PHOTO: Tucker Williams was all smiles after his fourth Sportsman win of the season at Thunder Road on Thursday. (VMM photo)

BARRE — Tucker Williams, like so many kids from his generation, is immersed in the technology age. The 20 year-old Hyde Park racer, a Clarkson University student, posts on Twitter under the handle “@tigerphenom17”.

On Thursday at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, the self-proclaimed phenomenon posted his fourth win of the season in the Tiger Sportsman division.

While he likes to joke online, Williams says he hasn’t necessarily earned the right to be called a “phenom”.

“It’s four finishes,” Williams deadpanned after his victory. In fact, he’s right on. Williams’ season has been all-or-nothing — his fourth victory was also only his fourth top-ten finish of the year. He’s failed to qualify for two of the 13 feature races, and has an average finish of 20.6 in races he hasn’t won.

“I’m not in a fair position to say ‘phenom’ I guess, [but] I feel like a lot of those DNFs I didn’t really have a fair shot at,” Williams said. “I’ve tried to race guys pretty clean all year, and [veterans] you would never expect just take advantage of it.”

Williams enjoyed side-by-side battles for the lead with Montpelier’s Kyle Pembroke several times during the race. Williams says he prefers racing against driver in his age group — Pembroke, a rookie, is just 17 years old — and seems to have more trust in them.

“Racing with Kyle there, that was a blast. I pinched him off, a little bit of rubbing, that was fun,” Williams said. “I feel like, for the most part, it’s the younger guys you can race with, which doesn’t make any sense. Jason Corliss, I have a blast racing with him, Jason Allen, all those guys.”

Back to the phenom moniker, Williams — at least on paper — has set a pretty high bar for himself: He won more than a dozen races in four-cylinder divisions in Vermont and New Hampshire, and now has a total of six Tiger Sportsman wins since last season.

“There have been highs and lows. It’s been more extreme than I would like, but the high points have been pretty sweet,” Williams said. “I was hoping for one win this year, that’s it. I didn’t care if it was at Thunder Road, White Mountain [Motorsports Park in New Hampshire], just one. It’s great. There’s not a lot of guys that have [won as much].”

Pembroke finished a career-best third after North Wolcott racer Brendan Moodie got by after a lap 46 restart. Scott Coburn of Barre finished fourth and rookie Dylan Payea of Henniker, N.H., was fifth.

Lance Rabtoy of Fairfax won a two-segment race for the visiting Renegade division from Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York. Rabtoy finished fourth in the first 25-lap segment and dogged leader Larry Underwood in the final leg before finishing second. His combined total six-point score left him in a tie with Swanton driver Kevin Boutin (second, fourth) for the overall victory; Rabtoy’s better second-segment finish gave him the tiebreaker.

Underwood, of Milton, took third overall with seven points, the same total segment-one winner Jason McClatchie of Plattsburgh. Josh Terry of Morrisonville, N.Y., was fifth overall with eight points.

Greg Adams, Jr., of Hardwick won a two-segment Street Stock race in dramatic fashion. After winning the first segment, Adams made a dive-bomb, three-wide move on the final lap to take sixth place and break a three-way tie for the overall lead with Nick Pilotte and Bunker Hodgdon. Adams, Pilotte, and Hodgdon were the podium finishers. Garry Bashaw and Tim Campbell completed the top five.

Waterbury’s Jason Woodard won the Junkyard Warrior/Street Stock “B” feature over Brock Parrott and William Good. Janelle Hodgdon of Craftsbury won the 8-lap, 17-car Powder Puff race.

Thunder Road’s next event is Thursday, August 18 at 6:00pm.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — Weekly Racing Series
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt.
Thursday, August 11, 2011

(# – denotes rookie)

Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman (50 laps)
1. Tucker Williams, Hyde Park
2. Brendan Moodie, North Wolcott
3. # Kyle Pembroke, Montpelier
4. Scott Coburn, South Barre
5. # Dylan Payea, Henniker, N.H.
6. Jason Allen, Barre
7. Eric Badore, Milton
8. Derrick O’Donnell, Bradford
9. Matt Potter, Marshfield
10. Shawn Fleury, Middlesex

Versatile Trailer Sales Renegade (2×25 laps)
1. Lance Rabtoy, Fairfax (6 pts.)
2. Kevin Boutin, Swanton (6 pts.)
3. Larry Underwood, Milton (7 pts.)
4. Jason McClatchie, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (7 pts.)
5. Josh Terry, Morrisonville, N.Y. (8 pts.)
6. Robert Gordon, Milton (10 pts.)
7. Robbie Favreau, Peru, N.Y. (14 pts.)
8. Andrew Bordeau, Dannemora, N.Y. (16 pts.)
9. Dave Rabtoy, Swanton (16 pts.)
10. Josh Allen, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (20 pts.)

Allen Lumber Street Stock (2×25 laps)
1. Greg Adams, Jr., Hardwick (7 pts.)
2. Nick Pilotte, Jefferson, N.H. (9 pts.)
3. Bunker Hodgdon, Hardwick (11 pts.)
4. Garry Bashaw, Lincoln (13 pts.)
5. Tim Campbell, West Topsham (15 pts.)
6. Alan Maynard, Fairfax (16 pts.)
7. Jamie Davis, Wolcott (19 pts.)
8. # Cameron Ouellette, Barre (21 pts.)
9. Dave Whitcomb, Elmore (21 pts.)
10. Joe Fecteau, Hardwick (22 pts.)

Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior Reserve (18 laps)
1. Jason Woodard, Waterbury (JW)
2. Brock Parrott, Williamstown (JW)
3. William Good, Newport (JW)
4. Kevin Wheatley, Williamstown (JW)
5. Marvin Johnson, Essex Junction (SS)
6. Mike Gay, South Burlington (SS)
7. Joe Blais, Orange (SS)
8. Jennifer Getty, Cambridge (SS)
9. Jeff Martin, Jr., Northfield (SS)
10. Tommy Elwood, Morrisville (JW)