Grudge Matches Settled at Historic Race
The biggest race of the year, The 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, has become the prime time focus for ACT teams across the region. 51 ACT Championship cars will enter Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, in an attempt to earn the lion’s share of a purse worth over $160,000.With championship chases behind them, the race will serve as a grudge match for a series of 2012 duels. 2-time Thunder Road Champion David Pembroke will attempt to dethrone rival 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, after claiming the pole position in the race through time trials. Sweet, who dominated the Thunder Road Late Model division on his way to his second title, will start directly behind him in third.
Another star will look for revenge from the front row, as eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar will start second hoping to tie Robbie Crouch’s record of 4 Milk Bowl wins. Hoar will have to go through newly crowned Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr, who has locked horns with the Williston, VT native all year long and is fresh off winning a heavyweight battle for the ACT title at Airborne Speedway last weekend. Helliwell would love nothing more than to cap off his season with his first-ever Milk Bowl victory.
“My kids have always just wanted to see me kiss the cow,” said Helliwell. “I’m not sure I’m allowed to come home if I don’t,” he laughed.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will settle their epic points battle as second-place Bobby Therrien sent his championship message claiming the victory in the first segment. Point leader Brendan Moodie, Jr. has his work cut out for him after finishing third, with third-place point driver Shawn Fleury just behind. The trio will hang it out on Sunday – starting in the rear of the field – in an all-out brawl for the 2012 Tiger Sportsman Title.
Jefferson, NH’s Nick Pilotte and Lyndonville, VT’s Dean Switser, Jr. will settle their differences after battling head-to-head all year long for the Championship in the Allen Lumber Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl. Pilotte has all but wrapped up the title, which leaves the points pressure behind the pair as they go for the biggest money race of their season.
The 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, along with a Late Model $3,000 to win Reserve Milk Bowl and Street Stock and Tiger Mini Milk Bowls, will roll off at 1pm on Sunday, October 14th.