By Ed Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 18 – Pulaski’s “Hot” Rod Snellenberger survived a late race challenge from Boulder Junction’s Mark Schuenmann and Marion’s Dan Michonski to win round II of the Iron Horse Sales & Service Ironman swing for the Badger Stock Tour presented by Kick Ass Drive Train & Iron Horse Recycling at Thunder Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay Thursday.
With bonus monies Snellenberger earned $950 for his win. It capped off a night of redemption for Snellenberger, who was charged with a caution the night before at Seymour Speedway and sent to the back after battling near the front of the pack. “I’m pretty pumped to win this one,” said Snellenberger in victory lane. “I was pretty fired up after what happened last night at Seymour.”
A total of 38 BST stock cars checked in to compete at Thunder Hill.
Manitowoc’s Logan Rhode rode the top side to the lead early in the 30 lap Kick Ass Drive Train Stock Car feature. Cautions plagued the field early on as Snellenberger raced past Rhode for the lead on lap 13. Algoma’s Dave Bouche and Oconto Falls driver Eric Arneson who qualified through a last chance qualifier raced into the top five as Marion’s Dan Michonski secured the runner up position.
Bouche muscled his way under Michonski on lap 18 resulting in a flat tire for Bouche which ended his bid for the win. Schuenemann battled from row 8 and into the top 3 with 10 laps to. Schuenemann was the only driver to using the top side of the track battling past Sturgeon Bay’s Billy LeMieux for third. A caution with 3 laps remaining set up a thrilling dash to the checkers. Schuenemann raced past Michonski for second and set his sights on the leader pulling even with “Hot” Rod with 2 laps to go. Snellenberger fought back using the low groove keeping lead and barely beating Michonski and Schuenemann to the checkers for the win. It was a clean sweep for the former Thunderhill champion who won his heat race earlier in the night. Michonski battled back for second, Schunemann had to settle for third, LeMieux rallied to third after heading to pit lane early in the contest and Arneson completed the top five.
The winner of Seymour’s round I event, Scott Stewart of Oconto, just missed making the show by placing seventh in the second B main.
The Macdonalds Auto Electric Hard Charger Award went to Hortonville’s Justin Jacobson who started 24th and finish 6th.
Brandon Peterson out dueled fellow Sturgeon Bay driver Billy LeMieux to grab the lead early and held on to win the street stock feature.
Green Bay’s Jarred VanLaanen lead every lap en route to victory in the IMCA Sport Mod feature. The win is his second of the year at Thunderhill.
Round III will take place at Oshkosh Speedzone Friday, July 19. Joining the BST will be the Custom Windows Plus Badger Mod Tour presented by Gandrud Chevrolet. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. both nights. The winner of the “Ironman” Swing will receive $1000 at Oshkosh Friday night.
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30 LAP IRON HORSE SALES & SERVICE BADGER STOCK TOUR PRESENTED BY KICK ASS DRIVE TRAIN & IRON HORSE RECYCLING “A” MAIN 1st) Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski 2nd)Dan Michonski, Shawano 3rd )Mark Schuenemann, Boulder Junction 4th)Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay 5th) Eric Arneson, Oconto Falls 6th) Justin Jacobson, Hortonville 7th) Jamie Suchocki, Forestville 8th) Larry Karcz, Pulaski 9th) Logan Rhode, Manitowoc 10th) Tyler Smith, Luxemburg 11th) Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor 12th) Mike Schmidt, Shawano 13th) Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski 14th) JJ Heinz, Green Bay 15th) Dan Gracyalny, Greenville 16th) Dave Bouche, Algoma 17th) Luke Lemmens, Wausau 18th) David Hoerning, Appleton 19th) Dustin Loberger, Oconto 20th) Shawn Havel, Algoma 21st) Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls 22nd) Jeremy Wiitala, Green Bay 23rd) Harley Simon, Seymour 24th) Greg Gutt, Greeley CO
B MAIN 1) Loberger; Schuenemann 2) Arneson; Dave Bouche
HEAT 1) Rhode; Gutt
HEAT 2) Rod Snellenberger; Michonski
HEAT 3) Schmidt; Lemmens
HEAT 4) Suchocki; Hoerning
IMCA NORTHERN SPORTMOD FEATURE – Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Kevin Bethke, Appleton
HEAT 1) Anderson; Krull
HEAT 2) Van Laanen; Rick LeMieux
STREET STOCK FEATURE – Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay; Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; Rick Mahlberg, Denmark; Joe Hegnet, Sturgeon Bay; Frank Groeshel, Appleton
Heat – Mahlberg; GroeschelTweet
Posted under Race Reports on July 19th, 2013