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Sweet Equals Crouch with Record-Tying Fourth Vermont Milk Bowl Triumph

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT — Hometown Nick Sweet capped a heavenly weekend by winning his record-tying fourth Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, October 17. After setting a track record during Saturday qualifying, Sweet won the first 50-lap segment and fought the rest of the way to his 23rd career Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model victory and 12th ACT-sanctioned Late Model triumph.

Sweet, who only decided to enter the 59th Vermont Milk Bowl the Monday before the event, equaled the feat of New England Auto Racing Hall of Famer Robbie Crouch. To top things off, Sweet’s engine expired at the finish and had a puddle of oil underneath it following Victory Lane ceremonies — which included a very enthusiastic kiss of the Vermont dairy cow beauty queen.

From the get-go, Sweet had his work cut out against a stout field. Although Sweet went wire-to-wire in the first segment, he spent most of it with reigning track champion Jason Corliss all over him like a shadow. Corliss was able to get inside Sweet with 15 laps remaining, but Sweet used a lapped car as a pick to hold on. He then darted away in a six-lap sprint to the finish following Marcel J. Gravel’s spin.

The top Segment 1 finishers then had to come from the rear in Segment 2. Things opened up when Trampas Demers and Eric Chase got hooked battling for third just past the halfway point. As Matthew Smith ran away to win the segment, Sweet, Derek O’Donnell, and Joey Polewarczyk forged their way forward. Sweet took third for the segment in the tire tracks of Polewarczyk with O’Donnell right behind. That gave Sweet a four-point edge over O’Donnell and Corliss entering the final 50-lap segment while Polewarczyk sat fourth with 10 points.

The top-three spent the first half of the segment boxed in traffic with O’Donnell even pitting during a lap-16 caution to try and solve handling woes. That gave Polewarczyk a chance to make a move, and when Brendan Moodie looped it in turn four to bring out the caution with 23 laps to go, “Joey Pole” was up to fifth. Corliss sat eighth with Sweet ninth, setting up a showdown to the finish.

A lap after the restart, Sweet made what proved to be the winning move. Corliss tried to go around the outside of Eric Chase for seventh on the backstretch, but Sweet dove under both of them entering turn three, gaining two spots giving himself a cushion over the competition.

Polewarczyk tried to keep pace by going to the high line, but could not find the grip he needed, sliding back in the closing stages. Sweet settled into the fifth spot and seemed secure for the victory before his car started losing power on the final lap. Knowing how close he was to a Milk Bowl trophy, Sweet kept his foot in it, taking the checkered flag and then watching smoke billow from the engine after pulling into Victory Lane.

Sweet’s finishes of 1st, 3rd, and 5th gave him nine total points. It was the fourth straight year a single-digit score has won. Barre’s Corliss, who was also pursuing a fourth Milk Bowl victory, ended up second overall with a score of 15 (2, 6, 7). Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien won the final segment, which vaulted him all the way to third in the final rundown (5, 11, 1). Polewarczyk, O’Donnell, Tyler Cahoon, Christopher Pelkey, Kyle Pembroke, Demers, and Stephen Donahue completed the top-10.

Barre’s Cameron Ouellette was the overall winner of a wide-open Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl. Ouellette finish third in Saturday’s first 40-lap segment behind Sam Caron and Logan Powers, which put all three at the tail of the field to start Sunday’s stanza.

They, along with the rest of Saturday’s top 10, struggled mightily to break through the herd ahead. With only a single caution, which came on lap 16 for Kaiden Fisher’s turn-two spin, opportunities were few and far between. That gave no less than 15 drivers a legitimate chance at the overall win as the laps wound down.

Finally with about 10 laps to go, Jason Pelkey, Joel Hodgdon, and Ouellette were able to put a train together on the outside. They rolled up to the 10th, 11th, and 12th positions in Segment 2 by the time checkered flag flew. After stopping the field on the frontstretch to tally up the points, Ouellette was declared the Mini Milk Bowl winner with a score of 15 points. It was Ouellette’s second win of the year and seventh of his career.

Hodgdon’s 17 points (6, 11) gave him the second-place trophy while Pelkey (8, 10) won a tiebreaker with Caron for third. Kevin Boutin Jr., Powers, Justin Prescott, Robert Gordon, Bryan Wall Jr., and Matthew Potter completed the top-10. East Calais’s Tyler Austin went flag-to-flag for the second segment victory.

Williamstown’s Josh Lovely won the second segment and the overall of the RK Miles Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl. Lovely finished fourth in Saturday’s 25-lap segment and saw one of his rivals go by the wayside early on Sunday when Dean Switser Jr.’s car shut down. From there, Lovely waited out some first-half traffic before building some distance over Jeffrey Martin and Segment 1 winner Tommy “Thunder” Smith.

A spin by Smith on lap-18 moved Lovely closer to the victory. Then with three laps to go, Taylor Hoar and Gary Mullen made contact on the frontstretch while fighting for third. Hoar slid through the infield and was nailed by Smith when she came back on the track in turn one. Both drivers walked away from the hard impact.

That moved Lovely up to fourth for the three-lap dash to the checkered flag. Michael “Biffer” Gay got the jump off the outside over Will Hennequin as Lovely followed him to third. Then coming into turn three of the final time, Gay and Hennequin got together. That crossed up Biffer, and Lovely shot around both of them to win all the marbles with five total points.

Barre’s Martin (3, 8) took second with his teammate Kyler Davis (5, 10) in third. Gay managed to hang on for third in the second segment, which gave him fourth overall in a tiebreaker over Haidyn Pearce. Jesse Laquerre, Justin Blakely, James Dopp, Hennequin, and Smith rounded out the top-10.

Fairfax’s Alan Maynard returned to racing in style by winning the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior Mini Milk Bowl. Mayard, a multi-time Street Stock winner, followed Barre’s Taylor Sayers across the finish line for second in the first 25-lap segment. Fred Fleury and Bert Duffy weren’t far behind, and the foursome quickly worked their way forward in Segment 2, aided by a six-car pile-up two circuits into the race.

As Mark Beaulieu and Matt Ballard diced for the segment win, the quartet behind them went at it for the overall. Following a midrace restart, Maynard got around Sayers for fifth the hard way on the outside. When another caution flew with seven laps to go, Maynard cut under Fleury, and his resulting fourth-place segment finish gave him a winning score of six points.

Duffy and Sayers both had seven points, with Milton’s Duffy getting the second spot thanks to his better second-segment finish. Fleury, Ballard, Putney, Segment 2 winner Beaulieu, Bill O’Connor, Curtis Franks, and Ryan Sayers also got top-10 finishes.

The 2021 Thunder Road racing season is now complete. The track will host its second annual Automotive Flea Market and Swap Meet on Saturday, October 30 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. General admission is $5 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. Vendors and exhibitors can register by visiting www.thunderroadvt.com.

Thunder Road will release the 2022 racing schedule in late November or early December. The 2021 Thunder Road Banquet of Champions will be held in the spring of 2022 with a date and location to be announced.

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

THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL — Barre, VT

BOOTH BROS./H.P. HOOD QUALIFYING DAY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS

NORTHFIELD SAVINGS BANK VERMONT MILK BOWL

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3, Total

1. ( 1 ) Nick Sweet ( 88VT ) , Barre, VT , 1 , 3 , 5 , 9

2. ( 3 ) Jason Corliss ( 76VT ) , Barre, VT , 2 , 6 , 7 , 15

3. ( 6 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 5 , 11 , 1 , 17

4. ( 12 ) Joey Polewarcyk Jr. ( 97NH ) , Hudson, NH , 8 , 2 , 9 , 19

5. ( 4 ) Derek O’Donnell ( 60NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH , 4 , 4 , 12 , 20

6. ( 2 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 6 , 10 , 6 , 22

7. ( 7 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 7 , 7 , 13 , 27

8. ( 5 ) Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) , Montpelier, VT , 3 , 9 , 17 , 29

9. ( 8 ) Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) , Shelburne, VT , 12 , 16 , 2 , 30

