Story By: THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL – BARRE, VT – Thunder Road has released the schedule of events for the 59th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend from Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3.
Ten divisions are in action at the track and live on FloRacing, which culminates with Sunday’s $10,000-to-win Northfield Savings Vermont Milk Bowl.
Some of the biggest names in Northeast Late Model racing have already filed their entries for “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”. Barre’s Jason Corliss, recently crowned Thunder Road track champion for the third time, will try to tie Robbie Crouch with a fourth Milk Bowl win.
Former Milk Bowl winners Bobby Therrien and John Donahue join Corliss on the early entry list. So do reigning American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion Jimmy Hebert, current ACT point leader D.J. Shaw, Labor Day Classic winner Brooks Clark, track record holder Marcel J. Gravel, Late Model Rookie of the Year Brandon Lanphear, and a host of other standouts.
The season-ending festival begins October 1 with Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Milk Bowl Friday. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models have an optional practice day from 12:30 to 3:10pm. Racing begins at 6:00pm featuring a 150-lap Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model National Championship event. They’re joined by a trio of 50-lap features for the PASS Modifieds, North East Mini Stock Tour, and Honey Badger Bar & Grill 8-Cylinder Street Stocks.
Saturday, October 2 at 1:00pm is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day. Time trials will set the front row for the Milk Bowl with a $1,000 bonus to the pole winner and $500 for the second-fastest time. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models then run 50-lap qualifying races to set positions 3-18 on the starting grid. Positions 19-22 going to the fastest time trial speeds not yet in the main event.
The Saturday program also includes group time trials and Segment 1 of the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger and RK Miles Street Stock “Mini Milk Bowls”. The Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl is two 40-lap segments with $1,000 to win. The Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl pays $500 to win for two 25-lap segments.
Rounding out Qualifying Day is a pair of youth racing divisions. The Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks of New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park are making their first visit to Thunder Road for a Mini Milk Bowl of two 15-lap segments. After Late Model final practice concludes at 5:30pm, the Junior Champ Karts will take to the backstretch go-kart track for their Mini Milk Bowls.
Sunday, October 3 is the three-segment Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl. The Last Chance “B-Feature” rolls onto the track at 12:15pm to set the final four spots in the 59th Milk Bowl starting field. Opening Ceremonies begin at 1:00pm with the first 50-lap segment going green at 1:30pm.
In between Milk Bowl segments are the final segments of the Flying Tiger and Street Stock Mini Milk Bowls along with a two-segment Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior Mini Milk Bowl paying double purse. The Dwarf Car Mini Milk Bowl that was originally planned will no longer be held.
A three-day general admission ticket to Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend is $50 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Friday-only tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, Saturday-only tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, and Sunday-only tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. Every lap of racing will also be live streamed on FloRacing for those with a paid subscription.
On-site camping is once again being offered for Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. The campground is open from 12:00pm on Thursday, September 30 until 12:00pm on Monday, October 4. Self-contained units only are permitted.