5:18
That concludes our Trackside Now coverage of the 2011 Milk Bowl. Thanks for logging in and congrats to winner Brian Hoar!
5:17
Final Unofficial Results
2011 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl1. Brian Hoar – 14
2. Nick Sweet – 14
3. Scott Payea – 22
4. Phil Scott – 23
5. Jean Paul Cyr – 24
6. Dave Pembroke – 24
7. Joey Pole – 25
8. Mike Bailey – 33
9. Austin Theirault – 36
10. Craig Bushey – 40
11. Cody Blake – 41
12. Matt White – 42
13. Grant Folsom – 42
14. Brent Dragon – 44
15. Ricky Rolfe – 45
16. Randy Potter – 49
17. John Donahue – 49
18. Glen Luce – 51
19. Chip Grenier – 51
20. Ben Rowe – 52
21. Jamie Aube – 55
22. Jonathan Urlin – 56
23. Cris Michaud – 56
24. Eric Chase – 60
25. Dave Whitcomb – 68
26. Brooks Clark – 71
27. Trampas Demers – 73
28. Travis Fadden – 76
29. Joey Becker – 77
30. Quinten Welch – 85
5:11
Brian Hoar won the Milk Bowl with 14 points while Nick Sweet will finish second – also with 14 points. The remainder of the results are being calculated right now.
5:11
Brian Hoar kisses Daisy Dalton, the Milk Bowl cow, in victory lane. (51 Photo)
5:09
Brian Hoar finishes up a victory lap with his crew and his family.
5:09
The Milk Bowl winning #37 Late Model of Brian Hoar.
5:08
Before kissing the cow in victory lane, Brian Hoar gave her a little bit of sweet talk. “Hi,” he told her. “My name is Brian!”. That didn’t work. Hoar still had to wrestle with the cow a little bit before planting a kiss on her.
5:07
Brian Hoar has been named as the winner of the Milk Bowl.
5:00
We are awaiting the official word, but our calculations show that Brian Hoar and Nick Sweet have tied for the overall Milk Bowl victory. We think Hoar will win the tie breaker.
4:58
Randy Potter finished third in the third segment.
4:58
Brian Hoar wins segment three with Nick Sweet finishing second. They have tied for the Milk Bowl victory.
4:58
This is the last lap.
4:58
Nick Sweet is sideways trying to catch Brian Hoar.
4:58
Brian Hoar has clear race track ahead of him.
4:57
There are three laps to go.
4:57
Brian Hoar has cleared Joey Becker.
4:57
There are four laps to go.
4:57
Nick Sweet is closing in.
4:57
Brian Hoar is behind the lapped car of Joey Becker.
4:57
Brian Hoar pulls away slightly.
4:57
There are five laps to go.
4:56
Brent Dragon is about to be lapped.
4:56
There are eight laps to go.
4:56
Nick Sweet is trying the outside for the lead again.
4:56
Brian Hoar closes the door and keeps the lead.
4:56
Nick Sweet is outside of Brian Hoar for the lead.
4:55
There are 10 laps to go.
4:55
Nick Sweet is sideways trying to catch Brian Hoar.
4:55
Brian Hoar has taken the lead and Nick Sweet moves up to second. Randy Potter slid back to third and there might have been some contact among the leaders.
4:55
We now have a three-car battle for the lead.
4:55
Nick Sweet is trying to pass Brian Hoar on the outside for second.
4:55
There are 15 laps to go.
4:54
Brian Hoar has caught leader Randy Potter.
4:54
Dave Pembroke is currently 11th with Scott Payea in 12th. They are not in a good position to win the Milk Bowl overall crown right now.
4:53
Jamie Aube has been lapped.
4:53
There are now 20 laps to go.
4:53
Nick Sweet is up to Brian Hoar’s rear bumper in a battle for the overall Milk Bowl victory.
4:53
Dave Whitcomb has been lapped.
4:52
We are now at lap 52.
4:52
Ricky Rolfe has just passed Cody Blake for fourth.
4:52
Nick Sweet just made a power move to third.
4:52
Brian Hoar is up to second.
4:52
We are now at lap 48 of 75.
4:51
Phil Scott got stuck on the outside of a three-wide battle on the backstretch and went off in the dirt. He recovered and stayed straight.
4:51
Brian Hoar has now cleared Ricky Rolfe for third.
4:51
Randy Potter is pulling away even more.
4:50
John Donahue has gotten by Nick Sweet.
4:50
Brian Hoar is in third again.
4:50
Ricky Rolfe is back to third.
4:50
We are now at lap 40.
4:50
Dave Whitcomb and Jamie Aube are playing bumper tag deep in the field.
4:49
Brian Hoar is back to third.
4:49
We are now at lap 37.
4:49
Ricky Rolfe is back up to third.
4:49
Nick Sweet is right on Brian Hoar’s bumper on the outside of Ricky Rolfe.
4:48
Brian Hoar is up to third.
4:48
Randy Potter is running away to a healthy lead.
4:48
Brian Hoar is now up to fourth.
4:48
Nick Sweet is up to sixth – to tie this race up!
4:48
Brian Hoar is up to fifth. Right now, he would have the lowest score.
4:48
We are now at lap 31.
4:48
Randy Potter has taken the lead.
4:47
Nick Sweet is now up to seventh.
4:47
Brian Hoar is now up to sixth.
4:47
Currently, Cody Blake leads Randy Potter, Austin Theirault, Ricky Rolfe and John Donahue.
4:47
Scott Payea is now up to 11th. We would now have a three-way tie for the Milk Bowl lowest score if the race ended now!
4:46
Austin Theriault is now up to third.
4:46
Randy Potter is now up to second.
4:46
If the race ended now, Nick Sweet and Brian Hoar would tie for the lowest score in the Milk Bowl.
4:45
We are now at lap 22.
4:45
Nick Sweet is up to ninth.
4:45
Brian Hoar is already up to eighth.
4:45
Randy Potter is up to third.
4:45
Cody Blake is now leading.
