A third attempt at the $160,000 50th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will be run at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, October 28th with a post time of 1pm. The three-segment race has qualified 30 cars, of the 51 who attempted, for what is considered the “Toughest Short Track Race in America.”
Long-time Promoter Tom Curley was careful in choosing the day for the biggest race in Vermont’s history, as many of ACT’s leading drivers will participate in Lee USA Speedway’s OctoberFest event this coming weekend. “We certainly do not want to conflict with one of the best facilities on our Tour, so we chose to run on Sunday, October 28,” said Curley.
Along with the Milk Bowl will be a $20,000 Late Model Reserve Feature, as well as Mini Milk Bowls for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks to decide their track championship battles.
Curley concluded, ”It will just be one terrific feature after another.”
The 50th Milk Bowl will feature two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke, who will start from the pole after laying down the fastest lap in time trials of 12.956, and eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar flanking him. 2012 King of the Road Nicholas Sweet rolls off third, and young Maine star Austin Theriault and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud will fill out the top five starting positions. The entire 30-car field was within 8/10s of a second of each other in time trial qualifying.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will settle their razor-close Thunder Road track title battle in which Wolcott, VT’s Brendan Moodie, Jr. holds a nine-point advantage over Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien and a twelve-point lead over two-time Tiger Champion Shawn Fleury. The final segment will be run on Sunday, October 28th and will decide the Tiger Champion.
In the Allen Lumber Street Stock division, Hardwick, VT’s Bunker Hodgdon will look to hold off Lincoln, VT’s Garry Bashaw, Morrisville, VT’s Jamie Davis, and teammates Ben Belanger and 2012 Champion Nick Pilotte for the overall victory.
The 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will roll off at 1pm with a 50-lap first segment of the traditional battle on Sunday, October 28th.