Friday, April 07 2006 @ 03:35 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Thunder Road's 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock title is up for grabs since the reigning Champion, Joe Small, from Georgia, VT, will be behind the wheel of a NAPA Tiger Sportsman this season at the high-banked, quarter-mile paved stock car racing oval. Many competitors are breathing a sigh of relief with Small's departure. In only his third year at the wheel of one of the four-cylinder powered machines, the two-time title holder dominated the division last year.
Craftsbury, Vermont's Joel Hodgdon finished second in the season-long standings behind Small in 2005 and is looking to top the points this season, "Now that Joe (Small) has moved on to the Tiger Sportsman, it's really anyone's championship this season, I'd sure like to win it though. The young kids are really going to come on strong this year; Jason Corliss and Tim Potter (both of Plainfield, VT) are going to be really tough again this year, but you can't count out veteran David Allen." The second generation racer added, "My car should be fast at the Merchant's Bank event, and if it isn't, my father and I will make it so. I have yet to win a race at Thunder Road and that would be a great way to start my season."