Thunder Road SpeedBowl
PASS Champion Ben Rowe Files Milk Bowl Entry

Multi-time stock car champion Ben Rowe of Turner, ME will return to one of the few New England race tracks that he has yet to win at, Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, for the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl on Sat./Sun., Sept. 27/28.  The four-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) champion and two-time TD Banknorth Oxford 250 winner will attempt to score his first victory at Thunder Road in the biggest event on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model schedule, a race he finished as the runner-up in one year ago.

“I really was just getting to know how to race Thunder Road toward the end of last year by learning the line from guys like Brent Dragon and some of the locals,” explained Rowe.  “I feel like I’m doing a better job (than I used to), but my philosophy has always been that if I want to be a better driver, I’ve got to race against drivers that are better than I am.  At Thunder Road, there’s a lot of ‘em.”

The Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl is a three-segment, cumulatively scored event billed as the “toughest short track stock car race in North America.”  Each 50-lap segment awards one point the winner, two points to the runner-up, etc., with the finish of each segment inverted to begin the next, meaning the winner of Segment 1 starts last in Segment 2.  The driver with the lowest overall score at the end of three segments is declared the Milk Bowl winner, taking a $10,000 top prize and planting a kiss on a genuine Vermont beauty – an Ayrshire dairy cow.  Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials and “Triple 50” qualifying races on Saturday, along with a last-chance “B” Feature on Sunday, determine the Segment 1 starting grid.

Miss Kitty to Preside as Thunder Road’s Miss Milk Bowl 2008

Harvest Hills Miss Kitty, a lovely seven year-old registered Ayrshire dairy cow, has been named “Miss Milk Bowl 2008” and will hold court at the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl stock car race at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.  A beauty pageant was staged at Harvest Hills Farms in Berlin, VT, and according to Annie Burke of Harvest Hills, Miss Kitty won the title – her first – going away.

One lucky race driver will have the dubious honor of bussing bossy as the winner of the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl.  As has been tradition since the first Milk Bowl in 1962, the winner of the three-segment, cumulatively scored race paying a total of more than $60,000, will plant a kiss on the trophy queen immediately following the victory.

Governor James Douglas (R-Vt.) and Senator Phil Scott (R-Washington County), a two-time Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl winner, were on hand for Miss Kitty’s coronation on Thursday as Miss Milk Bowl 2008.

“She seems like a nice gal,” said Scott.  “I’d like to see her again in victory lane next week.”

“It’s important to point out that, like a gentleman, Senator Scott didn’t kiss her on the first date,” added Governor Douglas.

Chittenden Bank and Thunder Road Present “Rookie Ride” at Milk Bowl

Chittenden Bank of Vermont and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl are offering young stock car racing fans the chance to be a part of the pre-race festivities at the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 28.  One lucky child age 6-12 will be selected from each of 15 participating Chittenden Bank locations to go on the “Rookie Ride” with drivers from the American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Model series on the Thunder Road highbanks at the Milk Bowl.

Each winner will take a lap of honor around Thunder Road with qualifiers for the Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl, including the winner of the $1,000 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award.  Children ages 6-12 may enter as many times as desired for a chance to win at the following locations: Two Burlington Square in Burlington, North Avenue in Burlington, Shaw’s Supermarket in Colchester, Malletts Bay, Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, West Street in Rutland, Woodstock Avenue in Rutland, Shelburne Road in South Burlington, Five Corners in Essex Junction, Randolph, Newport, Tafts Corner in Williston, and Milton.  Each winner will also be given two Adult passes for Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, or any two adults of their choice.