Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 will see a familiar face return to the Barre high banks. Shelburne, Vt. native Kevin Lepage, a three-time Milk Bowl Champion, has officially entered the “Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America” and will look for victory number four in what is expected to be his final event behind the wheel.
Lepage competed on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Pro Stock Tour from 1980 through 1993, posting 11 career wins which included Milk Bowl victories in 1985, 1989, and 1993. He moved to North Carolina in 1994 to join what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series, eventually working his way up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Lepage is a two-time winner in the Xfinity Series and has more than 550 career starts in NASCAR’s three national series.
Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien and his FastOne Motorsports team celebrate winning the 2017 “King of the Road” title. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien became the first driver in Thunder Road’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions as he was crowned the 2017 “King of the Road” at Community College of Vermont Championship Night on Sunday, September 10. The new Thunder Road Late Model Champion previously won titles in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers in 2012 and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks in 2007.
Therrien entered the main event with a 28-point advantage over South Burlington’s Trampas Demers and started 15th on the grid for the 65-lap Late Model feature. As Barre’s Boomer Morris ran away at the front, Therrien steadily worked his way through the field and had found his way up to fifth when the race’s second and final caution came out on lap 36 for Kyle Pembroke’s stalled automobile.
Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard (#68) leads Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie (#94) by 24 points in the race for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger crown. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – The final point-counting event of the season at Barre’s Thunder Road is set for this Friday, September 8 at 7:00pm with Community College of Vermont (CCV) Championship Night. The Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will all crown their champions at the Friday night affair that was previously postponed due to weather.
As part of the CCV Championship Night special, all three divisions will run extra-distance features. The Late Models will cap the night with a 65-lap main event, while the Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will run 50 and 35 laps, respectively.
Former Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe (#48QC) is the first of nearly 30 drivers who have already filed entries for the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – St. Albert, Qué.’s Alex Labbé has filed the first official entry for the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. The 2014 Serié ACT Champion will look to become the first Canadian driver since 2008 to win the historic event.
Labbé is an 11-time Serié ACT winner and currently leads the NASCAR Pinty’s Series standings. He was the polesitter for the 2013 Vermont Milk Bowl and is aiming for his first victory in “The Toughest Short-Track Stock Car Race in North America”.
Barre’s Nick Sweet (foreground) was the winner of the 2016 Vermont Milk Bowl. The 55th edition of the legendary event is scheduled for Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is just around the corner at Barre’s Thunder Road. Track officials have announced plans for the latest running of the famed event at the Barre high banks on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, with five divisions of racing action that promise something for every racing fan in the Northeast.
The 55th Milk Bowl is the biggest event on the Thunder Road calendar with a storied history that dates back to 1962. It has been captured by the biggest names of Northeast U.S. and Canadian Late Model racing over the decades from four-time winner Robbie Crouch to three-time champion Nick Sweet. Many of today’s top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road Late Model drivers are expected at the 55th edition as well.
Barre’s Jason Corliess earned his third Thunder Road Late Model win of the season in dramatic fashion on Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Hometown driver Jason Corliss scored his third Thunder Road Late Model win of the season in dramatic fashion at Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 24. The number-thee point driver fended off fellow Barre competitor Cody Blake and South Burlington’s Trampas Demers in a three-car thriller to take his seventh career Late Model victory in the Thursday night finale.
Corliss appeared to have the race in hand after getting the jump on Milton’s Eric Chase following the second and final restart on lap-29 of the 50-lap event and pulling out to a big advantage. But Blake reeled him in after getting around Chase and began looking to Corliss’ outside in the closing laps.