Canadian Stars Laperle, Lynch Trek South to Chittenden Milk Bowl

Laperle about to smooch his queen at the 2005 Chittenden Milk Bowl

Top Canadian stock car racers Patrick Laperle and Derek Lynch will lead their American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model countryman racers south of the border to this weekend’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont (Sat./Sun., Sept. 29/30).  Each is riding a hot streak and looking to build on past successes at the event known as “The Toughest Short Track Race in North America.”

Laperle, of St-Denis, QC just outside Montréal, won the 2005 Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, and clinched the 2007 Série ACT Castrol championship with a runner-up finish at the St-Eustache 300 on Sunday.  Laperle owns victories at Autodrome St-Eustache in Montréal, Circuit Ste-Croix near Québec City, and in a $50,000 ACTion Super Series event at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway two weekends ago.

Warkworth, ON driver Lynch finished fourth at Kawartha Speedway in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ season finale on Sunday to finish fifth in championship points.  Lynch earned his first series win at Cayuga Speedway near Hamilton, ON earlier this month, and posted a top-ten finish in a Série ACT Castrol start at Ottawa’s Capital City Speedway in June.  He finished fourth in back-to-back Chittenden Milk Bowl events in 1994-95.

Voted by American race promoters and National Speed Sport News, the Chittenden Milk Bowl was named the “Outstanding Annual Short Track Event” in the United States for 2006, the highest honor for a single race.  The Milk Bowl’s unique format with three 50-lap segments, a special cumulative point system to determine the overall winner, and the tradition of the winner kissing a genuine Vermont beauty (an Ayrshire dairy cow), has placed the yearly event in the national spotlight.  A total purse of over $60,000, including the $10,000 winner’s share, has added an extra buzz to the Chittenden Milk Bowl this year.

Derek Lynch will drive this car in his return to the Chittenden Milk Bowl this weekend

Laperle and Lynch will represent their home country with former Série ACT Castrol champion Donald Theetge of Québec City, multi-time ACT Canadian Champion Claude Leclerc of Montréal, and 18 year-old Capital City Speedway championship runner-up Spencer MacPherson of Carleton Place, ON.  American racers expected to compete include Pro All Stars Series Champions Mike and Ben Rowe of Maine; New Hampshire stars Brad Leighton, “Rocket” Roger Brown, and Thunder Road time trial record holder Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk; and Vermont racers including six-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Jean-Paul Cyr, young gun Scott Payea, and defending Chittenden Milk Bowl Champion Brent Dragon.

Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day will begins on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:00pm.  Included on the schedule are ACT time trials and “Triple 50” qualifying races, qualifying heats for Thunder Road’s weekly NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors, and the championship season finale for the Warrior division.  Sunday’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl begins with the last-chance “B” Feature qualifier for the ACT Late Model Tour at 1:00pm, followed by pre-race ceremonies and Segment I of the Milk Bowl.  The Sportsman and Street Stock championships will also be decided with feature events on Sunday.

General admission tickets for Saturday only are $10 for adults and free for children under 12.  Two-day general admission is $25 for adults and only $5 for children.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit or