Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
(Sturgeon Bay, WI – 6/11/2011) – Evan Madden took command early, sprinting away to his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year Saturday night at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.
Joining Madden in victory lane were Luke Lemmens in the IMCA Stock Cars, Eric Arneson in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Dave Baenen in the Street Stocks, Marcus Moede in the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Calvin Stueck in the 4 cylinder class.
In the Modified headliner, Madden took full advantage of his front row starting spot to grab the lead from Chris Derenne at the initial drop of the green. With Derenne holding the line in second, Madden steadily increased his advantage, pulling away to an insurmountable lead.
While Madden raced away uncontested at the point, Derenne was forced to fend off repeated attacks from Dan Ratajczak to hold the runner-up spot, with Jay Matthias, James Tebon and Shawn Kilgore stacked up behind in a tight pack.. Ratajczak was able nose inside several times, but Derenne carried the momentum and held the spot to the checker.
At the line, Madden claimed his first feature of the season by nearly half a lap, with Derenne winning the race-long battle with Ratajczak for second.
After wrestling the lead away from Dave DeGrave on the 14th lap, Lemmens was able to stave off a late efforts from Troy Muench to win for the second week in a row in the rugged IMCA Stock Cars.
A late incident that collected point leader Shawn Havel, Bret Koehler and Don Aregoni, set the stage for a four lap shoot-out to the finish. Lemmens had the lead, with veterans Muench, Charlie Kroll, Greg Gretz and Dave Bouche lined up in the two rows behind him for the restart.
Muench secured second, pulling even with Lemmens multiple times, but the rookie was able to hold his line en route to the win.
In a memorable IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature, Arneson used a late restart to jump from third to first, setting up his second win of the year.
Prior to the move, James Iverson was in position to upset the field and score his first career feature win. Iverson had been fast all night, and looked to be in control until Jason LaViolette’s blown engine forced caution, setting the stage for the final dash.
Behind him, Arneson, Brad Lautenbach, Bernie Reinhardt, Tom Stark and Jarred VanLaanen had been dicing for position lap after lap. The late restart positioned Reinhardt on the inside and Arneson on the outside of the second row.
The starting spot allowed Arneson to gain the outside edge as he powered around Iverson to the win.
In the Street Stocks, Baenen out-dueled Kipp Burlo for the lead on the 11th lap, then withstood a late caution as he drove away to his first career feature win. Les Sternard recorded his best finish since returning to the sport, a solid second, in front of Dennis Weidner and Tony Everard.
A late caution didn’t derail Moede as he notched his first IMCA Hobby Stock feature win of the season.
He took the lead from Eric Micolichek on the second lap, leading the rest of the way. A tight battle for second was eventually decided by Peterson who took the spot late in the contest.
Stueck became the Raceway’s first three-time winner on the season, passing Charlie Gross on the fourth lap in the 4 cylinder feature. Charlie held off son Kasey at the line for second.
Originally scheduled for July 16th, Saturday will be “Topless Modified” night at the Hill. The unique event will feature the IMCA Modified class running without roofs, sponsored by Little Hoppers of Sturgeon Bay. The Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Street Stocks, Hobbies and 4 cylinders will also be on hand, as well as another match-up of Spectator Eliminator action.
Prestige Yacht Coatings 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.
Thunderhill Raceway Results 6/11/11
IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature – Evan Madden, Algoma: Chris Derenne, Luxemburg: Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station: Jay Matthias, Depere: James Tebon, Algoma: Shawn Kilgore, New Franken
Heat 1 – Tebon: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Ratajczak: Derenne
IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature – Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee: Troy Muench, Namur: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee: Ben Kroll, New Franken: Charlie Kroll, Forestville: Dave Bouche, Algoma
Heat 1 – Shane Havel, Algoma: Todd Polster, Sturgeon Bay
Heat 2 – Lemmens: Muench
Heat 3 – John Anschutz, Brussels: Gretz
IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature – Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls: James Iverson, Luxemburg: Brad Lautenbach, New Franken: Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay: Randy LeMieux, Jr, Sturgeon Bay: Tyler Hackett, Algoma
Heat 1 – Iverson: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
Heat 2 – Lautenbach: Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay
Street Stock 15 Lap Feature – Dave Baenen, New Franken: Les Sternard, Sturgeon Bay: Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood: Tony Everard, Green Bay: Brian Weslow, Coleman: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville
Heat 1 – Everard: Ed Anschutz, Kewaunee
Heat 2 – Baenen: Weidner
IMCA Hobby Stock 15 Lap Feature – Marcus Moede, Algoma: Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay: C.J. Weckler, Sturgeon Bay: Tom Brumlic, Denmark: Travis Hackett, Algoma: Amber Weidner, East Maplewood
Heat 1 – Dave Schmidt, Algoma: Peterson
Heat 2 – Moede: Brumlic
4 Cylinder Feature – Calvin Stueck, Clintonville: Charlie Gross, Gleason: Kasey Gross, Gleason: Steve Skippon, Sturgeon Bay: Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay: Nick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
Heat – Kasey Gross: Stueck
Spectator Eliminator – Darrell Farley, Algoma