4:45
We are now at lap 18.
4:44
Cody Blake is looking outside of Brooks Clark for the lead.
4:44
Brooks Clark has a two car-length lead.
4:44
Randy Potter is under Ricky Rolfe in a battle for third.
4:44
Joey Pole has passed Ben Rowe for seventh.
4:43
Ben Rowe has slid back to seventh.
4:43
Ricky Rolfe runs third with Randy Potter and Austin Theirault rounding out the top five.
4:43
We are now at lap 10 of the Milk Bowl.
4:42
Brooks Clark currently leads Cody Blake.
4:42
Quinny Welch and Trampas Demers have not started the final segment.
4:41
Only 28 cars out of 30 have started the final segment of the Milk Bowl.
4:41
Ben Rowe is fighting for the lead on the outside.
4:40
Start – Brooks Clark leads into turn one.
4:40
Starting just outside the top 10 will be Brian Hoar, Dave Pembroke, Nick Sweet, Brent Dragon, Jean Paul Cyr, Jamie Aube, Scott Payea, Chip Grenier, Matt White, Phil Scott, Craig Bushey and Cris Michaud.
4:39
Brooks Clark, Ben Rowe, Cody Blake, Ricky Rolfe, Austin Theriault, Jonathan Urlin, Randy Potter, Eric Chase, John Donahue and Glen Luce will lead the field to the green flag in this final 75-lap segment.
4:38
The cars are on the track for the final segment of the Milk Bowl.
4:35
Derrick O’Donnell has been awarded the 2011 Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman championship. He did it in style by winning today’s final feature.
4:35
The final segment of the Milk Bowl is up next. There are 10 drivers who are within nine points of each other in the race to win the overall crown. There are still 19 drivers mathematically eligible for the overall victory.
4:33
Derrick O’Donnell has won the 35-lap Tiger Sportsman feature over Jason Allen and Shawn Fleury.
4:30
Milk Bowl Standings
(After Two of Three Segments)1. Scott Payea – 10
2. Nick Sweet – 12
3. Brian Hoar – 13
4. Dave Pembroke – 14
5. Mike Bailey – 15
6. Phil Scott – 15
7. Jean Paul Cyr – 15
8. Craig Bushey – 18
9. Brent Dragon – 19
10. Joey Pole – 19
11. Grant Folsom – 21
12. Chip Grenier – 23
13. Matt White – 27
14. Cody Blake – 28
15. Jamie Aube – 29
16. Austin Theriault – 29
17. Eric Chase – 37
18. Cris Michaud – 37
19. Ben Rowe – 38
20. Glen Luce – 40
21. Jonathan Urlin – 40
22. Ricky Rolfe – 40
23. Dave Whitcomb – 41
24. Trampas Demers – 42
25. John Donahue – 45
26. Randy Potter – 46
27. Joey Becker – 53
28. Brooks Clark – 54
29. Quinny Welch – 54
30. Travis Fadden – 56
4:25
Winners of the Milk Bowl get their names in granite at the top of the Thunder Road grandstand area.
4:24
Winner of the Milk Bowl get to have their names forever carved into granite.
4:23
Among those watching the Milk Bowl live today is Dr. Dick Berggren of SPEED TV, NASCAR on Fox and Speedway Illustrated fame.
4:19
We have just gotten official confirmation that right now, entering the final 75-lap segment of the Milk Bowl, Scott Payea leads with 10 points over Nick Sweet with 12 points and Brian Hoar with 13 points.
4:07
Your highly unofficial top ten from the second segment is Mike Bailey, Craig Bushey, Phil Scott, Matt White, Chip Grenier, Scott Payea, Jamie Aube, Jean Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon and Nick Sweet.
4:06
Mike Bailey has won the second segment.
4:05
We are now at lap 70.
4:04
Joey Becker has been lapped.
4:04
Dave Pembroke is now up to 11th with Brian Hoar in 12th.
4:04
Nick Sweet has cracked the top ten.
4:03
Dave Whitcomb and Travis Fadden have been lapped.
4:03
We are now at lap 62.
4:03
Dave Whitcomb has slid up the track, but he hasn’t spun or brought out the caution.
4:02
Brian Hoar is currently 15th.
4:02
Dave Pembroke runs 13th currently.
4:02
Nick Sweet is now up to 12th.
4:02
We are now at lap 56.
4:01
Mike Bailey currently leads Craig Bushey, Matt White, Phil Scott, Jamie Aube, Chip Grenier, Eric Chase and Scott Payea.
4:00
There are 75 laps in this segment.
3:59
We are now at lap 46.
3:59
Mike Bailey is pulling away with the lead.
3:59
Nick Sweet has passed Brian Hoar deep in the field.
3:58
Craig Bushey is up to second.
3:58
We are now at lap 42.
3:58
Restart – Mike Bailey still leads.
3:58
Just outside the top 15 currently are Dave Pembroke, Joey Pole, Randy Potter, Ben Rowe and Austin Theirault.
3:57
Just outside the top ten currently are Cody Blake, Glen Luce, Jean Paul Cyr, Brian Hoar and Nick Sweet.
3:57
Quinny Welch has retired from the second segment of the race due to crash damage.
3:57
Just outside the top five currently are Chip Grenier, Eric Chase, Brent Dragon, Brant Folsom and Scott Payea.
3:56
Mike Bailey will be scored as the leader. Matt White, Craig Bushey, Phil Scott and Jamie Aube are the current, and unofficial, top five.
3:56
Joey Becker, Trampas Demers and Ricky Rolfe are pitting under caution.
3:55
Jonathan Urlin and Quinny Welch have tangled in turn three. Wlech sailed off the track and into the dirt.
3:55
Caution – Lap 41.
3:55
Nick Sweet is currently 17th.
3:55
Brian Hoar runs 16th currently.
3:54
Phil Scott is up to fifth.
3:54
Mike Bailey still leads.
3:54
Matt White is coming back to try the bottom to retake the lead.
3:54
We are working lap 37.
3:54
Mike Bailey now leads.
