Fans, we apologize for some technical issues, but our Trackside Now is now live and active on a different page due to the issues up in Barre, VT. Please go back to the main page of www.speed51.com and re-click on the Milk Bowl Trackside Now link to catch up on what you may have missed or to watch all the action from the remainder of the day live with our own Mike Twist up there at Thunder Road!
Yesterday, ACT champion Brian Hoar placed a post on his Facebook page before qualifying that he just wanted “one fast lap” out of the day. Hoar got his wish as he won the pole position for the Milk Bowl with a fast lap of 13.001 seconds. 
Patrick Laperle’s team knows a thing or two about the Milk Bowl as they have won it three times. This morning, they were looking very relaxed and Laperle’s twin brother and crew chief Eric admitted that their car was “pretty good”. For a team as intense as Laperle’s that is a rare thing to hear. Expect the car to be extremely good for today’s race. 
Jean Paul Cyr’s #32 Late Model today is being sponsored by Rent-A-Wreck. For years, that was also the sponsor on Vermont racing legend Robbie Crouch’s ACT cars. 
Comment From Norwood Arena Fan 

Have A great day Rich Lowery 8Vt. 

Next week, the ACT Late Model points season will end at Waterford Speedbowl (CT). The championship is already wrapped up though as Brian Hoar has wrapped up his record-tying seventh ACT Late Model championship based on an incredible season driving the RPM Motorsports #37 Late Model owned by Rick and Michelle Paya. 
Today’s event is a non-points race for the ACT Late Models. 
Comment From Debbie 

Go 2-lap Tommy Ricker !!!! 

The ACT Late Models are back on track for their second practice session of the day. We do not have any lap times for the first session, but we can tell you that nobody wrecked or spun. In fact, the only incident so far this morning was when a Street Stock hit the turn four “Widowmaker” wall hard with its right front corner. 
Ben Rowe told us this morning that his David Avery-owned team struggled yesterday and actually towed their Late Model back to Avery’s race shops on the grounds of White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) last night. They worked hard and “changed everything” according to Rowe to have a good car for today. Rowe actually qualified 13th out of 61 cars, so we can only imagine how much better it could be today. 
Travis Sterns and “Two Lap” Tommy Ricker are both drivers who towed across Northern New England to represent Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) at the Milk Bowl. 
Comment From Matty sanborn 

I am here and also loving this weather. Wish I was racing though! Lol 

Regulars from Thunder Road’s own Late Model division along with drivers from White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH), Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), Riverside Speedway (NH), the Canadian ACT Castrol EDGE Series and the ACT Late Model tour all make up the entry list for today’s race. 
ACT Late Model regular Randy Potter is not in his regular black and red #02 today. Instead, he is saving that car for the ACT Late Model season finale at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) next weekend. Potter is instead driving the #02NH Bus and Transit Sales Late Model that is a re-numbered #26 out of Kendall Roberts’ racing stable as a teammate to John Donahue. So far, Potter is not yet in the show. 
As a native New Englander, I love this cool weather. It’s much better than being at the track in the middle of the summer when it is hot and humid in my opinion! 
Comment From Debbie of Debbie and Phil 

Stay warm Mickey 

The late Stud Fadden is a person who was very much of part of Thunder Road history. His legacy lives on today as three Fadden Racing entries are being fielded for this race with his grandsons doing the driving. Travis Fadden is driving the #16NH Late Model, with Stub’s famous number on the side. Todd Alrich is driving a light blue #17NH and two-time champion of what is now the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division is driving the #61NH. So far, Fadden is already in the show while Aldrich and Olsen will have to run the Last Chance Qualifying race this afternoon. Fadden and Aldrich both compete regularly in the Late Model division at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH). 
The Milk Bowl for the ACT Late Models is a race made up of three segments. The finishes of each segment are added up for each driver and the one with the lowest score after those tabulations becomes the race winner. 
The first 24 starters are locked into the Milk Bowl already from time trials that were held yesterday. Here is how those racers will start in today’s First Segment of the race:
48th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl
First 24 Positions
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thunder Road
Pos Car # Driver Hometown
1 37VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT
2 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH
3 91QC Patrick Laperle St-Denis, QC
4 55VT Brent Dragon Milton, VT
5 26VT John Donahue Graniteville, VT
6 15VT Joey Laquerre E. Montpelier, VT
7 7VT Eric Williams Hyde Park, VT
8 44VT Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT
9 7ME Glen Luce Turner, ME
10 42VT Matt White Northfield, VT
11 05VT Craig Bushey Cambridge, VT
12 18VT Jamie Fisher Shelburne, VT
13 10NH Ben Rowe Turner, ME
14 14VT Phil Scott Montpelier, VT
15 89VT Scott Payea Milton, VT
16 57ME #Austin Theriault Fort Kent, ME
17 78NH Quinny Welch Lancaster, NH
18 41VT Pete Potvin III Graniteville, VT
19 55NH Brad Leighton Center Harbor, NH
20 8VT Richard Lowrey Charlotte, VT
21 16NH Travis Fadden N. Haverhill, NH
22 68VT Brooks Clark Fayston, VT
23 16NY Mark Lamberton Mooers Forks, NY
24 32VT Jean-Paul Cyr Milton, VT
There were 61 Late Models that showed up to qualify for the Milk Bowl and over half of those will go home early. Qualifying was held yesterday with Brian Hoar taking the top spot. There were 24 cars that were locked into the field based on those time trials. 
Good morning from Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT where we are gathered for today’s 48th annual Milk Bowl ACT Late Model event. It is sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky, but right now it is only 41 degrees at the track. The drivers’ meeting has taken place and Late Model practice is currently underway. So far, there have been no incidents to report in the first 10 minutes of the session.

Trackside Now: 48th Annual Milk Bowl – Thunder Road Speedbowl – 10/3/10