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Chittenden Bank and Thunder Road Present “Rookie Ride” at Milk Bowl

Chittenden Bank of Vermont and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl are offering young stock car racing fans the chance to be a part of the pre-race festivities at the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 28.  One lucky child age 6-12 will be selected from each of 15 participating Chittenden Bank locations to go on the “Rookie Ride” with drivers from the American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Model series on the Thunder Road highbanks at the Milk Bowl.

Each winner will take a lap of honor around Thunder Road with qualifiers for the Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl, including the winner of the $1,000 Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award.  Children ages 6-12 may enter as many times as desired for a chance to win at the following locations: Two Burlington Square in Burlington, North Avenue in Burlington, Shaw’s Supermarket in Colchester, Malletts Bay, Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, West Street in Rutland, Woodstock Avenue in Rutland, Shelburne Road in South Burlington, Five Corners in Essex Junction, Randolph, Newport, Tafts Corner in Williston, and Milton.  Each winner will also be given two Adult passes for Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, or any two adults of their choice.

Joey Pole Aiming at Third-Straight Milk Bowl Pole Award

Teenage stock car racing sensation Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. is aiming for his third consecutive Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, Sept. 27 to kick off the 45th Annual Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl weekend.  The Hudson, NH driver lived up to his nickname in each of the last two seasons during Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials, posting the fastest single-lap speed to earn the pole position starting spot for Segment 1 of the Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl.  His 2006 lap of 12.935 seconds around Thunder Road’s high-banked 1/4-mile oval stands as the Track Record for the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division.

“There are only two guys that have won three-straight poles at the Milk Bowl: Dave Dion, who’s from my hometown and was always a hero of mine, and Brian Hoar, who actually won four straight.  I’d love to join that list with them,” said Polewarczyk.  “I’d also love to join them as a Milk Bowl winner, but first things first.”

Polewarczyk took ACT Late Model Tour victories at Lee USA (NH) Speedway in April and Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in June, and made his NASCAR super-speedway debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH last weekend, finishing sixth.  He currently sits seventh in ACT championship standings.

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.