3:53
Mike Bailey is outside of Matt White for the lead.
3:53
Mike Bailey is up to second.
3:53
There appear to be handling problems on the #51 of Ricky Rolfe. He is near the end of the lead lap cars.
3:53
Ricky Rolfe has lost several positions on the track.
3:52
Jamie Aube is running fifth and his car looks to be very loose.
3:52
Mike Bailey is now up to third.
3:52
We are now at lap 30.
3:52
Phil Scott has advanced to seventh.
3:52
Brent Dragon is now up to tenth.
3:51
We are now at lap 28.
3:51
Craig Bushey is now up to second.
3:51
Dave Pembroke and Jean Paul Cyr have beat and banged each other deep in the field.
3:50
We are now at lap 23.
3:50
Phil Scott is now up to eighth.
3:49
Craig Bushey is now up to third.
3:49
Nick Sweet has gotten hung up on the outside and lost several positions.
3:49
Matt White now leads again.
3:48
We are now at lap 15.
3:48
Quinny Welch has retaken the lead.
3:48
Matt White has retaken the lead.
3:48
Quinny Welch edges ahead into the lead.
3:48
Dave Whitcomb just sailed off the track. He kept going and there will be no caution period.
3:47
We are now at lap 10 of the second segment.
3:47
Quinny Welch is working the outside of leader Matt White.
3:47
Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke and Joey Pole are now in the top 20.
3:46
Restart – Matt White edges ahead.
3:45
Austin Theirault has pitted and is now back on track.
3:45
Brian Hoar has been stuck in traffic so far in this segment and has not made much forward progress….yet.
3:45
Phil Scott is up to tenth. He restarted 13th.
3:44
Matt White currently leads Quinny Welch, Jamie Aube, Eric Chase and Chip Grenier.
3:44
Jonathan Urlin is being spoken to by race officials.
3:44
It looks like the brake problems on John Donahue’s car might still be present.
3:43
The caution is out on lap four.
3:43
John Donahue also spun.
3:43
Trampas Demers has spun in turn two.
3:43
Lap two – Matt White leads slightly over Quinny Welch.
3:43
Jamie Aube currently runs third, but just showed some smoke from under his #41.
3:42
Start – Matt White leads into turn two.
3:42
Starting just outside the top 10 for the second segment will be Mike Bailey, Dave Whitcomb, Phil Scott, Cris Michaud, Brent Dragon and Austin Theirault.
3:42
Quinny Welch will lead the field to green in the second segment of the Milk Bowl over Matt White, Jamie Aube, Jonathan Urlin, Eric Chase, Ricky Rolfe, Chip Grenier, Trampas Demers, Craig Bushey and Ben Rowe.
3:41
Quinny Welch’s #78 team at work.
3:40
The history of Thunder Road is over 50 years strong.
3:39
There are plenty of fans here at Thunder Road for today’s Milk Bowl.
3:38
Matt White’s team at work.
3:37
Dave Pembroke’s team at work.
3:36
Greg Adams has been declared the 2011 Street Stock champion at Thunder Road.
3:35
Cris Michaud’s team at work.
3:34
Troy Kingsbury, nicknamed “The Green Lantern” has won the Street Stock feature on Milk Bowl Sunday at Thunder Road.
3:34
A busy pit area during the break between segments one and two of the Milk Bowl.
3:33
Randy Potter’s team at work during the break.
3:32
Ben Rowe drives his #10 to the lineup area for segment two of the Milk Bowl.
3:31
Joey Pole’s father Joe works on the #97 during the intermission.
3:30
Tommy Ricker did not qualify for the Milk Bowl, but he is remaining at the track to watch the racing today. We saw him in the grandstand area enjoying the action.
3:29
Joey Pole told Speed51.com during the intermission that his car is good, but was a bit free during the first segment. His #97 team made several adjustments to remedy that issue during the break.
3:29
We asked segment one winner Brian Hoar if his car was as good as it looked in that part of the race.”Yup,” replied a smiling Hoar. “It’s a really good car.”
3:28
Randy Potter also pitted several times after being involved in a wreck during the first segment. The team was hard at work fixing their car during the intermission. Potter has told us that the car is all back together now.
3:27
We caught up with John Donahue who pulled in and lost several laps in the pits during the first segment. His issue were brake problems. One of his brakes kept locking up. The team has changed calipers to solve that problem. Donahue was just as fast as the leaders after coming back onto the track in that segment.
3:26
Only 24 cars will be a part of the invert for the next segment. That is a new rule for the Milk Bowl this year.
3:07
We are going to take a quick break from the keyboard to hunt for some more photos and pit notes before the second segment. Stay tuned.
3:07
A consi for the Tiger Sportsman is now hitting the track. The Street Stocks will remain staged in the back portion of the pit area.
3:06
The top 13 finishers of the first segment were Brian Hoar, Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke, Scott Payea, Joey Pole, Cody Blake, Jean Paul Cyr, Grant Folsom, Austin Theriault, Brent Dragon, Cris Michaud, Phil Scott and Dave Whitcomb.
3:04
A Street Stock race will now taken place before the second segment of the Milk Bowl.
3:04
We’ll have a fuller rundown as it becomes available.
3:04
Nick Sweet and Dave Pembroke finished second and third.
3:03
Brian Hoar wins segment one of the Milk Bowl.
3:03
White flag.
3:03
Brian Hoar is extending his lead.
3:03
Dave Pembroke is battling Nick Sweet hard for second.
3:03
Oops…make that Nick Sweet.
3:03
Brian Hoar has two car lengths on Dave Pembroke.
3:02
We are now at lap 46.
3:02
Joey Pole is trying the outside to pass Cody Blake for fifth.
3:02
Brian Hoar still leads at lap 44.
3:02
Grant Folsom is free-falling through the top ten.
3:02
Joey Pole is up to sixth.
3:01
We are now at lap 41.
3:01
Cody Blake is all over Grant Folsom for fifth.
3:01
Scott Payea is up to fourth.
3:01
We are now at lap 39.