10. ( 22 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 13 , 8 , 10 , 31

11. ( 17 ) Matthew Smith ( 04VT ) , Fairfax, VT , 23 , 1 , 8 , 32

12. ( 14 ) #Brandon Lanphear ( 16VT ) , Lake Elmore, VT , 9 , 13 , 11 , 33

13. ( 11 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 14 , 17 , 4 , 35

14. ( 13 ) Darrell Morin ( 17VT ) , Westford, VT , 16 , 5 , 14 , 35

15. ( 18 ) Chip Grenier ( 62VT ) , Orange, VT , 15 , 12 , 15 , 42

16. ( 19 ) Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT , 17 , 23 , 3 , 43

17. ( 10 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 10 , 14 , 21 , 45

18. ( 20 ) Eric Chase ( 40VT ) , Milton, VT , 20 , 15 , 16 , 51

19. ( 16 ) #Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 11 , 20 , 27 , 58

20. ( 27 ) Trevor Lyman ( 25VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 22 , 19 , 18 , 59

21. ( 23 ) Chris Roberts ( 3ME ) , Washington, VT , 19 , 21 , 19 , 59

22. ( 24 ) Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) , Barre, VT , 21 , 18 , 20 , 59

23. ( 9 ) Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 24 , 22 , 22 , 68

24. ( 25 ) Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Raymond, NH , 18 , 24 , 27 , 69

25. ( 28 ) Mike Foster ( 39VT ) , Williston, VT , 25 , 25 , 27 , 77

26. ( 15 ) Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) , Craftsbury Common, VT , 26 , 27 , 27 , 80

DNS ( 21 ) Scott Dragon ( 0VT ) , Milton, VT

DNS ( 26 ) Keegan Lamson ( 55ME ) , Berlin, VT

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT , 3 , 12 , 15

2. Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT , 6 , 11 , 17

3. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT , 8 , 10 , 18

4. Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Milton, VT , 1 , 17 , 18

5. Kevin Boutin Jr. ( 25NH ) Fairfax, VT , 16 , 5 , 21

6. Logan Powers ( 43VT ) Middlesex, VT , 2 , 19 , 21

7. #Justin Prescott ( 44VT ) Williston, VT , 19 , 3 , 22

8. Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT , 13 , 9 , 22

9. Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH , 21 , 2 , 23

10. Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) Marshfield, VT , 15 , 8 , 23

11. Ryan Boutin ( 28VT ) Fairfax, VT , 20 , 4 , 24

12. Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT , 18 , 6 , 24

13. Kaiden Fisher ( 18VT ) Shelburne, VT , 4 , 20 , 24

14. Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 10 , 16 , 26

15. Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) Hardwick, VT , 12 , 15 , 27

16. Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT , 9 , 18 , 27

17. #Tanner Woodard ( 68NH ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 5 , 22 , 27

18. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 14 , 14 , 28

19. Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT , 29 , 1 , 30

20. Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury, Common, VT , 7 , 23 , 30

21. Eric Johnson ( 20NC ) Randolph Ctr., VT , 25 , 7 , 32

22. Phil Potvin ( 08VT ) Underhill, VT , 22 , 13 , 35

23. #Chandler Potter ( 22NH ) Plainfield, VT , 17 , 21 , 38

24. Kevin Streeter ( 67VT ) Waitsfield, VT , 11 , 28 , 39

25. Michael Clark ( 2VT ) Littleton, NH , 24 , 25 , 49

26. Ty Delphia ( 25VA ) Duxbury, VT , 26 , 24 , 50

27. Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT , 23 , 29 , 52

28. Shawn Powell ( 44MA ) Jericho, VT , 27 , 26 , 53

29. Chris Laforest ( 56VT ) Barre, VT , 30 , 27 , 57

30. Hunter King ( 62VT ) Woodbury, VT , 28 , 31 , 59

RK MILES STREET STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT , 4 , 1 , 5

2. Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Barre, VT , 3 , 8 , 11

3. Kyler Davis ( 68 ) Berlin, VT , 5 , 10 , 15

4. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT , 13 , 3 , 16

5. #Haidyn Pearce ( 2 ) Chelsea, VT , 12 , 4 , 16

6. Jesse Laquerre ( 71 ) East Montpelier, VT , 11 , 6 , 17

7. Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT , 8 , 9 , 17

8. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT , 6 , 11 , 17

9. William Hennequin ( 47 ) Morrisville, VT , 16 , 2 , 18

10. Thomas Smith ( 22 ) Williamstown, VT , 1 , 18 , 19

11. Gary Mullen ( 29 ) Tunbridge, VT , 15 , 5 , 20

12. Luke Peters ( 26 ) Groton, VT , 7 , 13 , 20

13. Tom Campbell ( 85 ) Middlesex, VT , 14 , 7 , 21

14. Dean Switser Jr. ( 16 ) Waterford, VT , 2 , 21 , 23

15. #Taylor Hoar ( 48 ) South Hero, VT , 10 , 17 , 27

16. #Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT , 9 , 19 , 28

17. Paige Whittemore ( 73 ) Graniteville, VT , 18 , 12 , 30

18. Kyle Gravel ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT , 17 , 14 , 31

19. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT , 19 , 15 , 34

20. Cam Powers ( 30 ) Middlesex, VT , 20 , 16 , 36

21. Eric MacLaughlin ( 6 ) Milton, VT , 23 , 20 , 43

22. Parker Gagne ( 78 ) Georgia, VT , 21 , 23 , 44

DNS Juan Marshall ( 79 ) Pittsfield, VT

BURNET SCRAP METALS ROAD WARRIORS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Alan Maynard ( 48 ) Fairfax, VT , 2 , 4 , 6

2. Bert Duffy ( 74 ) Milton, VT , 4 , 3 , 7

3. Taylor Sayers ( 95 ) Barre, VT , 1 , 6 , 7

4. Fred Fleury ( 99 ) Graniteville, VT , 3 , 5 , 8

5. Matt Ballard ( 33 ) Williamstown, VT , 8 , 2 , 10

6. Frank Putney ( 88 ) Graniteville, VT , 5 , 7 , 12

7. Mark Beaulieu ( 1 ) Essex Jct., VT , 12 , 1 , 13

8. Bill O’Connor ( 96 ) South Washington, VT , 9 , 8 , 17

9. Curtis Franks ( 3 ) Topsham, VT , 14 , 9 , 23

10. Ryan Sayers ( 55 ) Barre Town, VT , 13 , 12 , 25

11. Rodney Campbell ( 10 ) Worcester, VT , 6 , 19 , 25

12. Nicholas Copping ( 50 ) Barre, VT , 10 , 17 , 27

13. Bobby Bell ( 30 ) St. Johnsbury, VT , 18 , 10 , 28

14. Lee Bell ( 17 ) Barre, VT , 17 , 11 , 28

15. Nate Brien ( 16 ) Williamstown, VT , 7 , 21 , 28

16. Trisha Copping ( 35 ) Barre, VT , 16 , 13 , 29

17. Jacob Hall-Larsen ( 12 ) Northfield, VT , 15 , 15 , 30

18. Jason P. Kirby ( 71 ) Milton, VT , 11 , 20 , 31

19. Robert Catchapaw ( 03 ) Waterbury, VT , 19 , 18 , 37

20. Joseph Pearce ( 06 ) , 23 , 16 , 39

21. Cale King ( R2R ) , 27 , 14 , 41

22. Neal Foster ( 19 ) Waterbury, VT , 20 , 27 , 47

23. Clay Badger ( 9 ) E. Montpelier, VT , 21 , 27 , 48

24. Karl Sheldon ( 93 ) St. Johnsbury, VT , 22 , 27 , 49

DNS Ryan Foster ( 8 ) Waterbury, VT

DNS Dan Garrett Jr. ( 54 ) Berlin, VT

Sweet Sets Track Record to Earn Vermont Milk Bowl Pole

Corliss & O’Donnell Win Qualifying Races to Set Up Sunday Showdown

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT — Barre’s Nick Sweet began his quest for a record-tying fourth Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl win by setting a track record at Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 16. Sweet blistered around the Thunder Road high banks in 12.107 seconds to earn the pole for the 59th running of the historic event.

As the lucky 13th Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model to go out for time trials, Sweet eclipsed the previous mark of 12.236 seconds set by Marcel J. Gravel in 2017. Sweet was one of three drivers to beat that time along with former Memorial Day Classic winner Tyler Cahoon of Danville (12.225 seconds) and fellow three-time Milk Bowl winner Jason Corliss of Barre (12.231 seconds).

With their efforts, Sweet and Cahoon locked themselves into front row starting spots for the first 50-lap segment of the Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 17 at 1:00pm. Sweet also pocketed a $1,000 bonus from Booth Brothers Dairy and H.P. Hood.

Corliss, who is running a tribute car to the Lloyd Hutchins/Henry Montandon flathead coupe of the 1960s, showed he will be a factor in Sunday’s Milk Bowl by winning the first 50-lap qualifier. Disaster struck on just the third lap of the race as Milton’s Scott Dragon blew a tire entering turn one. That sent Dragon into Barre’s Cody Blake, who was along for the ride as he pounded the outside wall. Berlin’s Keegan Lamson also got torn up in the crash.

Blake had already loaded his car and left prior to the end of the day with his return uncertain due to the severity of the damage. As of press time, both the Dragon and Lamson teams were attempting to make repairs for Segment 1.

Once the lengthy delay was over, Sweet darted out to a big lead. He gave up that lead on lap 27 when he pitted after fulfilling his requirements as polesitter. Corliss inherited the top spot and had a rear view mirror full of Montpelier’s Kyle Pembroke over the final 12 circuits, but was able to hold him off for the victory. That places Corliss in the third starting spot for Segment 1 on Sunday.

Pembroke finished second to claim the fifth starting spot in the first segment. Christopher Pelkey was third followed by Brendan Moodie, Marcel J. Gravel, Darrell Morin, Stephen Martin, and Matthew Smith. The remaining drivers, along with those who finished outside the top eight in the second qualifier, will start Segment 1 at the rear based on their time trial speeds.

North Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell put himself in a strong position to claim an elusive first Milk Bowl crown by winning the second 50-lap heat race. The three-time “King of the Road” started fourth and quickly followed teammate Bobby Therrien around the outside of Cahoon.

After sizing up Therrien for a few laps, O’Donnell darted past. A midrace caution when Stephen Donahue spun on the back stretch and collected Eric Chase was the only thing that could slow O’Donnell down. From there, he cruised to the victory and the fourth starting spot in the Milk Bowl.

Hinesburg’s Therrien took second, which will put him on O’Donnell’s rear bumper to start Sunday. Trampas Demers, Brooks Clark, Joey Polewarczyk, Brandon Lanphear, Cooper Bouchard, and Chip Grenier also took the front door into Sunday’s main event.

Milton’s Sam Caron went pole-to-pole in the first 40-lap segment of the $1,000-to-win Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl. Caron posted the fast time of 13.867 seconds in time trials, putting him on the point alongside Middlesex’s Logan Powers. The first half of the race was no contest with Caron, who won last year’s Mini Milk Bowl, leaving the field behind.

A pair of midrace cautions bunched things back up, and a four-car fiasco out of turn four with 30 laps complete set up a 10-lap shootout. Powers hung with Caron for several circuits on the restart but could not maintain it as Caron put him away for the victory.

Powers beat Barre’s Cameron Ouellette by a hair for second. Reigning RK Miles Street Stock Champion Kaiden “Tropical Storm” Fisher of Shelburne finished fourth in his first Flying Tiger start at Thunder Road. Tanner Woodard, Joel Hodgdon, Tiger Champion Mike Martin, Jason Pelkey, Derrick Calkins, and Jason Woodard completed the top-10. Segment 2 will be run on Sunday with the finish of Segment 1 inverted for the start.

Williamstown’s Tommy “Thunder” Smith echoed Caron’s feat by going wire-to-wire in Segment 1 of the $500-to-win RK Miles Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl. Smith set the fast time in qualifying and was never seriously challenged during the 25-lap segment. Behind him, West Burke’s Dean Switser Jr. had his hands full with Jeffrey Marin, which let Smith thunder off in a caution-free race. He will now start dead last in Segment 2 on Sunday.

Despite Martin throwing everything by the kitchen sink at him, Switser was able to bring his car home second.  Josh Lovely, Kyler Davis, James Dopp, Luke Peters, Justin Blakely, Tyler Whittemore, and Taylor Hoar rounded out the top-10.

Jefferson, NH’s Nick Pilotte came within a whisker of a perfect score in the Mini Milk Bowl for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s. Pilotte needed just five laps to come from the back to the front of the first 20-lap segment, winning it going away over Cody Hodge, Adam Sicard, and Tyler Thompson.

