Contributed by: ACT Staff
Milk Bowl Stats and Facts
Not quite ready to let go of the 2014 Thunder Road and ACT season’s yet? Here are some statistics and facts from the 52 Milk Bowls run to date.
- Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts became the 35th different Milk Bowl winner.
- It was also MacDonald’s first career Thunder Road win. It was also his second career top ten finish at Thunder Road and only his second Milk Bowl start.
- Four of the top five finishers earned their first career Milk Bowl top five. MacDonald (1st), Derrick O’Donnell (2nd), Scott Dragon (4th), and Cody Blake (5th). John Donahue earned his third top five with a 3rd place effort.
- Scott Dragon with father Bobby Dragon and Cody Blake with father Greg “Burger” Blake became the fourth and fifth pair of father and son drivers to both earn at least one career top five in the Milk Bowl. Mike and Ben Rowe are the only father/son combo to finish in the top five in the same Milk Bowl (2007). The other two pairs are Beaver and Brent Dragon and Joey and Jay Laquerre.
- Beaver (1978) and Brent (2006) Dragon are the only father/son combo to both win the Milk Bowl.
- Beaver and Brent are joined by Doug and Brian Hoar as the only two father/son combos to both earn Milk Bowl segment wins. Doug and Brian teamed up to win all three segments of the Milk Bowl in 1998.
- Dennis (1994) and Trampas (2003) Demers are the only father/son combo to both earn Milk Bowl Pole Awards.
- Beaver Dragon’s win in 1978 was one of just two times that the Milk Bowl was held at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT instead of Thunder Road. Hector LeClair won the Milk Bowl in 1980, the second time it was held at Catamount.
- Robbie Crouch holds the record for the most career Milk Bowl wins at four (1983, 1986, 1988, 1990).
- MacDonald, Jimmy Hebert and Brad Babb all earned their first career Milk Bowl segment wins.
- There are now 75 different drivers who have won at least one segment of the Milk Bowl.
- Dave Dion holds the record for the most career Milk Bowl segment wins. He has won 12 segments but only won the Milk Bowl once in 1975. That year he earned the pole and won all three segments.
- Only two other times has a driver won all three Milk Bowl segments. Larry Demar did it in 1967 and Robbie Crouch did it in 1986.
- Every driver with at least three career Milk Bowl segment wins to his name also has at least one career Milk Bowl win.
- The Milk Bowl has been won 19 times with the overall winner not earning a segment win in the same year. But only five Milk Bowl Champions have never won a Milk Bowl segment in their career. Dan Bridges (1971), Dwayne Lanphear (2001), Eric Williams (2003), Cris Michaud (2004) and Nick Sweet (2013).
- Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. moved into a three way tie for second most Milk Bowl pole awards with his fourth this year. He is tied with Robbie Crouch and Dave Dion. Brian Hoar holds the record with six career pole awards.
- Polewarczyk’s time of 13.114 seconds was the 13th quickest pole time in the history of the Milk Bowl.
- The quickest ever pole winning lap was set by Sylvain Metivier in 1995 at 12.245 seconds.
- Polewarczyk holds two of the top five quickest pole laps in the Milk Bowl with 12.935 (3rd) in 2006 and 12.967 (5th) in 2007.
- Two-time Milk Bowl Champion Stub Fadden (1970, 1979) holds the record for the most consecutive Milk Bowl starts with 20. The longest current active streak is held by Polewarczyk with 10.
- Bobby Dragon holds the record for the most career Milk Bowl Top 5 finishes with 12.
- Beaver Dragon holds the record for the most career Milk Bowl Top 10 finishes with 17.