Race fans and race teams can find pertinent information about this weekend’s 56th Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl (VT) in 51’s Fast Facts below. 


Date: September 28-30


Track: Thunder Road International Speedbowl (1/4-mile, high-banked oval)


Location: 80 Fisher Rd. Barre, VT 05641


Sanction: American-Canadian Tour


Distance: 150 laps (three 50-lap segments)


General Admission Tickets: 

Friday – Adults $20, Kids 12 and Under Free

Saturday – Adults $10, Kids 12 and Under Free

Sunday – Adults $30, Kids 12 and Under Free

Two-Day Pass (Saturday & Sunday) – Adults $30


Pit Passes: 

Friday – ACT/TR License $30, Non-Licensed $40

Saturday/Sunday (2-day) – ACT/TR License $40, Non-Licensed $50

Friday/Saturday/Sunday (3-day) – ACT/TR License $65, Non-Licensed $85

Sunday – ACT/TR License $40, Non-Licensed $50


Speed51.com’s Coverage: Speed51.com will offer live pay-per-view coverage of all three days of action from Thunder Road. A discounted three-day video ticket can be purchased now for $49.99. Individual video tickets are also available for each day.


Website: www.thunderroadvt.com


Track Phone Number: (802)-244-6963


Notes: The Milk Bowl is scored as a three-segment race with drivers tallying points in each segment.  Following the first and second segments, the field will be fully inverted.  The driver with the lowest points total at the end of the three segments will be crowned the winner of the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl.  The winner of the race will lay a kiss on a Vermont dairy cow in victory lane.


All teams attempting to qualify for the Milk Bowl will be allowed six race tires on Saturday, September 29. The 26 teams that qualify for the Milk Bowl will be allowed another two tires for the main event on Sunday, September 30.


This year’s Milk Bowl will be the first three-day weekend in event history.  The PASS North Super Late Models will take center stage for a 150-lap race Friday night.


Jason Corliss enters the race as the defending Milk Bowl winner and the winner of the recent Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road.  Patrick Laperle and Nick Sweet will both enter this weekend’s race as three-time Milk Bowl winners.  Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. is the only other former race winner currently entered; however, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Vermont Governor Phil Scott and/or 2009 Milk Bowl winner John Donahue at the track this weekend.  The most shocking name on the entry list is former ARCA champion Mason Mitchell, who hails from the state of Iowa. Mitchell, who has never competed in an ACT-type Late Model, will be behind the wheel of a car prepared by Quinny Welch. Scott Dragon enters this weekend’s race as the 2018 “King of the Road” and will be searching for his first Milk Bowl triumph. Marcel Gravel enters this year’s Milk Bowl after winning the pole and breaking a 22-year track record during qualifying last year.


Purse:  $10,000 to win


Milk Bowl Entry List: 

(The below entries are official entries received by race officials. Additional entries are expected for the race.)

1VT Evan Hallstrom
2VT Stephen Donahue
5VT Bobby Therrien
9QC Mathiew Kingsbury
11NY Josh Masterson
11VT Terry Reil
13VT Boomer Morris
16VT Scott Dragon
17VT Darrell Morin
27VT Kyle Pembroke
37VT Scott Payea
38VT Tyler Cahoon
40VT Eric Chase
41QC Jonathan Bouvrette
42VT Matt White
58VT Jimmy Hebert
64VT Chris Pelkey
66VT Jason Corliss
68VT Brooks Clark
71VT Trevor Lyman
72MA Ryan Kuhn
78IA Mason Mitchell
85VT Trampas Demers
86VT Marcel Gravel
88VT Nick Sweet
94VT Brendan Moodie
97NH Joey Pole
99VT Cody Blake
*00VT Mike Bailey


PASS North Entry List: 

4 Ben Rowe
5X Bobby Therrien
7 Travis Benjamin
12G Derek Griffith
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
35 Derek Ramstrom
40 Nick Sweet
42VT Matt White
47 Gabe Brown
60 DJ Shaw
66VT Jason Corliss
94 Garrett Hall
97 Joey Pole


Former Milk Bowl Winners:

2017 Jason Corliss

2016 Nick Sweet

2015 Nick Sweet

2014 Eddie MacDonald

2013 Nick Sweet

2012 Dave Pembroke

2011 Brian Hoar

2010 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

2009 John Donahue

2008 Patrick Laperle

2007 Patrick Laperle

2006 Brett Dragon

2005 Patrick Laperle

2004 Cris Michaud

2003 Eric Williams

2002 Dave Pembroke

2001 Dwayne Lanphear

2000 Phil Scott

1999 Brian Hoar

1998 Brian Hoar

1997 Phil Scott

1996 Jean-Paul Cyr

1995 Dave Whitlock

1994 Dave Whitlock

1993 Kevin Lepage

1992 Randy McDonald

1991 Dan Beede

1990 Robbie Crouch

1989 Kevin Lepage

1988 Robbie Crouch

1987 Jean-Paul Cabana

1986 Robbie Crouch

1985 Kevin Lepage

1984 Randy LaJoie

1983 Robbie Crouch

1982 Dick McCabe

1981 No Winner

1980 Hector Leclair

1979 Stub Fadden

1978 Beaver Dragon

1977 Butch Lindley

1976 Ron Barcomb

1975 Dave Dion

1974 Bill Dennis

1973 Jean-Paul Cabana

1972 Bobby Dragon

1971 Dan Bridges

1970 Stub Fadden

1969 John Gammell

1968 Russ Ingerson

1967 Lary Demar

1966 No Winner

1965 Russ Ingerson

1964 Harold Hanaford

1963 Lee Ingerson

1962 Harold Hanaford

Event Schedule:

Friday, September 28

10 a.m. – Pit Gates Open

10:30 a.m. – Late Model Tire Compound Open

11 a.m. – Gas Pumps Open

12 p.m. – Late Model Practice Begins

2:30 p.m. – Late Model Practice Ends

2:30 p.m. – North East Mini Stock Tour Practice

2:45 p.m. – PASS North Super Late Model Practice

3:10 p.m. – Street Stock Showdown Series Practice

3:25 p.m. – North East Mini Stock Tour Practice

3:40 p.m. – PASS North Super Late Model Practice

4 p.m. – Street Stock Showdown Series

4:15 p.m. – Road Warrior Practice

4:25 p.m. – North East Mini Stock Tour Final Practice

4:40 p.m. – PASS North Super Late Model Final Practice

5 p.m. – Street Stock Showdown Series Final Practice

5:15 p.m. – Road Warrior Final Practice

5:25 p.m. – Practice Ends

5:30 p.m. – Driver’s Meeting

6 p.m. – Racing Begins

  • North East Mini Stock Tour Heats
  • Street Stock Showdown Series Heats
  • PASS Super Late Model Heats
  • Road Warrior Heats
  • Mini Intermission
  • North East Mini Stock Tour Feature (50 laps)
  • Street Stock Showdown Series Feature (50 laps)
  • Road Warrior Feature (30 laps)
  • Intermission
  • PASS Super Late Model Feature (150 laps)
  • Fireworks


Saturday, September 29

7:30 a.m. – Pits Open

8 a.m. – Late Model Tech Opens / Tire Compound Opens

8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Gas Pumps Open

9 a.m. – Flying Tiger Practice

9:15 a.m. – Late Model Practice

9:45 a.m. – Street Stock Practice

10 a.m. – Spectator Gates Open

10 a.m. – Dwarf Car Practice

10:15 a.m. – Flying Tiger Practice

10:30 a.m. – Late Model Practice

11 a.m. – Street Stock Practice

11:15 a.m. – Dwarf Car Practice

11:30 a.m. – Flying Tiger Final Practice

11:45 a.m. – Late Model Final Practice

12:15 p.m. – Street Stock Final Practice

12:30 p.m. – Dwarf Car Final Practice

12:45 p.m. – Late Model Pre-Qualifying Tech

1 p.m. – Qualifying Begins

  • Late Model Time Trials
  • Flying Tiger Time Trials
  • Street Stock Time Trials
  • Dwarf Cars Time Trials
  • Flying Tiger B-Feature (if needed)
  • Street Stock B-Main (if needed)
  • Late Model Qualifying Races (50 laps)
  • Dwarf Cars Mini Milk Bowl Segment #1 (20 laps)
  • Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl Segment #1 (25 laps)
  • Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl Segment #1 (40 laps)
  • Late Model Practice (if time permits)

6 p.m. – Track Closed

7 p.m. – Band (Rumblecaddy) in Turn Three


Sunday, September 30

8 a.m. – Pits Open

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Gas Pumps Open

9 a.m. – Driver’s Meeting

10 a.m. – Front Gates Open

10 a.m. – Flying Tiger Practice

10:15 a.m. – Late Model Practice

10:45 a.m. – Street Stock Practice

10:55 a.m. – Dwarf Cars Practice

11:05 a.m. – Flying Tiger Practice

11:20 a.m. – Late Model Practice

11:50 a.m. – Street Stock Practice

12 p.m. – Dwarf Cars Practice

12:15 p.m. – Late Model Last Chance Race

1 p.m. – Milk Bowl Opening Ceremonies

1:30 p.m. – Racing Begins

  • 56th Milk Bowl Segment #1 (50 laps)
  • Street Stock Mini Milk Bowl Segment #2 (25 laps)
  • Dwarf Cars Mini Milk Bowl Segment #2 (20 laps)
  • 56th Milk Bowl Segment #2 (50 laps)
  • Intermission – Cow Chip Throwing Contest
  • Flying Tigers Mini Milk Bowl Segment #2 (40 laps)
  • 56th Milk Bowl Segment #3 (50 laps)


-Featured photo credit: Speed51.com

Fast Facts: 56th Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road