy pressure from Brandon Czarapata. The top two would break away from the field. Jeremy Wiitala made his way to third and started to reel in the top two. Wiitala ran the highline and passed both Fredericks and Czarapata for the lead. Right after the lead change the lone caution would put a halt on the race. With Wiitala the leader Fredericks continued to work the bottom of the track and go side by side with Wiitala for the lead. With four laps to go Fredericks would grab the lead for good with Dave Bouche making the pass for second. Bouche would never get a chance to challenge as Fredericks would pick up the win. Fredericks would win the 300th feature in the IMCA Stockcars since the reopening of the track. Bouche would run second. Wiitala after leading midway through the race finished third. Greg Gretz would finish fourth and Brandon Czarapata fifth.
It was a family affair in the IMCA Modified feature event. Tony Wedelstadt would be the early leader with father Mike making his way to second. Dad would go to the top and pass son on lap three. Jeremy Jacobs would come up and challenge Tony Wedelstadt the rest of the way for second. Dad Mike Wedelstadt would cruise to a ¼ lap win over son Tony. Jacobs would run a solid third. Todd Dart would put his racer in the top 4. Point leader Jay Matthias would finish fifth.
Eric Micolichek graced the lead in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature before Brandon Peterson would come and make a three wide pass for the lead over Micolichek and Dave Schmidt. A caution would bunch up the field one last time midway through the race. After problems in his heat race, Travis Hackett would come from deep in the field and make his presence felt. Hackett would get to the outside of Peterson numerous times but could never make the pass. Peterson would pull away and go onto the win and become the new point leader. Marcus Moede would make a late pass to finish second. Hackett would fall back and finish third. C.J. Weckler would settle for fourth and Schmidt fifth.
Matt Borths would score a clean sweep on the night after winning both heat and feature in the 4 Cylinders. Borths would fight off all advances of Joey Scoon and win the main event. With Scoon second, Kasey Gross would finish third, Calvin Stueck fourth and Theodore Everard fifth.
Jarred VanLannen would like to thank the Thunderhill Racing community for the kind thoughts and prayers this week after the untimely passing of his mother.
Next Saturday Night at The Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway, Lakeside Painting and Sherwin Williams will; sponsor the night. IMCA Northern Sportmods will have driver introductions. A kids coin drop will also be done at intermission. The tracks website is www.racethunderhill.com For more information call Woody at 743-7052
Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified Feature- 1. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 2. Tony Wedelstadt, Fremont 3. Jeremy Jacobs, Algoma 4. Todd Dart, Algoma 5. Jay Matthias, DePere
Heats #1 1. James Tebon, Algoma 2. Tony Wedelstadt
#2 1. Mike Wedelstadt 2. Dan Rataczjak, Frog Station
Algoma Motors IMCA Modified Stockcar Feature- 1. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay 4. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee 5. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski
Consy- 1. Barry Van Straten, Shiocton
Heats #1 1. Wiitala 2. John Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay
#2 1. Czarapata 2. Frederick
#3 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers 2. Scott Reinhardt, Bailey’s Harbor
#4 1. Shawn Wagner, Shawano 2. Troy Muench, Union
Butch’s Auto IMCA Northern Sportmod Feature- 1. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken 2. Ryan Lemieux, Sturgeon Bay 3. Randy Lemieux Jr, Sturgeon Bay 4. Kelsey Hayes, Sturgeon Bay 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls
Heats #1 1. Tom Stark, Egg Harbor 2. Arneson
#2 1. Andy Rataczjak, Frog Station 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma
#3 1. Lautenbach 2. Keith Peterson, Sturgeon Bay
Coors Light IMCA Hobby Stocks 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay 2. Marcus Moede, Casco 3. Travis Hackett, Algoma 4. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay 5. Dave Schmidt, Kewaunee
Heats #1 1. Peterson 2. Schmidt
#2 1. Moede 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark
Lackie’s Rentals and Remodeling Street Stock Feature- 1. Lester Sternard, Sturgeon Bay 2. Kipp Burlo, Sturgeon Bay 3. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay 4. Jeremy Dubois, Sturgeon Bay 5.Jimmy Anderson, Sturgeon Bay
Heats- #1 1. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay
# 2 1. Burlo 2. Dubois
Denil Auto and Trucking 4 Cylinder Feature- 1. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay 3. Kasey Gross, Gleason 4. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville 5. Theodore Everard, Green Bay
Heat 1. Borths 2. Gross