Joel Hodgdon Returns To Thunder Road Victory Lane In Myers Triple Crown Round One

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers podium third place Derrick Calkins (left), winner Joel Hodgdon (center) and second place Kevin Streeter (right) at Thunder Road Friday (Photo: Alan Ward/Thunder Road).

Barre, VT —  Although practice was plagued by raindrops that also pushed back the start time of Friday’s festivities, drivers and officials pushed and completed the Vermont Career Technical Centers and Vermont Agency of Education Night with flying colors at Thunder Road.

The annual Friday Night Special was filled with plenty of spills and thrills and the sights and sounds of the ultra-fast New England Supermodified Series was also a stellar sight to behold.

Starting off the evening’s program the New England Supermodified Series made their return to Thunder Road to kick-start the 2023 season for the open-wheeled rockets.

Led to green by Dan Bowles, the field jumped into single file, setting a lightning pace with Bowles himself taking a fast-time of 9.971-seconds during the event. Just two cautions slowed the pace with Bowles leading the field each time out. The real battle would be for second as it swapped between heavy-hitters Jon McKennedy, Anthony Nocella and Matt Swanson time and time again.

It would be Dan Bowles triumphant in victory lane after a devastating wreck at the Nation’s Site of Excitement on Milk Bowl weekend in October followed by McKennedy and Swanson to round out the podium.

The New England Supermodified Series podium of third place Matt Swanson (left), winner Dan Bowles (center) and second place Jon McKennedy (right) Friday at Thunder Road (Photo: Alan Ward/Thunder Road)

Barre’s-own Ryan Sayers would lead the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors to point with Brodie Frazier and Tyler Wheatley all over his tail. By the halfway point frontrunners Neal Foster and Taylor Sayers had joined a gaggle at the front with Foster taking over with the first lead change on lap 13. Soon it would be a dogfight at the front with Taylor Sayers and Foster side-by-side, duking it out as they swapped the lead over and over in the final laps. Taylor Sayers would take the win over Neal Foster by just 0.020-seconds with Brookfield’s Tyler Wheatley rounding out the top-three.

The rk Miles Street Stocks were up next led to point by Paige Whittemore and Tommy ‘Thunder’ Smith. Thunder would nab the lead immediately off turn two with young Jesse Laquerre in tow before the first caution on lap 7. Smith would again take off with Laquerre once again before tempers started to flair mid-pack as drivers dipped and dove around each other. Jeffrey Martin and Patrick Tibbetts would set off the powder keg on the frontstretch to end their Friday night. On the restart, Josh Lovely would blow a right front tire in turn one, collecting several top runners and starting a lengthy clean-up effort. With the final restart in his grasp, Tommy ‘Thunder’ Smith grew his record to 36 wins in the four-cylinder division with defending champion Dean Switser Jr. and Jesse Laquerre rounding out the podium.

The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models joined the show with Vermont Governor Phil Scott securely in the lead with Chris Roberts to his outside at the onset. While Chip Grenier would be in contention early, his falling off would allow Tyler Cahoon, Darrell Morin and Stephen Martin to follow the Governor. The first caution would fly for Kaiden Fisher as he looped the S.D. Ireland machine in turn four leaving Cahoon to take the edge over Scott on the restart. The final yellow would fly on lap 47 as the throttle hung on Keegan Lamson’s Chevy sending him hard into the Widowmaker to end his night. The final shootout would come down to Morin and Cahoon with a dogfight till the end that saw Darrell Morin take down just his second Maplewood/Irving Late Model win followed by Cody Blake and Tyler Cahoon. 

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers went out as the final event of the evening to kick-off the 2023 Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series. Kyle Streeter and Cameron Ouellette paced the field by virtue of their +5 handicap earned through the Plus/Minus gained in their respective heat races. After two spin-induced yellows, Streeter found himself facing 2018 Myers Triple Crown champion Joel Hodgdon as the two battled for over twenty laps side-by-side before Chris LaForest brought out the lap 36 caution. 

