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PASS, NASCAR Champions Enter ACT Chittenden Milk Bowl

Mike Rowe's #24ME ACT Late Model

Stock car racing champions from the top short track series in America have entered this weekend’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl, a $10,000-to-win ACTion Super Series event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Sat./Sun, Sept. 29/30.  Leading the way are defending Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Champion Mike Rowe of Turner, ME and two-time NASCAR Busch East Series king Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH.  Each driver is also a former ACT Champion.

“It would be nice to finally win the Milk Bowl,” said Rowe, who earned his fifth victory of the season at Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway last weekend.  “It’s as tough a race as you’ll find anywhere.  I’ve won a couple of segments, but I was never able to contend for the win like I wanted to.”

The Chittenden Milk Bowl is a unique, three-segment event with cumulative scoring and full field inversions between segments.  The driver with the lowest three-round point total is declared the winner, earning the right to kiss a real Vermont beauty.  Last year’s trophy girl was a 1,600-lb Ayrshire dairy cow.  The closest Rowe has come to smooching the lovely lady was a fifth-place overall effort during his ACT Championship run in 1994.  His mount for the weekend is the #24 Lux Enterprises Chevrolet of Arundel, ME car owner Mike Lux.

Canadian Stars Laperle, Lynch Trek South to Chittenden Milk Bowl

Laperle returns to "The Nation's Site of Excitement" at this weekend's 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl

Top Canadian stock car racers Patrick Laperle and Derek Lynch will lead their American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model countryman racers south of the border to this weekend’s 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont (Sat./Sun., Sept. 29/30).  Each is riding a hot streak and looking to build on past successes at the event known as “The Toughest Short Track Race in North America.”

Laperle, of St-Denis, QC just outside Montréal, won the 2005 Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, and clinched the 2007 Série ACT Castrol championship with a runner-up finish at the St-Eustache 300 on Sunday.  Laperle owns victories at Autodrome St-Eustache in Montréal, Circuit Ste-Croix near Québec City, and in a $50,000 ACTion Super Series event at Ontario’s Kawartha Speedway two weekends ago.

Warkworth, ON driver Lynch finished fourth at Kawartha Speedway in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ season finale on Sunday to finish fifth in championship points.  Lynch earned his first series win at Cayuga Speedway near Hamilton, ON earlier this month, and posted a top-ten finish in a Série ACT Castrol start at Ottawa’s Capital City Speedway in June.  He finished fourth in back-to-back Chittenden Milk Bowl events in 1994-95.

Booth Bros./H.P. Hood to Present Qualifying Day at Chittenden Milk Bowl

Joey "Pole" lived up to his nickname in Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying in 2006

Booth Brothers Dairy, Vermont’s Freshest and Finest, and H.P. Hood will present the coveted Pole Award at the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl stock car race at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday, Sept. 29.  American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competitors from across the northeastern United States and Canada will attempt to break the Thunder Road single-lap time trial record of 12.935 seconds set last year by teenage sensation Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH.

“I’d love to beat my own record,” said the recent Alvirne (NH) High School graduate.  “We know what it takes to get the pole, but it all comes down to the weather in Vermont.  Thunder Road’s track surface changes so much depending on the weather; it plays a big part in the time trials.”

Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials will determine the top-three starters in the 2007 Chittenden Milk Bowl, with the balance of the 30-car field set by “Triple 50” qualifying races on Saturday afternoon and Sunday’s last-chance “B” Feature.

Polewarczyk smashed the previous one-lap time trial record held by perennial ACT Late Model Tour Champion and former Chittenden Milk Bowl winner Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT.  Cyr’s 2005 record of 13.067 seconds lasted just one season.  Polewarczyk went on to win the first 50-lap segment of the Chittenden Milk Bowl and post an overall finish of third place, a career-best effort at the time.  The youngster has four podium finishes in 2007, including a win at Seekonk (MA) Speedway in August.