ACT: Sweet Slices Through Traffic Late; Claims Second Milk Bowl Victory in Thrilling Finish

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Local hero Nick Sweet added to his growing legend on Sunday, slicing through the field in the final laps to win the final segment and capture his second career Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl victory at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.

The multi-time Thunder Road Late Model champion entered the final segment trailing rival and three-time defending King of the Road Derrick O’Donnell by five points in the overall tally and was running seventh to O’Donnell’s eleventh when the first of three caution flags flew on lap 37 of the 50-lap segment. Seeing the Milk Bowl within his grasp, Sweet seized the moment, needing just seven more laps to charge to the lead.

Sweet’s thrilling dash and segment three win gave him a final score of 13 points, one better than O’Donnell, who could do no better than seventh in the segment three rundown. The comeback victory was greeted by a thunderous ovation from one of the biggest crowds of the 2015 season.

“This is my finest moment in my career right here,” Sweet said. “There’s nothing that has ever topped this. It’s just a perfect day. Words cannot describe it.”

“Derrick is obviously a great competitor, and I know how he feels right now, because I’ve lost three championships to him in the last three years,” Sweet added. “But sometimes it’s good to be on the other end.”

Polesitter and segment one winner O’Donnell finished a bittersweet second. Defending American-Canadian Tour champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. took third overall followed by eight-time ACT champion Brian Hoar and top local racer Cody Blake. Phil Scott, Kyle Pembroke, Scott Dragon, Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Brad Babb completed the top-10.

Barre’s Doug Crowningshield scored his second win of the season in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Mini Milk Bowl. Crowningshield finished third in the first 30-lap segment on Saturday and then knifed through the on-track carnage to a fourth-place result in segment two on Sunday. His total score of seven points gave him the tiebreaker over segment one winner Shawn Fleury on the strength of a better final-segment finish.

CREDIT: American Canadian Tour

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