Milk Bowl Favors Thunder Road Regulars

Milk Bowl Favors Thunder Road Regulars


ATTACHED PHOTO: TR_Regulars.jpg - Two-time Thunder Road Champions Derrick O'Donnell and Nick Sweet lead the contingent of strong Thunder Road regulars who are favored to win the Milk Bowl. (Photo by Alan Ward)


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        Waterbury, VT – The 2014 People's United Bank Milk Bowl has the makings of a battle between the Thunder Road (TR) regular teams and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams. The depth of the TR teams seems to give an edge to the Thunder Road regulars. Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, Alex Labbe from Quebec City and Patrick Laperle, Montreal, QC, will join touring regulars Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Jeff White, but it's the regular Thunder Road weekly teams that look to make 2014 their year to kiss the cow.


"I don't know, Thunder Road is like coming home and putting your slippers on after a hard day's work," said two-time Champion Nick Sweet from Barre. "I just think lots of guys worry more about the widow maker, the high banks, and the narrow front stretch than they do about those of us that race weekly at the 'Road. I know I have my hands full racing Derrick (O'Donnell, Champion in 2013 and 2014), Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brooks Clark, Shawn Fleury, David Pembroke and Phil Scott…geez the list goes on and on with who can win 50 lappers at Thunder Road. I just know it is going to be a lot of fun, and it is a great way to end the race season," concluded Sweet.


Teams from around New England and Canada will compete for the $10,000.00 dollars to win. Over 40 of the best Late Model drivers in the Northeast will attempt to qualify through time trials, 50 lap qualifiers, last chance races, and then still have to race three more 50-lap features before one driver will get the Thunder Road tradition of kissing the cow in victory lane. No wonder the 52 year-old race is called the "toughest short track race in America".


"I guess if the Milk Bowl were three 100 lappers or 150 lappers, the regular Tour guys probably have some edge, but I know how hard it is to beat the TR regular weekly teams" said Derrick O'Donnell. "I am really proud to be a Thunder Road defending Champion and welcome the competition from veteran ACT teams. My goal is to win the Milk Bowl. It will not only be a great personal accomplishment, but in some strange way it will feel good to keep the Milk Bowl 'in house'," said the two-time Thunder Road Champion O'Donnell.


Many Thunder Road fans may pick Sweet, the first time winner and now defending Milk Bowl winner, to repeat. Others have seen O'Donnell surge to win his second in a row "King of the Road" title. Many of the famous TR bank dwellers, who generally like the underdogs, might favor a young new star like Jason Corliss or Chip Grenier. Older Thunder Road fans will remember when former champions Phil Scott and Dave Pembroke each won two Milk Bowls. Canadians will be rooting for Patrick Laperle to grab his fourth Milk Bowl, or perhaps the new Champion of the ACT Série Quebec, Alex Labbe, to bring the milk can trophy back to Quebec.


Whatever the outcome, the People's United Bank Milk Bowl is certainly a one of a kind event in all of racing. For half a century racers have been chasing the dream of being the best there is on a fall day in Vermont. This Sunday, October 12, 2014 the dream comes true for the 52nd time.


Camping will open for fans on Friday, October 10 at 9am and campers must be off the grounds by noon on Monday, October 13. Admission to the two day race is just $30 for Saturday and Sunday, only $25 for Milk Bowl Sunday, and $10 for Saturday only qualifying. Saturday will feature triple 50 lap qualifiers for ACT Late Models, time trials for all three divisions, and first segment 'mini milk bowls' for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Bond Auto Tiger divisions. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge both days. Gates will open at 10am and post time is 1:00 on Saturday and 12:30 for opening ceremonies on Sunday.


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, or visit acttour.com, or thunderroadspeedbowl.com.



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2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released For 10thAnniversary Season

2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released For 10thAnniversary Season


-       Hickory Motor Speedway to host season-ending Mason Dixon Meltdown for the first time, in addition to the traditional running of the Easter Bunny 150 in the Spring


-       Series will host first racing event of any kind since 2012 at Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend


-       Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway return to PASS South Super Late Model schedule in 2015


-       For Immediate Release


CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2015 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models.  The 10thAnniversary season for the South's top short track series will be highlighted by the return of stock car racing to the triangular shaped, half-mile Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend and by the move of the Mason Dixon Meltdown to the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time in series history.  With 15 dates confirmed and an additional date to possibly be added in September, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues over the course of the 2015 season. 