3:01
Scott Payea is battling under Grant Folsom for fourth.
3:01
Restart – Brian Hoar still leads.
3:00
Glen Luce is back on the track and restarting in the rear.
3:00
Just outside the top 20 currently are Eric Chase, Jamie Aube, Jonathan Urlin, Quinny Welch, Travis Fadden, Joey Becker and Brooks Clark.
3:00
Just outside the top 15 are Phil Scott, Ben Rowe, Matt White, Craig Bushey and Chip Grenier.
2:59
Just outside the top ten currently are Trampas Demers, Cris Michaud, Dave Whitcomb, Ricky Rolfe and Mike Bailey.
2:59
Currently, Brian Hoar leads Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke, Grant Folsom, Scott Payea, Cody Blake, Joey Pole, Jean Paul Cyr, Austin Theirault and Brent Dragon.
2:58
Glen Luce has pulled off the track.
2:58
Glen Luce is stopped on the track in turn one. The caution is out at lap 37.
2:58
Brian Hoar has pulled away thanks to that dose of lapped traffic.
2:57
John Donahue has backed off and will let the top three race each other.
2:57
We are now at lap 36.
2:57
John Donahue is now stuck between leader Brian Hoar and second place runner Nick Sweet.
2:57
John Donahue is now running to the outside of leader Brian Hoar.
2:56
We are now at lap 32.
2:56
Randy Potter has pulled off the track.
2:56
John Donahue just blew by Dave Pembroke and Nick Sweet.
2:56
John Donahue is running hard with the lead pack, but is not on the lead lap.
2:56
Nick Sweet is looking under Brian Hoar for the lead.
2:55
Scott Payea is trying the outside of Cody Blake for fifth.
2:55
We are now at lap 27.
2:55
John Donahue is back on the track, but running slow.
2:55
Joey Becker, Travis Fadden and Quinny Welch are all a straightaway away from being lapped.
2:54
The top three are nose-to-tail again .
2:54
We are now at lap 22.
2:54
Grant Folsom, Cody Blake, Scott Payea, Joey Pole, Jean Paul Cyr,Austin Theirault and Glen Luce round out the current top ten.
2:53
Brian Hoar has pulled away slightly. Nick Sweet is under heavy pressure from Dave Pembroke.
2:53
The top three have broken away – and are very close in formation.
2:53
We are now at lap 16.
2:52
Dave Pembroke is trying out the high line.
2:52
Dave Pembroke has caught Nick Sweet for second.
2:52
Brian Hoar is now protecting the high line.
2:52
The top 10-15 cars are all single file.
2:52
Cody Blake is up to fifth.
2:52
Dave Pembroke is closing in on the lead pack.
2:51
We are now at lap 11.
2:51
Nick Sweet is now trying the outside to get by Brian Hoar.
2:51
Dave Pembroke is sitting by himself in the third position.
2:51
Nick Sweet is up to the rear bumper cover of Brian Hoar.
2:51
Brooks Clark was slow on the track, but has regained his speed now.
2:50
John Donahue has pulled off the track.
2:50
Grant Folsom is up to second.
2:50
We are now clicking off laps….we are working lap five.
2:50
Nick Sweet is up to second.
2:49
Restart – Brian Hoar leads.
2:48
Jonathan Urlin has gotten his car going again under its own power. He remains on the lead lap.
2:48
The #78 car of Quinny Welch is now without a hood on it.
2:48
The caution is out again at lap two.
2:47
Jonathan Urlin got off the track in the backstretch and spun entering turn three.
2:47
Brian Hoar leads at the line.
2:47
Dave Pembroke and Brian Hoar are side-by-side down the backstretch.
2:47
Restart – Lap One – Dave Pembroke leads by a nose in turn one.
2:47
Craig Bushey is also being placed to the rear of the field.
2:46
Quinny Welch has pitted under caution.
2:46
Phil Scott and John Donahue will restart at the rear because of their spins. Scott spun first near the front of the pack while Donahue spun deep in the field as the other competitors all checked up to avoid the sideways car of Scott in turn one.
2:45
Everyone has kept going. Nobody hit any of the spun cars.
2:45
Jonathan Urlin had to cut through the infield to avoid that turn one mess.
2:44
The caution is out at lap two.
2:44
John Donahue has spun.
2:44
Phil Scott has spun.
2:44
Nick Sweet is settling into second.
2:44
Brian Hoar and Dave Pembroke door-slammed into turn one, Hoar remains as the leader.
2:44
Green flag – Brian Hoar leads.
2:43
The lights are off on the pace car.
2:43
There hasn’t been much swerving to warm up tires. The track is just too narrow for much of that.
2:43
The pace car has picked up more speed.
2:42
Fans are rising to their feet.
2:42
It’s getting louder.
2:42
The pace car has picked up speed.
2:42
Only a few officials and photographers are now left in the infield.
2:42
The field has doubled up behind the pace car.
2:42
All of the crew members who were assembled in the infield are now running across the track.
2:41
Speed Bump, the moose who serves as the track mascot, is now being attacked by several young race fans who are hugging him and clinging to his legs, arms and antlers, at the bottom of the grandstands.
2:40
Members of 30 different race teams have walked to the edge of the race track, with air tanks and battle flags in hand, to cheer on their drivers for the final time before pace laps speed up.
2:40
50 laps will make up the first segment of the Milk Bowl. The field is then inverted for the second segment.
2:39
The fans are on their feet as the cars start to slowly circle around the track for some very slow pace laps.
2:39
Today’s race is being called at the track by veteran broadcast Ken Squier and young Aaron Maynard. Former ACT announcer Troy Germain has retired from his duties and relocated to the state of Florida, but he is a regular follower of our Trackside Now coverage and has been known to even comment from tiem to time on what he is reading.
2:38
“The Final Countdown”, which was sung by 1980’s hair band Europe is playing over the PA system. Fans who have been to Thunder Road or an ACT race know what comes up next.
2:35
The command has been given, by a large group of children, for drivers to start their engines.
