Thunder Road SpeedBowl
GETTING TO KNOW THEM
MEET 2007 POWER SHIFT JUNKYARD WARRIOR DRIVER #20 BUNKER HODGDON


1. Where do you call home?
I Live in Hardwick, VT

2. What do you do for a living?
Packaging Supply Coordinator at Cabot Creamory.

3. What are your racing plans for 2007?
Run one more year in the Warriors, and test the waters in a SS in the last few races is my goal.

4. How did you get started in racing?
My dad raced in the mid 90s, been hooked every since.

5. What has been your best experience in racing?
My first win was a good experience, but listening to my dad at the track is a great experience.. he says "boy you need more patience", im working on that.

6. Everyone has a hero, who’s yours? Why?
My dad, for all he has done not only for me but everyone by serving 12 months in Iraq.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
I would love to go to Daytona Fl
Why?
To watch the Daytona 500 and meet Tony Stewart

8. If you were going away for several months alone and allowed to bring one photo, one thing to eat and one book or movie, what would be your choices?
I would bring a photo of my two children, Sadie and Gavin, and if I could i would bring some fried dough from T-Road, and I would bring the movie Six Pack..any racer loves that movie.

9. Name three people from any time and place that you would invite to dinner?
Tony Stewart, Benny Parsons, and Manny Rameriz

10. If you were the ruler of the world, what two things would you do by decree?
I would make sure we had cell signal any where in the world, and I would tell the troops.. To come on home..

11. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Be able to go back in the past and into the future.

12. Pick one reality show you’d like to be on?
Big Brother

NAPA SPORTSMAN ROOKIE CLASS GROWING
The number of freshman racers registered for the 2007 NAPA Tiger Sportsman class at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl has swelled to seven competitors with additional forms expected. The division, the oldest in action at the 48 year-old high-banked, quarter-mile oval, is known for its competitiveness.

The elder statesman of the rookie class is 47 year-old Bob Adams from Milton, VT. Adams comes to the division after competing in the Renegade class at Plattsburgh, New York’s Airborne Speedway for four years. “I used to race at Catamount and Thunder Road years ago in the Grand American division and finished third in the state in the early 70s,” Adam said. “I’ve been out of racing for about four years. Last winter I built Shannon Tomasovich’s car, then went to Thunder Road at the end of the season and caught the (racing) bug again,” he explained.

Unlike some of his fellow freshman competitors, Adams has not raced a Tiger Sportsman car, “Other than driving the car in and out of the garage, I’ve never been in a Tiger car before. One of the hardest things will be getting back into racing and the driver’s mind set. I want to be competitive,” he finished.

A trio of 2007 rookie candidates tested the waters last season in preparation for their assault on the Sportsman Rookie of the Year crown. Second generation racer Joel Hodgdon from Craftsbury, VT, and Eric Badore of Milton, VT as well as Lisbon, NH driver, Travis Ingerson each gained valuable seat time while attempting to qualify for a limited number of events in 2006.

Hodgdon, an 18 year-old who’s attending college in Maine, acquired the 2004 championship winning car of Bill Sawyer. In the two Sportsman races he attempted last season, the Allen Lumber Street Stock veteran qualified for both and even posted a top ten finish in the last race of the year. “I’m going to watch and pay attention to the veterans,” the second generation competitor recently commented between classes.

“Last year I had the opportunity to be on the outside of (two-time Sportsman champion) Shawn Fleury on a restart and I got schooled badly,” Hodgdon laughed. “There’s so much to learn, there’s a lot of difference between the Street Stock and the Sportsman,” he finished.

(PHOTO at right - Joel Hodgdon won the Allen Lumber Street Stock main as part of the Mekkelsen Rv Memmorial Day Classic events)

THUNDER ROAD’S MILK BOWL RECEIVES OUTSTANDING EVENT AWARD
LAKE MARY, FL – The Vermont Milk Bowl stock car race held annually at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl received the 18th annual National Speed Sport News Award for the Outstanding Annual Short Track event. The award was presented on Monday (Feb 12) by veteran Motorsports journalist Al Robinson on behalf of National Speed Sport News at the 31st Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) workshops which are held as part of the Speedweek National Workshops Series.

Nominations for the Outstanding Annual Short Track event are submitted by attendees at the December RPM Workshops in Reno (NV) as well as by the readers of the RPM newsletter, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters. A list of the top vote getters is compiled and forwarded to management at National Speed Sport News where the final selection of the annual short track event is made.

The Milk Bowl joins such notable short track events as the WISSOTA 100’s, the East Bay Winternationals, the IMCA Super Nationals (Boone Speedway, IA), the Knoxville Nationals (Knoxville, IA) and the All American 400 (Nashville, TN), among others.

(PHOTO - at right - surrounded by his brothers and crew, 2005 Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle hoists the rotating trophy high overhead in celebration of his victory)