Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Chittenden to Present 44th Annual Vermont Milk Bowl

Victory Lane at the 2006 Milk Bowl - Chittenden will join the Thunder Road family this year

The 44th Annual Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road has new underwriting for its 2007 season-ending stock car event.  Chittenden, a major banking institution in Vermont for over 100 years, will support the state’s largest annual sports event that in 2006 was voted by American promoters as the top short track (under ½-mile) race in the nation.

“Supporting Vermont traditions is part of our world at Chittenden, and sponsoring the Milk Bowl seemed like a natural choice.  We look forward to celebrating the big event with our fellow Vermonters on race day,” said Chittenden President and CEO John W. Kelley.

Defending Chittenden Milk Bowl Champion Brent Dragon of Milton, VT noted, “Adding Chittenden to the race can only be a positive thing for all involved in racing.”

The Chittenden Milk Bowl’s format, with three 50-lap segments, complete field inversions for the second and third legs, and a scoring system based on best finishes in each round, is unique.  A perfect score of three points (three segment wins), has been achieved just three times since 1962.

Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” Awards Up for Grabs at Thunder Road

Phil Scott (right) picked up a $150 Lenny's "Hot Shoe Challenge" bonus for his Late Model win on VT ACE Hardware Dealers Night

The annual Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel “Hottest Shoe” Awards are on the line for stock car drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The drivers who tally the most feature event wins in the American-Canadian Tour Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions during the course of the 2007 season will each receive a year-end bonus at the annual ACT/Thunder Road Awards Banquet in January 2008.  Should two or more drivers tie for the top spot in any division, the prize money will be split evenly among them.

Braintree’s Kip Stockwell has picked up three ACT Late Model victories at Thunder Road in 2007, receiving a $150 Lenny’s “Hot Shoe Challenge” bonus for his first win of the season on Pepsi Fireworks Night on July 3.  Stockwell was awarded half money ($75) for the Lenny’s “Double Dip” bonus at his second win on Calkins/Pelletier Quick Lube Night August 2, and earned a division-leading third win on NAPA/Make-A-Wish Night one week later.  Northfield rookie Chip Grenier and Wolcott’s Marcel Gravel have each posted a pair of wins this season.  Should either of the two win the season-ending VT Milk Bowl on Sat./Sun., Sept. 29/30 and raise their season total to three victories, they will share a $500 bonus with Stockwell for the most wins in the division.  Otherwise, Stockwell will be the sole “Hottest Shoe” for 2007.

Donahue Scores First Win at Thunder Road’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 winner "Irish" John Donahue (Stephane Lazare photo)

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racer “Irish” John Donahue of Graniteville, VT scored an upset first career win in the $50,000 ACTion Super Series 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Donahue battled polesitter and race leader Scott Payea of Milton, VT for 94 laps before taking over for good and driving virtually uncontested to a victory worth more than $6,000.

“It seems like we couldn’t do anything wrong all day,” Donahue beamed in the winner’s circle.  “We finally got a Tour win, and we did it at Thunder Road.  Yes!”

On a day when his main sponsor, the National Guard, swore in a group of new soldiers in a pre-race ceremony led by Vermont Adjutant General Michael Dubie, Donahue controlled his Ford Fusion through lapped traffic with ease.  Despite three restarts bunching the field after he took the lead, no other driver was able to keep pace with Donahue.

Groveton, NH veteran Randy Potter made a late charge after pitting for fresh right side tires on lap 135, and passed perennial ACT Late Model Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT for second place with 14 laps remaining.  Cyr earned his ninth top-five finish in ten season starts with a third-place effort.  Brent Dragon, also from Milton, VT, finished a strong fourth on the outside lane.  Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe scored a career-best Thunder Road result in fifth place.