After a pair of cautions on the opening lap of Segment 2, the song was much the same, with Pilotte getting to Thompson’s tail for the lead on lap 7. The next 13 circuits were the race of the day with Pilotte trying in vain to get around Thompson on the outside. Pilotte got a great run on the final lap, but Thompson edged him by 0.004 second for the segment victory. Despite losing the battle, Pilotte won the war with three total points to take the overall.

Thompson got the second-place trophy with five total points. Orleans’ Cody Hodge used segment finishes of second and fourth to get the final podium spot. Todd Derrington and Donnie Baumgardner were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Waterford’s McKenna Merchant triumphed in the first-ever appearance at Thunder Road for the Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks. Merchant, who was a four-time winner at White Mountain Motorsports Park this year, sailed to the victory in the first 15-lap segment over Damion Sicard. In the second segment, Lincoln, NH’s Kyle Goodbout ran away from the pack while Merchant recovered from an opening-lap incident to make her way to third behind St. Johnsbury’s Logan Farnsworth.

Although Farnsworth was leaving the door open on the bottom, Merchant took the conservative route, maintaining her position and getting the overall victory with four points. Farnsworth’s second place in Segment 1 earned him the same spot in the overall. Goodbout ended up third in the final rundown.

The 59th Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl goes green Sunday, October 17 at 1:00pm. The post time for the first 50-lap segment has been moved up half an hour in case of any weather issues. Sunday’s card also features the final segment of the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger and RK Miles Street Stock Mini Milk Bowls plus a two-segment Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior Mini Milk Bowl. The pits open at 8:00am and the front gates open at 10:30am.

Sunday-only admission is $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. All Sunday and three-day tickets purchased for the original October 3 event date will be honored. Fans can also watch the Vermont Milk Bowl live on FloRacing with a paid subscription.

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

THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL — Barre, VT

BOOTH BROS./H.P. HOOD QUALIFYING DAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS

NORTHFIELD SAVINGS BANK VERMONT MILK BOWL

SEGMENT #1 STARTING LINE-UP

Pos. Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Nick Sweet ( 88VT ) , Barre, VT

2. Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT

3. Jason Corliss ( 76VT ) , Barre, VT

4. Derek O’Donnell ( 60NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH

5. Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) , Montpelier, VT

6. Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT

7. Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT

8. Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) , Shelburne, VT

9. Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) , Wolcott, VT

10. Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT

11. Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT

12. Joey Polewarcyk Jr. ( 97NH ) , Hudson, NH

13. Darrell Morin ( 17VT ) , Westford, VT

14. #Brandon Lanphear ( 16VT ) , Lake Elmore, VT

15. Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) , Craftsbury Common, VT

