49th Milk Bowl Goes Sunday

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. kisses the cow after winning last year's 48th annual Milk Bowl. (ACT photo)
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. kisses the cow after winning last year's 48th annual Milk Bowl. (ACT photo)

BARRE, Vt. — American Canadian Tour Late Model teams are riding high as they prepare for the 49th annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl Sunday.

The buzz still lingers following the third annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which is considered by many as the best event of the tripleheader Sept. 24.

No one created more buzz than the 2010 “King of the Road” Nick Sweet. Sweet ran down eventual Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald for a thrilling 15-lap side-by-side battle. Sweet will carry his momentum into the Milk Bowl, looking for his third big Thunder Road win of the season. The Barre native has already won the season opening Merchants Bank 150 and the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200.

Other contenders include eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar, who will attempt to earn his third career Milk Bowl win as he comes off a sixth place finish in the Invitational. The 2010 Milk Bowl Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. followed Hoar to the line for seventh at NHMS and will be looking for his first ACT win since the Goodyear Speedweeks Cup in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., this past February.

Dave Pembroke earned his second Thunder Road Late Model title already this season. He will now attempt to claim his second career Milk Bowl win. Pembroke spent the majority of the season battling with three-time King of the Road Lt. Governor Phil Scott. After finishing second to Pembroke in the final standings, Scott will look for redemption with a third Milk Bowl win.

John Donahue finished third in the final Thunder Road standings with the most wins in 2011, including the Memorial Day Classic and the VT Governor’s Cup. Patrick Laperle has already secured the 2011 Série ACT Castrol Championship and will be looking for his record tying fourth career Milk Bowl win.

The 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl is Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday will be the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying day with a post time of 1:30 p.m. The Late Models will be joined by the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors.