Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The Green Mountain State of Vermont is among the minority in the Union to hold political elections every two years. The bi-annual balloting occurs in even years and will again take place this year, in 2006.

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, the high banked, quarter-mile paved stock car racing oval in Barre, VT annually hosts the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl stock car race. This year will be no different as the 43rd edition is slated for Sat, Sept 30 and Sun, Oct 1. Many of the regions top Late Model drivers will vie for the $10,000 winner’s purse. But that’s not the only title that’s on the line.

As it does in every political year, the Milk Bowl will have a special added attraction – a Cow Chip Throwing Contest, or as it’s also known locally, the Political Poop Pitch.

(PHOTO: Some of the 2004 Political Pitch participants included Gov. James Douglas, Rep Bernie Sanders and former winner, Jeb Spaulding, among others)


The Norwich University Color Guard & Drill Team along with The Catamount Piper have become a welcomed Tradition to the Milk Bowl.

Governor Douglas adds a special touch to the days activities!

ACT Late Model competitor David Pembroke grew up, like most Central Vermont residents, at Barre’s Thunder Road. His story is unique in that he would sit in the grandstands dreaming of becoming a Milk Bowl winner and in 2002, that dream became reality.

Pembroke began racing four wheelers in 1993 with his cousin Eric and in ‘95 the pair purchased a NAPA Tiger Sportsman car and shared the driving duties at Thunder Road. By the end of the season another car was purchased so both drivers could compete full time. David won the NAPA Tiger Sportsman title in ‘99 and made the decision to move to the Late Model class. He claimed the Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year honors proving that he was up to the challenges the division would provide.

“The ACT spec engine was crucial in my decision to move up. I couldn’t afford what a lot of teams were spending on engines at the time but the new motor really fit my budget.” Pembroke finished, “We were only one of three teams to run the motor in 2000 so we were essentially the guinea pigs. It worked out well because now all ACT teams have the package and a lot of tracks in the country are adopting this affordable option for racers making Late Model racing even more competitive.”