KOEHLER KEEPS LEMMENS AT BAY TAKES STOCK CAR MAIN AT THUNDERHILL
Posted under Race Reports on June 9th, 2013
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) June 8, 2013 Results- Bret Koehler took the lead on lap 10 and kept the competition in his rearview scoring the win in the IMCA Stock Cars at Thunderhill Raceway on Wicked Witch Racing night brought to you by Northland Steel. Other feature winners were Dan Ratajczak (IMCA Modified), Bernie Reinhardt (IMCA Sport Mod), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Brandon Peterson (Street Stock).
Next Saturday Coors Light will be the title sponsor and will offer $1 a beer for the night with a paid wristband. Spectator Eliminator is slated to race and we are searching for those who are brave enough to race their street vehicles on the track.
A broken thumb didn’t stop Jamie Suchocki from pacing the first 9 laps of the Bull Pen Bar & Grill IMCA Stock Car main. Bret Koehler kept pace and stalked Suchocki the first half of the race. As the midway flags flew Koehler made his move sneaking under Suchocki and to the lead. Luke Lemmens and Dave Bouche made a late race charge on Koehler. Lemmens got to the leaders back bumper that’s as far as he’d get with Koehler scoring an exciting win. Lemmens second, Bouche took third and took over the point lead, Tom Brumlic and John Anschutz completed the top five.
Bernie Reinhardt brought home the top spot in the IMCA Sport Mods with his first win of the season.
Rick LeMieux and Martin Kelsey battle for the lead early on before defending LaVine’s Ice IMCA Sport Mod champion Bernie Reinhardt slipped around Kelsey for the lead. Rick LeMieux suffered a flat tire sending cars scattering ending the night for co-point leader Kelsy Hayes who was caught up in the wreck. Reinhardt with stood all comers through several cautions going on to score a clean sweep. Jarred VanLaanen made a late race charge finishing second thus taking over the point lead, Rookie Cody Rass placed a career best third, Dennis Miesler fourth and Randy LeMieux came back for fifth after being part of a caution mid race.
Dan Ratajczak made it two wins in a row in the IMCA Modifieds.
Ratajczak worked past rookie Greg Gretz for the lead on the opening lap of the Kelsey Racing IMCA Modified feature. Point leader and James Tebon jumped to second and caught Ratajczak. Tebon tried several times to work his way inside for the lead but Ratajczak wouldn’t be denied scoring a clean sweep. Tebon took second for the third straight week, Gretz was third, Cory Cochart fourth and Billy LeMieux fifth.
Scott Boulanger remains undefeated with his third win in a row in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
In the Lackie Rentals & Remodeling IMCA Hobby Stocks it was Dave Schmidt leading till lap 11 before point leader Scott Boulanger blast by down low a cruised to a comfortable win. Schmidt had to settle for second, Derek Moede third, Joe Hegnet fourth and Amber Weidner rounded out the top five.
Brandon Peterson scored a clean sweep in the Showcase Kitchens Street Stocks. Point leader Keith Kickbusch took home second place pay, Kevin Luedtke third, Marcus Moede fourth and Mike Sargent in his first run of the year took a fast fifth. Peterson dedicated the win in memory of his dad.
FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS
18 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1. Dan Ratajczak, Frog Station; 2. James Lee Tebon, Algoma; 3. Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; 4. Cory Cochart, Casco; 5. Billy LeMieux
HEAT 1: Gretz; Ratajczak
20 LAP BULL PEN BAR & GRILL IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers; 2. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 3. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 4. Tom Brumlic, Denmark; 5. John Anschutz, Brussels
HEAT 1: Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; Lemmens
HEAT 2: D. Bouche; Koehler
HEAT 3: Casey Groessl, Algoma; Brumlic
18 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1. Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg; 5. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Reinhardt; Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 2: Randy LeMieux Jr.; Miesler
18 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg; 2. Dave Schmidt, Casco; 3. Derek Moede, Casco; 4. Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Amber Weidner, Maplewood
HEAT 1: Boulanger; Schmidt
HEAT 2: Moede; CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay
18 LAP SHOWCASE KITCHENS STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Keith Kickbusch, Kewaunee; 3. Kevin Luedtke, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 5. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Peterson; Luedtke
HEAT 2: Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Moede