Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road's 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock title is up for grabs since the reigning Champion, Joe Small, from Georgia, VT, will be behind the wheel of a NAPA Tiger Sportsman this season at the high-banked, quarter-mile paved stock car racing oval. Many competitors are breathing a sigh of relief with Small's departure. In only his third year at the wheel of one of the four-cylinder powered machines, the two-time title holder dominated the division last year.
Craftsbury, Vermont's Joel Hodgdon finished second in the season-long standings behind Small in 2005 and is looking to top the points this season, "Now that Joe (Small) has moved on to the Tiger Sportsman, it's really anyone's championship this season, I'd sure like to win it though. The young kids are really going to come on strong this year; Jason Corliss and Tim Potter (both of Plainfield, VT) are going to be really tough again this year, but you can't count out veteran David Allen." The second generation racer added, "My car should be fast at the Merchant's Bank event, and if it isn't, my father and I will make it so. I have yet to win a race at Thunder Road and that would be a great way to start my season."

Tim Potter finished fifth in the point standings in 2006 and also hopes to be the winner of the April 30 opening event at Thunder Road and 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock champion. "The 2005 season was a great year for us, and I hope that the momentum of last season carries on to this year. I'd love to win the championship but it's going to be tough with competition like Joel Hodgdon and David Allen. Potter finished, "The plan for 2006 is to be consistent, finish the feature events and drive it onto the trailer at the end of the night."
About his new challenge Street Stock "King of the Road" Small commented, "The NAPA Tiger Sportsman division will be a whole new world for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge." He continued, "There are a lot of many great drivers in the Street Stock division. Joel Hodgdon, who finished second to me in the point standings in 2005, and David Allen (a North Troy, Vermont resident), who finished fourth, have to be considered as early contenders. The whole division is always fast and competitive," he finished.
Thunder Road opens for its 47th racing season on Sat, April 29 and Sun, April 30 with the Merchants Bank 150. Joining the Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be the headlining ACT Late Model Tour, as well as the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, and enter-level PowerShift Warriors. For more information visit the track's website at or call 802-244-6964.