Therrien Kisses a Cow & Brags About It at the Milk Bowl

Over the last 365 days, Bobby Therrien has been hearing the same old story about how close he came to winning Vermont Milk Bowl one year ago; how he was the overall leader coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap but lost the race by the finish line.

 

But no longer will “The Bad Boy” have to be reminded of his defeat in 2018, because now – finally – Bobby Therrien is a Milk Bowl winner at Thunder Road.

 

“It feels amazing.  To have the redemption from last year, to put on the performance we did all through the qualifying and the three segments, it feels really good,” Therrien said after the race.  “It feels like we can finally put last year behind us.  We don’t have to be questioned about it every time we get a reporter to us, so now we can talk about winning the Milk Bowl versus losing it.”

 

Therrien started from the pole position in the first segment as a result of Trampas Demers’ disqualification after qualifying on Saturday.  He made good use of the track position, leading all 50 laps of the first segment.

 

He started dead last after the full-field inversion between the first and second segments, and he dodged a massive pileup on Lap 1 that took out key players, including Scott Payea, Nick Sweet and Patrick Laperle.  Ultimately, he drove his car through the 26-car field to finish second in the second segment, giving him a six-point advantage over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. entering the final segment.

 

Once again, Therrien started in the back for the start of the final segment, and once again he drove to the front.  He finished the third segment in fifth, beating out Brooks Clark and Tyler Cahoon to claim the overall Milk Bowl victory.

 

Therrien had a dominant car all afternoon, and says he owes his team much of the credit for the victory.

 

“Even after the first segment that we led the whole thing, it’s like ‘Okay we have to do some adjustments’ and they’re like ‘Nope, small changes here, let’s not go too far’ and they were a hundred percent right.  The car hooked the bottom really well, it rode the outside when we had to ride the outside.  I don’t think those kinds of cars will come around very often, and to have that on a Milk Bowl weekend is pretty surreal.”

 

For Therrien, who grew up just up the road in Hinesburg, Vermont, winning the biggest race at his home track was a dream come true.

 

“Clicking off the Late Model championship meant a lot to me, but this is a race that I used to sit in the stands wishing that man, if I could get out there once, that would be awesome,” Therrien began.  “Now, to come back and say that we won that race, and knowing that every year for the pre-race ceremonies, I’m now going to be able to walk down the front stretch with all the past champions instead of going to the back gate to wait in line, that’s going to mean a lot.”

 

But forget the big payday ($10,000 to be exact), and forget the prestige and glory that comes with winning “The Toughest Short Track Race in America.”  What Therrien was really looking forward to – what any driver looks forward to – was laying a kiss on the nose of a Vermont dairy cow.

 

“I can tell you I enjoyed it!  It’s just awesome.  She’s a beautiful girl, and I got eager and walked towards her, and they made me back up and she followed me, and that made me feel even more comfortable.  Great cow.  To be able to say that you kissed a cow and bragged about it is awesome, it means a lot.”

 

Full results, updates, and more can be found over on our Race Day Now coverage.

 

Those who want to watch a replay of the 57th Annual Vermont Milk Bowl can do so now on Speed51.com by clicking here.

 

-Story by: Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

57th Annual Vermont Milk Bowl – Full Results (Unofficial)

Pos.     Num.   Driver                          Points

1          5VT     Bobby Therrien           8

2          68VT   Brooks Clark   15

3          38VT   Tyler Cahoon  19

4          97NH  Joey Polewarczyk Jr.  22

5          66VT   Jason Corliss   23

6          86VT   Marcel Gravel 25

7          16VT   Scott Dragon   25

8          58VT   Jimmy Hebert  27

9          30NH  Rich Dubeau   31

10        04VT   Matthew Smith            32

11        37VT   Scott Payea      34

12        26GA  Bubba Pollard 36

13        2VT     Stephen Donahue        41

14        36VT   Joel Hodgdon  42

15        9VT     Chip Grenier   44

16        64VT   Christopher Pelkey      47

17        42VT   Matt White      48

18        94VT   Brendan Moodie         50

19        7NH    Dylan Peyea    54

20        91QC  Patrick Laperle 56

21        88VT   Nick Sweet      57

22        17VT   Darrell Morin  66

23        40VT   Eric Chase       68

24        22VT   Mason Mitchell           69

25        3VT     Ricky Roberts 70

26        17NH  Grant Folsom  73

27        41QC  Jonathan Bouvrette      74

28        24VT   Blair Bassett    75

29        5MA   Tom Carey III 76

30        27VT   Kyle Pembroke           79

Therrien Kisses a Cow & Brags About It at the Milk Bowl