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Sportsman Battles Continue at WDEV 100 on Thursday

A variety of battles in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman stock car racing division will heat up again at the WDEV 100 on Thursday (June 21) at Barre’s Thunder Road.  Clashes in the division between age groups and automobile manufacturers have been spectacular in 2007.  The WDEV 100, which is the second of two extra-distance events for the intermediate Sportsman class this year, is shaping up to provide more of the same.

Sweet (50) and Laquerre (15) each have Sportsman wins for the GM camp this year

With half of the top-10 point drivers combining for an average age of 24.6 and the other half considerably older at an average of 44.8 years old, it appears that some schooling is taking place by both groups.  Young guns Nick Sweet, Pete Ainsworth, and Brendan Moodie lead 63 year-old veteran Joey Laquerre in NAPA Sportsman point standings after four events.  The balance of the top-10 is comprised of drivers ranging in age from 21 year-old feature winner Tom Therrien to multi-time “King of the Road” Chuck Beede, age 50.

While General Motors products have swept the first four events of the 2007 season, three full-time Ford drivers have been in close striking distance throughout the campaign.  Sweet, Therrien, and Scott Coburn have victories for Chevrolet while Laquerre won the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 in a Pontiac, but Ford racers Ainsworth, Moodie, and Justin Hart have each scored a top-five finish.  Hart is also the defending winner of the WDEV event from one year ago.

Rookie Battles Heating Up at Thunder Road

Hodgdon leads the Sportsman rookie standings

Stock car Rookie of the Year battles are beginning to heat up in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions at Barre’s Thunder Road.  After four events in 2007, a pair of 19 year-old racers lead in their respective divisions.

In one of the largest NAPA Sportsman rookie classes in recent memory, Craftsbury’s Joel Hodgdon leads ten other freshman racers that earned points this year.  Hodgdon narrowly edged out veteran Craig Bushey of Cambridge to finish an impressive third at the Ferguson Waterworks event one week ago, and leads Hyde Park driver Kyle Tatro in the rookie standings by seven points, 38-31.  Barre’s Shawn Sicard, last year’s Street Stock Rookie of the Year, sits third at 29 points.  Tim Potter of Plainfield (27 points) and Barre’s Lance Allen (26 points) complete the top five.

Like Sicard, Hodgdon is a former Street Stock Rookie of the Year, and was the 2004 recipient of the Dr. G.R. Nielsen Award for outstanding performance by a first-year driver.  Ironically, Hodgdon is currently tied for 12th in overall NAPA Sportsman standings with Bushey.

Did you miss the Ferguson Waterworks event?  You sure missed a barn-burner, but you can catch up on all the action by checking out the video highlights posted on the WCAX and WPTZ websites!  Click here to see the WCAX Channel 3  video, or visit the Sports page on for the NewsChannel 5 video!