THE WEATHER HOLDS OUT FOR ONE WILD NIGHT AT THUNDERHILL RACEWAY
Posted under Race Reports on July 13th, 2014
Photos by Dan Lewis Photography – www.danlewisphoto.net
By Edward Anschutz
(Sturgeon Bay, WI) July 12, 2014 Results- Like in NASCAR Kyle Bush will race anything with wheels. Often sweeping entire weekends in the Truck, Nationwide and Cup series. Saturday night Billy LeMieux did the same by scoring a clean sweep in the IMCA Stock Cars and in the Street Stocks for the second time this season at Thunderhill Raceway. Other feature winners were James Tebon (IMCA Modified), Scott Boulanger (IMCA Sport Mod) and Derek Moede (IMCA Hobby Stock).
It looked like mother nature had the upper hand coming into night 8 but some how, some way, the first drop of rain fell exactly as the final Coors Light checker flag flew. As drama unfolded in each event, either for the win or in the super tight point battles fans were thrilled and on the edge of their seat.
With a super fast racing surface and big cushion up top Jeff Lautenbach jumped to the lead from his front row starting spot of the IMCA Sport Mod main. Lautenbach looked strong running up top as Scott Boulanger, Jarred VanLaanen and co-point leader Ryan LeMieux gave chase. Boulanger found his groove, putting heavy pressure on the leader. As the cross flags flew Lautenbach slid just a little high out of turn 2 and Boulanger capitalized down low and took the lead. Lautenbach wasn’t unable to find the sweet spot and faded out of the top five.
Up front it was now VanLaanen applying constant pressure to the leader with 5 laps remaining. LeMieux then began an assault for the runner up spot. 3 cars locked in a battle for the win as the white flag flew. VanLaanen threw a block on LeMieux and went to work on the leader, diving to the inside on the final corner but Boulanger had just enough left to charge to the checkers scoring the win. It was Boulanger’s second trophy of the weekend as he won his first open wheel feature Friday at Luxemburg driving for Bill Hayes. VanLaanen held on for second, LeMieux took sole possession of the point lead by placing third, Randy LeMieux Jr. was fourth and Cody Rass raced home to fifth after starting in row 7.
With a $700 payday on the line for the IMCA Modified feature winner, we saw former champion Jeremy Jacobs roll in the back gate and take charge when the green dropped. Jacobs paced the field with James Tebon chasing. Midway through the contest Jacobs showed why he’s one of the areas best as he started to stretch out the lead, pulling away from the likes of Tebon, Sean Jerovetz, Tyler Hackett and Todd Dart. Jacobs had the $700 already in his pocket but with 3 laps remaining his car went up in a plume of smoke as his racer came to halt a in turn one. This handed the lead to Tebon who went on the score the win, his first of the season. Hackett took home $400 for second, Jerovetz got $300 for third and point leader Dart placed fourth and earned $225. Dart leads Tebon by 6 points.
Billy LeMieux was on a mission in the IMCA Stock Car main as he set sail from his pole position. Jamie Suchocki and Scott Reinhardt scrapped for second. Midway through the race title contender Charlie Kroll had problems as he came to a stop on the backstretch, bringing out the caution as he headed to pit lane. On the restart point leader Dave Bouche was able to show his veteran prowess charging from outside the top five to third. Bouche then went to work passing Tom Brumlic for second. Bouche was never able to mount a challenge for the win as LeMieux cruised to his second feature win in the class. Bouche extended his point lead placing second, Suchocki was third, Dylan Heilmann held off Shawn Havel for fourth.
In Street Stock action Billy LeMieux raced around Mike Sargent for the lead and never looked back scoring his 5th feature win of the season. Geno Sternard was second, Jeremy Dubois, Jimmy Anderson and Sargent completed the top five. With the win LeMieux is back in the point lead as Kevin Luedtke suffered mechanical issues.
Travis Lumaye and Scott Boulanger had their time up front in the IMCA Hobby Stock feature but midway through the contest Derek Moede marched past for the lead and scored his second win of the season. Boulanger had to settle for second, Marcus Moede was third, CJ Weckler and Dave Schmidt rounded out the top five finishers.
Next Saturday July 19 will be brought to you by the GO BO! Foundation and will feature a drivers bike race and giveaway.
FEATURE & HEAT RESULTS
20 LAP KELSEY RACING IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE: 1 James Tebon, Algoma.; 2. Tyler Hackett, Algoma; 3. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski; 4. Todd Dart, Algoma
HEAT 1: Hackett; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg
20 LAP OLSON FABRICATION IMCA STOCK CAR FEATURE: 1 Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay.; 2. Dave Bouche, Algoma; 3. Jamie Suchocki, Forestville; 4. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay; 5. Shawn Havel, Algoma
HEAT 1: Havel; Heilmann
HEAT 2: LeMieux; Charlie Kroll, Forestville
20 LAP LAVINE’S ICE IMCA SPORT MOD FEATURE: 1.Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 2. Jarred VanLaanen, Green Bay; 3. Ryan LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 4. Randy LeMieux Jr., Sturgeon Bay; 5. Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: Josh Massart, Forestville; VanLaanen
HEAT 2: Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg
15 LAP LACKIE RENTALS IMCA HOBBY STOCK FEATURE: 1. Derek Moede, Luxemburg; 2. Scott Boulanger, Duvall; 3. Marcus Moede, Algoma; 4. CJ Weckler, Sturgeon Bay; 5. Dave Schmidt, Casco
HEAT 1: Marcus Moede; Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay
HEAT 2: Boulanger; Derek Moede
15 LAP REESE’S AUTOBODY STREET STOCK FEATURE: 1. Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; 2. Geno Sternard, Sturgeon Bay; 3. Jeremy Dubois, Algoma; 4. Jimmy Anderson, Forestville; 5. Mike Sargent, Sturgeon Bay
HEAT 1: LeMieux; Dubois