Barre, VT – More than 60 ACT Late Model teams are expected to pour into Thunder Road for the 50th Annual People’s United Milk Bowl on September 29th and 30th from all over the Northeast and Canada, where only 30 teams will qualify for the big show. New in 2012, non-qualified cars will now get to race in a newly added $3,000 to win, 100-lap ‘Reserve’ Milk Bowl with posted awards of over $20,000.

The race has added extra incentive for teams all over the region to attend.

“I think a lot of teams fear the amount of cars that come in here for this race,” said three-time Thunder Road Champion Phil Scott. “It’s such a huge race in this area, a lot of people go home without qualifying. This is a great way for everybody to participate in a big show for good money.”

For local Late Model racer Marcel Gravel, who will be racing along with his son on Milk Bowl Sunday, it was a deciding factor. “For us local racers, this is so cool,” said Gravel, a two-time Late Model victor at Thunder Road. “Obviously, I want to make the big show, but if I don’t, it’s nice to know I’ll get a shot. This is a great opportunity for a low budget team like mine to get a big purse.”

The ‘Reserve” Milk Bowl is another part of the monumental celebration that the weekend of the 50th People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will include. A champion’s dinner, bands, fireworks, tent dancing, bonfires, bagpipes, and drill teams will be part of the festivities and Allen Lumber Street Stock and Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will get in on the action, settling their championships in “Mini-Milk Bowls”.

The fun begins on the weekend of Saturday, September 29th and Sunday September 30th. Post time for both days is 1:00pm.

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