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Street Stocks Surge to Top Weekly Division at Thunder Road in 2022

photo by Alan Ward
The fan-favorite Street Stocks enjoyed a resurgence in 2022, averaging over 30 each week on the Thunder Road high banks.

BARRE – It was a banner year for the four-cylinder Street Stocks at Thunder Road this summer. Between having the highest average car count at the highbanked quarter-mile in 2022, the Street Stocks enjoyed some of the most competitive racing of the season and battled hard with their new contingency sponsors in mind all the way to September’s Championship night.

The Street Stocks enjoyed an average car count of 30.29 in 17 events this summer making this division’s championship one of the toughest to earn in 2022. Thirty-nine different drivers and teams entered the Thunder Road gates throughout the year, all looking to nab the gold with 13 different drivers able to enter the winner’s circle at least once.

The high-water-mark car count for the year was 33, which happened twice. The summer book-ending Memorial Day Classic and Labor Day Classic were two jam-packed Sunday shows that held those 33-car features with eventual champion Dean Switser Jr. and James Dopp taking the holiday wins.

photo by Alan Ward
Along with 13 different winners in 2022, 10 drivers nabbed the all-new $50 Hard Charger Bonus for passing the most cars in their respective event.

On top of all that, 10 different drivers were able to take home the all-new Hard Charger Award. Coming on board in 2022 to give the Street Stockers a little something more to race for, a cash award of $50 each week went to the highest finishing Street Stock driver who passed the most cars in that week’s feature event. Three different drivers tied for the most cars passed with Taylor Hoar, Jesse Laquerre and Mike “Biffer” Gay each able to overtake 18 cars in events this season.

The 2023 Thunder Road schedule has been released, along with team forms and paperwork for the upcoming year. For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit

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