Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The Allen Lumber Company, one of Vermont’s oldest family-owned businesses has renewed its support of the Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. The agreement extends a partnership between Allen Lumber and Thunder Road that began in the 1980s, and a relationship that started many years previous.

“My family has been going to Thunder Road since it opened in 1960, and we love it,” said Allen Lumber Treasurer Burnie Allen. “We’re all very excited about the upcoming season; we always have such a wonderful time watching the Street Stocks and the other divisions at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

Allen Lumber’s motorsports background dates back to the 1980s when the company sponsored of ACT drivers Robbie Crouch and Kevin Lepage. A new chapter unfolded in 1989, when they began presenting Thunder Road’s Street Stock division, a tradition that continues in 2007.

“The best advertising dollars this business spends each year are with the Street Stocks at Thunder Road,” Allen continued. “We get more bang for our buck from the track than in any other area of our advertising and we have the race fans and competitors to thank for that. We are very much looking forward to another great year up on Quarry Hill”

Allen Lumber operates five locations throughout the state, including Barre, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury, Waitsfield, and Allen’s Kitchen and Bath Showcase, the newest location, also in St Johnsbury. Since 1888, Allen Lumber has consistently been on the cutting edge of the industry’s technology, most recently in areas such as inventory software and computer-aided design. A full product line of doors, windows, kitchens, baths, and tools is also available. More information can be found at

Thunder Road, a high-banked quarter-mile oval, will get its 48th racing season under way with the ACT Late Model Tour’s Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 6. In addition to the traveling Late Models, a full card of Allen Lumber Street Stocks, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, and PowerShift Warrior divisions will be on hand. For more information, including rules, call (802) 244-6963

Above Left - Four-wide action is not uncommon in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division
Above right - The division can also feature spectacular wrecks.


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
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

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)