Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 5- Jeremy Wiitala fought off Kyle Fredrick and Jeremy Christians to take home his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Tony Wondra (MSA Sprints) and Eric Barth (Legend Cars)
Former IMCA National Champion “Hot” Rod Snellenberger would draw the pole for the 25 lap IMCA Stock Car feature. Fans and sponsors would ante up an extra $900 to win if Snellenberger would start last in the feature, but the current Wisconsin State point leader opted to keep front row starting spot.
Snellenberger would lead the opening 2 circuits before the “High-Side Hustler” Kyle Fredrick would work to the outside and take over the lead. Snellenberger would then come under attack for the second spot from former Champion “Mad” Matt Junio who was driving Casey Groessl’s racer and multi-time Champion Jeremy “Weeds“ Wiitala. Wiitala would get the best of that battle and work into the second spot. A caution on lap 5 would bunch the field.
On the restart the 2010 IMCA Super National’s champion Jeremy Christians would join in the chase as he worked into third right on the back bumper of Wiitala. Fredrick would continue to lead running the high groove. Wiitala began to work down low and begin to make his presence felt. On lap 13 Wiitala would sneak below Fredrick and take the lead. Fredrick would come back 2 laps later and retake the top spot. The pair would run door to door not allowing any room for Christians to get through. With 8 laps remaining Wiitala would take the lead back from Fredrick. Christians and Fredrick would keep constant pressure on Wiitala all the way to the checkers. The win would net Wiitala $1000. Fredrick would place second, Christians third, Shawn Wagner and Rod Snellenberger rounded out the top five.
Tony Wondra would survive a pair of late race cautions to pick up the victory in the MSA Sprint Cars.
Wondra would take off from his front row starting spot and quickly sprinted away from the rest of the pack. At the mid way point Wondra would start to encounter heavy lap traffic allowing Danny Schlafer to close in. Wondra who had been running the top side for most of the race switched to the bottom in hopes of clearing lap traffic. But Schlafer continued to dog the leader. With only 2 laps remaining Schlafer would be right on the back bumper of Wondra, but the caution would fly as rookie Jeremy Schultz winged machine would come to a halt on the backstretch.
This would set up a green white checker finish. The field would reset and the green would fly, Wondra would waste no time going right back down low tight to the infield tire. Earl Possi would quickly power into the second spot but it wouldn’t be enough as Wondra picked up the win, Possi would place second, Tim Haddy third, fourth for Danny Schlafer with Lance Fassbender taking fifth.
Eric Barth would pass Ethan Ross on lap 5 and cruise to the feature win in the Midwest Legend Cars.
Mike Mueller would make a late race charge placing second, Ross would hold on for third, D.J. Ross and Greg Hartlaub would round out the top five.
Extra money on the line this Saturday August 6. The Fiesty Fours have off.
IMCA Modifieds $800 to win, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $300 and $100 to start,
IMCA Stock Cars $600 to win, 2nd $350, 3rd $225, 4th 200 and $100 to start,
IMCA Sport Mods $400 to win, 2nd $200, 3rd $150, 4th $130 and $40 to start,
IMCA Hobby Stocks $300 to win $40 to start,
Street Stocks $300 to win $40 to start
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.