Monday, September 10 2007 @ 02:14 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
The 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road will be pivotal in deciding the weekly division champions at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” on Sat./Sun., September 29/30. With Late Model “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke of Montpelier wrapping up his first career title on Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night last month, the stage is now set for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.
Nick Sweet leads the NAPA Sportsman points
Hometown driver Nick Sweet, 23, is on the brink of taking his first career Sportsman crown, leading 27 year-old Cambridge racer Craig Bushey by a nearly insurmountable 81 points entering the Chittenden Milk Bowl finale. Sweet opened the season with a convincing victory in May, and backed it up with a second score on Pepsi Fireworks Night in July. Despite failing to qualify for one event (only one driver – Joe Steffen – has made the starting field in all 16 races this year), Sweet’s 13 top-ten finishes in 15 starts have positioned him to place his name in the Thunder Road history books.
“We try not to think about the points until it’s all over, but it would be nice to have my name on that list of Tiger champions,” said Sweet. “Joey Laquerre won the title a long time ago, and he has taught me a lot about being a racer. Jimmy Young, Cooper MacRitchie, John Donahue, all the drivers that I grew up admiring… it would be an honor to see my name with theirs.”