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May 12th, 2016
Mayetta, KS – Opening night had to come a week later than planned this season at Thunder Hill Speedway due to heavy rains a week ago. The fans and racers all came out in droves on Saturday night for the new opening night, which happened to be Kenny Schrader night at the race track. A whopping total of 106 cars checked in to battle it out on Saturday night and the fans were treated to some of the best racing action in the Midwest.
In the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified division all eyes were on Kenny Schrader. The NASCAR legend has moved on from racing full time on pavement to racing over 100 shows a year on dirt. Schrader might have had a lot of eyes on him but there were several heavy hitters in the IMCA Modified division that checked in to show the fans, and Schrader, that they are good drivers too. One driver, Jordy Nelson, has had some success over the years at Thunder Hill Speedway. On Saturday night Nelson jumped out to the early advantage. The big question was would he be able to hang on as several heavy hitters were on their way to the front. As Nelson held down the top spot a lot of passing for position was going on behind him. Troy Baumgartner, Tyler Frye, Jordan Grabouski, Schrader and Darron Fuqua were just a few drivers that were making their way to the front. The laps would click off and Nelson would keep everyone at bay as he would pick up the first win of the season. Time would run out on Grabouski, a former IMCA National Modified Champ, who finished 2nd, Tyler Frye, the defending IMCA N. Sport Mod National Champ, came home in 3rd, 4th went to Schrader and rounding out the top 5 was Fuqua. Heat race winners on the evening were Tom Charles, Nelson and Kyle Olberding. The B Feature win went to Randal Schiffelbein Jr.
The Bud’s Auto Service IMCA Stock Car divison saw 23 racers check in on Saturday night. In 2015 this was a very popular class with fans and racers at Thunder Hill Speedway. This season it looks like it will repeat the same characteristic. After a wild feature that saw plenty of action, Matt Haid stood tall in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane. Haid, looking strong in the early part of the 2016 season, took home a hard fought win on Saturday night. Anthony Deters put together one of his best races ever at Thunder Hill Speedway finishing in the runner-up spot, Shaylon Holloway made some noise throughout the feature but came up short as he would finish 3rd, a late race charge by Geoff Jermark would put him in the 4th spot at the finish and Steven Corning brought home a 5th place finish in the feature. Heat race winners were Jermark, Haid and Brandon Conkwright.
The most popular class at Thunder Hill Speedway is the JAG Trucking IMCA Northern Sport Mods. On Saturday 35 N. Sport Mods turned out to see who would be ‘King’ on night #1. It was a wild contest in the main event, that saw a few yellows on the night. In the end it was a familiar face returning to victory lane. Shawn Harker isn’t a regular at Thunder Hill Speedway. He drops in when he can because he loves the competition and he loves the facility. It seems like each time he shows up to Thunder Hill Speedway he, somehow, finds himself battling at the top of the feature lineup. Saturday night was no different. The early battle of the night for the top spot happened between Dustin Thulin and Dusty Leonard. These two went at it right from the drop of the green flag. Harker was working his way through traffic heading to the front, while the leaders were shooting it out. Just passed the halfway point Harker would take the lead and once in the top spot, he would hold on to the finish. Thulin would win the battle with Leonard and take home a 2nd place finish, 3rd would go to Leonard, Bryan Rigsby made a late race run to finish 4th and Brandon Spanger rounded out the top 5. Heat race winners were Matthew Crowell, Dalton Blow, Harker and Kyle Stallbaumer. The B Feature win went to Jacob Crowell.
In 2016 look for some awesome racing action in the Caseys General Store IMCA Hobby Stock division. If Saturday night’s feature event is a look at what’s to come, this could be an awesome year. Ryan Sutter didn’t pick up a win last season in the Hobby Stock division. He was close. Every race last year he finished in the top 5, a very impressive stat. This year he didn’t want to say that he never stopped off in Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane!
The feature event was a great one. Sutter would battle with Tyler Hinrichs all the way to the flag stand. The drag race out of turn number 4 would decide it and at the stripe it was Sutter getting the win over Hinrichs by less than a car length! Action all over the track for position was stellar as well.
Hinrichs had to settle for the 2nd position, a hard charging Cody Williams finished 3rd, 4th went to defending champ, Tyler Garst, and Levi Henery drove his way to a 5th place finish. Heat race winners were Hinrichs and Sutter.
Action returns next Saturday night, May 14th, at Thunder Hill Speedway. To keep up with all the action check them out on the web at racethunderhillspeedway.com or on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway. Results for Saturday May 7th, 2016
October 12th, 2015
Mayetta, KS – The 2015 race season came to a close Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway with the conclusion of the Thunder on The Hill. It would be fitting that the last race of the season would go down to the final lap! A total of 24 cars would start 3 wide and 8 rows deep to begin the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature. hane Demey from Denison, IA took to the early lead in the feature event. He would hang out at the top spot after a wild melee would ensue with cars jockeying for positions all over the speedway.
The previous night’s winner, Corey Burch, Jay Noteboom were the first two drivers to put pressure on the leader at the front of the pack. Several grooves of racing were evident as drivers worked the entire track to improve their positions. Steven Bowers Jr., the 2015 track champion, was one of those drivers looking to improve his starting position. Starting 8th on the grid for the feature, Bowers found himself in moving past the competition and setting his sights on the leader as he rolled into 2nd place. Bowers would take over the lead and began to build a lead as the race wore down. With 7 laps remaining in the feature a couple of yellow flag situations would change the complexion of the race.
On the restart Ryan Gaylord, who showed up only for Saturday night’s event, started to eat into Bowers’ lead as the race wore down. At times it looked as if Gaylord was going to make a bid for the top spot but a missed mark would drop him back 4 to 5 car lengths. Bowers and Gaylord weren’t the only ones looking for the win. Dylan Sherfick, Burch, Noteboom and Shawn Anderson were in shouting distance of the top 2 as the final laps came down to the wire. Gaylord was able to eliminate Bowers’ lead as the began to work lap 27. As the two drivers would come to the flag stand Gaylord would move into the lead by the slimmest of margins. As the raced to the white flag the two would go side by side. One corner would belong to Bowers the next would go to Gaylord.
On the white flag lap Gaylord, from Lakewood, CO., took advantage of the top spot and dropped down to take Bowers’ line away. The move helped Gaylord take home the win that was worth more than $2,500 and it gave the fans something to stand up and cheer about. Bowers would finish a very close runner up, Burch’s hot streak continued with a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Sherfick and Noteboom would round out the top 5.
Heat race winners were Burch, Noteboom, Gaylord and Demey. The winner of the B Feature was Johnny Saathoff. A dominating performance was put on display in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car Feature. Another driver from Lakewood, CO., Angel Munoz, decided to come to Thunder Hill for Saturday night’s races and just like his partner in the Modifieds (Gaylord), Munoz showed the crowd that he had what it takes to win.
Munoz put on a strong display in his heat race winning by a large margin. He would be rewarded with the pole position for the A Main. It was all he would need. As the green flag dropped Munoz checked out on the competition and ran away with the big money victory on the final night.
The battle for 2nd was a dandy one. If you threw out Munoz’s dominating run this might have been one of the best features of the year. A total of 7 drivers would go back and forth behind Munoz looking for the runner-up spot. Four and 5 wide racing was seen on the track. Door to door battles were evident. A little bump drafting was going on! It was a shoot out for all 25 laps. In the end Josh Everhart, who started 6th in the feature, would throw together one of his best runs in his Stock Car and finish 2nd, Bryan Rigsby, who seemed to be in a battle with someone on every lap, raced his way to a 3rd place finish, coming in 4th was the Hard Charger on the night, Kyle Stallbaumer as he started 14th and Mat Stallbaumer finished in the 5th position. Heat race winners were Munoz, Mat Stallbaumer and Robert Garst.
Tyler Frye is a driver who has a lot of talent. In the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods there are a lot of tough competitors at Thunder Hill Speedway. Winning 10 features on the season, a track championship and an IMCA National Championship, Frye has proven his talent, toughness and tenacity this season. On Friday night Frye picked up the feature win and with a possible move up to the IMCA Modified division next season, the fans of Thunder Hill Speedway might have gotten to see Frye’s last time behind the wheel of a N. Sport Mod last night.
