BUDZBAN, RATAJCZAK & LEMMENS LEAD WIRE TO WIRE AT THUNDERHILL
Posted under Race Reports on May 26th, 2013
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) May 25, 2013 – “Budzo” Chris Budzban survived several late race restarts to earn his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mods at Thunderhill Raceway for the 5th Annual Nathan Bouche Memorial. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modifieds), Luke Lemmens (IMCA Stock Cars), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stocks) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stocks). The Nathan Bouche Sportsman award went to Sturgeon Bay’s Mike Kelsey.
The Bouche Family sends out a Special Thanks to Dan & Scott Ratajczak, Dino Motorsports, Dorsch Ford, Hackett Racing, Fast Ed Distributors, Floors by Josh, Malfroid Racing, Massart’s AutoBody, Metals America Recycling, Mike Wietor Racing, North Bay Construction, Tri County Heating and Van Drisse Racing Parts.
Next Saturday June 1 will feature the return of the Bartenders Race brought to you by Wicked Witch Enterprises and we will have $1 Bud Beer night.
Ricky LeMieux’s mechanical issues moved Budzban to the first row of the feature which stuck him door to door with defending LaVine’s IMCA Sport Mod track champion Bernie Reinhardt. Both of which won their qualifying races. Budzban quickly established a sizable lead sending the field battling behind him. Cautions kept Budzban honest but when the checkers fell it was “Budzo” with a dominating performance en route to a clean sweep followed by Reinhardt, Josh Massart, Randy LeMieux Jr. and Kelsy Hayes completed the top five.
Luke Lemmens finally found some good luck leading every lap to victory in the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Cars.
A 23 car starting grid brought the field to green with Lemmens sneaking by Tony Bouche for the lead on lap 1. Jeremy Wiitala worked his way to the runner up spot with a handful of laps left but a leaking right front tire ended his mount to challenge Lemmens who scored a clean sweep in his 2013 FAST Chassis Stock Car, Wiitala barely finished with his tire going down but still managed a second place. When Wiitala pulled into the infield for tech the tire had gone completely flat. Last weeks winner Shawn Havel brought home third, defending champion Dave Bouche fourth and Dan Sell driving the Nathan Bouche #27 brought home fifth and a heat race win. It was the first checker flag Nathan’s car has seen since it was rebuilt, very fitting to see it came on his night.
The “Frog Station Flash” Dan Ratajczak led every lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modifieds to earn his first feature win of the season.
Defending champion James Lee Tebon gave chase the entire race but had to settle for second for the second straight week, two-time champ Jay Matthias made his first trip to the track with a solid third place, Eugene Gregorich and Billy LeMieux rounded out the top five.
Keith “The Kicker” Kickbusch capped off a stellar weekend winning in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stock feature.
Fresh off a heat race win Brandon Peterson paced the field. With the end in sight Peterson left just enough room down low and Kickbusch took advantage of it taking the lead with only 2 laps remaining scoring the win. It was Kickbuschs second victory of the weekend after winning Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway. Peterson placed second, Billy LeMieux again went double duty racing in two divisions racing to third from row 6, Kevin Luedtke had another solid run with fourth and former champion Tony Everard took home fifth with his first visit of the season.
Scott Boulanger remains undefeated in the Lackie Rentals and Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks with his second feature win a row passing CJ Weckler for the win.
Weckler had good night go bad with another flat tire. Derek Moede who rolled over Friday night rallied to second, Travis Hackett third, Ryan Rohr fourth and Joe Hegnet fifth. Boulanger also won Friday at Luxemburg.
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FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS
KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station.; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Jay Matthias, De Pere; 4. Eugene Gregorich Sr., Kewaunee; 5. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Ratajczak; Tebon
BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay; 3. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 4. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 5. Dan Sell, Suring
HEAT 1: Lemmens; Havel
HEAT 2: Sell; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
HEAT 3: Tony Bouche, Algoma; John Anschutz, Brussels
LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; 2. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Josh Massart, Brussels; 4. Randy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Kelsy Hayes, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg
HEAT 2: Budzban; LeMieux Jr.
LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Derek Moede, Casco; 3. Travis Hackett; 4. Ryan Rohr, Lincoln; 5. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Hackett; Hegnet
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 2. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Tony Everard, Green Bay
HEAT 1: Peterson; John Sternard, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Luedtke; Everard