Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., looks to make it two ACT Late Model Tour victories in a row when the Tour heads to the Q 97.9 ACT 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, August 20. Hoar has five wins this season in his pursuit of his record eighth career ACT championship after winning the inaugural ACT All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. Hoar has never won at Oxford, though he he has not finished outside the Top-5 in two starts at the track this season in the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge.
WHO: Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
BEST CAREER OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: 2nd (June 2011)
LAST RACE AT OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: 2nd (June 2011)
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Q 97.9 ACT 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 20
ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
LAST RACE: August 13, ACT All-Star Challenge, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (1st)
NEXT RACE: August 27, ACT 200, Riverside Speedway, St. Croix, Que. (.625-mile oval)
POINTS POSITION: 1st
DID YOU KNOW?
- Brian Hoar has won races this season at two tracks where he'd never previously won – New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Twin State Speedway.
- RPM Motorsports will have Thunder Road International Speedbowl champion Nick Sweet in the No. 57 RPM Racing Engines Ford as a teammate to Brian Hoar for the first time this season.
- Brian Hoar has 32 career victories, the most by any driver in ACT history.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge, on last weekend's win at New Hampshire: "I've still woken up with a smile on my face every morning this week. It still feels really good, obviously. That trophy has a special place, that's for sure.”
On heading to Oxford Plains Speedway this weekend: "Going to tell Rick Paya) that we've got a good car and not a great car, and that' we've got to step it up. It worked at Loudon, so let's see if it works again.
“We've had a really good setup at Oxford. That doesn't mean there's nothing left to gain, but we've been consistently fast every time we've shown up there. I enjoy racing there, I like gong there, but it's a tough place for me. I'm fortunate to have had as many good runs as I've had there. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing. If you keep putting yourself in position, you're going to win one.”
On having Nick Sweet as a teammate at RPM Motorsports this weekend: "I'm excited. Nick gets around Oxford really well. I think his feedback will be really good for the team. It just seems like in the last three years when he's shown up for the (Oxford) 250, he's been really fast.”
On returning to a more 'normal' race setting this weekend: "Actually, I think these races are a bit refreshing in away. You put so much energy and get so focused on the big races, whether it's a good weekend or a bad weekend. If you have a bad weekend it drains you, if you win, it takes a while to come off that high, too.
“These little weekends are a lot of fun. Maybe you don't put as much pressure on yourself, but the points are still out there.”
The ACT Late Model Tour heads north to Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Que., for the ACT 200 on Saturday, August 27... Brian Hoar and his RPM Motorsports team are the defending champions of an event that was marred by cautions last season and eventually shortened to 171 laps by a local curfew.
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