Jeff Hooker, from Minot, ND, got out in front of the field for the early lead in the feature. Luke Stallbaumer and Dusty Leonard would keep pace with Hooker at the front of the pack. Trenton Kleweno was also hanging around in the top 4 battling it out as the feature wore on. Frye, who started 9th, was on the move but then stalled out in the 5th position. A restart after a yellow flag situation saw Frye put his skills to the test. On the restart Frye would use the high and low line to pass all 4 competitors to take the lead. That was until another yellow flag dropped on the feature event. Frye would go back to 5th on the ensuing restart. The green flag would wave again and for the 2nd time Frye would move to the lead on the restart passing the front 4, but another yellow would come out negating the move. Frye would go back to 5th, again. As the green dropped for a third time. The field would fan out a little better and Frye’s run to the front would be delayed. Hooker would hang on to the top spot until Frye cleared the competition and moved into 2nd. A stout battle for the top spot would rage until Frye got the upper hand coming out of turn 4. Frye would close out the feature with win #11 at Thunder Hill Speedway. Hooker would finish 2nd, 3rd went to Stallbaumer, Dusty Leonard would come home in the 4th position and 5th would be Trenton Kleweno. Heat race winners were Hooker, Leonard and Stallbaumer.
The first feature of the night was the Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stocks. Thunder Hill Speedway regular, Nicholas Ronnebaum, jumped out into the lead over Patrick Pellman at the start of this one. The two front-runners would battle it out lap after lap until a long red flag situation fell on the speedway. As the race resumed the two drivers would regain their battle at the front of the pack. Ronnebaum, a 2x feature winner in 2015, would have his work cut out for him. Not only was Pellman behind him. Several top notch drivers were also in the mix looking to haul in the big money win. Watching the action unfold in this class was exciting for the crowd as they got to see all kinds of scenarios unfold as they came to the close of this feature. Ronnebaum would get the upper hand in the remaining laps and closed out the win, giving him 3 on the season. Pellman finished a close 2nd to Ronnebaum, Greg Gilbert, started 6th, raced his way to a hard fought 3rd place finish, continuing his streak of having a top 5 finish in every race this season was Ryan Sutter, who finished 4th, and rounding out the top 5 was Luke Wassom. Heat race winners were Ronnebaum, Pellman and Roy Armstrong.
Thunder Hill Speedway’s 2015 came to a close on Saturday night. Fans, racers and sponsors made a lasting impression on the fans during the season and this should give way to a strong upcoming 2016!
September 1st, 2015
Mayetta, KS – It seems like just yesterday that the 2015 race season was getting underway. Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway the 2015 season came to a close with Championship Night at the Races.
All 5 IMCA divisions crowned their champions. In the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds Steven Bowers Jr. was the only driver that locked up his title prior to Saturday night’s races. After winning the first 8 races of the season in the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Tyler Frye took home the championship. It’s rare that a rookie wins a track championship but that’s exactly what Dominic Thyfault did in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars. Another rare feat is to win a championship without ever winning a feature on the season and that’s what Tyler Garst did in claiming the Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock Championship. The only driver to win for a championship for the 2nd consecutive year was Austin Umschied in the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compacts.
Now that we have told you who the champs are, now we can tell you how each of the 5 championship features came out.
In the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature it was a familiar face driving into victory lane, Tyler Frye. Heading into the night Frye had been kept out of Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane for the last 3 weeks. This was a characteristic that Frye wasn’t accustom to. After winning the first 8 features of the year, Frye was not only looking for a track championship but he was also looking for a national championship. Austin Charles was celebrating his 18th birthday Saturday night and it appeared he was going to provide his own present in the form of a feature
For several laps Charles led the field around the big high banked track. Unfortunately, Frye had a different plan.
Frye, who started 12th in the feature, began to eat away at Charles lead late in the race before a yellow flag would help him out. On the restart Frye put the pressure on the youngster and the battle was on. It wouldn’t be long before Frye would take the lead from Charles, but in fine fashion the young Charles kept fighting back. The two would go
back and forth before Frye would speed off to win #9 on the season. The win would cap off his championship and it would help add to his quest for the IMCA N. Sport Mod National Championship.
Charles would finish 2nd on the night, Bryan Rigsby, who finished 2nd in the points, raced his way from 11th to 3rd in the main, 4th went to Jacob Davis and rounding out the top 5 was the hard charger of the night Steven
Goodman who started 24th and finished 5th!
The Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock Feature held the most excitement with the points championship going down to the white flag lap. Tyler Garst entered the night with a 1 point lead on Tommy Fose and with just a 1 point lead, Garst would have to finish ahead of Fose to claim the championship. If Fose were to finish 1 spot ahead of Garst they would tie and Fose held the tie breaker as he had 1 feature win to his credit. During the feature the two would go back and forth inside the top 5. Garst would lead Fose and then Fose would lead Garst. Tyler Hinrichs, who came into the night with 2 feature wins already, was out in front of the pack celebrating a strong run. Unfortunately, all the eyes were on the battle for the championship and it would come down to the white flag lap.
As the field came to the white flag, Fose knew that he had to get in front of Garst. The two drivers would head into turn one with Fose trailing Garst. Fose put a daring path deep into the bottom of turn 1. He would wash up in front of Garst in turn two. As his momentum carried him towards the top of turn 2, Garst would drive under him and regain the spot as they came out of turn two. Garst had a slight advantage. Fose was on his door as they started down the backstretch and that’s when Fose’s championship dreams ended.
Fose went off the top of the track and straight into the implement tires and back stretch wall. He would endure one of the hardest crashes of the season. Luckily, he would come out of the melee unscathed.
Garst, meanwhile, was able to finish the event and with Fose out would claim the title. Hinrich’s would hold off the competition and win his 3rd Hobby Stock feature of the season, 2nd went to Nicholas Ronnebaum, Garst would finish
in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Ryan Sutter (who finished every race he ran this year in the top 5) and Mallory Stiffler logged the 5th place finish. Another exciting battle in the points was in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car class.
Dominic Thyfault, a rookie, came into the night with an 18 point lead over 2nd place Greg Deters.
James King and Robert Garst would bring the field to the green flag and when the green flag waved it was another feature event full of excitement. Garst would jump out to the early advantage, but a lot of action was going on throughout the field behind him. A lot of side by side, wheel to wheel action could be seen on the speedway.
As the feature rolled on the points leader, Thyfault, would see the unthinkable a DNF! Thyfault smacked into the front stretch wall hard early in the event. The hit was hard enough that he would not be able to make any repairs and would settle for a 18 place finish.
This meant all Deters had to do was get a win and he would have a shot at the title. Deters would have a shot late in the race, but it would never develop. Mat Stallbaumer, who won 3 features previously this season, was on the
move. One by one Stallbaumer marched from his 3rd row outside starting spot to the front of the field. At the front he would hit all of his marks and he would run away with win #4 on the season. It was the most wins for any driver in the division this season.
In post race tech Garst would be disqualified for an illegal part.
After the adjustment Gene Stigall would come in 2nd, 3rd went to Deters, who finished 3 points away from the championship, 4th was Justin Merriman with his best finish of the year and Brandon Conkwright finished 5th after having to fight back from the rear of the field early in the event. One of the only classes that crowned their champion before the event started was the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds.
Steven Bowers Jr. entered the night with a 43 point lead over Tom Charles. By virtue of the point system it was mathematically impossible for anyone to overthrow the leader.
During the A Main a couple of team cars, Justin Becker and Troy Baumgartner, battled at the front of the pack. Mat Stallbaumer, the winner of the Stock Car feature, made a bid for the lead and looked to double up in victory lane on the night. As the race wore on Stallbaumer’s ride went away. Allen Halderman had a good run to the front of the field and looked strong as he took his shot at the top spot. Halderman, a former champ, would get some pressure from Brandon Blochlinger just passed the halfway mark.
Blochlinger would snag the top spot after a battle. During the battle Tom Charles would also come to the front of the pack as he got by Halderman as well. As Blochlinger stayed at the front of the field, Charles would cut into his lead. Late in the race Charles would get a break that might help him make one final charge late in the race, as a yellow flag.
On the restart it wasn’t meant to be as Charles gave his best effort. Blochlinger had found the right path for him around Thunder Hill Speedway. It was a path that would push him to victory lane. The win was Blochlinger’s 1st win of the season at Thunder Hill and he became the 6th different winner on the season.
Charles would finish 2nd, the 2015 Track Champ, Bowers, finished 3rd, 4th went to Halderman and Clay Hale returned to finish 4th after starting 10th in the main event.
Kaylee Diekman took home the feature win in the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact Feature. Diekman led from wire to wire as she bested the effort of the 2015 Track Champ, Austin Umscheid. Third would go to Donnie Dale and rounding out the field was Rhonda Mewes in 4th.
The points season came to and end Saturday night but there is still one HUGE event left on 2015 schedule; THUNDER ON THE HILL.
October 9th and 10th the signature event at Thunder Hill Speedway will explode with great racing action with the best drivers in the Midwest on display.
For more information keep up to date with all the action at Thunder Hill Speedway on the world wide web at www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.
August 25th, 2015
Mayetta, KS – Saturday night was Fan Appreciation Night at Thunder Hill Speedway and it was a HIT! Fans from all over the area poured in to see great racing for just $5.00. A total of 79 racers checked in to do battle and put on a show for the fans in attendance. For the 2nd straight week the theme on the track was the same as before; New winners getting to victory lane!
In the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mod division the last 2 features have been one by new drivers. Tyler Frye carried the division in the first 8 races, Shawn Harker got the win 2 weeks ago and Bryan Rigsby won last week. Who was going to step on this night? Lance Dixon and Dustin Thulin would bring the field to the green flag, but it wouldn’t be long before the battle at the front was between Thulin and Aaron Hilderman. Hilderman and Thulin would go back and forth at the front of the field. Unfortunately for Thulin his night would night go they way he wanted it to. A broken right front would take him out of the action. It handed the lead over to Hilderman. At the front it wouldn’t be easy. Austin Charles, Bryan Rigsby, Brett Deghand, Shawn Harker, Tyler Frye and a host of others were all shooting it out waiting to see who would mount a charge on Hilderman at the top spot. Hilderman would maintain his lead as he hit his marks lap after lap. Charles on the other hand was putting pressure on Hilderman every chance he could. It was a tough situation considering that Harker was working on Charles trying to take his spot. As the final lap came down to a 4 car shootout. Hilderman had command over the field. He would hold the point position all the way through the last lap and picked up his 1st win of the season at Thunder Hill Speedway. Hilderman is now the 4th different winner in the Northern Sport Mods on the season. Charles put together another strong finish coming in 2nd, 3rd went to Harker, Frye, the points leader, would be the hard charger on the night going from 22nd to 4th in the main and rounding out the top 5 was Kurtis Pihl.
A 4 car battle is raging for the points title in the Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock division. Coming into the night Tyler Garst had a 4 point advantage over Tommy Fose, but Nicholas and Dalton Ronnebaum are within striking distance as well! Bradley Sheetz would take control of the feature at the start. Sheetz jumped from his front row starting spot to take the lead, but, just like the Sport Mods, cars from 2nd through 10th were right in the mix and the action was wild and exciting. The tight racing at the front would go away as another newcomer to the Thunder Hill Speedway, Kelly Pihl, would battle Sheetz and take the lead away. Once Pihl was at the front of the field, he would check out on the field. Or would he? Ryan Sutter, who has finished in the top 5 in every race at Thunder Hill Speedway in 2015, gave his best effort to run down. Not only was Sutter coming, but Fose had made his way into the mix and was wanting a piece of the action after winning his first main a week ago. They would come sprinting to the line and it would be Pihl that took home the win. It marked another new feature winner in Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane on the season. Pihl is the 8th different winner in the Hobby Stock class. Sutter came home with a close runner-up finish, 3rd would go to Fose, who now takes over the point lead by 1 over Tyler Garst with 1 race remaining, Tyler Hinrichs raced his way to 4th and former feature winnner, Raymond Bosch, finished 5th.
It was a wild affair in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car Feature for another week! Should that surprise anyone? Veteran racer, Brad Whitney, started on the pole position of the feature and took command early. He was able to put together a pretty good lead at the front of the field. His lead might have been due to the fact that several cars from 2nd on back were knocking each other out with good hard racing trying to gain a spot or two. Each and every week this division gives the fans some of the most memorable moments out on the track. As it came down to the heat of the battle it would be the points leader, Dominic Thyfault, Greg Keuhn, Jim Powell Jr., Brandon Conkwright, Greg Deters and Eric Weyer all with a chance at the top spot. In the end nobody would have nothing for Whitney as he blasted to the win, but that’s where it gets interesting. After winning the race Whitney went across the scales and drove to his pit area, resulting in an automatic disqualification! Whitney’s contention after the race was that he thought that after going across the scales he was waved on by the Thunder Hill Speedway Tech official to his pit area because of impending weather in the area. None-the-less, by the rules written it states that you must go to tech directly after a feature event. It would be a heart breaking loss. The win then would be handed over to the points leader, Dominic Thyfault. It would be Thyfault’s first win of the season at Thunder Hill and he would become the 7th different winner in the Stock Car ranks. Keuhn would hold on for 2nd, Powell stormed from 9th to finish 3rd, 4th went to Deters and Eric Weyer would nab the 5th position.
The finale on the night was the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified A Main event. Every now and then a group can have an off night and this might have been the first ‘off night’ for the entire class as a collection. Several yellow flags overshadowed the great racing that this division produces on a weekly basis. Anthony Tanner, who was coming off his best finish of the season (5th) last week, jumped out to the early lead. It would be short lived as while at the front of the field he would spin and bring out a yellow. The spin would hand the lead over to the points leader in the division, Steven Bowers Jr. Bowers had blasted in just a few laps from 10th into the 2nd spot. Restarting at the front would make him a strong favorite to take home win #6 on the season. As the green waved again Bowers maintained his lead, but another former feature winner, Jordan Grabouski, was lurking around and trying to make his way to Bowers. It would be long as another yellow came out on the field. A driver checked up on a restart near the front of the field and it caused a calamity throughout the field. When lining back up it placed Bowers and Grabouski at the front, giving the fans the battle that they were waiting for. Bowers would again maintain the lead on the restart. The two drivers put on a great performance battling each other for the top spot. It would be Grabouski taking the lead away from Bowers. Grabouski at the front built a cushion between himself and Bowers just after a few laps, but the unthinkable would happen as Grabouski looped his car in turn 4 while at the front of the pack! It handed the lead back over to Bowers. Looking at a second chance for redemption, the points leader, Bowers, wasn’t going to let this one get away. A few more yellow flag conditions would set up a green, white, checkered. Bowers wouldn’t not give up the lead and he took home win #6. Tom Charles, last week’s feature winner, battled his way to a runner-up finish (even after sustaining damage in an early caution), Corey Lagroon raced his way to 3rd after starting 12th on the grid, 4th went to Josh Everhart and Richard Spriggs went from 13th to finish 5th.
Next Saturday night, August 29th, Points Championship Night Comes to Thunder Hill Speedway! Five drivers will be crowned champions at the end of the night. Make plans on coming out and enjoying each and every exciting lap at Thunder Hill Speedway.
August 4th, 2015
Mayetta, KS – Heading into the races Saturday night Thunder Hill Speedway Officials kept a watchful eye on Mother Nature once again. Several rain showers and storms had blistered the area leading up to Saturday night’s Belleville Motorsports Clash On The Hill. After a quick delay the decision was made to push through and it was the correct decision as night a drop of rain came down all night.
Once common characteristic that all the races shared on Saturday night was that not a single feature winner started on the front row. That means the fans got to see a lot of action on the track as each racer worked his way to the front of the field.
Heading into Saturday night’s BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature Steven Bowers Jr. had been the top dog. Bowers won 4 out of the 6 features on the season and currently sits on top of the point standings. One Topeka business even asked on their signage out front if there was anyone that could beat Steven Bowers Jr.? Funny they should ask that question.
Jordan Grabouski, former Track & IMCA National Champion, came back to Thunder Hill Speedway on Saturday night after a long hiatus. Grabouski has racked up numerous wins at Thunder Hill over the years and he was up to the challenge.
Bowers started the feature out threading the needle in between a couple of racers to take the top spot. He would run at the front of the pack while Grabouski was trying to find a clear lane to get to the front.
At the front lapped traffic would come into play. Bowers’ lead would begin to evaporate as Grabouski started to seize the momentum. Bowers picked all the right spots getting through traffic, but Grabouski was closing the gap. It wouldn’t be long before Grabo made the right move, while Bowers got hung up in the traffic.
At the front of the field it was all Jordan Grabouski. A late race yellow bunched the field up but the veteran racer answered the challenge and showed that he was still the top dog when he wanted to be. The win was Grabouski’s 2nd of the season at Thunder Hill.
Bowers would maintain the points lead as he finished 2nd, Van Gemmill gave the fans some excitement as he raced from 16th to finish 3rd, Nebraska racer, Mike Densberger, logged a 4th place finish and former champ, Allen Halderman held off a slew of competitors to take home a strong 5th place finish.
The lineup procedure at Thunder Hill also maintains that the fastest car of the night doesn’t start on the front row. A point average system usually places the previous week’s winners near the middle of the pack to start the main event. When you are a first timer to the track you start behind a bunch of cars and that’s what happened to Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock racer, Kyle Pfeifer.
Pfeifer started the night with a very uneventful 5th place finish in the 2nd Hobby Stock Heat Race. It didn’t log him down as a favorite once the feature rolled out onto the speedway.
Starting 10th on the grid Pfeifer would have a ways to go to get to the front of the pack.
Tommy Fose has been running at Thunder Hill Speedway all season long, but has yet to find his way into Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane. Saturday night appeared to be Fose’s night. He jumped out to the early lead on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Fose, a freight train was coming from the back of the pack, Pfeifer.
Pfeifer wasted little time getting to the front of the field from his 10th starting spot. He would battle with Fose inside the first 5 laps before shooting by for the lead. From there Pfeifer checked out on the rest of the competition rolling to the win.
It would be Pfeifer’s first win of the season at Thunder Hill and he became the 6th different winner in just 7 feature races for the Hobby Stocks.
Fose would get into another battle on the Speedway as Ryan Sutter would work over Fose and take the 2nd spot away at the finish, Fose finished in 3rd, 4th was former feature winner Nicholas Ronnebaum and rounding out the top 5 was the hard charger of the night, Levi Henery, who went from 14th to 5th.
In the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods Tyler Frye was looking for Lucky #7. So far on the 2015 season there have been 6 N. Sport Mod Features and Tyler Frye has collected the hardware all 6 times. Just like in the other divisions, Frye would have to start in the 9th spot for the feature. Again the fans get to see racing at Thunder Hill Speedway as drivers who win aren’t just placed on the front row. Passing is a good characteristic to have at a race track.
Youngster, Austin Charles made some daring moves at the beginning of the feature to claim the top spot. Coming off a strong rookie campaign last season, Charles has yet to find the success that he had last year but is still having a strong season.
Charles stayed at the front of the field while Frye began his march toward the front.
The battle for the top spot was a good one as Frye would take the lead over Charles, but Charles wasn’t ready to just hand the top spot over to Frye. He would make him work for the spot. The two drivers battled back and forth for a few laps. Once Frye got to the front Charles would pull back even with him before falling back.
For the 7th time this season it was Frye’s night once again. The Belleville native is on pace to grab a possible 2nd IMCA National Championship. He currently holds the top spot in the standings.
Charles would have a strong runner-up finish on the night, another racer with National Championship hopes finished 3rd in the main after starting 25th, Clay Money, 4th would go to Kurtis Pihl and Rodger Peck would return to Thunder Hill to roar from 10th to 5th in the feature.
If there is one class that sees a lot of movement week after week it’s the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars.
Not only is there a lot of position changes on the track during a feature but there is also a lot of changes in the standings from week to week. As the green flag dropped in this feature event the action got wild right off the bat. Blake Peeler started up front and appeared to have handling issues and it allowed Mat Stallbaumer, the only repeat winner this season, to jump to the top spot early.
A tight battle would ensue between Stallbaumer and last week’s feature winner, Bryan Rigsby.
The two would go door to door around the speedway. As they came down the front stretch the two cars made contact. Enough that Mat Stallbaumer would get pushed out of his groove and he would spin bringing out the yellow.
When the race went back to green it was Marvin Griffith Jr.’s chance to take the top spot from Rigsby. Griffith gave a valiant effort. A couple of yellow flags would halt his momentum. A late race restart would see mechanical issues plague the former champ.
Matt Haid would pull alongside Rigsby in the late laps of the feature. Not only was Haid there but Mat Stallbaumer also worked his way back up from the back of the field to contend for the win one more time.
Great racing for position was happening all over the track. In the end it would be Rigsby holding off Haid and Stallbaumer for his 2nd consecutive feature win.
Haid would finish 2nd and also take the top spot in the points from Dominic Thyfault, 3rd would go to a hard charging Mat Stallbaumer, Brandon Conkwright drove from 11th to finish 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Greg Deters.
It was another great night of racing at Thunder Hill. A great surprise considering the look of things at the beginning of the night.
Next Saturday night, August 1st, the best IMCA Racing in the Midwest continues at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after. Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are FREE!, Pit Passes are $25.00 and Kids Under 12 are $10.
To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at
http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS
August 2nd, 2015
Mayetta, KS – Hot action on the track produced a great night of racing for the fans in attendance at Thunder Hill Speedway. This season has been like the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. All you have to do as a racer is show up and you might have a chance at getting a victory! It makes for exciting racing and the fans love to see it.
In the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature Justin Becker jumped out to the early lead. Becker held the top spot for several laps but there were several drivers beating a path to the leader looking to take his spot. Josh Everhart and Corey Burch were 2 of those drivers. Burch was making his 1st appearance at Thunder Hill this season and Everhart was making his 2nd start of the year. It looked these 2 were seasoned veterans watching them slice their way through to Becker. Once at his back bumper the 3 drivers would mix it up for the fans. Burch would take the lead from Becker and then Everhart would take the lead from Burch. While the drivers at the front mixed it up there was several battles going on right behind them. Tom Charles, Steven Bowers Jr. had a great battle for several laps, Mike Peterslie was on the move at one point and Corey Lagroon was also on a run to the front.
Burch and Everhart would clear Becker and battled side by side for what seemed like 100 laps. The two would swap the top spot at the stripe a few times before it all came down to the white flag lap.
As the two came to the white flag it was going to be a barn burner. Everhart took the slight advantage in turn 1 and came away with an even bigger advantage heading out of turn 2. As the leaders entered turn 3, Everhart took the line away from Burch and slowed his momentum. It was enough for Everhart to speed out of turn 4 for the victory. The win was Everhart’s 1st win of the season and he would become the 4th different feature winner of the season.
Burch, who put on a great race, finished in 2nd after starting 12th, the points leader, Bowers, finished in the 3rd spot after starting 11th, 4th went to Becker and rounding out the top 5 was Tom Charles, who started in the 10th spot. Fans might be witnessing one of the best dirt track seasons a racer has ever had in the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods. Tyler Frye came into the night with 7 straight wins on the year. That’s right, Thunder Hill Speedway has had 7 races and Frye has won all 7. The question remains; Can he win every single race this season?
Saturday night’s main event watched as Bryce Frakes and Bret Degand drove out and battled at the front of the main event. Degand would win the battle for supremacy at the front. Degand held on to a strong run, but Frye was flexing his muscle once again as he started 11th and quickly ran up to Degand and went by for the lead. Luke Stallbaumer gave chase and followed Frye to the front. Stallbaumer would not lose touch with Frye as he gave it his best effort. A few late race yellows would bunch the field up and put Stallbaumer in a battle with Shawn Harker. The back and forth battle between those two drivers allowed Frye to open it up on the way to another win.
Frye would scoot to win #8 on the season. He has the most wins at Thunder Hill Speedway in 2015, in any division. His domination has been unrivaled this season and it’s a run that many have never witnessed before. Currently, Frye leads the track points and the IMCA National Points at this time. Another win certainly wouldn’t hurt those efforts. Harker would get by Stallbaumer for the 2nd position, Stallbaumer would settle for 3rd, 4th, in his best finish of the season, was Degand and 5th went to Bryan Rigsby, who is currently 2nd in the points.
The Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car Feature was a crazy one. Kyle Stallbaumer put his Stock Car at the point position early in the event. He would keep the lead before Bryan Rigsby would take the lead away. After a restart Rigsby went back out in front of the field and that’s where it got wild. Heading into turn 1 contact was made between the top 2 cars. The contact would continue out of turn 2 and down the back straight and that’s when the melee erupted. Kyle Stallbaumer would end up off the top of the track and into the back straight wall, Rigsby, the leader, suffered considerable damage and after a quick discussion both drivers were black flagged from the event.
The lead would go to Jeff Tubbs as the race got restarted. Tubbs and Matt Haid, the current points leader, decided to run several laps side by side on the speedway. After the start of the race, this was exactly the kind of racing the fans wanted to see; good, hard nosed, clean racing! It would stay that way until late in the race. Tubbs was trying to slow down the momentum of Haid and went to shut the door (take Haid’s line) on him heading into turn 3. Tubbs had the lead and it was close when he dropped to the bottom of the track and contact between the 2 leaders occurred and Tubbs would spin and bring out a yellow. Haid would be black flagged for rough driving and Tubbs was sent to the rear for bringing out the yellow.
All of this action handed the lead to Mat Stallbaumer. Stallbaumer, who has 2 wins on the season in the Stock Car division, had not problem nailing down win #3 as he would go on after the restart to sail to the victory. Greg Deters would motor his way to 2nd, 3rd went to Shaylon Holloway after starting 12th, Gene Stigall started 11th and finished 4th and the 5th spot went to Leif Weyer in his 1st night out at Thunder Hill.
During the 2015 season at Thunder Hill Speedway only 1 driver in the Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock class has multiple wins, Tyler Hinrichs. After Saturday night’s race Hinrichs will have to make some room for Jacob Olmstead. Last week Olmstead got his 1st win of the season at Thunder Hill. Tonight starting from the 7th position it wouldn’t take him long to get to the front and wrestle the lead away from Mallory Stiffler.
At the front of the pack Olmstead proved that he was too much for the competition as he picked up win #2 on the season. The win put him in the fraternity with Hinrichs as multiple feature winners. Jamie Songer drove from Ankeny, IA to start 9th in the feature and finish 2nd, moving from 10th to 3rd in the feature was Zach Olmstead, Ryan Sutter continued his string of consecutive top 5s by finishing in 4th and Dalton Ronnebaum raced his way to a 5th place finish.
Next week the action continues at Thunder Hill Speedway with extra money and a special attraction being thrown in.
August 8th, will see Thunder Hill host the Conle White Tribute Race that will feature the NCRA/NeSmith Late Models compete with an added $2500 to the purse. The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Mods will be racing for a $1,000 top prize, while both the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars will race for a top prize of $300!
Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are FREE!, Pit Passes are $30.00 and Kids Under 12 are $15.
To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS.
July 23rd, 2015
Mayetta, KS – The Oren Covert Memorial provided a lot of great racing and excitement on Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway. This should have come to no surprise to the fans as this great action has gone on all season long.
Of all the features that were run on Saturday night the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature held the most excitement and suspense. A special Oren Covert Memorial Trophy Tool Box and $800 extra dollars awaited the racers in this class and the drivers in this division were looking for the top prize as well the notoriety that winning the event would provide. Randal Schiffelbein Jr., an area B Mod racer, bought some Hoosier tires and an IMCA Mod license a week ago. The first week didn’t go so well, but his 2nd night of racing started out with a heat race win and the pole position for the main event. As the main event got under way Schiffelbein took out to the top spot. Schiffelbein would hit all his marks and stay out in front of the competition. He would answer the bell time after time.
Steven Bowers Jr., the 3x feature winner and current points leader, started back inside the 6th row and made quick work of the competition as he went by each of them one by one getting to the 2nd spot. A late race yellow would bunch up the field. As the green flag came back out Schiffelbein took the top spot once again. Bowers was on his tail. It would set up an amazing finish. Bowers would try an early move on Schiffelbein, but couldn’t make it work as the leader fought off the charge. On the white flag lap it was Schiffelbein and Bowers going down to the wire. As Schiffelbein entered turn 3, Bowers used the banking of Thunder Hill Speedway to run from the top to the bottom, giving him extra monetum. It would work as he was able to drive in deeper and harder in the final corner. It allowed Bowers to take the lead heading out of turn 4.
Bowers would get his 4th win of the season and maintain his lead in the point standings. Not to mention he won the Oren Covert Memorial Tool Box Trophy! Schiffelbein would come up just short and finished in the runner-up spot, last season’s track champ, Mat Stallbaumer, had a good run finishing 3rd, Brian Murphy had his best finish of the season in 4th and Clay Hale finished 5th after starting in the 10th spot.
Another great race on the night was the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods. Coming into the night Tyler Frye has won every N. Sport Mod Feature this season. Five races up and 5 races won for the former IMCA N. Sport Mod National Champion. As he continues his winning streak another championship might be in the cards. Saturday night it looked as if Frye’s win streak would come to a halt. Luke Stallbaumer put together a strong run from the beginning of the feature as he roared from his 6th starting spot to take the lead. In the front of the field he built up a huge lead. Frye gave chase and chipped away at the lead, but Stallbaumer was just too tough as he had an insurmountable lead. That was until a late race yellow waved and wiped out everything Stallbaumer had built. It would set up a green, green, white, checkered finish. As the field was bunched up the green flag waved once again. Stallbaumer would take the point, Frye on his heels and Bryan Rigsby was also now in the hunt. With the laps dwindling down it was to be a Stallbaumer vs. Frye showdown! Frye would make a move early but Stallbaumer had the answer. The two would go side by side until the last lap when Frye hammered his sport mod through turns 3 and 4, Stallbaumer had just a bit of a wiggle on the high side and that was all Frye needed to take the lead and the win on the night. Frye’s win would be number 6 on the season and keep his undefeated season in tact. Stallbaumer would finish 2nd on the night, 3rd would go to Rigsby, 4th was Jacob Davis and making a charge from 11th to 5th in the feature was Taylor Metz.
A week ago, Bryan Rigsby debuted a new Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car. Rigsby’s career started in the Stock Car ranks back in the 90’s and he was looking to get back to his roots after trading a Modified straight up for this new Stock Car. On his 2nd night out he would begin with an impressive heat race win. It put him on the pole position for the main event. Every race this season has been hotly contested, but with Rigsby on the front row it would be tough to over throw him. As the feature got under way Rigsby shot to the lead. Several cars were all over the track behind him trying to get to the front. As several cars jockeyed for position it allowed Rigsby to run away from the competition. Behind the leader Brandon Conkwright, Mat & Kyle Stallbaumer, Dominic Thyfault and Brian Labonte were just a few drivers making their way through the field to the front to battle for the win. If they could get up to Rigsby. Another late race yellow bunched the field up and gave them a shot at the leader. It seemed like a few yellow flags late would repeat and keep the crowd on pins and needles for the finish. On the last restart Rigsby would assume the lead once again. Labonte and Conkwright were in a battle for 2nd, with Thyfault also just behind them as the field came down to the white flag. Rigsby wouldn’t be denied the win, he wouldn’t win by a large margin but it was a win none-the-less. Thyfault put a late pass on both Conkwright and Labonte to take the runner-up spot, Labonte would win the race for 3rd while Conkwright would settle for 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Brent Alverson.
Jacob Olmstead brings home an easy win in the Hobby Stock feature. Jacob Olmstead brings home an easy win in the Hobby Stock feature. Reed Bros. Racing Photos In the Midwest Vending Hobby Stock Feature event it was a dominating performance that the fans were witness too. At the beginning of the feature it was Tommy Fose jumping out to the lead, but Jacob Olmstead made an impressive run on this night at Thunder Hill Speedway. Starting in the 10th spot, Olmstead wasted no time catching up to Fose. A short battle would happen with Olmstead getting the lead and from there he would runaway with the feature. After 6 races there have now been 5 different winners in the Hobby Stock division. A stat that shows just how tough this class is. Fose would hold on for the runner-up spot, Levi Henery had one of his best finishes of the season in 3rd, continuing his streak of top 5 finishes in 4th was Ryan Sutter and Tyler Hinrichs, the only repeat winner this season in the class, finished in 5th.
The Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compacts were the final feature of the night. Austin Umscheid took home the win earlier in the season as this division has only had one feature to this point. Saturday night Umscheid, last year’s track champ, was looking to make it two. Umscheid would get out front early but Rhonda Mewes kept pace with the reigning champ. Late in the race Mewes would mount her charge at Umscheid. For a few laps it looked like Daytona Speedway as Mewes glued her car to the back bumper of Umscheid. She would pull along side of Umscheid with the two making a bit of contact. The contact would halt Mewes’ momentum and it allowed Umscheid to get away for the win. It was Umscheid’s 2nd win of the season. Mewes would finish 2nd, Kaylee Diekman finished 3rd and rounding out the field was Mick Rhykus in 4th.
Next Saturday night, July 25th the best IMCA Racing in the Midwest continues at Thunder Hill Speedway! Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after. Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are FREE!, Pit Passes are $25.00 and Kids Under 12 are $10. To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS
July 22nd, 2015
Mayetta, KS – Last Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway the crowd was large, the night was hot and a large car count greeted the fans that came out on this hot and muggy night. The racers not only showed up in large quantities but they also provided great racing action on the speedway. The track was fast and tacky all night long. It was a surprise considering how much heat and wind we had all day long. Great racing is becoming the one characteristic that is standing out in the eyes of fans and racers. It will continue this week for the Belleville Motorsports Clash on the Hill!
What’s Coming Up This Saturday Night…
Saturday night, July 25th, the action returns to Thunder Hill Speedway for the Belleville Motorsports Clash On The Hill. This week 4 IMCA classes will be back in action. The BSB IMCA Manufacturing Modifieds, Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars, Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stocks will all be battling for supremacy.
The spectator and pit gates will open at 5 p.m., drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the racing starts shortly after. Adult ticket price is $10.00, kids 12 and under are FREE, adult pit price is $25.00 and kids 12 and under in the pits are $10.00.
Last week the action was fast and furious. Steven Bowers Jr. logged his 4th win of the season in the IMCA Modified division with a last corner pass of Randal Schiffelbein Jr. In the Stock Cars it was Bryan Rigsby becoming the 5th different winner of 2015. Tyler Frye is so far unstoppable in 2015 in the IMCA N. Sport Mod as he won his 6th straight
race. Jacob Olmstead took home the top honors last Saturday night in the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature.
Setting Up This Week’s Championship Story Lines… BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds
For another week it took the Modifieds a few chances before they got their race going. Once they get over the jitters of starting the race, they all settle down and give the fans exactly what they ask for; great racing.
Randal Schiffelbein Jr. was a surprise up front last week. Schiffelbein is a B Mod racer that has turned to the IMCA Modified division for numerous reasons. If last week is any indication of what’s to come, he might have made a good choice. He led 19 3/4 laps last week before giving up the lead in the final corner.
Speaking of the lead, Steven Bowers Jr., showed patience and skill as he ran down Schiffelbein last Saturday night. Bowers waited for the right time and made his move in the last corner. It give him win #4 on the season and he put a little more cushion in the points between him and Tom Charles (-29).
Charles was the big mover of the night last week. Charles started 18th and drove his way up to 6th before the laps ran out on the veteran racer. He is still doing his conditioning work each week so he can keep up with the young fellas!
Welcome to the top 5 Mr. Brian Murphy. Murphy showed some signs last week that he might be a driver to watch in the future. Last week was Murphy’s best outing coming in 4th.
A full field of Modifieds were on hand last Saturday night. A total of 25 cars checked in for the Oren Covert Memorial.
Thanks to the Covert Family for putting $800 in the Mod purse along with that cool tool box trophy.
BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Driver To Watch This Week: Mat Stallbaumer #M80, Topeka, KS.
Last year’s track champion, Mat Stallbaumer, hasn’t gotten off to a fast start this season. Stallbaumer has yet to break into victory lane, but don’t throw in the towel on Stallbaumer just yet. Last season Mat didn’t get into victory lane until late last season. He spent most of the year turning in top 5 finishes, which kept him in the hunt and when he needed to Stallbaumer put the heat on the leader and won the championship. This year could be the same thing, but with Steven Bowers Jr. on a roll right now Stallbaumer may not have the chance to wait to make a move. Watching him over the last few weeks it looks like he is ready to contend for a win. Watch him this week to see if my intuition comes true.
Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars
It didn’t take Bryan Rigsby to long to figure out his new Stock Car. Rigsby traded an old Modified Chassis for his new Stock Car and has had some fun in the process. A little altercation kept him from a top 5 finish 2 weeks ago, but last week he put it all together and went flag to flag at the front and won his 1st Stock Car Feature.
Don’t look now but we have a new leader in the Stock Car Point Standings; Dominic Thyfault. Don’t forget he is a rookie!
The top 4 in the points are new separated by just 10 points. Fifth place, Mat Stallbaumer, slipped up and lost some valuable points last week as the top 4 are starting to get some separation from the rest of the competition.
Some of the Stock Car drivers swapped some paint last week, but it was all in the name of good, hard, racing! For the first time in awhile nobody had to be black flagged, which happened to break Dan Charles’ heart (if he has one!)!
Brian Labonte had a strong run going in the main event last week. Pretty surprising that he finished 3rd, when it looked like his left front fender was about to fly off. It was only Labonte’s 2nd race, but he showed he is still a contender.
Twenty one Stock Cars checked in last week. The class is averaging 19 cars per night, but the last two weeks they have gotten 20 + cars. A sign that the Stock Cars are on the comeback trail.
Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car Driver To Watch This Week: Dominic Thyrfault #27, Wakarusa, KS.
Thyfault is a rookie in the IMCA Stock Car ranks. The season has been full of twists and turns to this point. The thing that has really hurt Thyfault; the multiple consecutive rain outs have kept him away from gaining more experience. With that being said Thyfault is still having a great rookie season, he might not have a win but what he does have is the lead in the points race. After last week’s race Thyfault went from 4th to 2nd in the last turn and it vaulted him to the front of the season standings. I have a feeling he just might pull off a win this season!
Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA N. Sport Mods
Tyler Frye could be making a run at the IMCA Northern Sport Mod National Championship in 2015. Last Saturday it was his 6th straight win. Not only is he racking up wins, but he is also gaining a lot of points since the Sport Mod division has had a full field almost every single race night.
Is anyone going to knock off Frye and what are the odds he can win every single race in once season?
For yet another week, Luke Stallbaumer was close to knocking off Tyler Frye. Unfortunately for this feature a late race yellow allowed Frye to erase the lead that Stallbaumer built up. It shouldn’t be too long before Stallbaumer is up for the task.
It was nice to see Greg Metz back racing again this year. It looked like he was going to have a great run on Saturday night, but a broken rear end kept him from having a great night.
With all the wins that Frye has racked up only Bryan Rigsby is keeping pace with Frye in the points. Currently, Rigsby finds himself 19 markers out of 1st.
After a hard wreck the previous week, last year’s champ, Jeremy Pittsenbarger couldn’t make the race last Saturday night. It should go to show everyone that sometime sooner or later you will have to miss a race. Hopefully Pittsenbarger won’t be out much longer.
Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA N. Sport Mod Driver To Watch This Week: Bryan Rigsby #12, Topeka, KS.
Bryan Rigsby broke into victory lane last week, unfortunately for Rigsby it was in the IMCA Stock Car division. Rigsby has had a strong season in 2015. This season he has been sitting behind the points leader, Tyler Frye, since week one. A few weeks back Rigsby looked to be going on to win #1 on the season, but he got caught up in a wreck early and had to go to the back. He still salvaged a top 10 that night. He is only 19 points behind Frye at the moment and he could salvage a championship still if he can put some wins together and Frye has some trouble. Watch this week and see if Rigsby doesn’t parlay all those laps in one night to a win in the N. Sport Mod Feature.
Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stocks
A new winner blasted his way into victory lane, Jacob Olmstead. The Overton, KS driver worked his way up front 10th to take the top spot and then spread out the competition as he walked away with an easy win.
The points battle still has 5, legitimate, prospects vying for the title. Tyler Garst is your leader, but 13 points back is the 5th place car Dalton Ronnebaum.
Every race this season that Ryan Sutter has driven in he has finished inside the top 5. Last week he finished 4th after having started 9th.
Koby ‘The Mad Man’ Minnis might not get back into his Hobby Stock this season after having surgery to repair his broken ankle on Friday afternoon. Don’t say that this little 14 isn’t tough and doesn’t love racing. This racer had his parents set him up in the Terrace Parking so he could still come out to the races and be comfortable. Now that’s dedication.
Levi Henery had one of his best runs of the year in 3rd last week.
Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock Driver To Watch This Week: Levi Henery #97L, Berryton, KS.
Levi Henery is learning about racing this season. Henery is a true rookie and after his massive wreck earlier in the season, some rookies would have hung it up right then and there. Henery is not that type of racer. He is young and energetic. His family and crew helped get his car back after that big wreck and all he has done is finish in the top 10 just about every race since then. Give this youngster some time and he is going to be a major player. With the help he has in his corner and the raw talent he displays on the track it won’t be long before this young man gets into victory lane.
Race Night 411…
Racing this weekend will be more of the great exciting action fans have come to love. Make plans on coming out and having some fun and if you have a friend that has never been to the races, bring the with you. There is nothing like bringing a new fan to the track.
Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after.
Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, Kids 12 and under are FREE!, Pit Passes are $25.00 and Kids 12 and under are $10.00.
To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS.
July 9th, 2015
Mayetta, KS – Dorothy Gale once said, “There is no place like home.” On Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway a former track champion, Darron Fuqua, returned to the track to try his luck in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified division. It wasn’t a bad choice considering that he grew up watching his father race at Thunder Hill and that he only lives a couple of minutes away from the track.
The race got started off with a yellow on the opening lap. During the yellow Dylan Sherfick was sent to the rear of the field for being involved in the caution. As the race got going once again, Mat Stallbaumer (2014 Track Champ) got out in front of the field. He would stay at the front of the field holding the competition at bay. Fuqua, who started 12th on the night, worked his way toward the front of the pack. He would make it up to 5th. Sherfick, on the other hand, raced his way back up to 4th within 5 laps of the original restart. Not bad considering he started at the back.
The battle up front was between Stallbaumer, Clay Hale and Kyle Olberding. With 7 laps to go the excitement began.
On the restart Fuqua, blasted from 5th to 3rd. Racing in a borrowed ride from Lance Town, Fuqua had a little extra left in the tank for the competition late. As Fuqua started his late race run the fireworks show at Thunder Hill got a premature start. Stallbaumer led the field into turn 1 with just a few laps remaining. While he was navigating the first turn contact was made with the 2nd place car of Hale. It caused Stallbaumer to spin and Hale would get black flagged for rough driving. It handed the lead over to Fuqua for a green, white, checkered finish.
Fuqua got a great start as the green flag waved. Sherfick and Steven Bowers Jr. would give chase, but in a triumphant return Fuqua would not be denied on this evening. He would hang on to the win and become the 3rd different feature winner of the season. Sherfick would hang on to 2nd, the current points leader, Bowers, would finish 3rd, Kyle Olberding finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Tom Charles. Drivers earn nicknames from announcers, fans and other competitors.
This season Tyler Frye has earned the nickname ‘Mr. Unbeatable’ in the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods.
Coming into Saturday night’s race Frye had yet to lose a feature event. That’s right 3 races and 3 wins. Most drivers would be happy for a single win, let alone, 3 in a row. Luke Stallbaumer would take the early lead in the feature Saturday night. Stallbaumer looked strong at the front of the pack. The action behind him got wild at times, but Stallbaumer continued his lead. He would hold the lead until a yellow would put a halt to his momentum and it would give Frye a shot at the top spot once again. Frye would work his way to the front of the field and put the squeeze on the competition again. A good battle for 2nd would ensue late in the race as Shawn Harker, making an appearance, would work on Stallbaumer. Frye would close out win #4 in a row at the checkered flag. The win also meant that he would extend his points lead in the division. Harker won the battle for 2nd after starting 11th, 3rd would go to Stallbaumer, Jacob Davis stayed in top 5 all night coming in 4th and Austin Charles scored a top 5 finish in 5th.
The Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car Feature became ‘you didn’t see what you think you did see’ by the end of the race. After 3 races this season there have been 3 different feature winners and the action has been more than exciting on the track. Saturday night looked as if a new winner, Kyle Stallbaumer, would again join the group. Brent Alverson got the early lead only to have Marvin Griffith Jr. make contact with him. Alverson would spin and Griffith would get the black flag for rough driving. Due to the rules, Alverson had to go to the rear of the field for being involved in the yellow. Kyle Stallbaumer took over at the front of the field. A week ago his brother Mat took home the win and this week Kyle was trying to make sure the trophy stayed with the family. Jim Powell Jr. started 14th on the grid and slowly was moving his way to the front of the field. As the race went on Powell picked up more steam and clipped off more of the competition. Late in the race Stallbaumer was in his sights. Unfortunately, the battle fans were waiting to see never happened. Kyle picked up a mechanical issue and late in the race pulled to the infield handing the lead over to Powell. Once in the lead Powell hung on for the final few laps and took the win. That is where things took a turn into bizarre world.
After taking the checkered flag instead of pulling around the track and into Pit Pass Victory Lane, Powell decided to take a right hand turn and drive back to the flag stand on the high side of the track while other racers were still under green racing to the checkers. The move was deemed unsafe by Thunder Hill Speedway officials and earned Powell a
disqualification after the event. The disqualification handed the win to Mat Stallbaumer who picked up the win a week ago. It was the first time this season a driver would repeat as the winner. Brandon Conkwright came home in 2nd, 3rd went to Dominic Thyfault after starting 8th, 4th was Bob Arnold and 5th went to Greg Deters.
The Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock Feature was the first race of the night and it was the Ronnebaum show. Over the past two seasons Nicholas and Dalton Ronnebaum have been tough competitors in the Hobby Stock ranks. They haven’t won a bunch of features in a row or dominated on a weekly basis, but the have been front runners. Saturday night they showed that their skills are getting better on a weekly basis. Nicholas jumped out to the front early in the feature. He would maintain his advantage throughout the night. It was a surprise considering the competition that he would hold back from mounting a charge. Dalton, Ryan Sutter, Tyler Hinrichs, Tyler Garst, Tommy Fose and Levi Henery were all on the march to the front. Each one doing what they could to move forward. It could have been their close racing meant that Nicholas could establish a dominating run at the front. No matter what the reason, Nicholas would race his way to win #1 on the season. He would become the 3rd different winner in 4 races at Thunder Hill in the Hobby Stocks.
Dalton would finish 2nd making it a Ronnebaum 1,2 finish, Sutter put in another top 5 finish coming in 3rd, 4th went to Tyler Garst, who put together a good run and 5th was Fose.
Next Saturday night, July 11th the best IMCA Racing in the Midwest continues with Ladies Night at the Races. This means that all Ladies get in FREE! Make plans on coming out and having some fun and if you have a friend that has never been to the races, bring the with you. There is nothing like bringing a new fan to the track. Next Saturday will also be ‘Patriot’ Night and a fireworks display will be put on for the fans.
Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after. Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are FREE!, Pit Passes are $25.00 and Kids Under 12 are $10. To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS.
June 23rd, 2015
Mayetta, KS – After 6 straight rain outs at Thunder Hill Speedway everyone was ready to get back to racing action on Saturday night. A total of 117 cars checked in to battle it out for the Belleville Motor Sports Clash on the Hill.
In the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Feature event it was a familiar face showing up in victory lane. After finishing runner-up on opening night, Jordan Grabouski, felt that he let one slip away. His goal wasn’t to let that happen again. The night started off well with a win in his heat race. As IMCA has a particular way to lineup the features, Grabouski still had to start inside the fourth row. As the green flag waved Grabo got off to a strong start and by lap number 2 he worked his way passed the top 8 and had taken over the lead. It would be vintage Grabouski from that point on. He put his Modified at the front of the field and would not give up the top spot taking his 1st win of 2015. Steven Bowers Jr., the winner from opening night, moved from 10th to 2nd. Unfortunately Bowers couldn’t muster up enough energy to make a solid charge at Grabouski. Tom Charles had a strong run finishing 3rd after
starting 9th in the main event, 4th went to Kyle Olberding who put up a strong fight all night long and rounding out the top 5 was Richard Spriggs.
