It's Thursday again. Time to dust off the ol' Mini Stock and roll it out of the garage for a test spin around the cul-de-sac at the end of the street...
GONE ARE THE guaranteed starting spots, straight-up starting grids and the relative ease of running at the front all day en route to a podium finish.
The ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has come and gone – and now the focus of the ACT Late Model Tour and its teams across the region has shifted to the biggest little race in the northeast. And with an added bonus of $50,000 being offered to any driver who can win all three segments this weekend, the People's United Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl just became possibly the most lucrative “biggest little race” anywhere in the nation.
It's the Milk Bowl, and all of its celebrated quirk and circumstance is here for the 50 running of the annual Late Model event which features time trials, heat racing, three segments in the main event and a field inversion after each segment is complete.
In short, it encapsulates virtually every single aspect of short-track racing in the United States and boils it down to two furious days of competition.
“It's a tough race to win. It's not one race, it's three races,” said Brian Hoar, the eight-time ACT champion and three-time Milk Bowl winner. “It's like a mini championship day. It's tough to win. Some years, it's a high-point total that wins it and some years it's a low-point total. You just never know.”