Contributed by: ACT Staff
Three stock car racing divisional championships will be decided at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road with the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl on Sat./Sun., Sept. 27/28. Eric Williams of Hyde Park, VT was crowned the Late Model division’s 2008 “King of the Road” Track Champion in August, leaving the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior battles to go down the season’s final event.
Craig Bushey, 28, of Cambridge, leads the Sportsman class by a slim 32 points (933-901) over veteran driver Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier entering the Milk Bowl finale. Bushey’s Vermont Life Safety/Robinson Fuels Chervolet has been consistent, scoring a dozen top-10 finishes in 15 starts, including a Ferguson Waterworks Night victory in June. In a division where only two drivers have qualified for all 16 feature races to this point, Bushey says there are three parts to surviving the weekly battles and hopefully winning the season-long war.
“It starts with the luck of the draw and where you start in your qualifying heat,” Bushey said. “Then you’ve got to stay out of wrecks and keep your nose clean, and then you’ve got to know where your competition is and stay within reach of them. We’ve had a good year, hopefully we can it finish it that way.” Bushey also reported that he will be attempting double-duty, running a new Late Model car with the American-Canadian Tour in the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl.