DAVE BOUCHE MAKES LATE RACE PASS TO STEAL WIN FROM JAMIE SUCHOCKI
Posted under Race Reports on August 18th, 2013
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) August 17, 2013 Results- IMCA Stock Car point leader Dave “The Bulldozer” Bouche took the lead away from Jamie Suchocki with just 2 laps remaining to score his 3rd feature win of the season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified), Jarred VanLaanen (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Billy LeMieux (Street Stock)
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Tony Bouche looked like the man the beat early on in the IMCA Stock Car feature until Jamie Suchocki raced by using the high side on lap 8. Suchocki paced the field opening up a sizable advantage over Tony. Defending champ Dave Bouche quickly raced to the top five and slipped by his Uncle Tony for the runner up position. Dave then began to chop away at Suchocki’s advantage. Suchocki kept working the high side with Dave down low. With 3 laps remaining Dave snuck to the inside of the leader, taking the top spot as the white flag flew. Suchocki fought back on the final lap pulling ahead down the backstretch. The duo raced door to door out of turn 4 with checker waving, Dave was able to beat Suchocki to the finish line by only a fender. Shawn Havel was third, Tony Bouche fourth and Scott Reinhardt completed the top five. For the Bulldozer it was his second win in a row.
Jarred VanLaanen earned a his 3rd feature win of the season in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Three different drivers led the first 3 laps of the Sport Mod main with Rookie Cody Rass pacing the field through a series of cautions. This kept the field on his rear spoiler allowing Jarred VanLaanen to muscle his way by Rass on a lap 7 restart. Title contender Randy LeMieux Jr. had a good night go bad while running third as his racer lost power sending him coasting into the pits. VanLaanen went unchallenged the rest of the way picking up the win. Bernie Reinhardt capitalized on LeMieux‘s mechanical issues by placing second, Rass, Jeff Lautenbach and Jacob Zellner rounded out the top five.
Scott Boulanger raced around Travis Lumaye for the lead midway through the IMCA Hobby Stock feature and never looked back picking up his 7th victory of the season. It was also a clean sweep for Boulanger who sits tied for the point lead. Dave Schmidt was second, co-point leader Derek Moede placed third and Joe Hegnet was fourth.
Billy LeMieux earned a division high 4th feature win of the season in the Street Stocks. Point leader Keith Kickbusch was second, Kevin Leudtke came home third and Scott Pagels rounded out the top four.
In IMCA Modified action defending champion James Lee Tebon led every lap en rout to his 2nd feature win in a row. Rookie Greg Gretz was third and fellow Rookie Scott Ratajczak brought home third subbing for the injured Dan Ratajczak.
FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS
18 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 2. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 3. Shawn Havel, Algoma; 4. Tony Bouche, Algoma; 5. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor
HEAT 1:Reinhardt; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: T. Bouche; Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels
18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 2. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Jacob Zellner, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Zellner; Reinhardt
15 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 2. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 3. Scott Ratajczak, Frog Station
HEAT 1: Tebon; Gretz
15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Eric Micolichek, Luxemburg
HEAT 1: Boulanger; Schmidt
HEAT 2: Moede; Hegnet
15 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 3. Kevin Leudtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Scott Pagels, The Badlands; 5. Jeremy DuBois, Algoma
HEAT 1: Dave Schmidt, Casco; Pagels
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Marcus Moede, Algoma