It is not uncommon for stock car drivers and fans to travel from all over the Northeast and eastern Canada for the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl. American Canadian Tour (ACT) competitor, Ryan Vanasse will likely be making the furthest trip of all, from California! The Warwick, RI driver is currently in California on a business trip which he could not reschedule. Therefore, the young racer will make his voyage to the ¼ mile high-banked oval of Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road via a “red eye” flight to Burlington, VT.

“The company I work for has been great about trying to get me back east and to the track as early as possible on Saturday,” the 24-year old driver stated. “I'm leaving Los Angeles about ten o’clock on Friday night, (Sept 29th) and should arrive in Burlington around 9:30 am Saturday morning.” He continued, “I’m sure I’ll be exhausted from the cross country flight, but I wouldn’t miss the Milk Bowl for anything!”

The sophomore driver enjoys racing at Thunder Road, but it hasn’t always been that way. “The first time we went to the track it was raining and we got the trailer stuck in the parking lot. It wasn’t the best way to start out at Thunder Road. I’ve been involved in accidents there, many of which tore up my car so badly I wasn’t able finish the race, but I still love the track.”

Vanasse continued, “There’s no denying it’s a tough place to get around, and when you add other competitors to the mix, it’s a lot to handle. I would love to win the Milk Bowl, but it would be an honor just to qualify. There will be a lot of experienced racers who will attempt to make the show, and a lot of great drivers won’t make it. It’s definitely the most exciting race of the season.”

Vanasse, who cut his racing teeth at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, has a pair of top five finishes in 2006. He recently returned to the 1/3 mile Seekonk oval on a free weekend and was victorious. In just his second year of ACT competition, Vanasse has worked his way into 13th in the season-long standings as the Series enters the final event on the schedule. He is within striking distance of 12th place driver, A.J. Begin of Merrimac, MA.

Thunder Road’s action packed weekend begins on Saturday with door-to-door qualifying for the track’s local divisions and the ACT Late Models. The Tour competitors will begin with the Booth Brothers/H.P. Hood Time Trials with everyone seeking the $1,000 bonus available to the driver who posts the fastest time of the day and earns the pole starting position. The three drivers with the quickest lap times will be guaranteed starting spots at the head of the pack in Sunday’s first Milk Bowl segment. Drivers not among the top three will transfer to one of the Triple 50 qualifiers. A final chance at making the 30-car starting field remains in Sunday’s Last Chance “B” Feature.

Racing begins at 1:00 on both Sat and Sun. Adult tickets are $25 for both days and $5 for children (6-12). A $5 Super Discount Coupon is available at New England Dodge Dealers (while supplies last) which can be applied toward the purchase of an adult general admission ticket (one coupon per ticket purchased).