16. #Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) , Hinesburg, VT

17. Matthew Smith ( 04VT ) , Fairfax, VT

18. Chip Grenier ( 62VT ) , Orange, VT

19. Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT

20. Eric Chase ( 40VT ) , Milton, VT

21. Scott Dragon ( 0VT ) , Milton, VT

22. Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT

23. Chris Roberts ( 3ME ) , Washington, VT

24. Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) , Barre, VT

25. Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Raymond, NH

26. Keegan Lamson ( 55ME ) , Berlin, VT

27. Trevor Lyman ( 25VT ) , Hinesburg, VT

28. Mike Foster ( 39VT ) , Williston, VT

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS

MINI MILK BOWL SEGMENT #1

Pos. Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Milton, VT

2. Logan Powers ( 43VT ) Middlesex, VT

3. Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT

4. Kaiden Fisher ( 18VT ) Shelburne, VT

5. #Tanner Woodard ( 68NH ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

6. Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT

7. Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury, Common, VT

8. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT

9. Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT

10. Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

11. Kevin Streeter ( 67VT ) Waitsfield, VT

12. Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) Hardwick, VT

13. Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT

14. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

15. Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) Marshfield, VT

16. Kevin Boutin Jr. ( 25NH ) Fairfax, VT

17. #Chandler Potter ( 22NH ) Plainfield, VT

18. Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT

19. #Justin Prescott ( 44VT ) Williston, VT

20. Ryan Boutin ( 28VT ) Fairfax, VT

21. Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH

22. Phil Potvin ( 08VT ) Underhill, VT

23. Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT

24. Michael Clark ( 2VT ) Littleton, NH

25. Eric Johnson ( 20NC ) Randolph Ctr., VT

26. Brian Delphia ( 25VT ) Duxbury, VT

27. Shawn Powell ( 44MA ) Jericho, VT

28. Hunter King ( 62VT ) Woodbury, VT

29. Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT

30. Chris Laforest ( 56VT ) Barre, VT

RK MILES STREET STOCKS

MINI MILK BOWL SEGMENT #1

Pos. Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Thomas Smith ( 22 ) Williamstown, VT

2. Dean Switser Jr. ( 16 ) Waterford, VT

3. Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Barre, VT

4. Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT

5. Kyler Davis ( 68 ) Berlin, VT

6. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT

7. Luke Peters ( 26 ) Groton, VT

8. Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT

9. #Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT

10. #Taylor Hoar ( 48 ) South Hero, VT

11. Jesse Laquerre ( 71 ) East Montpelier, VT

12. #Haidyn Pearce ( 2 ) Chelsea, VT

13. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT

14. Tom Campbell ( 85 ) Middlesex, VT

15. Gary Mullen ( 29 ) Tunbridge, VT

16. William Hennequin ( 47 ) Morrisville, VT

17. Kyle Gravel ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT

18. Paige Whittemore ( 73 ) Graniteville, VT

19. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT

20. Cam Powers ( 30 ) Middlesex, VT

21. Parker Gagne ( 78 ) Georgia, VT

DNS Juan Marshall ( 79 ) Pittsfield, VT

WOODSVILLE GUARANTY SAVINGS BANK STRICTLY STOCK MINI’S

Pos. Driver, Car #, Hometown, Seg. 1, Seg. 2, Total

1. Nick Pillotte ( 52 ) Jefferson, NH , 1 , 2 , 3

2. Tyler Thompson ( 51 ) Littleton, NH , 4 , 1 , 5

3. Cody Hodge ( 72X ) Orleans, VT , 2 , 4 , 6

4. Todd Derrington ( 57 ) Bethlehem, NH , 6 , 3 , 9

5. #Donnie Baumgardner ( 4 ) N. Woodstock, NH , 5 , 5 , 10

6. Adam Sicard ( 16 ) Barton, VT , 3 , 8 , 11

7. Don Judd ( 87 ) Franklin, NH , 7 , 6 , 13

8. Jillian Baumgardner ( 14 ) N. Woodstock, NH , 8 , 7 , 15

9. Brett Jackson ( 31 ) Bethlehem, NH , 9 , 10 , 19

DADS 4 BY TOOL & SUPPLY KIDS TRUCKS

Pos. Driver, Car #, Hometown, Seg. 1, Seg. 2, Total

1. McKenna Merchant ( 99 ) Waterford, VT , 1 , 3 , 4

2. Logan Farnsworth ( 22 ) St. Johnsbury, VT , 3 , 2 , 5

3. Kyle Goodbout ( 90 ) Lincoln, NH , 5 , 1 , 6

4. Damion Sicard ( 23 ) Barton, VT , 2 , 5 , 7

5. Austin Sicard ( 01 ) Gilmanton, NH , 4 , 4 , 8

6. Owen Rogers ( 4 ) Glover, VT , 6 , 7 , 13

Drivers Still Eager for 59th Vermont Milk Bowl Despite Delay

Daniel Holben photo

Barre, VT — Thunder Road takes its second crack at the 59th Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl this Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Despite a two-week delay due to Mother Nature, drivers are still excited about tackling “The Toughest Short Track Race in North America” live on FloRacing.

The 59th edition of the Milk Bowl adds another chapter to one of the country’s most recognized stock car races. The unique format of three 50-lap segments, with full-field inversions between segments and the best combined finish winning, makes it a race unlike any other. That has drivers like Jason Corliss, Bobby Therrien, Joey Polewarczyk, Tyler Cahoon, Christopher Pelkey, and Brooks Clark ready to battle for a spot on the granite monument.

