Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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.



Weekend Coverage of Thunder Road Chittenden Milk Bowl on WDEV

The stations of Radio Vermont will produce weekend-long coverage of the American-Canadian Tour’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl stock car event at Barre’s Thunder Road.  A live Milk Bowl preview show will run from 5:00-6:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 29, with same-day event coverage beginning at 6:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 30.  Both programs will broadcast on WDEV AM 550-Waterbury and WDEV FM 96.1-Warren and FM 96.5 serving Barre.

Ken Squier will host Saturday’s Milk Bowl preview show live from Thunder Road during the 5:00pm hour, recapping Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day.  Included in the program will be results from ACT time trials and “Triple 50” qualifying races, as well as results from Thunder Road’s NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.

George Commo will anchor same-day coverage of the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl on Sunday beginning at 6:00pm.  Commo will call the action from each of the Milk Bowl’s three 50-lap segments, and will recap the day’s results at the end of the program.

Racing action begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday at Thunder Road.  Adult general admission is $10 for Saturday only, or $25 for a two-day pass.  Children 12 and under will be admitted for free on Saturday only, or $5 for the weekend.  Thunder Road is located on Quarry Hill in Barre, VT.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963, or visit