Thunder Road finally bested Mother nature. After rain forced 2 postponements, the 50th Annual Milk Bowl was off and running. But not without a hitch. Defending Milk Bowl champ Brian Hoar suffered a blown head gasket in practice and his crew had to replace the motor in just 45 minutes before the start of the 1st segment.
New motor, no problem. Hoar wins the first segment with Dave Pembroke second and Nick Sweet third. The second segment is where the milk bowl is won or lost. Pembroke battled back through the field for a seventh place finish, while Hoar was hampered by cautions, stuck back in 17th.
In the final segment, Pembroke could clinch if he finished inside the top 8, even if Hoar could win the final segment, and he almost did it.
A pair of cars picked up debris and went to pit road with flat tires allowing the 44-car to move up to seventh. Glen Luce holds off Hoar to win the final segment, and Pembroke clinches a 2-point win over Hoar to claim his second career Milk Bowl Title.
The taste of Milk, a sweet finish after a frustrating season.
"It wasn't easy but we didn't give up." says Pembroke. "Circumstances let us win this thing today. To win the pole almost a month ago and sit and think about that, and now to comeback and actually pull this thing off, the second segment was the key to it for us."
Pembroke, smiling, says "I couldn't ask for a bigger race to win for me. I won this race ten years ago and now coming back here and having it be the 50th, unbelievable."
Earlier in the season, Nick Pilotte clinched the Street Stock championship. Sunday played host to the final segment for the Tiger Sportsman division, and Bobby Therrien finished second to win the overall race and championship.
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