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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.

Martin Wins Wild Warrior Feature at Thunder Road

More than 40 American-Canadian Tour Late Models take practice laps

Jeff Martin, Jr. of Moretown, VT won a wild two-segment race for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, as part of the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 program.  Martin won the first 10-lap segment, then finished second in the second segment for a total low score of three points.  Mike “Biffer” Gay of South Burlington, VT finished second overall with segment finishes of second and third for a total score of five points.  Graniteville, VT’s Travis Hull, the division’s unofficial point leader, took third place honors after finishes of fifth and first for a total score of six points.

Cabot, VT driver Ken Christman finished fourth overall (seven points) ahead of Williamstown, VT’s Lance Donald (13 points).  Kevin Dodge of Barre, VT, Neal Foster of Waterbury, VT, Graniteville, VT’s Mark LaFleche, Bryan Nykiel of Berlin, VT, and Michael Stearns of Johnson, VT completed the unofficial overall top ten in order.

Jamie Davis of Wolcott, VT walked away uninjured from a scary rollover in Turn 3 during the second 10-lap segment.