“The Milk Bowl, to me, is a very prestigious race,” Danville’s Cahoon said. It’s something that’s stood the test of time for what Thunder Road is. Since the Milk Bowl began (in 1962), there’s only one time the Milk Bowl hasn’t been run. The Milk Bowl been one of the biggest, most steadfast races for as long as Thunder Road has been Thunder Road. So it’s a huge race to be a part of.”

A big reason the Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl is looked upon so fondly by drivers is just how hard the event is to win. Only 37 drivers can call themselves Milk Bowl champions versus the 39 drivers who have held the mantle of “King/Queen of the Road”. The list of Milk Bowl winners includes names that hold a hallowed place in the racing community. Legends like Robbie Crouch, Jean-Paul Cabana, Dave Dion, Russ Ingerson, Randy LaJoie, and Butch Lindley are joined by modern heroes Jason Corliss, Nick Sweet, Patrick Laperle, and Brian Hoar.

At the same time, underdog stories can and have reigned at the Milk Bowl. Kevin Lepage scored his first ACT victory in the 1985 edition while Dan Beede and Danny Bridges showed the little guy can win on the right day. For some drivers, simply qualifying for a race like the Milk Bowl is the highlight of their season. Everyone will enter the race with their own goals, while also knowing one break can mean the world for a team’s chances at immortality.

“It really shows what type of team, what type of driver, and what type of racing you’re capable of,” Cahoon noted. “A three-segment, lowest-score-wins type of race is something that no one else around really has. You have to be on your A-game and you have to have a lot of luck to get through it. It’s not just you having a fast car and being able to drive up through every segment and win — it’s missing the crashes, it’s not running over something and puncturing a tire, it’s not spinning out while trying to avoid a wreck. You need to have a lot of luck with that, which is part of what makes it such a hard race to win.”

The challenge begins with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 16. Since 2001, the Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl has used the combination of time trials followed by 50-lap qualifying races to set the bulk of the starting field. The top two drivers from the time trials are locked into the front row of Segment 1. That means two fast laps to start the weekend can set a driver up for success.

Time trial speeds then set the line-ups for the qualifying races with the top eight finishers in each starting in positions 3-18. In some ways, the qualifying races act as a “fourth segment”, giving drivers who missed the mark during the time trial sprint a second chance in race trim. Four more Milk Bowl starting spots are then awarded based on time trial speeds with the final four spots coming from the Last Chance B-Feature. All of that is just the preamble to the three 50-lap segments which reward getting up on the wheel every single lap.

In addition to the Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl, six other divisions are running two-segment “Mini Milk Bowls” throughout the weekend. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and RK Miles Street Stocks are running group time trials and Segment 1 on Saturday with Segment 2 on Sunday. They are two of the highest-paying events for the classes with $1,000 to win for the Flying Tigers and $500 to win for the Street Stocks.

Saturday’s card includes two-segment Mini Milk Bowls for the Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Strictly Stock Mini’s and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks of White Mountain Motorsports Park. The Junior Champ Kart youth class runs their Saturday Mini Milk Bowls on the go-kart track following Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model final practice. Sunday brings the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors to town for a Mini Milk Bowl. Weekend camping for fans and teams makes it a true festival experience to cap Thunder Road’s 62nd season.

Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend gets back underway Saturday, October 16 at 1:00pm with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models will run time trials and 50-lap qualifying races to help set the Milk Bowl starting field. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and RK Miles Street Stocks are running group time trials and the first segment of their Mini Milk Bowls. Saturday’s card also includes Mini Milk Bowls for the Strictly Stock Mini’s and Dads 4 By Tool & Supply Kids Trucks of White Mountain Motorsports Park plus the Junior Champ Karts.

Sunday, October 17 is the 59th Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl. Action begins at 12:15pm with the Last Chance B-Feature. The first 50-lap segment goes green at 1:30pm. Sunday’s program also features the conclusion of the Flying Tiger and Street Stock Mini Milk Bowls plus a Mini Milk Bowl for the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors.

Sunday-only admission is $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Saturday-only admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Two-day adult Milk Bowl tickets are $30 with a ticket wristband from Milk Bowl Friday on October 1 and $40 without a wristband.  All three-day tickets and pit passes already purchased will be honored this weekend. Fans can also watch the Vermont Milk Bowl live on FloRacing with a paid subscription.

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