            "We are very pleased to be able to release our 2015 PASS South Super Late Model schedule at such an early date and hope that will help our fans and competitors as they prepare for next season," said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  "We're very excited and honored that the PASS South Super Late Models will be bringing new life to Concord Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.  Additionally, Hickory Motor Speedway has been at the heart of the series since it started in 2006 and we look forward to capping off our 10th Anniversary season there in November.  All in all, we've got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities."

For the fifth time in the last seven years, the 2015 PASS South Super Late Model season will kickoff on Saturday, March 7th with the 10th Annual South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway.  The series will then travel north on Interstate 95 for the first of three PASS South Super Late Model events to be hosted by Southern NationalMotorsports Park in Lucama, NC on Saturday, March 21. The series will return to Southern National again on Saturday, July 18, while the Fall race at the 4/10 mile speedway will move up to Saturday, September 27.

Hickory Motor Speedway, the longest tenured facility on the PASS South circuit, will also host two of the premier events in short track racing in 2015.  The 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 will bring some of the best racers in North America together again on Saturday, April 4.  And, for the first time since its inception, championships will be decided on Saturday, November 21 when the 10th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown 200 lap event moves to Hickory Motor Speedway in 2015.

            Two of the premier short track facilities in the South will rejoin the PASS South Super Late Model schedule in 2015.  Myrtle Beach Speedway will host the series on Saturday, April 25 and Anderson Motor Speedway returns to the schedule for the first time since 2012 for the Electric City 125 on Friday, June 19.

            An event sure to attract the attention of racers and fans alike will be the PASS South Super Late Model return to Concord Speedway on Saturday, May 23.  The famed half-mile, known for its legendary Big 10 Series, has sat quite since PASS South held the Mason Dixon Meltdown there in 2012.  Nearly three years later, the speedway will come to life again on Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

            South Boston Speedway will again host two popular weekends of racing that see the PASS South Late Models on a stout racing card coupled with Twin 75's for the NASCAR Late Model Stocks and Legends cars on June 6 and August 15.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway, which first began hosting stock car events in 1946 and was once a hotbed for Super Late Model racing, will again host the Firecracker 125 on Friday, July 3.  That event successfully returned to Greenville-Pickens in 2014 after originally being held there from 2008-2010.

Orange County Speedway, a favorite of many PASS South Super Late Model competitors, returns for a tenth straight year with the Orange Blossom Special on October 17.  And, Caraway Speedway will welcome the PASS South Super Late Models back on Saturday, November 7 as part of the North-South Shootout along with the Tour-type Modifieds.

Look for schedules for the PASS North Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, PASS Sportsman and PASS Pro Late Models to be released in the near future. 

And, don't forget, the biggest short track race on asphalt has a new date in 2015.  The 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine will take the green on Sunday, August 30, 2015, paying $25,000 to the winner plus lap leader bonus money.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, PASS South's Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the La Qubecoise Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information.  And, don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.







2015 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule

March 7                     Dillon Motor Speedway (150 laps)                     Dillon, SC

March 21                    Southern National Motorsports Park (150 laps)        Lucama, NC

April 4                                    Hickory Motor Speedway (150 laps)                 Hickory, NC

April 25                      Myrtle Beach Speedway (125 laps)                   Myrtle Beach, SC

May 8                         To Be Announced (TBA)

May 23                       Concord Speedway (TBA)                                     Concord, NC

June 6                        South Boston Speedway (150 laps)                     South Boston, VA

June 19                     Anderson Motor Speedway (125 laps)                 Williamston, SC

July 3                         Greenville Pickens Speedway (125 laps)                       Easley, SC

July 18                       Southern National Motorsports Park (150 laps) Lucama, NC

August 15                  South Boston Speedway (150 laps)                     South Boston, VA

September 13           Possible Date (To Be Determined)

September 27           Southern National Motorsports Park (150 laps  Lucama, NC

October 17                 Orange County Speedway(150 laps)                        Rougemont, NC

November 7              Caraway Speedway (150 laps)                             Sophia, NC

November 21            Hickory Motor Speedway (200 laps)                     Hickory, NC


-       Dates Subject To Change

-       Additional Dates Could Be Added

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