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Barre, VT -- Thunder Road officials have announced that advance tickets are now on sale for the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend on Friday-Sunday, October 2-4. The event will feature three days of racing cap the 61st season of competition on the high banks.

Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm is Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday with a four-division card featuring the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models. The PASS 150 is joined by a trio of 50-lap features for the PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series, and North East Mini Stock Tour. The racing is preceded by a Friday afternoon open practice session for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models.

Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day. The Late Models will run time trials and 50-lap qualifying races to set the first 22 positions in the Milk Bowl field. The Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks also have time trials along with Segment 1 of "Mini Milk Bowls". The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will run both segments of their Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday. Following the action on the "big track", the Junior Champ Karts have Mini Milk Bowls beginning at 7:00pm.

Sunday, October 3 is the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl. The Last Chance "B-Feature" for the Late Models rolls off at 12:15pm. Opening ceremonies will follow with the first Milk Bowl segment going green at 1:30pm. The schedule also includes the final segment of the Flying Tiger and Street Stock Mini Milk Bowls along with a two-segment event for the 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars of New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Adult admission on Milk Bowl weekend 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. Advance tickets are available now at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl.

All three days of the Vermont Milk Bowl will be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) via pay-per-view. For the Sunday portion, the NSN broadcast will have five cameras and multi-angle instant replay presented by Wes Ward Auto Repair. The pay-per-view is $50 for a three-day pass, $40 for Saturday-Sunday and $25 for Friday-only. You can sign up for the pay-per-view at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

Camping for the Milk Bowl will be available from 12:00pm on Thursday, October 1 until 12:00pm on Monday, October 5. Site fees are $45 for the long weekend. More information is available at www.thunderroadvt.com.

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.

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58th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend
PRESENTED BY
Barre, VT's Jason Corliss (#66VT) is looking for a third Vermont Milk Bowl victory
after clinching his second straight Thunder Road track championship.
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Corliss, Therrien Both Ready for
Another Piece of Milk Bowl History

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Barre, VT -- When the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank goes green at Barre's Thunder Road on Sunday, October 4, two drivers will be on everyone's short list of contenders. Barre's Jason Corliss and Hinesburg's Bobby Therrien have combined to win the last three Milk Bowls, making them the early favorites as "The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America" draws closer on the calendar.

Both Corliss and Therrien have been drivers to watch every time they've showed up at Thunder Road over the past four seasons. Corliss has now won the last two "King of the Road" titles. Therrien captured the 2017 title and finished second to Corliss this year. The duo has six Thunder Road wins this year between them and split the track's two American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events.

Now the pair again set their sights on one of the country's most famous short track races. Both understand the importance of the Milk Bowl and the place it holds in Thunder Road annals.

"(The Milk Bowl) is such a prestigious race, and so much weight is put onto the race because it's so difficult," Corliss said. "It's so hard to win or even just have a good run. And there's been so much prestigious and nostalgia that's gone along with this particular race. There's just such a feeling going into the track on Milk Bowl Weekend. You get pumped up about it even if you've been in (Thunder Road) a thousand times before -- there's a certain energy the Milk Bowl brings that's just special."

It is no surprise these two stars have shone the brightest on one of New England racing's biggest stages. Therrien was unstoppable in 2019, winning the Vermont Milk Bowl from the pole. His final score of 8 points was almost twice as good as runner-up Brooks Clark.

Corliss won the previous two Milk Bowls in two of the biggest thrillers the event has ever since. He captured the 2017 event in a tiebreaker with Trampas Demers after passing him with less than 10 laps to go in the final segment. In 2018, Corliss waited until the last second, stealing the overall win from Therrien on the final corner as they scrambled around a slower car.

Both have their sights set on another piece of history in the 2020 edition. Corliss could become just the seventh driver to win at least three Milk Bowls. He would join Robbie Crouch, Brian Hoar, Russ Ingerson, Kevin Lepage, Patrick Laperle, and Nick Sweet. Only Ingerson, Laperle, and Sweet have pulled the 3-wins-in-4-years feat Corliss is aiming for.

Therrien, meanwhile, would be the seventh driver to go back-to-back in the Milk Bowl if he triumphs on October 4. If not for Corliss's late pass in 2018, Therrien could well be in position for the first Milk Bowl three-peat.

The quest for both drivers begins Saturday, October 3 with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day. A good performance in Saturday's time trials and 50-lap qualifying races puts a driver in excellent position on Sunday. Therrien is one of 12 drivers to win the Milk Bowl from the pole while Corliss started sixth and third, respectively, for his two wins. Conversely, a poor Saturday effort can affect the rest of the weekend, as Corliss experienced in 2019.

"There's no guaranteed success in this race, that's for sure," Corliss noted. "We came in last year, again on a championship, but quite admittedly I didn't qualify well...even though we run 200 laps' worth of racing between the 50-lap qualifier and the three 50-lap segments, those two laps (in time trials) do matter. We put ourselves in a hole to start the weekend and started too far back in our qualifier."

