Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
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By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 30- A very warm summer night greeted fans at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. A total of 82 drivers took to the 1/3 mile clay oval with Dennis Miesler out lasting Jarred VanLaanen to the checkers scoring his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods. Other feature winners were James Lee Tebon (IMCA Modified), Shawn Havel (IMCA Stock Car), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Polster (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders)
Dennis Miesler jumped to the lead from his front row starting spot in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. The red flag flew on lap 3 as Chad Vetting pounded the front stretch wall. He was ok but his night was over. The caution allowed Jarred VanLaanen to move past Miesler a lap after the restart. VanLaanen led the next few circuits as Miesler found his groove and worked back to the top spot on lap 6. VanLaanen and Miesler began to swap the lead lap after lap with the duo in break away from the rest of the field. Tyler Hackett powered into third midway through the contest. Miesler took the top spot midway through the contest and never let go scoring his first career feature win. VanLaanen scored a second place finish despite having carburetor issues the final 2 laps, he now leads the point standings. Hackett scored a solid third, Kelsy Hayes fourth and Ryan LeMieux fifth.
Scott Boulanger survived a late race charge by Tom Brumlic to score his 2nd win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Ryan Rohr used his pole position to take the lead till lap 4 in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Scott Boulanger charged from row 3 to lead on lap 5. Point leader Tom Brumlic worked from row five into the top four midway through the contest. Brumlic road the top side all the way to second then set his sights on Boulanger. Brumlic wrestled the lead away with 2 laps remaining. Brumlic took the white flag but his racer began to slow after suffering a flat tire. Boulanger capitalized taking the lead and the win. Sawyer Haese scored a second in his first run of the season. Former Champion Joe Hegnet placed third with Brumlic fourth and Eric Micolichek scored a season high fifth after being in pit lane early in the contest.
Shawn Havel out dueled Bret Koehler to score his first feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Cars.
Bret Koehler jumped to the lead early in the IMCA Stock Car headliner. Koehler fought off the early advances of John Anschutz leading the first 8 laps. Shawn Havel worked quickly from inside row 3 to the outside of Koehler. Havel took the lead midway through the contest and looked to have the car to beat. Koehler didn’t relent chasing Havel lap after lap. With 3 laps remaining Koehler pulled even with Havel. Havel up high Koehler down low in a Saturday night shoot out to the checkers, when the dust settled it was Havel taking home the trophy. Koehler scored a season best second. Jeremy Wiitala placed third and took over the point lead. Troy Muench made a late race charge to fourth and Anschutz scored a season best fifth.
Havel continued his hot streak beating Dave DeGrave to the checkers, scoring the win in the Stock Car King of the Hill tournament. The win netted Havel $500.
James Lee Tebon flexed his muscle scoring his 3rd win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds.
Last weeks feature winner Dan Ratajczak jumped from row 2 to the lead in the opening laps. Defending Champion Jay Matthias followed suit and quickly worked to second. Point leader James Tebon charged from row 4 and began to work through the field. Midway through the contest Tebon reeled Matthias and passed Ratajczak for the lead. Tebon pulled away from the rest of the field scoring the win in the caution free event. Rookie Eric Arneson continues his strong season with second, Matthias had to settle for third, Ratajczak fourth and Todd Dart rounded out the top five.
Todd Polster scored his 2nd feature win in a row in the Street Stock division.
Kevin Luedtke led early from his pole position starting spot. Todd Polster worked the high side chased down Luedtke midway through the contest. With only 5 laps remaining Polster made the pass for the lead and cruised to victory, scoring a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Luedtke took home a solid second, former Champions Geno Sternard and Tony Everard placed third and fourth, Rookie Brad Laurent took home fifth in his first trip to the track this season.
Joey Scoon dominated the competition leading every lap of the Feisty Four feature.
Next Saturday night will be driver autograph night brought to you by Whipple Trucking.
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. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls; 3.Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 5. Todd Dart, Algoma
HEAT 1: Matthias; Dart
HEAT 2: Arneson; Tebon
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Troy Muench, Brussels; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels
HEAT 1: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; David Bouche, Algoma
HEAT 2: Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski
HEAT 3: John Anschutz; Havel
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 4. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Hayes; Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
HEAT 2: Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux
HEAT 3: Miesler; Hackett
LAVINES ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg ; 2. Sawyer Haese, New Franken; 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Boulanger; Haese
HEAT 2: Brumlic; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1.Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 3.Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 5. Brad Laurent, Manitowoc
HEAT 1: Polster; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Everard; Laurent
FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Michael Verheyden, Appleton; 4. Scott Johnson, Seymour; 5. Alex Wendt, Suamico
HEAT 1: Scoon; Sargent