2:35
Wayne Helliwell, Jr. might not have qualified for today’s race, but he isn’t letting that get him down. We just spied Helliwell and car owner Bruce Bernhardt walking into the main grandstand area to watch the race. In a sport where non-qualifiers usually race to get out of the track, it’s nice to see a few turning into fans for the day.
2:33
The drivers are buckling into their cars.
2:33
The mascot of Thunder Road is a moose named “Speed Bump”. That name is a bit ironic to the #37 team of Brian Hoar, who had a few crew members total a Dodge Charger on the road a few years ago after hitting a moose while returning from a race on the ACT Tour schedule. That wreck destroyed the car, so that moose was a bit more than merely a speed bump on that evening.
2:28
This weekend also marks Brian Hoar’s wedding anniversary.
2:28
Brian Hoar – “We’ve had a great year and we’d like to cap it off by winning the Milk Bowl.”
2:27
Mike Olsen, a two-time champion of what is now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division, is here today helping out the family’s Fadden Racing team of Travis Fadden – who will start 16th in the first segment of the Milk Bowl.
2:26
Part-time ACT Late Model Tour competitor and Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) LM regular T.J. Brackett is here today serving as crew member for Cris Micaud.
2:26
Phil Scott, who sits seventh on the grid, is the Lt. Governor of Vermont. However, today he is the acting Governor as the top executive of the state is currently out of the state. He has a State Police Security Detail with him today as he runs the state from his pit area. We hope that no competitors get mad at him during the race and try to pay an angry visit to Scott’s trailer afterwards – as they might meet a bit of a surprise!
2:24
Last week’s original race date was rained out, but today’s skies are very blue over Thunder Road Speedbowl.
2:23
The front portion of the starting field for this year’s Milk Bowl.
2:14
Brothers Bobby and Beaver Dragon were just introduced to the fans as former Milk Bowl winners.
2:13
Former Milk Bowl winners are now being introduced to the crowd. Jean Paul Cabana just received a healthy round of applause from the spectators.
2:12
The qualified Milk Bowl teams are making their way out into the infield of the track for their teams to display their battle flags over. Pre race festivities, the national anthems and driver introductions are set to begin.
2:07
The first segment of the Milk Bowl is next – after pre-race festivities take place.
2:07
Since only two of the three provisionals were needed today, the first non-qualifier from the B-Main, Quinten Welch, earned a spot in the starting field for the Milk Bowl.
2:06
Starting Lineup
First Segment
People’s United Bank
Milk Bowl1. Brian Hoar
2. Dave Pembroke
3. Nick Sweet
4. Jean Paul Cyr
5. Grant Folsom
6. Craig Bushey
7. Phil Scott
8. Scott Payea
9. Cody Blake
10. Glen Luce
11. Joey Pole
12. Cris Michaud
13. Austin Theirault
14. Brent Dragon
15. Matt White
16. Travis Fadden
17. Trampas Demers
18. Ricky Rolfe
19. Jonathan Urlin
20. Dave Whitcomb
21. Ben Rowe
22. Brooks Clark
23. Mike Bailey
24. Joey Becker
25. Randy Potter
26. Chip Grenier
27. John Donahue
28. Quinten Welch
29. Eric Chase
30. Jamie Aube
2:03
Jason Woodard has won the Junkyard Warrior feature of Milk Bowl Sunday.
2:02
2:00
The colors on the trees around Thunder Road Speedbowl are anything but green at this time of the year, but the sharpest looking ride on the track is all kinds of green this weekend. The Hound Dog Racing #88 of Maine’s Jeff Taylor has been selected as the winner of the Speed51.com / Speed Media Best Appearing Car Award for the Milk Bowl.Taylor’s #88 beat out a strong field of sharp lookers. Phil Scott’s green #14 was in the running along with the pink-numbered and carbon fiber wrapped #37 of ACT Late Model champion Brian Hoar. A few cars under consideration were the Halloween-colored #58 of Jimmy Hebert and the throwback Dave Dion paint scheme of the #27 Ford driven by Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

Taylor will receive a $100 gift certificate from Speed Media. Visit Speed Media online at www.speed-media.com.

1:49
We will take a short break at the keyboard and be back for the start of the first segment of the Milk Bowl.
1:49
It appears that no competitor was eligible for the ACT Castrol Series provisional.
1:49
Since ACT awards provisionals based on the highest finishing “100%” (Full-time) team from a B-Main, second place ACT Late Model points runner Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will fail to qualify for today’s Milk Bowl.
1:48
Eric Chase and Jamie Aube have been awarded transfer spots.
1:47
Only the top three have earned transfer spots. We will wait to see who the three provisional starters today will be.
1:46
Randy Potter has won the B-Main over Chip Grenier and John Donahue.
1:46
Quinny Welch is now fourth and gaining on the top three.
1:45
Randy Potter still leads Chip Grenier and John Donahue.
1:45
We are now at lap 20.
1:45
The #33 of Brad Mattson is sporting a green and white Harry Gant tribute paint scheme.
1:44
Brandon White has pulled off the track.
1:44
The top three have pulled away from the rest of the field.
1:44
The top three are now nose-to-tail.
1:44
Chip Grenier is closing in on leader Randy Potter.
1:44
Eric Chase and Quinny Welch are the next in line for a transfer spot.
1:43
We are now at lap 13.
1:43
Chip Grenier is now running second.
1:43
Brett Wheeler just slid up the track in turn one, but saved it and did not spin.
1:43
We are now working lap nine.
1:42
Randy Potter is pulling away with the lead thanks to a fierce battle for second.
1:42
Chip Grenier is looking under John Donahue for second place.
1:42
Restart – Lap Six – Randy Potter leads into turn one.
1:41
The car that Randy Potter is leading the B-Main with right now is the same car that he finished second with in the ACT Late Model Tour season finale last night at Airborne Speedway (NY).