Corliss and Therrien will also have plenty of challengers in their bid to continue Milk Bowl dominance. Two-time "King of the Road" Scott Dragon, Midsummer Classic 250 winner Dillon Moltz, multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PAS) Champion Ben Rowe, and defending ACT Rookie of the Year Ryan Kuhn are just a few of the big names that have committed to the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. Most of the Thunder Road Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models are confirmed for attendance, and several other top regional Late Model drivers are rumored to be planning their trip to Barre.

Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend begins Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm with Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday. An afternoon open Late Model practice will be followed by a four-division card featuring the PASS Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series, and North East Mini Stock Tour.

Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day with the three-segment Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 4 at 12:15pm. The Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors, 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars, and Junior Champ Karts are also in action throughout the weekend.

Advance tickets for all three days of Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend are available now at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl. Adult admission is $20 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $30 for Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under are $5 on Friday/Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Visit www.thunderroadvt.com for camping information plus health and safety requirements for in-person attendance. All three days of the Vermont Milk Bowl will also be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network. Sign up now at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

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.

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Hinesburg, VT's Bobby Therrien aims for a second straight Vermont Milk Bowl triumph on Sunday, October 4. (Alan Ward photo)
58th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend
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East Bridgewater, MA's Ryan Kuhn is the top ACT Late Model Tour
regular on the early Milk Bowl entry list. (Daniel Holben photo)
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Barre, VT -- The 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is once again shaping up as the Northeast's premier Late Model showcase. Well-known regional racers and local heroes are eagerly throwing their names into the hat for "The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America" at Barre's Thunder Road on Sunday, October 4.

With nearly two weeks still to go before race day, the early entry list is already filling up with regional ACT-type Late Model racers and Thunder Road stars. Many more names will be added over the coming days for the 58th edition of the nationally-known event.

Most of this year's weekly Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model competitors have signed up to defend their turf. This includes Barre's Jason Corliss and Hinesburg's Bobby Therrien, who have combined to win the last three Vermont Milk Bowls. They finished 1-2 in the season-long Thunder Road standings this year, showing that each is still at the top of their game.

Entries are also in from two-time "King of the Road" Scott Dragon of Milton along with top-10 point finishers Brendan Moodie, Tyler Cahoon, Matt White, and Christopher Pelkey. Cahoon and Jim "Boomer" Morris are former Milk Bowl segment winners while Graniteville's Stephen Donahue has victories at both Thunder Road and White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Among the invaders, Fayston's Brooks Clark may be the best bet on the board. The unassuming veteran finished third and second in the last two Milk Bowls and won the 2019 Vermont Governor's Cup. Clark made several late-season starts at Thunder Road to fine-tune his steed for another charge at the sought-after kiss with a Vermont dairy cow.

Craftsbury Common's Joel Hodgdon is returning to his roots for Vermont Milk Bowl weekend. The former Thunder Road Flying Tiger champion is in the hunt for the Late Model title at New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park. He aims to bring the same speed to Barre.

As always, the Milk Bowl will be a regional affair. This year's Midsummer Classic 250 winner Dillon Moltz of New Sharon, ME was the first Milk Bowl entry. Multi-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Champion Ben Rowe of Turner, ME has entered the Milk Bowl for the first time in many years. East Bridgewater, MA's Ryan Kuhn is the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regular currently on the entry list. These drivers are trying to become the first non-Vermonter to win since Eddie MacDonald in 2014.

Also of note are two names returning from the sidelines for the Milk Bowl. Multi-time Thunder Road Late Model winner and Flying Tiger champion Shawn Fleury or Middlesex is climbing behind the wheel of a car recently purchased by his stepson Logan Powers. Meanwhile, Danville's Stephen Hodgdon will take the weekend off from his job as track tech inspector to barrel around the high banks himself.

The 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is part of a three-day festival to cap Thunder Road's 61st season. Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday kicks off the weekend October 2 at 6:00pm with the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series, and North East Mini Stock Tour. Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day with the three-segment Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 4 at 12:15pm. A total of 10 divisions will compete throughout the weekend from the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models to the Junior Champ Karts.


Adult admission on Milk Bowl weekend 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. Advance tickets are available now at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl.

All three days of the Vermont Milk Bowl will be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) via pay-per-view. For the Sunday portion, the NSN broadcast will have five cameras and multi-angle instant replay presented by Wes Ward Auto Repair. The pay-per-view is $50 for a three-day pass, $40 for Saturday-Sunday and $25 for Friday-only. You can sign up for the pay-per-view at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

Camping for the Milk Bowl will be available from 12:00pm on Thursday, October 1 until 12:00pm on Monday, October 5. Site fees are $45 for the long weekend. More information is available at www.thunderroadvt.com.

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.

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Two-time Vermont Milk Bowl winner and reigning Thunder Road track
champion Jason Corliss (#66VT) is gunning for a third crown to cap
another dominant season. (Alan Ward photo)

 

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