BARRE, Vt. – Nick Sweet successfully defended his title in the 54th annual Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday at Thunder Road Int’l Speedway, using a pair of wins in the three 50-lap segments to claim a two-point victory in the combined standings over Jason Corliss.
It was the third Milk Bowl victory of Sweet’s career.
Corliss needed to finish within three positions of Sweet in the final race to earn the victory. He had a chance to move into fourth place, and claim the Milk Bowl crown, in the final laps of the third race, but couldn’t find his way through traffic and ended up in seventh place in the segment and second place overall.
Trampas Demers finished in third place, and was followed by Cody Blake and Kyle Pembroke.
A total of 38 cars attempted to qualify for the 30-car main event field.
Brendan Moodie put together a pair of top-three finishes to claim the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Mini Milk Bowl. Moodie followed up his third-place finish in the opening 30-lap race Saturday with a second-place finish Sunday to finish one point in front of Cameron Ouellette and Dave Finck (both at six points) in the combined standings.
In the Allen Lumber Street Stocks Mini Milk Bowl, Nick Pilotte followed up a second-place finish in Saturday’s opening 25-lap segment with a 10th-place finish Saturday and finished one point ahead of five drivers in the overall standings.
Matthew Smith, winner of Sunday’s 25-lap segment, claimed second place in the group tiebreaker by virtue of his higher finish in the second race. Alan Maynard, rookie Cooper Bouchard and Kevin Streeter rounded out the top five.
RESULTS: Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl; 54th Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl; Oct. 2, 2016
Milk Bowl Overall Finish (150 laps; combined points): 1. Nick Sweet, 2. Jason Corliss, 3. Trampas Demers, 4. Cody Blake, 5. Kyle Pembroke, 6. Scott Dragon, 7. Jimmy Hebert, 8. Scott Payea, 9. Shawn Fleury, 10. Alex Labbe, 11. Joey Polewarczyk Jr., 12. Mike Bailey, 13. Bobby Therrien, 14. John Donahue, 15. Marcel J. Gravel, 16. Jeremy Davis, 17. Devin O’Connell, 18. Chip Grenier, 19. Matt White, 20. Todd Davis, 21. Eric Chase, 22. Phil Scott, 23. Jason Allen, 24. Rick Roberts, 25. Brooks Clark, 26. David Whitcomb, 27. Darrell Morin, 28. Lance Allen, 29. Luke Hinkley, 30. Boomer Morris.
CREDIT: Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl