Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Hull Wins Thunder Road Warrior Championship

“Joey Pole” take Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award for Milk Bowl

Stock car driver Travis Hull of Graniteville won the 2008 Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division track championship at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday afternoon.  Hull finished third in the division’s 15-lap Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl finale on Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day, enough to secure the season crown over Wolcott’s Jamie Davis by 28 points, 1416-1388.

Mike “Biffer” Gay of South Burlington grabbed his second feature win of the year after a last-lap pass of leader Jeff Martin, Jr.  Martin, of Moretown beat Hull to the finish line for second place.  Mark LaFleche of Graniteville finished fourth over Davis.  Josh Vilbrin, Del Jarvis, Fred Schroeder, Kevin Dodge, and Donny Yates completed the unofficial top ten finish in order.

Nineteen year-old American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model driver Joey “Pole” Polewraczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH earned the $1,000 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award for Sunday’s 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl with best single-lap time of 13.165 seconds around the Thunder Road 1/4-mile.  Polewarczyk will start Segment 1 of the Milk Bowl on the front row alongside Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton.  Craig Bushey of Cambridge, Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH, and Brian Hoar of Williston complete the top five starters for the Milk Bowl.

Mother Nature Canít Dampen Milk Bowl

The 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl stock car event will go on as scheduled at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sat./Sun., Sept. 27/28, despite a test from Mother Nature.  Recent weather forecasts have changed in favor of the event’s taking place, and have prompted race officials to continue with the program as planned.

“We feel like we’ll get a fair chance to race on Saturday, and Sunday should be even better,” said Thunder Road Manager Tom Curley.  “In fact, we’ve even got back-up from our friends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as they’ve kindly offered us the use of their jet-dryer in case we do get wet.”

The weekend begins with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:30pm, with Time Trials for the $1,000 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award and “Triple 50” qualifying races for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship Late Models, qualifying events for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions, and the championship season finale for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors.

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.