A whopping total of 34 Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Northern Sport Mods checked in on Saturday night. Last year’s track champ, Jeremy Pittsenbarger, jumped out to the early lead. Pittsenbarger looked to be regaining the form that led him to a title, unfortunately for him Tyler Frye also has regained his championship form. Frye started in the 11th position and on an early yellow took the lead away from Pittsenbarger. Frye would bury his Sport Mod deeper into the
corners and picked up the throttle just a bit sooner from everyone else. It allowed him to run away from the competition. The win was his 2nd straight at Thunder Hill Speedway. Strong battles raged all over the speedway from 2nd on back. Pittsenbarger would fall back to 3rd and then raced his way back up a 2nd place finish, in his first night out Chad Shaw drove from 12th to finish 3rd on the night, 4th went to Rodger Peck who turned in another top 5 and Bryan Rigsby took home the 5th spot.
Fans have grown to love the exciting action in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car class. Each and every week there is so much action packed in to every feature it’s amazing. Kyle Stallbaumer and Rich Boyden brought the field to the green flag and once the green flag waved it resembled a jail break! Cars jockeyed for position. Dominic Thyfault, Matt Haid, Marvin Griffith Jr., Stallbaumer, Kyle Vanover and Brandon Conkwright all diced it up right from the start. Marvin Griffith looked to gain the upper hand, but contact and mechanical problems would take him and Conkwright out of the feature. Thyfault and Vanover put on a good show for the top spot where Vanover would win the battle.
At the front of the pack Vanover would be unstoppable as he sped away to his 1st win of the 2015 race season. Haid would finish 2nd on the night, Thyfault had his best finish of the season in 3rd, 4th went to Kyle Stallbaumer and rounding out the top 5 was Greg Deters who started 11th. The first feature of the night packed a lot of excitement and set the tone for the rest of the event.
The Midwest Vending IMCA Hobby Stock main event saw Tyler Hinrichs, a feature winner from 2014, gain his 1st win of the season. Dalton and Nicholas Ronnebaum came off of two heat race wins to jump out in front of the main event. Nicholas would take the top spot as Dalton fell back. A few yellows would hinder the progress of the main event, but Hinrichs was still on a march to the front.
As Hinrichs took the lead, several spots behind him were shooting it out for supremacy.
Nicholas Ronnebaum would hold on to the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Tyler Garst who had a strong run, Dalton Ronnebaum would fall back and finish 4th after starting on the pole and Pete Beaumount finished 5th after a melee ensued with the opening night winner, Brian Stich.
Next Saturday night, June 27th the best IMCA Racing in the Midwest continues. Make plans on coming out and having some fun and if you have a friend that has never been to the races, bring the with you. There is nothing like bringing a new fan to the track.
Pit Gates Open At 5:00 p.m., the drivers meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow soon after.
Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are FREE!, Pit Passes are $25.00 and Kids Under 12 are $10.
To follow all of the action fans can keep up with Thunder Hill Speedway action by logging on to their website at http://www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or follow them on Facebook at Thunder Hill Speedway!
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 142nd Rd, Mayetta, KS.
October 18th, 2013
MAYETTA, Kan. – Feature events for five IMCA divisions are on the schedule for both nights of Thunder Hill Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19 Thunder On The Hill Special.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features pay $2,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start, and are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both run for $700 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $400 to win and $50 to start, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $150 to win and $25 to start.
Purses are based on minimum 20-car fields. Modifieds will start three-wide.
An open practice will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Pit passes are $10.
Gates at Mayetta open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers’ meetings are at 6:30 p.m. both nights with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing to follow.
Grandstand admission each night is $15 for adults and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 a night or $55 for both Friday and Saturday.
More information is available by calling 785 313-5140 or by emailing email@example.com.
October 25th, 2012
MAYETTA, Kan. – Feature events for five IMCA divisions are on the schedule for both nights of Thunder Hill Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27 Thunder On The Hill Special.
IMCA Modified features pay $2,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start, and are qualifying events for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods have a top prize of $750 and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $600 to win each night. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $400 to win, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $150.
Purses are based on minimum 20-car fields. Lap money is also to be paid.
An open practice will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Pit passes are $10.
Gates at Mayetta open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers’ meetings are at 6:30 p.m. both nights with hot laps and racing to follow.
Grandstand admission each night is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30 a night or $55 for both Friday and Saturday. More information is available by calling 785 313-5140 or by emailing
June 18th, 2012
Mayetta, KS – The annual stop at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, KS proved to be a good one. Terry Phillips started on the outside of the second row and took the lead from Jesse Stovall on lap sixteen. He held off a late race challenge from John Anderson to win his second race in as many days. “The car was working real good,” said Phillips in AAA Missouri Victory Lane. “Something happened at the end. I don’t know if I sealed a tire or what. I wasn’t near as comfortable,
but the car was still pretty good. I’m kind of getting the hang of what to do when.”
Meanwhile, behind Phillips the positions were constantly changing. Anderson and Jesse Stovall matched each other slide job for slide job, in an effort to secure second place. Anderson washed up the race track in turn four at one point and lost several positions. He spent the remainder of the race digging back into contention. He and Phillips even made contact in turn one on the final lap.
Jesse Stovall wrapped up the weekend with two top five finishes, ending his night in Mayetta, KS with a third place showing. Tommy Weder Jr. fielded cars for both he and Jason Hughes. Weder lurked close to the front for the entire duration and ended up fourth. Tony Jackson Jr continues to knock down solid finishes and crossed the line 5th in his first ever visit to Thunder Hill Speedway.
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January 9th, 2012
MAYETTA, Kan.– A fifth IMCA division will be featured this season at Thunder Hill Speedway, as Mach-1 Sport Compacts join Saturday shows at Mayetta. Affordability and a proven set of rules were two reasons behind the decision to add the 4-cylinder class, explained promoter Mike Conkwright.
“We have been looking for an entry level class that Is affordable for younger drivers,” he said. “There are seven or eight guys who have already told me they were interested in running them.”
“Some of our Modified drivers have kids who want to race and this is the class that they’re starting in,” Conkwright continued. “We like being able to add a class that comes with a set of rules and allows drivers to race at other tracks without having to change their cars to be legal.”
Thunder Hill’s 2012 schedule has yet to be finalized but Sport Compacts may join IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on the opening night program April 7.
The Don Garst Memorial special is set for May 26 and the Oren Covert Memorial is July 21. Local track points will be awarded through Sept. 23. The final event of the season is the Thunder On The Hill special on dates to be announced in October.
Sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods will also run Fridays at Salina Speedway, two hours south and west of Mayetta.
Salina and Thunder Hill will offer bonuses to drivers in those divisions who can win features at both tracks in the same weekend, as well as those who can win track championships at both speedplants this season. Fans at each facility will be eligible for tickets to attend races at the other venue throughout the year.
“We’re pretty excited about teaming up with Salina,” Conkwright said. “I think this will be good for the drivers and for the fans.”
Both Thunder Hill and Salina are part of the ButlerBuilt Central Region for Modifieds and Probe industries Northern Regions for Stock Cars and for Hobby Stocks. Points earned in all sanctioned divisions at the two tracks apply toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national titles.
September 22nd, 2011
MAYETTA, Kan. – A pair of $1,750 to win features for IMCA Modifieds headline the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24 Thunder on the Hill special at Thunder Hill Speedway.
A minimum of $125 will be paid to start and both events are qualifiers for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $600 to win and a minimum of $60 to start, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $550 to win and a minimum of $60 to start, and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $300 to win and a minimum of $50 to start both nights.
Non-qualifier money is $50 a day for Modifieds, $35 for Northern SportMods and Stock Cars, and $25 for Hobby Stocks. National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded for each program.
Daily entry fees are $60 for Modifieds, $45 for SportMods and Stocks, and $35 for Hobbies.
Pit gates open at 5 p.m. for an open practice session that runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Pit passes will be $10 that evening.
Gates open at 4 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 6 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. both nights.
Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. All military personnel with current photo ID get in free. Pit passes are $30 a night or $50 for two nights.
More information is available at the www.racethunderhillspeedway.com website, by calling 785 313-5140 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28th, 2011
(MAYETTA, Kan.) – IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win and a spot on the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot at Thunder Hill Speedway’s Saturday, May 28 Don Garst Memorial.
IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have a top prize of $500 at the 15th annual special. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the Memorial Weekend program, running for $350 and $250 to win, respectively.
All applicable IMCA points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.
Pit gates and the grandstand at Mayetta both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.
More information is available by calling 785 966-2844. The track website is www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.