Ratajczak Breaks Through At Thunderhill
STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Scott Ratajczak survived a wild final lap to win his first ever feature win the IMCA Sport Mods at Thunderhill Raceway Saturday night.
Other feature winners were Greg Gretz (IMCA Modified), Troy Muench (IMCA Stock Car), Sawyer Haese (IMCA Hobby Stock) and Keith Kickbusch (Street Stock).
Scott Ratajczak in only his second night in the IMCA Sport Mods raced to the lead from his front row starting spot. Ryan LeMieux steadily worked through the field for row four and at the midway point was in the runner up position as he began to chop away at Ratajczaks half a lap lead. As the laps wore on the handling began to deteriorate on Ratajczaks racer and he fell into the clutches of Ryan LeMieux and the race to the checker was on.
The duo checked out from the rest of the field as they settled the race for the win like a couple of heavy weight boxers. As the white flag flew the pair made heavy contact as they nearly came to a stop out of turn two. With such a large gap back to third place both drivers were able to gather it back up and raced door to door out of turn four.
With the checkers waving Ratajczak beat LeMieux back to the finish line by a bumper for his first career feature win. LeMieux wasn’t happy with the way he was raced on the final lap and let the flagman know about it in front of a very animated crowd. Despite his displeasure it was a strong second place for LeMieux, Randy LeMieux Jr. made a late race charge to third, Rick LeMieux was fourth and Rookie leader Cody Rass was fifth. The contest was caution free.
Troy Muench put his John Soukup tribute car in victory lane leading every lap of the IMCA Stock Car feature.
Muench a former champion who is used to starting deep the field, took advantage of his front row starting spot pulling away from the field at the drop of the green. A couple of early race cautions helped keep the field close to the leader. Scott Reinhardt and John Anschutz gave chase but as the laps clicked away Muench again pulled away working the low groove. Again the caution flew setting up a seven-lap dash to the checker, that’s what point leader Dave Bouche needed as he sliced from fifth to second on the restart.
With five laps remaining Bouche caught Muench and began to apply heavy pressure to the leaders back bumper. Bouche was warned for rough driving allowing Muench a little more breathing room to which he used to take home his first feature win of the season. Bouche padded his point lead with second, Anschutz brought home third, Larry Karcz scored another top four and Tony Bouche completed the top five.
Greg Gretz scored an upset in the IMCA Modifieds as the Rookie lead every lap en route to victory.