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Midsummer Classic Winner Moltz Ready for First Shot at Milk Bowl

Barre, VT — The winner of the richest point-counting race on the 2020 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) schedule is now aiming for an even bigger score. New Sharon, ME’s Dillon Moltz is the first official entry for the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 4. The multi-time ACT winner will take his first shot at “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”.

Moltz returned to ACT competition in 2020 following a two-year absence and has made a big mark in a limited schedule. The Connecticut native took home a $10,000 check for his triumph in the Midsummer Classic 250 at New Hampshire White Mountain Motorsports Park. He also led a large chunk of the Full Throttle 75 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before a late spin.

Now the veteran and his RB Performance/Brackett Mechanical team turn their attention the Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. Moltz has a 3rd-place and two 7th-place efforts in three starts at Thunder Road, showing he can get around the high banks.

He’ll chase another $10,000 minimum top prize in an event that dates back to 1962. The early entry list also includes two-time Milk Bowl champion Jason Corliss, last year’s runner-up Brooks Clark, and multi-time Thunder Road Late Model winner Shawn Fleury, with more challengers sure to arise in the coming days.

“We figured out at the beginning of the year that we were going to focus on the bigger races,” Moltz said. “We’ve always run really well (at Thunder Road). We were the Labor Day 200 there a couple years ago before we had a tire issue, and we’ve had a podium finish. I think we’ve always been a contender and had a good car there. We’ve got some ideas that will hopefully transfer over and make us even better.”

The Milk Bowl format is one thing Moltz must master. Instead of a straight 150-lap race, the Milk Bowl is run in three 50-lap segments. The finish of each segment is inverted for the start of the next segment. The driver with the lowest three combined finishes is the overall winner.

Some drivers can be thrown off by the all-out style of the Milk Bowl. Moltz, however, sees it as an opportunity. He noted the breaks between segments allow time to make major changes and get back in contention even if the day starts slow.

“I look at it as being a little more forgiving,” Moltz remarked. “You might be able to make some changes that can help you progress through each segment, as opposed to when you just have straight-up races. You can have a pit stop in those events, but usually there’s not enough time to make significant changes. Hopefully that can play into our hands if the track changes or conditions change.”

Before making the car better during the event, though, Moltz must get into the field. Saturday, October 3 is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day where time trials and 50-lap qualifying races set most of the starting grid. A B-Feature on Sunday fills the last few spots.

Like every other entrant, Moltz must find the balance between a car that can earn a good starting spot and one that can contend for the overall win. Failing to give either its proper due would put a quick end to Milk Bowl dreams.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Moltz said. “You have to look at Saturday in and of itself and make sure you’re 100 percent prepared for that. But you can’t forget about Sunday, either. You can’t just have raw speed that only lasts 5 or 10 laps — then you’re hurting come Sunday when you have to make 150 laps. You have to put a good amount of emphasis on Saturday, and then you have to make sure you’re doing the same for your long run speed on Sunday so the car stays under you for the whole race.”

Should Moltz find the winning combination, he would join a list of legendary Milk Bowl winners that includes the late Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford, Robbie Crouch, Dave Dion, Kevin Lepage, and Nick Sweet. Pole awards and lap money could swell the payout well above the $10,000 minimum. The winner’s name is also carved into a granite monument for all eternity.

“That would just be the icing on the cake,” Moltz concluded. “I’ve always loved running Thunder Road. I think it’s a beautiful race track, and there’s a lot of prestige that goes along with winning there. It would be awesome to get my name etched in the granite up there. That would mean a lot to me and our team.”

Advance tickets for all three days of Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend are available now at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl. The weekend includes Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday on October 2 featuring the Pro All Stars Series, Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 3, and the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday October 4.

Adult admission is $20 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $30 for Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under will be $5 on Friday/Saturday and $10 on Sunday. All three days of the Vermont Milk Bowl will also be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network. Sign up now atwww.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

Thunder Road wraps up the weekly racing season this Friday, September 18 at 6:30pm with Barre Granite Association Championship Night on. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models crown the “King of the Road” in a 61-lap feature to celebrate the track’s 61st season. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers decide both the season-long and Myers Container Service Triple Crown champions in a 100-lap, $1,000-to-win showdown. The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors also have extra-distance events.

Admission is $15 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and under. Advance tickets are on sale until 10:00am Friday at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl. Please visit www.thunderroadvt.com for the track’s face mask policies plus other health and safety guidelines. Fans can watch from home for $15 on the Northeast Sports Network at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing along with most smart TV platforms.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit www.NSNsports.net or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.

FRIESEN, SHEPPARD AND MANY TOP TALENTS HEAD TO GRANDVIEW FOR RICH 50TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76

IT IS ANYONE’S GUESS AS TO WHO WINS THE 50TH ANNUAL FREEDOM 76 MODIFIED CLASSIC BUT WITH $35,550 WAITING FOR THE WINNER THE COMPETITION WILL BE HUGE!!!

BECHTELSVILLE, PA September 16, 2020 . . . Eddie Mumford won the first Freedom 76 Modified Classic back in 1971 and Mike Gular won the last one in 2019. It is anyone’s guess as to who will walk off with the trophy and the $35,550 pot of gold as winner of the 50th Annual Freedom 76 taking place at Grandview Speedway on Saturday, September 19th.

