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By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) September 1 Results- Shawn Havel used a late race pass on John Anschutz to score his third feature win of the season at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners on Floors by Josh night were James Lee Tebon (IMCA Modified), Kelsy Hayes (IMCA Sport Mod), Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock), Todd Polster (Street Stock) and Kasey Gross (Four-Cylinders).
Billy LeMieux scored the Massart’s Auto Body Lucky Duck award. Top 10 in points for all divisions listed at bottom of the race summary.
In the highly anticipated IMCA Stock Car feature John Anschutz jumped from the outside pole to the lead. Newly crowned Rookie of the Year Marcus Moede used the high side to pull even with Anschutz for the lead. The duo stayed door to door for the first half of the event with Anschutz able to hold off Moede’s advances. Dave Bouche came into the night leading defending Champion Troy Muench by just 2 points. Bouche stayed glued to Muench’s rear bumper for the first half of the race until Muench moved into the top four allowing him to take over the point lead. Bouche kept his cool charging into fifth with a hand full of laps remaining. Anschutz appeared to be on his way to his first feature win, but Shawn Havel had other plans taking over second and slipped by Anschutz with 3 laps remaining taking home his third win of the season. Anschutz held on for a season best second, Rick Dix third, Troy Muench fourth and Dave Bouche placed fifth securing his first ever Championship in the IMCA Stock Cars by 1 point over Muench.
Kelsy “Hollywood” Hayes outlasted Josh Massart scoring her second feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Massart wasted no time opening up a sizable lead in the opening laps. Hayes charged through on the top side and to the lead on lap 8. Massart fought back leading the next two laps as the duo battled for the lead. Leading the standings by only 1 point, Bernie Reinhardt quickly worked into the top four trying to distance himself from the guy chasing him for the title, Jarred VanLaanen. Hayes finally took sole possession of the top spot just past the midway point pulling away from the field and taking home the win in the caution free event. Massart ended a solid season second, Reinhardt third, Mark Joski fourth and newly crowned Wisconsin State and Luxemburg Speedway Champion Brad Lautenbach rounded out the top five. Brandon Peterson won Rookie of the Year honors. By virtue of his third place finish Bernie Reinhardt earned his first IMCA Sport Mod title, he also becomes the first driver at Thunderhill to win a Championship in three different divisions.
Derek Moede made the point battle tight picking up his second feature win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Eric Micolichek paced the opening lap before Travis Hackett worked the cushion and to the lead a lap later. Derek Moede came into the night trailing Tom Brumlic by 6 points. Moede knew his best chance for the title was to simply win. Moede tracked down Hackett and to the lead at the midway point. Hackett refused to give up taking the lead back 2 laps later. Brumlic who was suffering form ignition issues was unable to chase down the top four. Moede and Hackett raced door to door all the way to the final lap where Moede found just enough to power by for the win. Hackett second, Joe Hegnet third, Brumlic fourth and Rookie of the Year Brittany King fifth. Brumlic had just enough left under the hood of his racer to secure the Championship his first ever at Thunderhill. Brumlic’s stellar season also included a championship at Luxemburg Speedway and his second Wisconsin State title.
Todd Polster continued his domination in the Street Stocks with his sixth feature win.
Title contender Jimmy Anderson came into the night trailing Dennis Weidner by just 5 points. Anderson wasted no time flexing his muscle leading the first 7 laps before Polster took charge, taking the lead away from Anderson and never looked back cruising to the win. Geno Sternard second, defending Champion Tony Everard third, Rookie of the Year Kevin Luedtke was fourth and Anderson rounded out the top five. Dennis Weidner kept close tabs on Anderson all race long, when the dust settled Weidner held a 3 point advantage scoring his first career track title.
James Tebon left it all out on the track passing Billy LeMieux for the lead on lap 3 to score his sixth feature of the season in the IMCA Modifieds. LeMieux, Dan Ratajczak, Rookie of the Year Tyler Hackett and Scott Derenne completed the top five in the finishing order for the feature. Tebon’s domination of the IMCA Modifieds earned him the track title, which is the first of his career.
Kasey Gross made his first trip to Thunderhill a successful one, beating out Champion Joey Scoon for the victory. The Championship was a first for Scoon.
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FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS
KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 4. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 5. Scott Derenne, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: LeMieux; Derenne
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 2. John Anschutz, Brussels; 3. Rick Dix, Appleton; 4. Troy Muench, Union; 5. Dave Bouche, Algoma
HEAT 1: Havel; Casey Groessl, Algoma
HEAT 2: Charlie Kroll, Forestville; John Anschutz
HEAT 3: Marcus Moede, Algoma; Dix
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Josh Massart, Brussels; 3. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Mark Joski, New Franken; 5. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken
HEAT 1: Jarred Van Laanen, Green Bay; Massart
HEAT 2: Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon; Hayes
LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Casco; 2. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 3. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tom Brumlic, Denmark
HEAT 1: Brittany King, Appleton; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Hackett; Mitch Vandermause, Luxemburg
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Todd Polster, West Jacksonport; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Tony Everard, Green Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke. Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville
HEAT 1: Luedtke; Everard
HEAT 2: Ed Franklin, Sturgeon Bay; Dennis Weidner, East Maplewood
FEISTY FOURS FEATURE: 1.Kasey Gross, Gleason; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Borths, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Charlie Gross, Gleason; 5. TJ Everard, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Gross; Scoon
TOP TEN POINT STANDINGS FOR 2012
IMCA MODIFIEDS: 1. James Tebon; 2. Billy LeMieux; 3. Scott Derenne; 4. Dan Ratajczak; 5. Todd Dart; 6. Cory Cochart; 7. Tyler Hackett; 8. Eric Arneson; 9. Al Gibson; 10. Jay Matthias
IMCA STOCK CARS: 1. Dave Bouche; 2. Troy Muench; 3. Jeremy Wiitala; 4. Shawn Havel; -tie. Charlie Kroll; 6. Tony Bouche; 7. Bret Koehler; 8. Marcus Moede; 9. Scott Reinhardt; 10. Rick Dix
IMCA SPORT MODS: 1. Bernie Reinhardt; 2. Jarred VanLaanen; 3. Kelsy Hayes; 4. Josh Massart; 5. Ricky LeMieux; 6. Stephanie DeJardin; 7. Martin Kelsey; 8. James Iverson; 9. Randy LeMieux Jr.; 10. John Soukup
IMCA HOBBY STOCK: 1. Tom Brumlic; 2. Derek Moede; 3. Travis Hackett; 4. Brittany King; 5. Amber Weidner; 6. Eric Micolichek; 7. CJ Weckler; 8. Naomi Weidner; 9. Cody Junio; 10. Joe Hegnet
STREET STOCK: 1. Dennis Weidner; 2. Jimmy Anderson; 3. Geno Sternard; 4. Todd Polster; 5. Kevin Luedtke; 6. Ed Franklin; 7. Marvin Denny; 8. Jason Barefell; 9. Von Eytcheson; 10. Mike Saregent
FEISTY FOURS: 1. Joey Scoon; 2. Matt Sargent; 3. Matt Borths; 4. Alex Wendt; 5. Kasey Gross; 6. Michael Verheyden; 7. Calvin Stueck; -tie. Charlie Gross; -tie Scott Johnson; -. Kipp Burlo; 10. TJ Everard