Contributed by: ACT Staff
Tigers and Streets Set to Close Championships
Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock seasons have reached the final hour, as both divisions will close out championship point battles this weekend, September 29 and 30, at the 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. The race, which offers extra purse and segment style racing, will be the last point-counting event for both divisions.
Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie, Jr. currently holds a nine-point advantage over a hard-charging Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg coming into the final event. Both drivers are looking for their first-ever Tiger Championship. Two-time Tiger Champion Shawn Fleury sits in third place just 12-points back, with Milton’s Eric Badore and Williamstown driver Mike Ziter completing the top five championship contenders.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen have endured one of the closest championship point battles in recent history, one where seven of the current top ten have led the standings at some point during the year. Many drivers have seen a glimpse of the championship. One will walk away with it this coming weekend.
“The time leading up to this race has been a mental game. I try not to let it bother me. It’s good to be nine points up, but I’d rather it be thirty,” said point-leader Moodie. “I’m just trying not to worry about anyone, I don’t want to beat myself. I haven’t been able to eat or sleep for three weeks I’ve been so nerved up, but now that it’s close I think I’m more excited than nervous.”
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks have seen the rise of 2011 runner-up Nick Pilotte, who has dominated on his way to his first Street Stock Championship at Thunder Road. Rookie sensation Dean Switser, Jr. has been his toughest competition, currently riding second in his first-ever full season at ‘The Road’. Switser will have to hold off all time win list leader Tommy “Thunder”, who is poised for a career-best points finish in third, while Hardwick’s Bunker Hodgdon and Barre’s own Cameron Ouellette try to spoil from fourth and fifth respectively.
The 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl kicks off this Saturday, September 29th with time trial qualifying and the first segment of feature events for Tigers and Street Stocks, and will crown a champion on Sunday, September 30th. Post time for both days is 1pm.