Photos by Dan Lewis Photography (www.danlewisphoto.net)
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 2- James Lee Tebon fought off a late race charge from Todd Dart to pick up the win in the IMCA Modifieds at Prestige Yacht Coatings Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Stock Car), Randy LeMieux Jr. (IMCA Sport Mod), Travis Hackett (IMCA Hobby Stock), Dennis Weidner (Street Stock) and Calvin Stueck (Four-Cylinders)
James Tebon jumped to an early lead in the IMCA Modified main, leaving the battle for the runner up spot to Eric Arneson, Todd Dart and Cory Cochart. With a handful of laps to go a caution for a driveshaft that came out of Eugene Gregorich’s machine bunched the field. Dart used this to his advantage securing the second spot, setting his sights on Tebon for the lead, but again Tebon drove away from the field and picked up the win. Tebon scored a clean sweep after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Dart placed second, Billy LeMieux made a late race charge coming home third, Cory Cochart and rookie Eric Arneson rounded out the top five. With the win Tebon earned the Massart’s Auto Body lucky dog award worth $75.
Tebon also took home top pay in the Modified shoot-out which paid $250 to win in addition to his feature pay, making it three checkered flags for the Algoma driver.
Former champion Greg Gretz flexed his muscle scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars.
Shawn Havel jumped to the point as Greg Gretz gave chase. The due raced door to door for the top spot, Havel’s Chevy powered racer riding the cushion with Gretz’s Ford powered machine working the low groove. The duo raced away from the pack settling the battle between themselves. Charlie Kroll worked his way into the top four but mechanical issues sent his car pit side ending his night. Gretz snuck by Havel midway through the contest never looking back picking up the win. Havel had to settle for second, a wild three car battle ended with Jeremy Wiitala taking home third, Dave Bouche fourth by inches over Troy Muench.
Like Tebon, Gretz won the Stock Car shoot-out netting him an extra $250 and a picture with his son in the Budweiser, Bull Pen Bar & Grill victory lane.
“The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr. led every lap winning the IMCA Sport Mod feature.
On a very fast racing surface LeMieux jumped to an early lead. Steve Georgenson gave chase and began to reel in LeMieux midway through the feature. Georgenson worked to LeMieux’s back bumper as they powered through lap traffic but he couldn’t make the pass and LeMieux took home the win in the caution free event, Georgenson second, Jarred VanLaanen a solid third, Chris Budzban and Bernie Reinhardt rounded out the top five.
Travis Hackett came out victories in the IMCA Hobby Stocks also scoring a clean sweep.
Derek Moede set the pace early in the Hobby Stocks. Hackett ran in Moede’s tire tracks for half the race, running nose to tail. Hackett moved up a groove up and began to run the cushion pulling to the outside of Moede several times. The duo checked out from the rest of the field, with 3 laps to go Hackett worked past Moede for the lead. Moede got sideways on the front stretch allowing Hackett the breathing room he needed to cruise home and take the trophy. Moede second, defending state champion Tom Brumlic used a late race pass to place third, CJ Weckler fourth and former Street Stock champion Phil Faustini fifth.
Dennis Weidner used a back up car in winning a wild Street Stock feature.
Andy Paluch and Marvin Denny started on the front row and when the green dropped the pair made heavy contact which ended the night for Paluch, Jason Barfell, Josh Massart in the Geno Sternard machine. Dennis Weidner who had blown his engine during the heat race, borrowed his daughters IMCA Hobby Stock to race the feature. His plan was just to make a few laps to get his points, but after the caution he found himself leading the feature. As the race restarted Denny dogged Weidner the entire way but was never able to make the pass as Weidner picked up a very popular win.
Defending Four Cylinder champion Calvin Stueck continued his winning ways leading every lap and taking home the win in the Feisty Fours.
Special thanks to all the sponsors who supported the Nathan Bouche Memorial; Dave Hatch Racing, WDOR, Dorsch Ford, Tri County Heating, North Bay Construction, Packerland Whey, Metals America, Engine Rebuilding Service, Wisconsin Custom Machine, 141 Speedway, Luxemburg Speedway, Van Drisse Racing Parts, Hackett Racing, Denil Auto & Trucking, Seiler Tire, Mike Weitor Racing, Kroll Racing Fabrication and Malfroid Racing.
Racing continues onto night #2 next Saturday, June 9. The night will be brought to you by Palmer Johnson Yachts and be $1 Coors beer.
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. Todd Dart, Algoma; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Cory Cochart, Kewaunee; 5. Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls
HEAT 1: Tebon; LeMieux
ALGOMA MOTORS IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 2. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 3. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Troy Muench, Brussels
HEAT 1: 1) Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg; 2) Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 2: 1) Gretz; 2) Havel
BUTCHS AUTO IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 2. Steve Georgenson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 4. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 5. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: 1) VanLaanen; 2) LeMieux Jr.
HEAT 2: 1) Josh Massart, Brussels; 2) Martin Kelsey, Sturgeon Bay
LAVINE’S ICE IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Travis Hackett, Algoma; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Phil Faustini, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: 1) Hackett; 2) Brumlic
HEAT 2: 1) Weckler; Faustini
LACKIE RENTALS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Dennis Weidner, Maplewood; 2. Marvin Denny, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Andy Paluch, Pulaski; 4. Josh Massart, Brussels; 5. Jason Barfell, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: 1) Paluch; 2) Massart
FOUR CYLINDER FEATURE: 1. Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; 2. Joey Scoon, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Matt Trophy, Clintonville
HEAT 1: 1) Stueck; 2) Scoon