Contributed by: ACT Staff
NINE (9) MILK BOWL CHAMPIONS TO COMPETE IN 51ST EDITION
The Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6, 2013 will welcome back nine (9) former champions of the prestigious event, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in North America’. Between the nine former champions who will compete in the 51st running of the Milk Bowl is a group of champions who have earned the right to lift the legendary milk can 15 times.
Eight (8) time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and four (4) time ACT Champion Patrick Laperle (three Série ACT and one US title) each have won the race three (3) times and will be looking to tie Robbie Crouch’s record of four (4) Milk Bowl victories. “It really is unique in racing. First, it’s not 150 or 200 laps of straight racing. Next, it is Thunder Road, which is a challenge in any race, and finally, there are going to be 20-plus ‘regular weekly’ Thunder Road teams who race 50-lap segments every Thursday night. All these factors make it a very tough race. I love it. It is old-fashioned, get-up-on-the-wheel, hold-your-breath and hang on,” said Hoar.
When Laperle was asked why he put the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl on his reduced schedule this year, Laperle answered, “Well, to be sure, I want to try out the new American Racer tires; also, my fans and team really enjoy camping at Thunder Road. The Milk Bowl is very, very tough to win. It takes a lot of luck, but the best part is it pays $10,000!”
Vermont favorites Phil Scott and David Pembroke are two long-time regular Thunder Road racers who will be there. Scott has won three Thunder Road championships and Pembroke has two “King of the Road” titles. They both have two Milk Bowl championships to their credit. Jean-Paul Cyr is another favorite with both a Thunder Road track title and a Milk Bowl win.
Tour regulars Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH and Brent Dragon from Milton, VT will each look for a second win. John Donahue from Graniteville, VT and three-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud have each won the honor to kiss the cow in the Milk Bowl victory lane.Post time is 1:00 Saturday for Booth Bros./Hood Qualifying with time trials, followed by triple 50-lap qualifying races. Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions will also have mini Milk Bowl qualifying and first segments on Saturday. Sunday the action begins at 1:00pm. Tickets can be purchased for just $30 for two days and General Admission is just $25 for an adult ticket on Sunday. Kids 12 and under are free.