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By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – August 20 – “Chargin” Charlie Kroll would work past Todd Polster with 5 laps remaining to pick up his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Shawn Kilgore (IMCA Modified), Brad Lautenbach (IMCA Sport Mod), Tom Brumlic (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dave Bouche (Street Stock) and Kasey Gross (Four-Cylinders)
Tony Bouche would lead the first 3 circuits before Todd Polster would work to the top side taking the lead away. Last years Stock Car Champions Charlie Kroll and Greg Gretz would quickly give chase moving to the back bumper of Polster. Gretz would be the first to take a shot at the leader, Gretz’s Ford powered machine would work the low groove racing under the leader. Polster would have a little more momentum and hang on to the top spot.
Gretz would lose ground and quickly jumped back to the high side, this allowed Kroll to sneak by for second. Kroll then went to work keeping constant pressure on Polster. The duo raced door to door for the lead, with 5 laps remaining Polster would slide high out of turn 4 and make contact with the front stretch wall allowing Kroll to take command of the race as he would go on to take home the win, Gretz would sneak by for second followed by Polster, Point leader Troy Muench and Shawn Havel.
Shawn Kilgore would take the lead on lap 2 and cruise to his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.
Billy LeMieux and Shawn Kilgore would wage battle in the opening laps of the Modified main with Kilgore taking the lead on lap 2. Dan Ratajczak and LeMieux would tangle while battling for second, sending LeMieux’s racer sliding into the front stretch wall. LeMieux would emerge unhurt and would express his displeasure to Ratajczak. Once racing resumed Kilgore would run the cushion to perfection taking home the win over a hard charging James Lee Tebon, Todd Dart would place third, point leader Jay Matthias and Jeremy Jacobs rounded out the top 5.
Point leader Brad Lautenbach power his way from 12th to the lead in 13 laps picking up the win in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Todd Weise jumped from his front row starting spot taking the lead early in the contest. Dennis Miesler would follow in Weise’s tire tracks as he dogged the leader. Midway through the contest Brad Lautenbach would work inside Miesler take the second spot and went to work on Weise. Lautenbach would make the pass only to see a caution fly. This would put Weise back to the lead. Once the race restarted Weise would hug the low groove trying to hold off the point leader, but it wouldn’t be enough as Weise would slide high allowing Lautenbach to take the lead for good as he would cruise to his 4th feature win of the season. Defending Champion Eric Arneson would make a late race charge placing second, Miesler took home a solid third followed by Wiese and Kelsy Hayes.
Wisconsin State point leader Tom Brumlic pass Dave Schmidt on lap 4 and pick up the victory in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Dave Schmidt would jump from row 2 to lead the opening circuits, before Tom Brumlic would charge by and take the lead on lap 4. Brumlic would run the rest of the contest unchallenged as he picked up his 4th feature on the season. Schmidt would place second, CJ Weckler, Marcus Moede and point leader Brandon Peterson would round out the top five. With the win Brumlic now sits only 7 points behind Peterson.
Stock Car driver Dave Bouche would pilot the Edward Anschutz machine to victory in the Street Stocks.
2nd Generation driver Connor Iverson would take command early in the Street Stock main event. Iverson would come under heavy pressure from Rick Sternard. A caution on lap 6 would bunch the field. Former Street Stock Champion Dave Bouche would use the restart to his advantage working inside Iverson for the lead, Sternard then jumped to the high side making it a 3 wide battle for the lead. The trio would make contact out of turn 2 and when the dust settle Sternard and Iverson would head to pit lane with the caution flying. Bouche would inherit the lead and never look back picking up his first win in the division since 1996. Tony Everard would make a late race charge to second followed by Les Sternard, Ford Malvitz and David Baenen would round out the top 5 after going down pit lane early in the race.
Point leader Geno Sternard would suffer a broken a suspension part which sent his car into the backstretch wall on the last lap. With Everard placing 2nd, Sternard’s lead is down to only 2 points with only 2 point nights remaining.
Kasey Gross held off point Leader Calvin Stueck to pick up his first feature of the season and scoring a clean sweep in the Feisty Four Cylinders.
Racing resumes next Saturday night for the Tisler Salvage Sport Mod “King of The Hill” tournament.
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.Shawn Kilgore, Kewaunee; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3.Todd Dart, Algoma; 4. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 5. Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Charlie Kroll, Forestville; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Todd Polster, Jacksonport; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma
HEAT 1: Polster
HEAT 2: Gretz
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 2. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 4. Todd Wiese, Algoma; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay
COORS LIGHT IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 2. Dave Schmidt, Algoma; 3. C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Marcus, Moede, Algoma; 5. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Schmidt
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 3. Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay; 5. David Baenen, New Franken
HEAT 1: Les Sternard
HEAT 2: Baenen
DENIL AUTO 4 CYLINDER FEATURE: 1.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 2. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 3. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Brittany King, Appleton; 5. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Gross