1: It’s the finish that every driver looks for when they roll out to race, however at the Milk Bowl it’s different.  You don’t have to win a segment to win the overall race. Nick Sweet in 2013 and Dave Pembroke in 2012 are two examples of drivers who won the overall race without winning a segment.

 

3: He’s been the King of the Road for the last three seasons and now Derrick O’Donnell is ready to win the Milk Bowl.   O’Donnell was second a year ago to unlikely winner Eddie MacDonald.

 

4: Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. has won the pole for the Milk Bowl on four occasions.  Unlike any other ACT Late Model event, the top-three spots are determined by time trials that take place on Saturday.  “Joey Pole” was the overall race winner in 2010. He has also finished in the top-five four times.

 

4: Robbie Crouch is the only four-time winner of the Milk Bowl.  He won the race in 1983, 1986, 1988 and 1990.

 

6: Brian Hoar is one of the most decorated drivers in Milk Bowl history.  He has won six poles, 10 segments and the overall race three time.  The Vermont native was back in victory lane last week at the Fall Foliage 200.  Look for Hoar to contend again.

 

12: Dave Dion holds the record with the most segment wins at the Milk Bowl with 12.  Dion won the pole and all three segments in 1975 in one of the most dominating races in Milk Bowl history.

 

12: Bobby Dragon holds the record for most top-five finishes in the Milk Bowl. He had 12 in his 20 starts.  In all of his years he only took the win once in the race back in 1972.  He also finished second in the race five times in the past.

 

14: Phil Scott is twice a winner in the Vermont Milk Bowl, but it’s not been since 2000.

 

17: Eddie MacDonald has done a lot in his ACT career, but never the Milk Bowl until 2014.  After a DNQ in 2013 he returned to win the race in only his second start.  MacDonald had a subpar track record at Thunder Road having never finished better than 10th prior to last year’s Milk Bowl.

 

26VT: John Donahue in the 26VT ride is one of the many former winners expected to be in the field.  Donahue won the race in 2009 and followed it up third-place runs in 2010 and 2014.

 

27: Wayne Helliwell, Jr. heads to Thunder Road with the ACT point lead looking to win the series title for the third time in his career.  The only problem is that it’s not a point race, only pride is on the line. Helliwell will start the Milk Bowl for the third time in his career.  He had a career-best fourth in 2012.

 

50: The race is three 50-lap segments for the Late Models and the driver with the lowest total finish will be the one who kisses the cow at the end of the day.

 

53: This is the 53rd running of the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl.

 

75: There have been 75 different winners in 155 segments of the Milk Bowl.

 

88: Nick Sweet drives the 88 ride and he’s already a former winner of the Milk Bowl.  He’s got a win and a second to go along with five top 10 finishes.

 

-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

By the Numbers: 53rd Milk Bowl at Vermont’s Thunder Road