New faces visit winner’s circle at Thunder Hill Speedway

By Larry Lowrey Jr.

MZAYETTA, Kan. (Aug. 2) – Everyone loves to see a new winner every now and then and fans of Thunder Hill Speedway almost got to see a new winner in every division Saturday night.

In the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock feature it looked as if Patrick Thyfault was going to run away with the win. Thyfault took the upper hand early, but as the laps wore down it was evident that lapped traffic was going to play a role in the finish.

While Thyfault was out front, Tyler Garst was working his way forward after starting eighth. Lap after lap, Garst ate into Thyfault’s lead and made up some time with the aid of lapped traffic. Once past the lapped cars, the leaders went side-by-side until Garst took the lead heading into turn three on the last lap.

Garst sprinted to his first victory of the year becoming the fifth different Hobby Stock winner this season. Thyfault ran second ahead of Jalen Wettengel, Dominic Thyfault and Dalton Ronnebaum.

Another new winner drove to the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane in the Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Several drivers took their hand at the top spot, including Austin Charles took the early lead.

Charles gave way to Chad Shaw, who came to the front of the field after starting 12th. Shaw was at the front of the pack when a yellow flag bunched up the field.

Shaw jumped back out into the lead when the green flag flew, but this time Eddie Schwope III was right with him. The two battled back and forth before Shaw spun going into turn three. Schwope took the lead and was able to hang on for seventh different SportMod winner of the season. Eddie Schwope Jr., Aaron Hilderman, Curtis Dreasher and points leader Jeremy Pittsenbarger completed the top five.

The Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars continued the theme of new winners. There were a lot of eyes on this class as the title sponsor of the class, Heinen Repair Service sponsored the race night and gave $50 extra to the top 13 finishers of the A main.

Eric Rempel made a strong move on the opening lap of the A Main that set the tone for the entire race. Brandon Conkwright and Mike Taylor got out front first, but it didn’t take long for Rempel to move to the front. Rempel was on cruise control until the yellow came out forcing a green, white, checkered finish.

On the restart, what once was a one car runaway became a multi-car shootout. In the end, Rempel held off Marvin Griffith Jr. to become the seventh different Stock Car winner this season. Griffith finished second, Greg Deters was third, Mike Taylor ran fourth and Gene Stigall rounded out the top five.

Danny Holt changed the theme of first-time winners by repeating in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified division, but not without earning it.
Holt swapped the lead with Jeff Jones in the final laps before surging ahead to his fourth win of the season and third in the last four weeks. Jones settled for second ahead of Mat Stallbaumer, Dave Conkwright and Randy Wilson.

Saturday, August 9, the racing action continues at Thunder Hill Speedway for Ladies Night at the Races when ladies get in free. For more information log on to

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