Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Ziter Disqualified From Apparent Runner-Up Finish at Thunder Road

Stock car driver Mike Ziter of Williamstown has been disqualified from his apparent second-place finish in Sunday’s 30-lap Allen Lumber Street Stock feature at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The event was run in conjunction with the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl for the American-Canadian Tour.

Ziter was found to have illegal pistons in the engine of his Ford Mustang in post-race inspection.  He has been stripped of all points and purse money earned in Sunday’s race.  The disqualification moves Mike Martin of Craftsbury Common into the runner-up position behind winner Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, with Hardwick’s Greg Adams, Jr. inheriting the third place finish.  Rookie Vern Woodard of Burlington and Tommy Smith of Williamstown now complete the top five finishers.

Sweet, Therrien End Thunder Road Championship Seasons With Victories

NAPA Sportsman race winner and Champion Nick Sweet (ctr) is joined in victory lane by Chittenden reps, third-place finisher Tommy Therrien (2nd from left), and runner-up Brendan Moodie (2nd from right)

Hometown stock car racer Nick Sweet and Hinesburg rookie driver Bobby Therrien shone at the season-ending Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday afternoon.  In front of the season’s largest crowd, both youngsters captured not only feature event victories in their respective divisions, they were also crowned Thunder Road Champions.

Sweet, 23, locked up the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division title with a 50-lap Chittenden victory of North Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie.  He took the lead just after the halfway mark before cruising to victory.  Tom Therrien, Bobby’s older brother, stole third place on the final lap from Duxbury’s Kris Grout.  Chuck Beede of Williamstown finished fifth.  Rookie James Hebert, Brian Delphia, Chris Chambers, Kevin Boutin, Jr., and Joe Steffen rounded out the unofficial top ten in order.

Sweet drove the #50 Fortier’s Community Care Home/SymQuest Group Chevrolet to three victories on the year, and outdistanced Craig Bushey of Cambridge for the championship.

Hodgdon Crowned Power Shift Warrior Champion at Thunder Road

Pierce earns second win of season

Bunker Hodgdon raises his championship trophy on Saturday

Archie “Bunker” Hodgdon, III of Hardwick collected his first Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior Championship at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday following the 20-lap Booth Bros./H.P. Hood feature event for the entry-level division at the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl.  Hodgdon sped to a fourth-place finish in the race and outdistanced Wolcott driver Jamie Davis for the title.

“It’s so great to be a part of Thunder Road and to race in front of all these fans,” Hodgdon said.  “My family and my sponsors are the greatest, and hopefully we’ll have some success together next year in the Street Stock division.”  Hodgdon drove the #20 Lazy Lions Campground/MH Cleaning Service VW Golf to the championship on the strength of two feature victories and 11 top-five finishes in 19 starts.

Brett Pierce of Montpelier dominated the race for his second victory of the season.  He crossed the line in front of Lyndonville’s Dale Bickford and Mark LaFleche of Graniteville.  Mike Ducey of Williamstown followed Hodgdon across the finish line.  Neal Foster, Davis, Frank Sanborn, Donny Yates, and Leonard Sanborn completed the unofficial top ten finishers in order.