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Hoar to Return to Competition at Thunder Road Milk Bowl

American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car racing champion Brian Hoar will return to the driver’s seat at Thunder Road’s 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl on Sat./Sun., Sept. 27/28.  Hoar, 36, has been idle since the end of the 2007 season, a year in which the Williston, VT racer finished sixth in his first full season back on the ACT Late Model Tour following his fifth series championship in 2000.  He previously raced in the series now known as NASCAR Camping World East.

“I’m headed to a track in New Hampshire to test the car and knock the rust off the driver,” said Hoar.  “We’ll be in great shape on Milk Bowl weekend.  It’s been a long time since I’ve kissed a cow, and I’d love to do it again,” he said, referencing to the event’s long-standing tradition of the winning driver smooching a Vermont dairy cow in victory lane.  Hoar won the Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl in 1998 and 1999, one of only two drivers in history to win in successive years.  Burnett Scrap Metals and Goss Dodge will underwrite Hoar’s return.

The Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl is the ultimate sprint race: a three-segment, cumulatively scored event paying a total of more than $60,000, including $10,000 to the winner.  Points are awarded in each segment – 1 point to the winner, 2 points for second, etc. – with the finish of each 50-lap segment inverted to start the next, leaving, for example, the winner of Segment 1 to start last (28th) in Segment 2.  The driver with the lowest three-segment total is named the overall winner.  Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials and “Triple 50” qualifying races determine the starting order of Segment 1 on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Thunder Road Gearing up for 45th Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl

Stock car drivers from around New England and eastern Canada are preparing for the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl event at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on the weekend of Sept. 27/28.  The Milk Bowl is a three-segment, cumulatively scored event that awards $10,000 to the winner plus bonuses.  And in a tradition that dates back to the first running of the race in 1962, the winner gets to kiss a real Vermont beauty, but with a twist – the lovely gal is a 1,000-lb Ayrshire dairy cow.

Montréal driver Patrick Laperle has won two of the last three Chittenden Bank Milk Bowls.  “Her nose is usually a little wet, but I don’t mind kissing her if it means I’ve won the Milk Bowl,” said Laperle.  The 2008 Milk Bowl queen will be announced in the coming days.  Harvest Hills Farm’s “Dickens” was Laperle’s leading lady last year.

Ainsworth Rebounds With Bond Auto Win at Thunder Road

Greenslit, Vilbrin take first ’08 victories, Leighton wins ACT 200

Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex turned his Tiger Sportsman stock car racing season around with a 30-lap feature victory in the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic program at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday afternoon.  Ainsworth started tenth on the 28-car grid and methodically worked his way to the front.  He reached leader Chris Lacey, a rookie from Burlington, on lap 20, battled door-to-door with Lacey for three laps, then drove away for the win.

Lacey spun out of contention in Turn 1 on lap 25, allowing Middlesex rookie Josh Demers to slip by for second place.  Demers’ runner-up finish was his second of the weekend, as he equaled his result from the 30-lap event on Thursday night.  Hometown driver David Finck finished third for third time in six events.

Rick Garand of Middlesex and Hinesburg driver Tom Therrien finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Shawn Sicard, Craig Bushey, Eric Badore, rookie Mike Ziter, and Jimmy Hebert completed the unofficial top ten finishers in order.