Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 7- Kelsy “Hollywood” Hayes survived two mid race cautions scoring her first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified) Rick Dix (IMCA Stock Car), CJ Weckler (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Geno Sternard (Street Stock)
James Iverson set the pace early in the IMCA Sport Mod main event from his pole position. Kelsy Hayes charged from inside row 4 passing Iverson on lap 3. Hayes then distanced herself from the field. A pair of cautions just past the midway point set up and 8 lap dash to the checkers. The restarts proved no issue for Hayes as she once again pulled away scoring her first career feature win at Thunderhill to a loud round of applause from the hometown crowd. Randy LeMieux Jr., battled to a second place finish late in the going, netting him the point lead. Bernie Reinhardt finished a solid third, John Soukup fourth and Jarred VanLaanen needed 2 cars to keep in the title hunt as he broke rear suspension parts before the green ever flew for his heat. He jumped in the #2 machine of Josh Massart for the feature and rallied late to a fifth place finish.
“Racer” Rick Dix scored his first career feature win in the IMCA Stock Cars.
Bret Koehler led from the drop of the green in the IMCA Stock Car feature. Despite a broken hood pin early on, he looked like the man to beat for the win. The caution flew just before the midway point when Marcus Moede and Charlie Kroll tangled. On the restart Rick Dix went outside of the preferred groove and pulled along side Koehler for the top spot. 2 laps later Dix secured the lead only to have Koehler work the low side and cut a good corner to pull even with Dix but the caution waved once again, slowing Koehler’s advances. Under caution Koehler’s machine suffered a broken upper A-Frame in his front suspensoin while running second sending him to the pits, ending his night. Dix led rest of the way scoring his first career feature. Point leader Jeremy Wiitala snuck by at the checkers scoring second, Dave Bouche third, fourth for Troy Muench who came from last in only 8 laps after being called in part of a caution. Scott Reinhardt had another solid run placing fifth.
A wild finish ended with CJ Weckler being towed by a wrecker to the winners circle in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.
Fresh of her heat race win Rookie Brittany King set the pace early in the IMCA Hobby main event as she led past the midway point.. CJ Weckler used a caution for Joe Hegnet’s flat tire to work around and take the lead away from King. Phil Faustini gave chase getting to the back bumper of Weckler as the white flag flew. Weckler worked the middle groove with Faustini hunting down low, as the duo entered turn 3 they made contact cutting the right front tire down on Faustini’s machine sending Weckler and Faustini head on into the turn 4 wall, were they sat with smoke billowing out. Both cars suffered heavy damage but both drivers were ok. With a new ruled implemented just 2 weeks earlier, Weckler was awarded the win, his second of the season. Faustini was called for the contact putting him to the back in the finishing order. Point leader Tom Brumlic placed second, King placed a season best third, Derek Moede and Joe Hegnet came home fourth and fifth after making trips down pit lane for flat tires.
Geno Sternard outlasted the competition capturing his first feature of the season in the Street Stocks.
Jimmy Anderson grabbed the top spot for the first 4 laps of the Street Stock headliner. Todd Polster who suffered a broken rocker arm in the engine during his heat race charged from the tail of the field to the lead on lap 5 and looked to have his third win in a row in hand. Geno Sternard also powered through the field quickly moving to second. With 5 laps remaining the power plant in Polster’s machine let go in a plume of smoke, handing the lead to Sternard who cruised to the checkers getting his first win of the season. Jimmy Anderson placed a season best second, point leader Dennis Weidner third, Chad DuBois scored fourth in his first run of the season and Jeremy Schultz came home fifth.
James Lee Tebon scored his 4th feature in 5 nights of racing in the IMCA Modifieds.
Billy LeMieux set the pace early in the IMCA Modified feature. Point leader James Tebon quickly worked to second and set his sights on LeMieux. Midway through the contest Tebon worked to the inside and snatched the lead away from LeMieux. Tebon pulled away in his Slick Chassis Modified and picked up another feature win. LeMieux scored second keeping the points tight with Tebon. Cory Cochart third and Dan Ratajczak fourth.
Coors Light and Kay Distributing will be the sponsors for next Saturdays races which will feature $1 cans of Coors Light all night. 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. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEAT 1: LeMieux; Cochart
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Rick Dix, Appleton; 2. Jeremy Wiitala; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor
HEAT 1: Marcus Moede, Algoma; Muench
HEAT 2: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Scott Reinhardt
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. John Soukup, Sturgeon Bay ; 5. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay
HEAT 1: James Iverson, Luxemburg; Reinhardt
HEAT 2: Jesse Kroll, Algoma; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
LAVINES ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 3. Brittany King, Appleton; 4. Derek Moede, Casco; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Brumlic; Moede
HEAT 2: King; Hegnet
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 3. Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood; 4. Chad DuBois, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jeremy Schultz, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Anderson; Weidner