Havel Tops Nathan Bouche Memorial
STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Shawn Havel raced his way through a tight lead pack en route to a $1,500 payday in the IMCA Stock Car Nathan Bouche Memorial Saturday night at the Thunderhill Raceway.
It was also a good night at the pay window for Sean Jerovetz who pocketed a $1,000 top prize for his win in the IMCA Modified feature. Other winners on the second night of the 2014 season were Chris Budzban in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Billy LeMieux in the Street Stocks and Jeremy Jauquet in the IMCA Hobby Stocks.
In the Stock Cars, while Havel had solid control of the second half of the extended 27 lap feature, the first few laps were anything but. John Anschutz paced the opening laps, the lead man in a tight pack of cars racing two and three wide behind him.
Reminiscent of a lead pack you might see at a NASCAR super speedway, Havel found himself in the middle of a three-wide battle for fourth, with two cars running side by side ahead of him. With virtually nowhere else to run, and little room to move up or down, Havel was forced to stay put in the middle and make the best of the situation.
He was able to move forward from one three-wide contest into the middle of another, eventually breaking free to set his sites on Anschutz. Sweeping outside of the leader, he finished off the final pass a few laps before the midway point, then cruised away to the win.
Charlie Kroll would claim the second spot , but could never mount a serious challenge to Havel. Anschutz scored an impressive third against a very strong field, with Dave Bouche winning a race-long battle with Larry Karcz for fourth. Rick Dix ran a consistent race in the top ten finishing with a solid sixth.
In the Modifieds, Jerovetz was fast out of the gate, sprinting to a sizeable margin before anyone had a chance to challenge. With Jerovetz checking out, focus shifted to Benji LaCrosse who was working his way through the field. He moved into third on the 7th lap, and one lap later passed Greg Gretz for second.
In the distance was Jerovetz as LaCrosse began the attempt to chase him down. Whether or not he would have caught him became a moot point halfway home as the event’s lone caution took care of closing the gap all at once.
The stage was set for a shoot out to the checker, but Jerovetz again took control of the point position. While he wasn’t able to run totally free again, Jerovetz edged forward just far enough that LaCrosse could never quite pull even to make a move.
Gretz never dropped from the third spot, with week one winner Troy Jerovetz finishing strong to take fourth ahead of Todd Dart and Jay Matthias.