Thunder Road's 50th Milk Bowl Reaches Record $100,000

Historic Winnings Posted for Marquee Race


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Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced that the 50th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, September 30th, will boast winnings exceeding $100,000 for competitors at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement.”  It is the highest purse ever posted for the event deemed the “Toughest Short Track Race in America”.


 The season-ending event for Barre’s Thunder Road has long been a marquee for Northeast Auto Racing, but the 50th anniversary will be even more special.  The weekend will include a “Reserve Milk Bowl” for up to thirty competitors who do not qualify for the 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl.  It will be comprised of a two-segment feature event, as well as a $20,000 purse of its own, with $3,000 going to the winner. 


Long time track promoter Tom Curley feels the 50th anniversary is well worth it.

“For over 50 years Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl has garnered a reputation for racers and fans as one of the most difficult and competitive races in North America,” said Curley. “To celebrate the 50th running of this event, we felt it was appropriate to raise the stakes and offer anybody who wants to enter an opportunity to race that weekend.  The “Reserve Milk Bowl”, with a purse of over $20,000, will give everybody that opportunity,’” he finished.  


The drivers were ecstatic to be racing for the most money in Milk Bowl history.


“Wow, that’s just awesome,” remarked 2011 Milk Bowl Champion Brian Hoar.  “Most big races for other series are around that $20,000 mark.  Man, this is what it’s all about!”


2008 Track Champion Eric Williams was also taken back.  “Whoa, that certainly makes it worth my while,” he grinned.


Even Lt. Governor Phil Scott got in on the action saying, “That’s some extra incentive for sure. It really doesn’t get much better than that, everyone is going to want to run it!”


The 50th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl kicks off with qualifying on Saturday, September 29, and will begin with a 1:00pm post time on Sunday, September 30.


For additional information head to www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com, or contact our office at (802_ 244-6963 or media@acttour.com




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Dery Stays Hot, Capitalizes in Riverside 150

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St-Croix – Quebec City’s Jean Francois Dery dominated the field on the way to his second victory in a row in the Riverside 150 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, July 14.  Dery battled all race long with hometown heroes Dany Trepanier and Patrick Hamel who came home second and third respectively. 


The first 75 lap segment of two was dominated early by St-Edouard, QC’s Trepanier who started from the second position.  A lap 31 caution restart, however, brought Dery to the front of segment one.  Trepanier battled back on the inside lane on lap 35, reclaiming the lead for eight more laps, until a lap 44 restart brought Dery to the front row once again.  Dery took off once again on the restart, leading until Trepanier took the lead for good on lap 54. 

Segment 2 featured battle-scarred Karl Allard, who was involved in a nasty multi-car wreck in his heat, starting from the pole to develop a large advantage over the field.  Hamel slowly reeled him in for the lead, and finally stole it from him on the outside lane after a lap 31 caution.  Hamel stretched his lead until a hungry Dery had made his way through the field to Hamel’s back bumper.  Dery took the lead for three laps on lap 64, but Hamel drove to victory in the second segment to claim third overall, just one point shy of Trepanier for second. 

Patrick Cliche made his way to fourth overall, and David Michaud battled back in the second segment to complete the top five.  Steven Boissoneault was sixth, defending Champion Patrick Laperle fought through a series of flat tires to come home seventh, and Jonathan Bouvrette, Allard, and Steve Lesage rounded out the top ten.  Point leader Donald Theetge suffered a blown engine in segment 1, ending his day with a nineteenth place finish.

The race was completed in 2 hours 2 minutes and 27 seconds, and was slowed by 13 cautions.

Dery has already been invited to the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22.

Several Quebec teams will be in action for the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME his Sunday, July 22.  ACT Serie Castrol will resume at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC on July 28. 


