50th Milk Bowl: More Than a Race

A Fan’s Perspective:

The 50th Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Saturday and Sunday, September

29-30 will be the biggest stock car race and certainly one of the biggest sporting events

ever in the state of Vermont. But it will be more than a stock car race; it will be a



The 50th Milk Bowl will be a celebration of the traditions and history that have not only

built the Milk Bowl into one of the biggest and toughest stock car racing events in the

nation, but also Thunder Road into the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

The previous 49 Milk Bowl Champions will be the main focus as the weekend builds

with Champion’s dinners, bonfires, fireworks, tent dances, bands and more. Thunder

Road legends Harold “Hardluck” Hanaford, Johnny Gammell, Bobby and Beaver

Dragon, Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, Robbie Crouch and more will be honored for

their Milk Bowl wins.

The weekend will build from qualifying, with probably 60 cars fighting for one of 30

starting spots in the Milk Bowl first segment, and continue through each segment of the

Milk Bowl (50 laps in the first, 75 each in the second and third). Heading into the final 75

circuits of the weekend, only a handful of competitors will be left with a chance at the

$10,000 payday. Watching them, whether 2, 3, or more contenders in the final segment,

is truly edge-of-your-seat racing.

As the laps wind down and the winner comes into view, the previous 49 champions will

fade into the background. Only one driver will survive the paint swapping, three-wide,

gloves-off-brawl that is the third segment of the Milk Bowl. Once the dust settles, the

focus will turn to the 50th Milk Bowl Champion locking lips with a Vermont beauty

queen, raising the milk can over his head, chugging a half gallon of milk and taking his

place among the greats of Thunder Road.

The thousands of competitors that have tackled the Barre highbanks, including the 49

that have conquered them, will have paved the way for one driver to be crowned the

50th People’s United Bank Champion and carve his name into the granite monument

and the history books.

Editor’s Note: Booth Bros./HP Hood qualifying begins Saturday, September 29, while

Sunday, September 30 will feature over 400 laps of ACT Late Model action in the 50th

People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. Post time both days begins at 1:00pm. Advanced sale

adult tickets are on sale at the Thunder Road office 802-244-6963, and at select

Northern Vermont Bond Auto Part stores. Camping opens at 4:00pm on Thursday,

September 27.


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New Holland Becomes Official Agricultural Equipment Of NASCAR

Innovative Equipment Essential To Thousands Of Corn Growers

Contributing To The Production of Ethanol


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2012) — In a joint announcement today at the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council® meeting in Chicago, New Holland became the Official Agricultural Equipment of NASCAR®. New Holland, the latest NASCAR Official Partner, has served the needs of farmers and ranchers across North America for more than 110 years, and its equipment plays a critical role in the production of ethanol. 



In 2011, NASCAR announced a switch in its three national series to Sunoco Green E15, a 15-percent ethanol blend fuel made with corn grown in the United States. The low-carbon fuel emits 20% less greenhouse emissions than unleaded gasoline. New Holland manufactures a wide range of equipment essential for the crop production and harvesting of corn used to produce the biofuel.  


"We are proud of our newly expanded alliance with NASCAR and the role our equipment plays in helping power the sport,” said Abe Hughes, vice president of New Holland, North America. “We are the agricultural industry’s Clean Energy Leader, and are looking forward to further enhancing our 30-year relationship with a sport that is pushing the bar on clean and efficient fuel that is not only helping to restore America’s energy independence, but also serves to strengthen American farmers and the rural economy. New Holland stands 100% behind this impact.”


“NASCAR welcomes New Holland, a company rich in tradition and innovation, as our newest official partner,” said Jim O’Connell, NASCAR chief sales officer. “The use of New Holland’s equipment will positively impact hard-working family farmers grow the corn that will be used to produce ethanol.”


Growth Energy, a leading ethanol advocacy organization, and the National Corn Growers Association created the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR to push for broad acceptance of a renewable domestic fuel for American motorists. New Holland will work to support this partnership throughout the remainder of the 2012 NASCAR season to support the farmers who play a vital role in the ethanol industry.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, MRN Radio, PRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand-loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as three international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the GEICO 400, will air September 16 on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.



New Holland Agriculture is a division of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A.(FI.MI). New Holland Agriculture sells and services an innovative line of agricultural equipment, including a full line of tractors, hay and forage equipment, harvesting, crop production and material handling equipment. Sales, parts and service are provided by more than 1,000 New Holland dealers throughout North America. For over 30 years, New Holland has been a supplier of tractors and equipment to maintain many of NASCAR-sanctioned tracks throughout the country and now is an official partner with the NASCAR organization.