1:40
The top two drivers in this race, Randy Potter and John Donahue, are both sponsored today by Speedway Sports Park – which provided next-to-the-track camping for several members of the Speed51.com gang during this year’s races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
1:39
Randy Potter, John Donahue and Chip Grenier are currently in transfer spots.
1:38
The caution is out at lap seven.
1:38
Joey Laquerre, Reno Gervais and Marcel Gravel have spun in turn one.
1:38
Jim Morris got very sideways out of turn four, but saved the car and did not wreck.
1:38
Lap four – Randy Potter has pulled away to a three car-length lead.
1:37
Eric Chase and Jamie Aube are doing plenty of door-slamming while battling for fifth.
1:37
Chip Grenier has moved up to third.
1:37
John Donahue is battling back on the low side.
1:36
Green Flag – Randy Potter leads lap one.
1:36
Also in the B-Main field will be Chip Grenier, Jamie Aube, Brett Wheeler, Quenten Welch, Eric Chase, Reno Gervais, Marcel Gravel, Jamie Fisher, Jimmy Hebert, Jonathan Bouvrette, Joey Laquerre, Lance Allen, Mike Kenison, Bryan Mason and a handful of other drivers.
1:34
John Donahue and Randy Potter will start on the front row for the B-Main.
1:34
Six cars that did not advance through their Late Model heat races have been placed into the Milk Bowl field based on their qualifying times. Those competitors are Jonathan Urlin, Dave Whitcomb, Ben Rowe, Brooks Clark, Mike Bailey and Joey Becker.
1:34
There will also be three provisionals available. One each for a Thunder Road regular, an ACT Late Model Tour regular and an ACT Castrol (Quebec) Series regular.
1:32
Only the top three finishers will advance out of the B-Main and into the Milk Bowl.
1:32
The 20-lap B-Main for the Late Models is up next.
1:20
Rent-A-Wreck Fall Foliage 200 Unofficial Results
ACT Late Model Tour – Série ACT Castrol
Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed
1. (3) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, 200 Laps
2. (1) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 200 Laps
3. (7) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, 200 Laps
4. (18) Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH, 200 Laps
5. (5) Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, ME, 200 Laps
6. (20) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 200 Laps
7. (4) DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH, 200 Laps
8. (29) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC, 200 Laps
9. (6) Ben Rowe, Turner, ME, 200 Laps
10. (27) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC, 200 Laps
11. (17) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 200 Laps
12. (21) Chip Grenier, Graniteville, VT, 200 Laps
13. (13) Patrick Cliche, St-Jean-Chrysostome, QC, 200 Laps
14. (19) Craig Bushey, Fairfax, VT, 200 Laps
15. (2) Karl Allard, Quebec, QC, 200 Laps
16. (30) David Michaud, Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, QC, 200 Laps
17. (16) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, 199 Laps
18. (15) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 199 Laps
19. (12) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp., ME, 198 Laps
20. (31) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 197 Laps
21. (24) Brandon White, Kahnawake, QC, 197 Laps
22. (34) Patrick Hamel, St-Edouard, QC, 197 Laps
23. (26) Bucko Branham, Plattsburgh, NY, 195 Laps
24. (33) James Linardy, Somerville, MA, 194 Laps
25. (25) Joey Becker, Jeffersonville, VT, 168 Laps
26. (14) Mike Bruno, Rutland, VT, 167 Laps
27. (11) Jonathan Urlin, London, ON, 164 Laps
28. (23) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH, 163 Laps
29. (9) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 145 Laps
30. (8) Jean-Francois Dery, Quebec, QC, 144 Laps
31. (35) Dany Trepanier, St-Edouard, QC, 142 Laps
32. (32) Stephane Descoste, Oka, QC, 105 Laps
33. (36) #Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME, 52 Laps
34. (28) Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC, 41 Laps
35. (22) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 41 Laps
36. (10) Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, 15 Laps
Time of Race: 1:50:48
Cautions: 12 (laps 15, 40, 52, 59, 74, 82, 130, 146, 160, 165, 169, 178)
Leaders: Karl Allard, 1-17; Randy Potter, 18-41; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., 42-52; Potter, 53-60; Polewarczyk, 61-75; Potter, 76-84; Polewarczyk, 85-131; Patrick Laperle, 132-176; Polewarczyk, 177-178; Potter, 179-186; Polewarczyk, 187-200.
1:20
Last night, the regular ACT Late Model Tour season concluded at Airborne Speedway in upstate New York. Here is the box score from that event:
1:18
A total of 50 Late Models are here today to try and qualify for the Milk Bowl. Many of the ACT Late Model teams and Thunder Road regulars are here today along with a few Canadian drivers and representatives from Riverside Speedway (NH), Oxford Plains Speedway (ME), White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) and a multi-time PASS North champion in Ben Rowe.
1:16
That concludes the first round of heat races for the Milk Bowl. The B-Main will be next for the Late Models.
1:16
Ricky Rolfe has also been announced as a qualifier for the Milk Bowl.
1:16
Nick Sweet wins the third heat race over Craig Bushey, Cody Blake, Cris Michaud and Matt White.
1:15
Nick Sweet is in his own zip code.
1:15
Ricky Rolfe is losing ground again.
1:15
We are now at lap 23.
1:14
Cody Blake is now looking outside Craig Bushey for second place.
1:14
Cody Blake is now back to third.
1:14
Cris Michaud has retaken third.
1:14
Cody Blake just shot by Cris Michaud on the outside for third.
1:14
We are now at lap 20.
1:14
Cris Michaud is now pressuring Craig Bushey for second.
1:13
Ricky Rolfe has halved the distance to fifth-place Matt White.
1:13
Cody Blake is sliding all over the track to try and pass Cris Michaud for third.
1:13
We are now at lap 15.
1:13
Nick Sweet is running way with the lead.
1:12
Matt White currently holds down the final transfer spot.
1:12
Ricky Rolfe is now up to sixth and has Matt White in his sights. White is a dozen car lengths ahead right now though.
1:12
Ricky Rolfe is now back up to seventh and pedaling hard to regain the lead pack.
1:11
Cody Blake and Matt White are now both in transfer spots.