Riverside 150 (Twin 75s) – Unofficial Results

Serie ACT Castrol

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Circuit Riverside Speedway – St-Croix, QC

Pos. (Start) Car # Driver, Hometown, Seg. #1, Seg. #2, Total, Laps

1. (7) 21qc Jean-Francois Dery, Quebec, QC 2, 2, 4, 150

2. (2) 19qc Dany Trepanier, St-Edouard, QC 1, 4, 5, 150

3. (20) 51qc Patrick Hamel, Sainte-Croix, QC 5, 1, 6, 150

4. (12) 5qc Patrick Cliche, St-Jean-Chry., QC 7, 3, 10, 150

5. (9) 40qc David Michaud, St-An-des-Plns, QC 3, 7, 10, 150

6. (11) 31qc Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, QC 6, 6, 12, 150

7. (10) 91qc Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC 4, 8, 12, 150

8. (5) 41qc Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, QC 8, 9, 17, 150

9. (17) 48qc Karl Allard, Saint-Felicien, QC 15, 5, 20, 137

10. (18) 59qc Steve Lesage, Pont-Rouge, QC 9, 12, 21, 149

11. (1) 98qc #Etienne Cliche, Vallee-Jonction, QC 13, 10, 23, 149

12. (6) 74qc Gaetan Lauzier, St-Pacôme, QC 12, 11, 23, 149

13. (16) 97qc Jacques Poulin, East Broughton, QC 10, 14, 24, 149

14. (13) 13qc #Patrick Boyer, Quebec, QC 11, 15, 26, 148

15. (4) 11qc Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC 16, 13, 29, 133

16. (19) 20qc Eric LeHoux, St-Elzear,QC 14, 17, 31, 103

17. (3) 25qc Yannick Tremblay, Chicoutimi, QC 19, 16, 35, 75

18. (14) 3qc Sylvain Lacombe, Terrebonne, QC 18, 18, 36, 58

19. (8) 80qc Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC 17, 19, 36, 59


Lap Leaders: Segment 1: Dany Trepanier (1-31), Jean-Francois Dery (32-34), Trepanier (35-43), Dery (44-53), Trepanier (54-75).  Segment 2: Karl Allard (1-31), Patrick Hamel (32-63), Dery (64-67), Hamel (68-75)                                                                                                                 

Time of Race: 2:02:27 (Segment 1: 1:01:23, Segment 2: 1:01:04)                                                                 

Cautions:  13 (Segment 1: Lap 14,19,31,33,44,54,59, Segment 2: Lap 27, 31, 65, 65, 67, 68)

Heat Winners: Yannick Tremblay, Jean-Francois Dery                                                                                                                    





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Fisher, Theetge First Entries to 50th Milk Bowl

 Attached Photos: Fisher.jpg - Former Thunder Road Champion Jamie Fisher (18vt) battles for the win with Jay Laquerre (50vt).  (Photo Credit: Leif Tillotson)


Theetge.jpg - Two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge (80qc)battles side by side with defending Champion Patrick Laperle (91qc). (Photo Credit: Stephane Lazare)


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Barre, VT – Former Thunder Road Champion Jamie Fisher, and two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge were the first to file entries for the 50th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, September 30 at Barre’s Thunder Road. 


Fisher filed within 30 minutes of receiving his entry form last Thursday. “This may be the biggest Milk Bowl we ever run for, so I didn’t want to waste any time,” said Fisher.  “We’ve finally got the car going great again this year, I think we’ve got a real shot,” he finished.


Two days later in Canada, Theetge handed in his entry minutes after receiving it saying, “I will be there. We are coming to win, and I would love nothing more than to bring the Milk Bowl trophy to Quebec.”


By entering before the early entry August 15th deadline, the pair has been entered into a drawing for eight (8) Goodyear tires for the event. 


Fisher currently rides fifth overall in the Late Model weekly standings in one of the tightest point battles in recent memory at Thunder Road, and has already claimed three podium finishes at the Barre high banks in 2012.  Theetge is on a tear on the Serie ACT Castrol, earning 2 wins and four top fives in the first five starts of the year.  Both drivers are hungry for their first Milk Bowl trophy. 


Qualifying kicks off on Saturday, September 29, and the 50th Annual running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will be on Sunday, September 30.  Post time is 1pm. 


