Barre, VT — Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2013 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 30. Rookie Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors in the Late Model division, while Shawn Fleury and Bunker Hodgdon claimed the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock Championships respectively.
O’Donnell of North Haverhill, NH was dominant in his first season behind the wheel of a Late Model at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” He claimed his first career Late Model win in the first point counting event of the season on Memorial Day weekend. He took home another victory just a few weeks later. And to cap it off, the former Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Champion became the first rookie driver to claim a Late Model “King of the Road” title.
Thunder Road officials also handed out several special awards during the evening’s festivities. Radio Vermont’s Lee Kittell was awarded the Pete Hartt Memorial Media Award. Kittell produced the broadcasts for ACT Radio Network on Radio Vermont stations and has become the familiar voice of ACT and Thunder Road radio ads. Kittell was honored for his commitment to stock car racing in the Northeast.