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Chittenden Milk Bowl Champion Brent Dragon Will Attempt to Defend Title

Brent Dragon (left) and family celebrate their 2006 Chittenden Milk Bowl victory.  Dragon's father, Beaver (right), won the race in 1978

Vermont stock car racer Brent Dragon will attempt to become only the third driver in 44 years to successfully defend his Chittenden Milk Bowl Championship at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sat./Sun., September 29/30.  The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) veteran is one of three Dragon family members to have won the nationally respected event.  He has joined his father Harmon “Beaver” Dragon (winner in 1978) and uncle Bob Dragon (1972).

“I was reading the names of the past champions, and I noticed that there’s only been a back-to-back Milk Bowl winner twice in history,” said the younger Dragon.  “It would really be something to be the next one to pull it off.”

Should he win consecutive Chittenden Milk Bowl titles, the Milton, VT native would be the first driver since Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar in 1998-99 to do so.  Dave Whitlock of Wyoming, Ontario was the first in 1994-95.  Dragon is particularly looking forward to the traditional pre-race ceremonies on Milk Bowl Sunday at Thunder Road.

“It’s going to be a real honor to stand in front of all those Thunder Road fans with my father and Bobby,” he said.  “I look up to every one of the past winners, but carrying our family’s tradition is very important to me.”


Chittenden Milk Bowl to Decide Thunder Road Divisional Champions

Nick Sweet leads the NAPA Sportsman points

The 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road will be pivotal in deciding the weekly division champions at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” on Sat./Sun., September 29/30.  With Late Model “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke of Montpelier wrapping up his first career title on Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night last month, the stage is now set for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.

Hometown driver Nick Sweet, 23, is on the brink of taking his first career Sportsman crown, leading 27 year-old Cambridge racer Craig Bushey by a nearly insurmountable 81 points entering the Chittenden Milk Bowl finale.  Sweet opened the season with a convincing victory in May, and backed it up with a second score on Pepsi Fireworks Night in July.  Despite failing to qualify for one event (only one driver – Joe Steffen – has made the starting field in all 16 races this year), Sweet’s 13 top-ten finishes in 15 starts have positioned him to place his name in the Thunder Road history books.

“We try not to think about the points until it’s all over, but it would be nice to have my name on that list of Tiger champions,” said Sweet.  “Joey Laquerre won the title a long time ago, and he has taught me a lot about being a racer.  Jimmy Young, Cooper MacRitchie, John Donahue, all the drivers that I grew up admiring… it would be an honor to see my name with theirs.”


Short Track Drivers to Battle for Greatest Prize at Chittenden Milk Bowl

2006 Chittenden Milk Bowl Champion Brent Dragon smooches Harvest Hills Ferry Queen

The best short track Late Model stock car drivers from the United States and Canada are preparing to do battle for the country’s greatest short track racing prize – victory in the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sat./Sun., September 29/30.  The Milk Bowl, with its unique three-segment, cumulatively scored format, was voted by American race promoters and National Speed Sport News as the “Outstanding Annual Short Track Event” last year.

“The highest praise any race track can receive is to be recognized by Chris Ecomomaki’s National Speed Sport News, and the Chittenden Milk Bowl winning the Outstanding Annual Short Track Event award ranks very high on the list of Thunder Road’s achievements,” said Thunder Road President Tom Curley.

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) drivers will converge on the high-banked ¼-mile oval at Thunder Road to attempt qualifying through Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials and “Triple 50” heat races on Sat., Sept. 29, and the last-chance “B” Feature on Sun., Sept. 30.  Qualified drivers will race the first of three 50-lap segments in the Chittenden Milk Bowl, with each driver earning one point to finish first, two points for second, etc.