Hodgdon Comes from Behind for Second Win in a Row
Groveton,NH- Schweppes Street Stock point leader Bunker Hodgdon (83) brought his car from the back in both 15 lap segments to win for the second straight week at Speedway 51. The Hardwick, VT native came from his 10th place starting position to finish third in the opening segment right in front of the returning Jason Kenison (03) who was back for the first time since his win a few weeks ago. The second segment saw both Hodgdon and Kenison make there way from the back. Hodgdon would eventually battle the Groveton, NH driver for the forth spot and what would decide the win. After a hard fought fight for position Hodgdonwould beat out Kenison for a one point win. The loss of position bumped Kenison into a three way tie for third where he would finish fifth after the tiebreaker. W.Burke, VT's Jesse Switser (25) finished second in a tie with Cody Smith (18) of St.Johnsbury, VT who finished third. Second place points man Jared Plumley (12) finished fourth respectively.
The North Country Ford Late Models finished their two segment event in a three way tie for the win. After a tough finish with the American Canadian Tour a few weeks ago, Windham, ME's Brad Babb (15) went to victory lane after winning segment 2. Mike "Beetle" Bailey (2) of S.Barre, VT ended up second overall after two third place finishes, while a disappointed Brad Bushey (57) watched himself drop from the overall win to third place after Derek Ming (5) was able to get around the Cambridge, VT driver in the final laps of the final segment.
Craftsbury Common, VT's Joel Hodgdon (36vt) stole the show in the Sign Depot Tiger Sportsman division with a dominating performance that saw him finish first, second and first in the three segment event. For Hodgdon it was his second win of the season as he only trails Brendan Moodie(94) in the point standings. Fellow Craftsbury Common driver Mike Martin (01) finished second but perhaps the happiest man of the night was third place driver Bill Stebbins Jr. (07). It has been a long road to the podium for the Pittsburgh, NH native, in fact it's his first top three finish in the two seasons of Speedway 51 for the weekly driver who was sure to thank all his friends, family and sponsors for helping him every single week before suggesting to take the microphone away or he'll thank people all night. Point leader Brendan Moodie (94) and Aaron Smith (91) rounded out the top.
In another great site Saturday night young Garrett LaBounty (76) won his first career race in the A.B. Excavating Dare Devils as the driver from Irasburg, VT passed three cars on the outside to get to lead and held of a hard charging Evan Hallstrom (1vt) late to secure his trip to victory lane. Northfield, VT's Hallstrom would finish second, while the even younger Kyle LaBounty (80) got his first top 3 finish. Point leader Kasey Beattie (45) and Josh Plumley (12) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Join us Saturday July 9th as Speedway 51 is back in action for our military night. Post time is set for 5:30pm. For More information visit www.speedway51int.com
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