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Thunder Road Championships to be Decided at Milk Bowl

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.

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.