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52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

ACT Champions Take Milk Bowl Front Row

2014 American Canadian Tour Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH claimed his fourth career Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award as he set the fast time of the day with a 13.114 second lap at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday, October 11. Starting on the outside pole will be 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC when the first segment of the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl rolls off tomorrow, Sunday, October 12.

The “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald qualified to the first segment as the third fastest time in the time trials. 2014 Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake and seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr each won one of the three Late Model Triple 50 qualifiers following time trial and qualify to positions 4-7 in the first segment.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Nearly 40 ACT Late Models Attend Milk Bowl Practice Day

Nearly 40 American Canadian Tour Late Model teams were on hand for the full day of practice at Barre’s Thunder Road in preparation for the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Friday, October 10. Teams were dialing in their cars for tomorrow’s (Saturday, October 11) Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien ran the quickest lap of the day with a 13.157. Others spending time near the top of the speed charts included defending Milk Bowl Champion Nick Sweet, back-to-back “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Travis Stearns, Matt White, 2010 Milk Bowl Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Jason Corliss, Shawn Fleury, 2009 Milk Bowl Champion John Donahue, two-time Milk Bowl Champion Phil Scott, Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brad Babb and Eric Badore.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Milk Bowl Favors Thunder Road Regulars

The 2014 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl has the makings of a battle between the Thunder Road (TR) regular teams and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams. The depth of the TR teams seems to give an edge to the Thunder Road regulars. Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, Alex Labbe from Quebec City and Patrick Laperle, Montreal, QC, will join touring regulars Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Jeff White, but it’s the regular Thunder Road weekly teams that look to make 2014 their year to kiss the cow.

“I don’t know, Thunder Road is like coming home and putting your slippers on after a hard day’s work,” said two-time Champion Nick Sweet from Barre. “I just think lots of guys worry more about the widow maker, the high banks, and the narrow front stretch than they do about those of us that race weekly at the ‘Road. I know I have my hands full racing Derrick (O’Donnell, Champion in 2013 and 2014), Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brooks Clark, Shawn Fleury, David Pembroke and Phil Scott…geez the list goes on and on with who can win 50 lappers at Thunder Road. I just know it is going to be a lot of fun, and it is a great way to end the race season,” concluded Sweet.


MILK BOWL POSTPONED

Thunder Road Milk Bowl Weekend Postponed

The 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, VT has been postponed due to forecasted rain. The entire weekend schedule from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.

“The Milk Bowl is a two-day show and with the weather looking like a complete washout for Saturday’s qualifying and lingering showers Sunday morning, the integrity of the biggest race of the season is jeopardized if we try to make it a one-day show,” announced Thunder Road Co-Owner and Promoter Tom Curley.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Theriault Enters 52nd Thunder Road Milk Bowl

 The latest entry in the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held on Sat-Sun, October 04-05, 2014 at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, is Austin Theriault from Fort Kent, Maine. Theriault began his Late Model racing career with the American Canadian Tour (ACT) in 2010 as a sixteen-year-old rookie. Just like newly crowned 2014 ACT Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr, from Hudson, NH, Theriault helped set the standard for the new younger generation of ACT racers in the Northeast.

 Theriault has spent the last two years running in the Super Late Model division in the Southeast and Midwest. He took an opportunity with BKR (NASCAR star Brad Keslowski development program) in 2013, and saw tremendous success. In 2014, Theriault was contracted by JR Motorsports, headed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., to race in the second tier division of NASCAR, the Nationwide Series. He competed at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and most recently at the Kentucky Motor Speedway. He had outstanding results with 15th, 21st and 18th place finishes respectively.


ACT Fall Foliage 200

Polewarczyk Caps Off ACT Title with Fall Foliage Win

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH capped off his 2014 American Canadian Tour title with a win in the season finale Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, September 27. Polewarczyk used the high lane to get around Quebec’s Patrick Laperle on the final restart with just over 20 laps remaining in the event to take the lead and become the only repeat winner on the 2014 American Canadian Tour and claim his first career championship.

Polewarczyk took the green flag from the eighth starting position and quickly worked his way for the front as the 37 car field ran under green for the first 67 laps. Kyle Welch and Bobby Therrien both took turns leading until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the top spot on lap 25. That setup a battle between Helliwell and Polewarczyk for the next 95 laps.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

52ND THUNDER ROAD MILK BOWL FULL OF CEREMONY

The People’s United Bank Milk Bowl is full of ceremony, tradition, and exceptional stock car racing. The fall season in Vermont is the perfect backdrop for one of America’s greatest closing short track events of the race season.

When asked what makes the Milk Bowl so special, Tom Curley, long-time promoter at Thunder Road said, “First, the purse is over ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to win. Also, for most teams it is the last race of the season. For many, just getting qualified and racing in a Milk Bowl is the goal. It has been billed as ‘the toughest short track race in America’ and for race fans, that has been proven year in and year out.”

The Milk Bowl is run in three 50-lap segments, with 30 of the best Late Model teams in the region. Using one point for each position, in each segment, and then combining the scores for a winner with the lowest point total over the three segments, has been the tradition for 51 years.


52nd Milk Bowl on Speed51 TV

Purchase Milk Bowl Live Video Access Now on Speed51.com

As the leaves begin to change their colors and the crisp Autumn air fills the hills of New England, the anticipation of the 52nd Annual Milk Bowl at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road International Speedbowl is ramping up.

Adding to the excitement of one of the most historic short track events in New England is the recent announcement of this year's Milk Bowl event, which will be held on October 4 and 5, will air live on a pay-per-view basis via Speed51.com's 51 TV. 

Fans can now purchase access to the live video broadcasts of the all the Milk Bowl racing action on Speed51.com.  Milk Bowl race day on Sunday, October 5 can be viewed live for $19.99.  Fans can tune in to the exciting Milk Bowl Qualifying Day events on Saturday, October 4 for $9.99.  To watch both days' action from the "Nation's Site of Excitement," it's just $24.99.


6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Two-time ACT Champ Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wins Bond Invitational

Two-time American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the win in the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. The race was called complete on lap 44 due to darkness.

“Unbelievable!” said Helliwell in the post race press conference. “To be honest, I always have high hopes. We had a good car after practice. I’ve been under the weather the last couple weeks and it’s great to come back like this. Unbelievable!” he continued.

The 43 car field provided three and four wide action for the majority of the scheduled 50 lap event before being called on lap 44. Helliwell marched from his 16th starting position to take the lead on lap 16 from Turner, ME’s Glen Luce, who led the first 15 laps. Helliwell had to hold off Montreal, QC’s Patrick Laperle through the final four cautions of the event.


6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Stearns & Packard to Lead 6th Bond ACT Invitational to Green

For the second consecutive year, Auburn, Maine’s Travis Stearns will lead the 43-car Bond ACT Invitational field to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. East Montpelier, Vermont’s Emily Packard will start to his outside in the front row of the star-studded field. Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine and Brandon Atkins of Au Sable Forks, New York will all start in the top five.

The American Canadian Tour Late Models completed their morning practice session with only a few issues on Saturday. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont suffered a broken rocker arm in his motor and only completed four laps of practice. Guy Caron of Lempster, New Hampshire broke a transmission but still managed a top ten time in practice. Both teams have made the necessary repairs and will be ready for the green flag this afternoon.