For additional information head to www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com, email us at media@acttour.com, or call the office at (802) 244-6963.




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Les Américains y seront, Jonathan Bouvrette viendra aussi hanter les favoris !



Samedi soir le 21 juillet lors la Coupe Sani-Vac



Les pilotes de la Série Masters Sportsman Canada-USA, disputeront, ce samedi, à l’autodrome St-Eustache, la quatrième manche des six prévues entre les engagés de la division Sportsman ANCA et ceux des « Late Models » de la piste Airborne de Plattsburgh NY.


 Les Américains seront d’attaque avec en piste les favoris du tracé américain qui voudront certainement enregistre un premier gain dans cette série dominée par nos pilotes québécois qui revendiquent les trois premières victoires.  Parmi eux, Branham (20), Begor (19) et Wood (61)  occupent les quatrième, cinquième et siième positions au classement cumulatif, après trois manches. L’écart est seulement de 30 points entre le meneur et la sixième position.


Les gagnants des trois premières courses, Pelletier, qui est devenu papa une deuxième fois au cours de la semaine,  Côté et Bouvrette, ce dernier sera de la partie avec la voiture Sani-Vac #14-, ne voudront certainement pas s’en laisser s’imposer et auront le couteau entre les dents pour cette Coupe Sani-Vac de samedi soir. Il y a également Jean-François Bouvrette et les autres locaux qui ont l’intention de s’illustrer dans le palmarès des vainqueurs de cette série.


Également au programme, les pilotes de la division Sport-Compactes qui reviennent d’une tournée de deux week-ends à Montmagny et Ste-Croix dans le cadre de la triple Couronne Bestbuy, seront de retour à l’ASE pour la poursuite de leur championnat local, championnat dominé par le jeune Maxime Gauvreau, 17 ans, de La Plaine,  confortablement installé en tête devant les deux pilotes de Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac,  à 16 points de Jason Morand et à 20 points de Patrick Boucher.


Les pilotes de la populaire et spectaculaire classe des Légendes Modifiées comptant trois gagnants différents au cours des trois derniers programmes y seront également pour y disputer leur cinquième course de la saison. Stéphane Aubin, de Boisbriand domine à 22 points devant Sylvain Denis de la région de Québec. Ils sont suivis par le gagnant du dernier programme, Stéphane Caron de Laval.


La division de soutien des 8 cylindres, les Production seront également  en piste avec Steve Ladouceur de Ste-Agathe, le dominateur, et ses poursuivants dans cette division où l’action ne manque jamais.


Les pilotes de la relève des Challenge 4 compléteront le programme de la soirée avec la cinquième manche de leur championnat dominé par Mathieu Latreille de St-Eustache. Seulement 25 points séparent les cinq premiers dans cette division qui a vu quatre gagnants différents se relayer depuis le début de la saison.


Pour cette soirée de stock-car, les puits ouvriront à 17h00 pour la Série Masters, tandis que les autres divisions seront accueillies dès 17h30. Les sessions de pratiques débuteront à 18h00, les qualifications suivront à 19h55 et les finales à 21h15 pour se terminer avant 23h00.


Le coût de l’admission dans la section « gradins » est de 20$ pour les adultes, 10$ pour les 13-17ans, tandis que les enfants 12 ans et moins seront admis gratuitement. Le coût sera de 25$ pour tous dans la section « puits ».


Pour toute information, on consulte les sites webs www.autodrome.ca et

www.anca-qc.com ou on appelle au 450-472-6222 ou 514-591-4388.




La Série Masters Sportsman Canada USA


Bucko Branham (20), Robin Wood (61) et Jamie Begor (19), les trois meilleurs américains de la Série Masters


Le gagnant de la course du 7 juillet et meneur au classement, Steve Côté de l’Ile Bizard



Maxime Pelletier, de Mascouche un des favoris dans cette course au championnat.




Source : Yves Ladouceur pour l’Autodrome St-Eustache


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