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Short Track Drivers to Battle for Greatest Prize at Chittenden Milk Bowl

2006 Chittenden Milk Bowl Champion Brent Dragon smooches Harvest Hills Ferry Queen

The best short track Late Model stock car drivers from the United States and Canada are preparing to do battle for the country’s greatest short track racing prize – victory in the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sat./Sun., September 29/30.  The Milk Bowl, with its unique three-segment, cumulatively scored format, was voted by American race promoters and National Speed Sport News as the “Outstanding Annual Short Track Event” last year.

“The highest praise any race track can receive is to be recognized by Chris Ecomomaki’s National Speed Sport News, and the Chittenden Milk Bowl winning the Outstanding Annual Short Track Event award ranks very high on the list of Thunder Road’s achievements,” said Thunder Road President Tom Curley.

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) drivers will converge on the high-banked ¼-mile oval at Thunder Road to attempt qualifying through Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Time Trials and “Triple 50” heat races on Sat., Sept. 29, and the last-chance “B” Feature on Sun., Sept. 30.  Qualified drivers will race the first of three 50-lap segments in the Chittenden Milk Bowl, with each driver earning one point to finish first, two points for second, etc.

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.