POINT LEADERS FALTER WHILE THE HACKETT BROTHERS DOUBLE UP / GEORGENSON GETS FIRST FEATURE WIN AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY
Posted under Race Reports on August 12th, 2012
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 11 Results- Rookie Tyler Hackett proved last weeks win was no fluke holding off point leader James Tebon scoring his second IMCA Modified feature in a row at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. While some point leaders faltered, other drivers took their first trophy of the season and tightened the points battles. Other feature winners were Jeremy Wiitala (IMCA Stock Car), Steve Georgenson (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Von Eytcheson (Street Stock) and Joey Scoon (Four-Cylinders)
Corina Luedtke piloting her husband Kevin’s Street Stock and Chelsea Lau racing the Joe Hegnet Hobby Stock each tasted victory in the 2012 Powder Puff races brought to you by Quietwoods RV Sales & Service. Other Powder Puff racers were Megan Anschutz, Carla Wynveen, Angela Kaye, Erin Weckler, Erika Wiitala and Danelle Ferron. Hats off to all of you and thanks for putting on a great show!
Fresh off a strong third place finish Friday at Luxemburg Speedway, Tyler Hackett jumped to the lead on the first lap of the IMCA Modified feature. Point leader James Tebon followed suit and gave chase. A caution on lap 6 slowed the field and ended the night for Mark Vankauwenburg. This set up a 16 lap dash to checkers, Hackett held off advances from Tebon and led the rest of the way silencing his critics with his second feature win in a row and capping off a strong weekend. The engine Hackett won with belonged to the guy who chased him to the checkers and took second, James Lee Tebon. Dan Ratajczak was third, Billy LeMieux was credited with fourth after tangling with Gladstone, Michigan driver Greg Bruce on the final lap and Scott Derenne took home fifth.
Jeremy “Weeds” Wiitala moved solidly into the championship hunt in the IMCA Stock Cars with his first feature win of the season.
Fresh off a heat race win Scott Reinhardt moved to the lead in the opening laps fighting off last weeks winner Bret Koehler. The caution flew on lap 3 as title contender Dave Bouche and former Champion Greg Gretz argued for track position which sent Gretz into a white tire ending his night and sent Bouche to the back of the pack for the restart. Reinhardt guarded the preferred low groove with Koehler, Rick Dix and Jeremy Wiitala giving chase. Wiitala took his machine to the high side of Reinhardt, racing side by side and eventually taking the lead at the midway point. Point leader Troy Muench muscled his way into the second spot at the same time, but his charge for the win came up short suffering a flat tire sending him to pit lane and laps down. Wiitala went unchallenged and scored the win. Dix held on for second, Dave Bouche made a late race charge to third, Koehler was fourth with another solid finish.
In the IMCA Sport Mods, Sturgeon Bay’s Steve Georgenson scored his first career feature win in the TC prepared machine.
Veteran Rick LeMieux and Stephanie DeJardin paced the field in the opening laps. The battle for the lead came to a halt as the duo made contact sending them spinning on the front stretch, sending cars scattering as the caution flew. DeJardin was brought back to the lead but her reign up front was short lived as Steve Georgenson worked to the lead from row 4 in only 5 laps. Point leader Jarred VanLaanen gave chase pulling right to the back bumper of Georgenson. With 3 laps remaining VanLaanen looked to extent his point but his engine blew up in a cloud of smoke ending his night. Georgenson held off last weeks winner Todd Wiese to the checkers, scoring his first feature win in front of a cheerful hometown crowd. Wiese had to settle for second, Bernie Reinhardt took home third closing the battle with point leader VanLaanen, Kelsy Hayes made a late race charge to fourth after starting last and Dennis Miesler capped of a solid night taking fifth.
For the second week in a row Travis Hackett made it a family affair pulling into the Bull Pen Bar & Grill victory lane for his 3rd win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Back after a hard wreck last Sunday at Seymour, Rookie Brittany King set a steady pace leading the main event. Last weeks winner Travis Hackett caught King at the midway point, taking the lead away. Point leader Tom Brumlic ended up with a flat tire and went to the pit lane for service putting him laps down. Hackett went on to win his second feature in a row. Derek Moede closed in on Brumlic for the point lead with a second place finish, CJ Weckler had an up and down night that resulted with a third place, Dave Schmidt fourth and Joe Hegnet rounded out the top five.
After a string of bad luck the first two nights Von Eytcheson scored a clean sweep in dominating fashion in the Street Stocks.
Eytcheson powered from his front row starting spot distanced himself from his competitors. Todd Polster made contact with Kevin Leudtke on lap 3 causing a caution while trying to chase down Eytcheson. Luedtke was given his spot back and Polster was put the back of the field. Eytcheson again drove away from the pack leaving the battle for second. With 3 laps remaining Polster made it back to the runner up position. He slowly began to close in on the leader but was never able to challenge Eytcheson who scored his second feature of the week after winning Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway. Polster had to settle for second, Luedtke third, Mike Sargent fourth and Geno Sternard rounded out the top five. Point leader Dennis Weidner was involved in a wreck in his heat race and had to run his backup car yet again, Weidner finished towards the tail end of the field losing several points to Jimmy Anderson in the title chase.
Joey Scoon won his third feature of the season in the Feisty Fours. Matt Sargent had something break after leading most of the feature hitting the turn 4 wall coming to the checker, he was shaken up but ok.
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FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS
KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1.Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 4. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Tebon; Hackett
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 2. Rick Dix, Green Bay; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers
HEAT 1: Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor; Troy Muench, Union
HEAT 2: Koehler; Dave Bouche
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Todd Wiese, Algoma; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Wiese
HEAT 2: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Georgenson
LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Weckler; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Hackett; Brittany King, Appleton
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Von Eytcheson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Eytcheson; Sargent
HEAT 2: Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; Sternard
FEISTY FOURS FEATURE: 1.Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Matt Sargent Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Sargent; Scoon