1:11
Ricky Rolfe has slowed ont he track and was then hit in the rear by Jonathan Urlin. Both drivers have slipped out of the top five as a result.
1:11
Ricky Rolfe, Cris Michaud and Jonathan Urlin also hold transfer spots currently.
1:10
Craig Bushey is now up to second.
1:10
Nick Sweet is pulling away to a strong lead at lap four.
1:10
Craig Bushey is now challenging Ricky Rolfe for second.
1:10
Hunter Bates had a bad start and slipped away from the field at the start.
1:09
Nick Sweet leads the third heat race into turn one.
1:08
Starting Lineup
Heat Three1. Nick Sweet
2. Ricky Rolfe
3. Craig Bushey
4. Jonathan Urlin
5. Cris Michaud
6. Matt White
7. Cody Blake
8. Joey Becker
9. Quinten Welch
10. Jeff Taylor
11. Chip Grenier
12. Jim Morris
13. Jonathan Bouvrette
14. Mike Kenison
15. Brandon White
16. Hunter Bates
1:08
Among those not transferring out of the second heat race were Randy Potter, Brett Wheeler, Reno Gervais, Mike Bailey, Lance Allen, Jimmy Hebert, Marcel Gravel, Brad Mattson, Ricky Roberts and Jimmy Linardy.
1:07
Grant Folsom, Scott Payea, Joey Pole, Brent Dragon and Trampas Demers also earned transfer spots out of the second heat race.
1:06
Dave Pembroke has won the second heat race.
1:04
Dave Pembroke enjoys a four car-length lead at lap 16 of 25.
1:04
Randy Potter has moved up to seventh from his starting spot of ninth and is one pass away from making it into the Milk Bowl.
1:03
Grant Folsom, Joey Pole, Scott Payea, Brent Dragon and Trampas Demers are also currently in transfer spots.
1:03
Dave Pembroke has led the first 10 laps of the second heat race.
1:02
Second Heat Race
Starting Lineup1. Dave Pembroke
2. Grant Folsom
3. Joey Pole
4. Brent Dragon
5. Scott Payea
6. Ben Rowe
7. Trampas Demers
8. Mike Bailey
9. Randy Potter
10. Brett Wheeler
11. Reno Gervais
12. Lance Allen
13. Jimmy Hebert
14. Marcel Gravel
15. Brad Mattson
16. Ricky Roberts
17. Jimmy Linardy
1:01
Not qualifying through the first heat race were John Donahue, Jamie Aube, Eric Chase, Dave Whitcomb, Wayne Helliwell, Jamie Fisher, Brooks Clark, Joey Laquerre, Bryan Mason, Travis Sterns and Tommy Ricker.
1:00
Since Hoar was already qualified through time trials, sixth place finisher Travis Fadden also has made it into the Milk Bowl starting lineup.
12:59
The top five non-qualified cars, which does not include the top duo from time trials – Brian Hoar and Dave Pembroke – advance through each heat race.
12:59
Brian Hoar, Jean Paul Cyr, Phil Scott, Glen Luce and Austin Theirault were the top five finishers in the first Milk Bowl Late Model heat race.
12:58
Brian Hoar has won the first 25-lap heat race for the Milk Bowl.
12:57
Travis Fadden and Jamie Aube are now making contact battling for the sixth position.
12:54
The top 11 cars are currently single file.
12:54
At lap six, Brian Hoar leads Jean Paul Cyr, Phil Scott, Glen Luce and Austin Theirault.
12:54
Dave Whitcomb and Jamie Aube have made contact down the fronstretch in this heat race. Both drivers straightened their cars and continued without spinning or wrecking.
12:53
Brian Hoar is currently extending his lead on Jean Paul Cyr.
12:53
Brian Hoar has led the first three laps of the first Late Model heat races.
12:52
Heat One Lineup1. Brian Hoar
2. Phil Scott
3. Jean Paul Cyr
4. Austin Theirault
5. Glen Luce
6. Dave Whitcomb
7. Travis Fadden
8. Brooks Clark
9. Jamie Aube
10. Eric Chase
11. John Donahue
12. Jamie Fisher
13. Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
14. Joey Laquerre
15. Travis Sterns
16. Bryan Mason
17. Tommy Ricker
12:51
Heat One Lineup
12:37
Joey Pole’s #97 Ford Late Model.
12:36
Mike Kenison’s #3 Late Model.
12:35
The drive to Vermont’s Thunder Road Speedbowl is a colorful one this time of the season.
12:34
Speed51.com has partnered up with Speed Media, of Grand Rapids, MI, for a Best Appearing Car Award today, as well as many other short track events this season. Speed Media is the leader in racecar graphics not just in the Midwest, but throughout the country. Their car designs have won many Best Appearing Car awards at races everywhere and they also have created results-getting marketing materials for drivers of all types. Speed51.com’s staff here at the track will narrow down a list of five finalists and will be putting their photos up during our Trackside Now coverage later on. From there, we will decide on the winner of the Best Appearing Car, but we also want to hear from you. We’ll open up the “Comments” section to you, the fans, for who you think has the Best Appearing car. For more on Speed Media, visit www.speed-media.com.
12:33
12:32
We hope to have a full qualifying rundown later on if that is available.
12:31
Qualifying is complete. Brian Hoar is the fastest qualifier.
12:31
Ben Rowe is back int he #10 Avery Motorsports entry this weekend. He drove this car a few years ago to several ACT Tour victories, but has been out of the car this season as Brent Dragon has been its driver in a partial schedule when his own car hasn’t been at the track.
12:30
A sixth car, the #15 of Joey Laquerre is also on the track currently. However, Laquerre took part in an earlier session and the media members are scratching their heads to figure out why he is on the track. A plausible explanation is that Laquerre’s time might not have been properly recorded earlier.
12:29
Ben Rowe, Brent Dragon, Quinny Welch, Jonathan Urlin and an unknown Canadian in the #96 Late Model are currently on the track for this practice session.
