BARRE — Thunder Road and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) have officially unveiled the schedule of events for 2019 Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. A full weekend of racing and off-track events is planned to cap the 60th season at Thunder Road. It all culminates on Sunday, Sept. 29, with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl.
Seven racing divisions will be in action during Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend with drivers from across the country expected to attend. While the three-segment Milk Bowl for the Maplewood/Irving Late Models is the main event, the weekend also includes a Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Model 150, five different “Mini Milk Bowls,” and a Friday night cornhole tournament.
Milk Bowl entries have come in from three-time Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle, two-time defending Milk Bowl winner Jason Corliss, two-time defending ACT champion Scott Payea and reigning “King of the Road” Scott Dragon.
“The Milk Bowl is Thunder Road’s biggest event, so it’s almost required that Milk Bowl Weekend be our biggest weekend,” Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud said. “We’ve already put a lot into this event to make sure it’s one our drivers, teams and fans will remember. There’s a lot happening, but we wouldn’t want to close out our 60th season any other way.”
The 57th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend gets underway with an optional Practice Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, PASS Super Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will have an afternoon to dial in their cars for the biggest Thunder Road event of the year.
After the practice day ends, the Junior Champ Karts are holding their season finale with a “Mini Milk Bowl” on the Kart track. At the same time, Thunder Road will host the inaugural Community College of Vermont Cornhole Tournament presented by 802 Cornhole. Bags will fly in the infield beginning at 6:15 p.m. in an event that benefits Race to Read. Those interested in entering the tournament can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. Late Model time trials and 50-lap qualifying races will set the first 22 spots in the 26-car starting field. The Flying Tigers and Street Stocks also have time trials along with Segment 1 of their Mini Milk Bowls. The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors have a two-segment Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday as well.
Saturday racing concludes with the PASS 150 where the best Super Late Model drivers in the Northeast try to match last year’s instant classic. After the event, there will be a 60th-season fireworks display by Northstar Fireworks followed by live music from local band Rumblecaddy.
Sunday’s action begins at 12:15 p.m. with the Late Model Last Chance “B” Feature to decide the final four Milk Bowl starters. This will be followed by the three-segment Milk Bowl, the final segments of the Flying Tiger and Street Stock Mini Milk Bowls, and a two-segment Mini Milk Bowl for the 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars of New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.
Adult admission for the Vermont Milk Bowl is $45 for a two-day Saturday/Sunday ticket, $30 for Sunday-only, and $20 for Saturday-only. Children 12 and under are admitted free both days. All Friday activities are free for spectators to attend.
Thunder Road and ACT are back in action this Saturday at 5 p.m. with the resumption of the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic. The ACT Late Model Tour will go 200 laps along with 50-lap features for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. The event will be followed by a post-race pit party featuring the 40th Army Band “Iron Sights.”
The pits open at 12 p.m. and the front gates open at 2:15 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. All ticket stubs and pit bracelets from the original Sept. 1 event will be honored.