Chris Tropeano


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Série ACT Castrol Champion To Be Decided

Attached Photo: DeryLaperle.jpg - Two-time Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle (Orange) and second-place point man Jean-Francois Dery (Gray) douse each other in champagne in victory lane.  Dery and Laperle are locked in a head-to-head battle for the championship that will crown one of them this Sunday, September 16 at Autodrome St Eustache. (Photo Credit: Stephane Lazare)


Déry, Laperle Faceoff For the Title

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Waterbury, VT - When the checkered flag drops this Sunday, September 16 at Autodrome St-Eustache, a Champion of the Série ACT Castrol Series will be crowned. The epic championship battle has morphed into a two-car war between defending Champion Patrick Laperle and top talent Jean-Francois Déry who will put everything on the line in hopes of a title this weekend.


Déry started the year off in style with a pair of third place finishes in the first two events, but a stray rock at Riverside Speedway left him with a 24th place finish, and dropped him from the point lead down to sixth. Laperle suffered transmission problems in the second event of the year, leaving both teams behind the eight ball in the early going.


But Déry and Laperle refused to be pushed aside. Laperle finished outside of the podium only twice for the rest of the season after his hard luck – Déry only once. With three wins apiece, and top fives in nearly every event, it all comes down to a 30-point lead for Laperle heading into Autodrome St Eustache’s Série ACT Castrol Finale this Sunday, September 16.


Laperle is a two-time Série ACT Castrol Champion, as well as an American Canadian Tour Champion. For Déry, it would be his first championship.


“I think we’ve got a good chance if we can get some luck,” said Laperle, referring to mechanical failures in the first half of the season. “Déry is very good, and you just never know what can happen in a race. If the car stays together, we have a good shot,” he finished.


Dery is hungry to say the least.


“Laperle is very strong. I cannot decide where he will finish, but I will do my job to win the race. I am ready to fight for this championship,” said Dery. When asked about his relationship with Laperle, his answer was simple: “He is not my best friend.”


The Série ACT Castrol finale at St Eustache (QC) starts this Sunday, September 16. Post time is 1:00pm.


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





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NO TRANSLATION NEEDED: Trepanier Wins Showdown



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Crazy Horse Driver Stamps Mark On ACT Castrol Series With Victory



SAINT EDOUARD, Quebec – Dany Trepanier visited Mitch Green before the start of the 2011 ACT Castrol Series season and promised him one thing.


“I will be annoying,” Trepanier told the owner of Crazy Horse Racing.


Trepanier was coming off a rookie season in the ACT Castrol Series, and the veteran of the Sportsman ranks and an eight-year go-karting career needed some help. He works with a small crew on the No. 19 Trepanier Motorsports Ford Fusion – including himself as both crew chief and driver – and wanted somebody to help him find more speed.


So he paid a visit to Crazy Horse Racing.


“I don't have any money,” Trepanier told Green. “I'm not a millionaire, but I'm doing the sport of a millionaire. I asked if I could call them... I told Mitch that I was going to be annoying, because I was going to call him all the time.”


What happened next, Trepanier remembers, put him at ease.


“Mitch handed me a business card, flipped it over and wrote his cell phone number on the back of it,” Trepanier said. “He looked at me and said, '24 hours a day.'”


The trust that Trepanier put in Green – and the availability that Green offered him – paid off last weekend when Trepanier won his first career ACT Late Model Tour race. He led 193 laps en route to winning the annual All-Star “Showdown At Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec.


Sixth in the current ACT Castrol Series standings heading into this weekend's season finale at Saint Eustache, Trepanier is headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week for the fourth annual ACT Invitational as one of 43 Late Model drivers from the United States and Canada.


“To win the Showdown, I'm not intimidated no more by any other driver like (Brian) Hoar, Joey (Polewarczyk), Austin Theriault, Patrick Laperle. Now, I only have confidence. It was the best Americans and the best from our series, and I beat them all and I'm proud of that.”


Trepanier never wavered in his belief that he could compete with the best the ACT has to offer. He admits that the trip to Victory Lane came sooner than he expected, but that he knew in time he could be a threat to win.


That's where Crazy Horse Racing entered the picture.


“It's like I paid him a million dollars to get that kind of service from Mitch, and he does it because he loves the sport,” Trepanier said. “To perform with the best in only two years, with no crew chief and only Mitch on the phone during the race, is amazing. I call Mitch several times during the race (weekends) to see what I can do with something. Any problem, I call Mitch. He always helps.”


Though the winner's check for the Showdown At Chaudiere was actually worth $5,000, Trepanier felt like the Million Dollar Man. His English may not be the best – but there's no language barrier when it comes to the spirit of short-track racing.


You don't need a translator in Victory Lane.


“It's the gift of hard and long work in the garage every night with the boys on the team, leaving the girlfriend behind, all of those things,” Trepanier said. “I was hoping to win, but I never got frustrated about that because I never set that as an (expectation).


“To win that race was not what I was thinking going into it – I was really happy about that. It was a surprise. If it would have been in five years, I would have thought, 'OK,' But in three years, going up front with the strongest guys, the Americans, for a third-year racer – it was higher than my hope.”




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