Forty-eight year-old Stacy Cahoon and his 25 year-old son, Tyler, have entered this weekend’s $10,000 to win New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. The elder Cahoon, who finished second in the 2006 White Mountain Motorsports Park season-long championship chase by a mere three points, last raced at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval in 1998. The younger Cahoon, who was ninth in the WMMP standings, has previously run a Street Stock at the Barre, VT speedplant.

“To me, the Milk Bowl is along the lines of the Daytona 500 of the Northeast,” stated the St Johnsbury, VT resident. “I would consider it a victory just to qualify for this year’s race. I’m really excited about going back; it’s always been a dream, to win a Milk Bowl before I retire.”

He continued, “The three-50 lap segments are more to my style of racing, I’m used to that type of set-up. Until White Mountain’s 150-lap ACT race last month, I had never raced longer than 100 laps. The time trials are a situation that’s new and different for everyone, but I do have some experience – I qualified second to Chuck Beede at the ’96 Milk Bowl, so maybe…” he left off.

Cahoon feels that most of the Late Model drivers who show up at Thunder Road this weekend will be glad just to qualify, “That will be a good day, getting in on Saturday through the Time Trials or the Triple 50s. No one’s going to want to run in Sunday’s Last Chance B Feature,” he observed.

“Things have changed so much compared to the last time I raced at Thunder Road – the cars, equipment, the caliber of the talent is amazing. It’s evolved very quickly. I remember being envious of the old ACT Pro Stock drivers when they’d run the Milk Bowl, but what we’re running now, equipment wise, is a lot more sophisticated. The one great thing about the Milk Bowl is that anyone can win it; consistency is the name of the game. If I can get in and then be competitive, I’ll probably have as good a chance as anyone. I’d like to see Tyler have a good experience – he needs seat time, he’s a bit more spirited than I am. I started racing at 29, he’s 25 now, we’ll hope for the best,” the elder Cahoon finished.

PHOTO1: Stacy Cahoon, who set second fastest time (left side of picture, white and blue firesuit, holding hat in hands) stands in front of his car during the 1996 startling line-up. Chuck Beede (#54) set fast time

PHOTO2: Stacy Cahoon

PHOTS3: Tyler Cahoon