The conveniently marked caution lap proved perfect for Hodgdon as he cruised to a full lead by lap 40 with Kyle having to fend off father Kevin Streeter as the elder took third-place from his son. The final caution on lap 63 would set up a final face-off between Hodgdon and hot-shoe Logan Powers. The defending Mini Milk Bowl champion would fall back as Kevin Streeter and Derrick Calkins pushed through to chase Hodgdon. In the end, Joel Hodgdon would take the first of three Myers Container Service checkered flags for the 2023 season followed by Kevin Streeter and Derrick Calkins to round out victory lane. 

The Thunder and Lightning of Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road returns to Thursday Night Racing on June 15th with Casella Waste Management Night. The New England Antique Racers (NEAR) return that nostalgic feeling of yesteryear to celebrate the 64th season of stock car racing on Quarry Hill along with the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and rk Miles Street Stocks. 

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT. 

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

Vermont Career Technical Centers Night presented by the Vermont Agency of Education

Friday, June 9, 2023


Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – Myers Container Service Triple Crown Round #1 (75 Laps)

1.         36VT    Joel Hodgdon              Craftsbury Common, VT

2.         67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

3.         21VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT

4.         31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

5.         20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

6.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

7.         68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

8.         64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

9.         37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

10.       8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

11.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

12.       90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

13.       54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

14.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

15.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT

16.       45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

17.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

18.       8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

19.       00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

20.       4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

21.       26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

22.       78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

23.       33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

24.       57VT    Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

25.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

26.       93FL     Jeff Oeschger              Dover, FL

27.       9VT      #Zach Audet                Morrisville, VT

28.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

29.       23VT    Matthew Potter          Marshfield, VT

30.       5VT      Tyler Austin                 East Calais, VT

New England Supermodified Series – (75 Laps)

1.         25        Dan Bowles                 Epping, NH

2.         79        Jon McKennedy           Chelmsford, MA

3.         9          Matt Swanson             Acton, MA

4.         97        Anthony Nocella         Woburn, MA

5.         41        Russ Wood                  Pelham, NH

6.         52        Vernon Romanowski   Strong, ME

7.         11        Ben Seitz                     Bourne, MA

8.         51        Dave Duggan               Milford, NH

9.         5          Rob Summers              Manchester, CT

10.       45        Mike Mayberry           Naples, ME

Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

2.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

3.         38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

4.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

5.         01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

6.         14VT    Phil Scott                     Berlin, VT

7.         04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

8.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

9.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

10.       8VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

11.       27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

12.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

13.       31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

14.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

15.       88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

16.       18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

17.       86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

18.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

19.       55VT    Keegan Lamson           Berlin, VT

20.       60NH   Derrick O’Donnell       N. Haverhill, NH

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         22        Thomas Smith             Williamstown, VT

2.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

3.         71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

4.         0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

5.         5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

6.         47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT

7.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

8.         2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

9.         39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

10.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

11.       43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

12.       69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT

13.       73        Paige Whittemore       Graniteville, VT

14.       48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

15.       33        Curtis Franks               Topsham, VT

16.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

17.       08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

18.       54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

19.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

20.       74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

21.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

22.       8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

23.       57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

24.       30        Cameron Powers         E. Montpelier, VT

25.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

26.       1          #Shea Wheeler           Waterbury, VT

27.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

28.       98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

DNS     9          #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

DNS     3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         95        Taylor Sayers               Barre, VT

2.         19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

3.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

4.         94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT

5.         17        Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

6.         18        David Wilder               Barre, VT

7.         74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

8.         50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

9.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

10.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

11.       43        Anderson Boyd            Berlin, VT

DNS     33        Brayden Murphy         Barre, VT

DNS     16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

DNS     42        Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

DNS     96        Bill O’Connor               S. Washington, VT

DNS     77G      Zach Garvey                Milton, VT

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