Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The summer months have been busy for young Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury. Not only did he graduate from Craftsbury High School he also has been on a mission at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre. The youngster collected his first career victory early in the season. He became interested in auto racing after his father Paul won an Enduro. Paul later went on to race a NAPA Tiger Sportsman which motivated Joel to race.

Hodgdon entered an Enduro for kids at Groveton which taught him how to be patient in heavy traffic. At the age of 16 Joel decided to join the Allen Lumber Street Stock ranks in car number 36, the same number of his father’s Enduro car.

The youngster was part of a memorable victory lane at the WDEV event back in June. The top three drivers were members of the graduating class of 2006 (all from different high schools). Hodgdon can be spotted in the pit area leaning against his car chatting with other drivers, or underneath the car making an adjustment with his father and crew .

Hodgdon gained his mechanical knowledge when employed by Riverview Garage. The Morrisville garage is owned by Late Model competitor Pete Fecteau. “Pete is a great guy and I like to watch him race. He’s an exciting race car driver and a lot of fun to be around.” Fecteau isn’t the only driver Hodgdon roots for on Thursday nights he is also a fan of sophomore Tiger Sportsman driver Nick Sweet. “I loved to race against Nick when he was still a Street Stock driver. He raced me clean and I always appreciated that.” Of his new cast of “youngsters” his favorite to go door-to-door with is friend Jason Corliss. “Jason and I have a great time hanging out together in the pits and racing hard against each other on the track. It’s pretty cool that we both got our first career victory this season.”

Joel is competing in his third season in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and will continue to chase the King of the Road crown weekly at Thunder Road Speedbowl. He is currently tied for tenth in the point standings. The 2006 Street Stock King of the Road will be crowned following the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl on September 30th/October 1st.

Did you know:
Joel Hodgdon is self employed as a house painter
Joel played basketball in high school

Cal Poulin of Braintree is one racer who didn’t mind waiting for the postponed NAPA/Make-A-Wish event at Barre’s Thunder Road. The event, originally slated for Thursday, August 10, was moved back 24 hours to Friday night. In spite of a stellar weather forecast, the rescheduled date was plagued with rain, but blessed with two beautiful rainbows and outstanding stock car racing. Thirty-six year old Poulin refused to let a pair of mid-race rain delays stop him from scoring his first career Late Model victory. He held off runner up and point leader Chad Wheeler of Waterbury Center and rookie contender Marcel Gravel of Wolcott. Completing the top five were Hyde Park’s Eric Williams and defending champion Cris Michaud from Williamstown.

Gravel led the field to the initial green flag and showed the way until the first caution for a minor incident. Poulin sped to the point on the outside groove to take the lead for three laps. Gravel regained the top position when Poulin’s car lost traction on the outside groove and dropped back one spot, then another as Rich Lowrey moved in to challenge in the low groove.



Late Models
NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
Allen Lumber Street Stocks
Power Shift Warriors

Don't miss the return of Run What-U-Brung at intermission! To participate in Run What-U-Brung you must register at the pit ticket booth by 6:30pm. Must be 18 years of age, have a valid license, registration and inspection. No studded tires will be permitted. Don't forget your helmet. Spectator gates open at 5:00pm. Post time at 7:00pm.

Adult tickets- $9.00
Children (agest 6-12)- $3.00
Family of four (two adults-two children)- $18.00