BARRE, Vt. – A total of 46 American Canadian Tour late models were in attendance at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl for Friday’s practice session in anticipation of the 51st People’s United Bank Milk Bowl.
Practice was delayed and started around 1:30pm due to some showers. The session was extended until 6 p.m. to give teams time to get comfortable on the new American Racer tires.
A diverse group of competitors ran near the top of the speed charts all day. Former Milk Bowl Champions Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Brian Hoar, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Cris Michaud and Dave Pembroke were among them. Several drivers looking for their first career Milk Bowl wins also turned quick laps, including Chip Grenier, Trampas Demers, 2013 Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake, Nick Sweet and Stacy Cahoon.
A contingent of Quebec stars was also quick in the practice sessions. Alex Labbe and three-time Milk Bowl Champion Patrick Laperle led the way with Alex Labbe, Jonathan Bouvrette and Stephane Descoste not far behind.
The only minor issue of the day occurred on the No. 50ME of Jeff White. They had a leak in their oil pan but were working on repairs and should be ready to go for qualifying tomorrow.
All competitors are expected to return for tomorrow’s Booth Bros./H.P. Hood qualifying day. Qualifying for Thunder Road’s support divisions is set to start at 1 p.m. with time trials for the 51st People’s United Bank Milk Bowl set to roll at 1:30 p.m. Teams will be vying for the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award and the $1,000 bonus.