Quite an impressive list of racing talents are expected including two of the winningest Modified talents in the sport, Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard. Friesen, a Freedom 76 winner in 2014, also spends his time racing on the NASCAR Truck Series circuit and will be coming from the Thursday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rising star Billy Pauch, Jr. (his father a six time winner) is entered as is Bobby Varin, Mike Maresca, Ryan Godown and a host of other visitors.

Track champion Craig Von Dohren will be seeking his sixth win, his first one coming in 1985. Jeff Strunk is a seven time winner while Duane Howard has five wins. Ray Swinehart, another past winner, will be looking for another victory as will Meme DeSantis, a three time winner.

A long list of Grandview regulars and visitors will be filling the pits as they try for a qualifying spot in the Classic, 76 laps around the one-third-mile, banked clay track.

The weekend kicks off with the action packed Freedom 38 for Sportsman stock cars paying the winner of the 38-lapper $3,550. This race is also expected to attract many visitors to test their skills.

Also on Friday night, action starting at 7:30 p.m., the Modified racers planning to participate in the Freedom 76 will be given practice time during the evening’s events.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and main grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Adult admission is $15 with youngsters 6 through 11 paying $5 and kids under 6 admitted free. Pit admission for Friday is $35 and there is no license required.

Tickets for the Freedom 76 will sell for $40. Youngsters, 6 through 11, on Saturday will pay $10 while kids under 6 are admitted free. Pit admission will be $45 with no license required. There are no advance tickets being offered.

Saturday will see pit gates open at 9 a.m. Ticket windows open at 3:00 p.m. Fans will be able to enter the speedway at the first turn and fourth turn spectator gates to reserve seats with blankets between 9am and 12noon.

 On track action will get started at 7 p.m. as top Modified racing talents participate in qualifying events, the $1,000 to win Kirsten Snyder Web Design & Photography Cash Dash, the Schaffer Racing Minuteman 20 and top it all off with the 50th edition of the Freedom 76, “The Granddaddy of Modified Stock Car Classics”.

A large amount of lap money will be divided amongst lap leaders during the big race and the racer gaining the most positions during the 76 laps will receive $500 from Bobby Gunther Walsh and his sponsors as the Hard Charger.

Competition Carburetion Fast Lap of $50 will be awarded Friday, Sept. 18 for the Freedom 38 and for the Saturday September 19th Freedom 76.

All winners are entered into a random drawing at the end of the season for a Grand Prize of $500.00

Freedom Fest will take place from 10 AM to 12 NOON on Saturday in the first turn pavilion area and will feature music by Maddie Pearl. Race cars driven by Ryan Grim, Colt Harris and Dylan Swinehart will be on display.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear will present a jacket to the winner of the Freedom 76.

Check the website for information on camping regulations.

Information can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.

TAKE TWO: RESCHEDULED MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY

FONDA, NY – Take two!

The final curtain will come down on the 2020 season at Fonda Speedway Sunday, Sept. 20, putting a period on a shortened campaign at the Track of Champions. The event had been scheduled for the 13th but afternoon showers forced the postponement of the event by seven days.

After finishing up the point season on Aug. 15, one final event takes place next Sunday: the Montgomery County Open which will be broadcast live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv).

Due to continuously extended New York State regulations, the grandstands will remain closed for this event.

Sunoco Modifieds will headline the ‘Montgomery County Open’ utilizing sail panels for this event, which offers an increased $3,500 to the winner for 30 laps. Rules have been relaxed for this non-point show, which will feature a draw for heat-race starting positions and redraw of top qualifiers for the main event.

This will be only the third time since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the promotion of Fonda Speedway that sail panels are permitted on Modifieds.

Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman are set for a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap event, joined by the Algonkin Motel Pro Stocks racing 20 laps and earning a cool grand for their efforts.

Roberts Towing & Recovery Street Stocks battle in an event offering $500 to the winner and a rules package allowing cars legal to compete at neighboring Lebanon Valley, Albany-Saratoga and Glen Ridge to join the Fonda regulars.

Four Cylinder Cruisers – declaring Single- and Dual-Cam winners – complete the Sunday showdown.

All event rules have been posted on the Fonda Speedway website at the following link: http://www.thefondaspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/MontgomeryCountyOpenInfoSheet.pdf

Gates open at 3 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 5:15 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

Pit admission is $35 for Fonda Non-Members and $30 for Fonda Members.

A rain date of Sunday, Sept. 20 has been established for this event.

Since 1953, the ‘Track of Champions’ Fonda Speedway has hosted the best in stock car racing. Under the management of BD Motorsports Media LLC, the speedway will operate weekly on Saturday nights from April through August plus several special events. Fonda Speedway is located on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds off New York State Thruway Exit No. 28 at 21 S. Bridge Street Fonda, NY 12068.

Fonda Speedway is on the web at www.thefondaspeedway.com. To learn more, call the office at 518.915.4395, like Fonda Speedway on Facebook www.facebook.com/thefondaspeedwy or follow on Twitter: @thefondaspdwy.