ACT Teams Ride High Into Milk Bowl
2010 "King of the Road" Nick Sweet Heads Home After NHMS Thriller
American Canadian Tour Late Model teams are riding high as they prepare for the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, October 2. The buzz still lingers following the third annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which is considered by many as the best event of the tripleheader this past Saturday, September 24.
No one created more buzz than the 2010 “King of the Road” Nick Sweet of Barre, VT. Sweet ran down eventual Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA for a thrilling 15 lap side-by-side battle. Sweet will carry his momentum into the Milk Bowl, looking for his third big Thunder Road win of the season. The Barre native has already won the season opening Merchants Bank 150 and the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200.
Other contenders include eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT who will attempt to earn his third career Milk Bowl win as he comes off a sixth place finish in the Invitational. The 2010 Milk Bowl Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH, followed Hoar to the line for seventh at NHMS and will be looking for his first ACT win since the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup in New Smyrna Beach, FL this past February.
Montpelier, VT’s Dave Pembroke earned his second Thunder Road Late Model title already this season. He will now attempt to claim his second career Milk Bowl win. Pembroke spent the majority of the season battling with three-time “King of the Road” Lt. Governor Phil Scott of Middlesex, VT. After finishing second to Pembroke in the final standings, Scott will look for redemption with a third Milk Bowl win.
John Donahue of Graniteville, VT finished third in the final Thunder Road standings with the most wins in 2011, including the Memorial Day Classic and the VT Governor’s Cup. Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC has already secured the 2011 Série ACT Castrol Championship and will be looking for his record tying fourth career Milk Bowl win.
The 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl is this Sunday, October 2 at 1:00pm. Saturday, October 1 will be the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying day with a post time of 1:30pm. The Late Models will be joined by the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors. The Tigers, Streets and Warriors will crown their 2011 champions in the Thunder Road season finale Milk Bowl. Admission is $25 for adults (two days) and $5 for kids (ages 6 to 12).
Nick Sweet hopes to carry the momentum he built up at NHMS into the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. (Leif Tillotson Photo)