12:28
Phil Scott was the quickest qualifier in this session at 13.156 seconds. That places him fourth currently in the rundown.
12:27
Former Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle is not here today. He had a family matter to attend to back in his home province of Quebec and could not make it to Thunder Road.
12:26
Tommy Ricker’s #6ME Late Model.
12:25
Nick Sweet’s #88 Late Model.
12:25
Ricky Rolfe, Glen Luce, Phil Scott, John Donahue and Joey Becker are all out on the track as the next group of qualifiers.
12:25
The fastest qualifying in this session was Joey Pole – however he did not qualify on the front row of the Milk Bowl this year. Pole is a former Milk Bowl pole winner.
12:23
Joey Pole, Craig Bushey, Jamie Aube, Hunter Bates and Grant Folsom are out in this latest qualifying session.
12:22
Matt White’s #42 Late Model.
12:21
Dave Pembroke has just posted the second quickest qualifying lap of the day so far.
12:20
Brett Wheeler’s #1 Late Model.
12:20
Also celebrating a championship this year is Brian Hoar – who is your 2011 ACT Late Model champion.
12:20
Dave Pembroke is the 2011 Late Model track champion here at Thunder Road.
12:19
Scott Payea’s #89 Late Model.
12:19
Austin Therirault, Scott Payea, Jimmy Linardy, Dave Pembroke and Randy Potter are next out on the track to qualify.
12:18
Randy Potter’s #02 Late Model.
12:17
Dave Whitcomb, Brett Wheeler, Chip Grenier and Marcel Gravel are among those out to qualify in this group.
12:16
Brooks Clark’s #68 Late Model.
12:16
Rich Lowrey, Brad Mattson, Lance Allen and Jim Morris are among those out for this session.
12:13
Matt White was the quickest in the latest qualifying session with a best lap of 13.302 second. Brian Hoar is still the fastest qualifier so far. Nick Sweet is currently second followed by Jean Paul Cyr, Cris Michaud and White.
12:11
Jimmy Hebert’s Halloween-colored #58 Late Model.
12:10
The next group of qualifier consists of Jamie Fisher, Trampas Demers, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Matt White and Brooks Clark.
12:10
Nick Sweet was the quickest qualifier in this group. His best lap of 13.155 seconds is now second to current polesitter Brian Hoar’s fast time.
12:09
Nick Sweet, Travis Fadden, Mike “Beetle” Bailey, Reno Gervais and Jonathan Bouvrette are in the qualifying group that is now on the track.
12:06
Jean Paul Cyr’s #32 Late Model.
12:06
Brian Hoar now has the fastest qualifying lap at 13.049 seconds.
12:05
Eric Chase’s #40 Late Model.
12:04
The second group of qualifiers is now on the track. Cris Michaud, Eric Chase, Brian Hoar, Jeff Taylor and Mike Kenison are in this group.
12:03
Jimmy Hebert is currently second in qualifying.
12:03
Thunder Road and ACT head Tom Curley rides through the pit area to call teams out for their qualifying laps.
12:03
Jean Paul Cyr was the quickest qualifier in the first group of Late Models with a best lap of 13.226 seconds.
12:02
The first group of five qualifiers is out on the track now – Jean Paul Cyr, Jimmy Hebert, Joey Laquerre, Tommy Ricker and Cody Blake.
12:01
There are going to be time trials for the Milk Bowl to set the front row for the race, but in the interest of saving time on this shortened raceday, they will be going out five at a time – similar to a NASCAR road race. This will make it a bit tough to follow live, but we will have the qualifying results after the sessions are completed.
12:00
Phil Scott’s #14 Late Model.
11:42
We will take a short break to stroll through the pit area for some pit notes and photos. We’ll be back in a short bit.
11:42
Practice for the Milk Bowl takes place against an autumn backdrop at Thunder Road.
11:41
Currently, final practice for the ACT Late Models is underway at Thunder Road. We do not have access to any live timing and scoring for this session.
11:40
Wayne Helliwell, Jr.’s #27 Ford Late Model.
11:39
2011 ACT Late Model champion Brian Hoar’s #37 Late Model.
11:38
Jeff Taylor’s green #88 Late Model.
11:36
Speaking of Distance Racing, the Hound Dog Racing #88 of car builder Jeff Taylor is here today. Taylor has won a pair of ACT races so far this season.
11:36
Your fellow Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) Late Model regular “Two Lap” Tommy Ricker is here today….you ought to bring out the #84 again next season to this race.
11:36
Comment From matty sanborn 

wish i was there…. but having my race team BBQ today and enjoying the coverage! go Distance Racing!

11:35
We will be postings various shots of different Milk Bowl racecars this morning, so let us now which ones you think should be in the running for the Best Appearing Car award.
11:34
Originally, the Milk Bowl was scheduled for last Sunday here at Thunder Road, but rain washed out the two-day race weekend. It was then rescheduled for today as a one-day show. Weather will not be an issue today. There are no clouds in the sky and it is a beautiful fall day with temps in the mid 70’s.
11:33
Speed51.com has partnered up with Speed Media, of Grand Rapids, MI, for a Best Appearing Car Award today, as well as many other short track events this season. Speed Media is the leader in racecar graphics not just in the Midwest, but throughout the country. Their car designs have won many Best Appearing Car awards at races everywhere and they also have created results-getting marketing materials for drivers of all types. Speed51.com’s staff here at the track will narrow down a list of five finalists and will be putting their photos up during our Trackside Now coverage later on. From there, we will decide on the winner of the Best Appearing Car, but we also want to hear from you. We’ll open up the “Comments” section to you, the fans, for who you think has the Best Appearing car. For more on Speed Media, visit www.speed-media.com.
11:30
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11:29
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11:26
Good Morning from Barre, Vermont where fall colors are in full effect and the Milk Bowl is at Thunder Road Speedbowl. We’ll be here with Trackside Now live coverage of today’s non-points ACT Late Model race. Sit down, strap in and enjoy!

Trackside Now: 49th Annual Milk Bowl – Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) – 10/09/11