GEORGIA, Vt. – Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., continued his stranglehold on the ACT Late Model Tour standings with a third-place finish in the Q 97.9 FM 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, August 20. Hoar, who has yet to finish outside the Top-10 in nine starts this season in the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge, owns a 137-point lead over second-place with just three races remaining in pursuit of his record eighth career championship. Hoar now joins the rest of the Tour in a combination race with the ACT Castrol Series at Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Quebec – the Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 27.
WHO: Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Q 97.9 FM 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
BEST CAREER RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (August 2010)
LAST RACE AT RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY: 1st (August 2010)
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Can-Am 200
WHERE: Riverside Speedway, St. Croix, Quebec (.625-mile oval)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, August 27
ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
LAST RACE: August 20, Q 97.9 FM 150, Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (3rd)
NEXT RACE: September 4, Labor Day Classic 200, Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (.25-mile oval)
POINTS POSITION: 1st
DID YOU KNOW?
- Brian Hoar has eight Top-5 finishes in nine races this season on the ACT Late Model Tour.
- Brian Hoar has an average finish of 2.7 in ACT points races this season.
- RPM Motorsports and Brian Hoar are the defending winners of the Can-Am 200.
- Brian Hoar can render the final two events of the ACT season virtually meaningless with a victory on Saturday night at Riverside Speedway.
- RPM Motorsports will join other Ford teams this weekend with a reconfigured engine package as ACT tries to lower the Ford output between 5-10 horsepower to level the playing field with their Chevrolet counterparts.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge, On his effort at Oxford Plains Speedway last weekend: “A lot of the practice got rained out, and the track was pretty green. I think that threw a few of us for a loop. We started the feature and the car was just too tight, and it loosened up a little bit late, but we fought it all night. Jeff (White) and Jeff (Taylor) had the cars to beat. The longer we went in the run, they were just on fire.
“We had a fourth place car. That's what we had. The fun part was I had a good race there with my former teammate (Austin Theriault). We were racing hard there at the end. Eddie (MacDonald) was right in the mix there. He was off just a little bit, too. Overall, it was a good night, definitely a good points night.”
On heading to Riverside Speedway this weekend: “It's a neat track. It's the closest thing to a road course with only lefthand turns I've ever seen. The frontstretch is higher in elevation than the backstretch, and it's kind of shaped like a trapezoid.
“There are some crazy places to wreck your race car there, but certainly nobody wants to find out for themselves. It's very, very, very unique – and it's a lot of fun. It's a unique challenge, and a fun change from the Oxfords, Beech Ridges and places like that where we usually go.”
On the changes to the Ford engine package ACT plans to implement this weekend: “Now we've got to flip a coin on which car we're going to take. That's the big thing. Do we take the car we won with last year, or do we take the other car, the newer car? I don't know if (team owner Rick Paya) has decided yet. I don't think it's going to pose a big challenge for anybody running the Ford. I think it equals everything out. I actually haven't noticed any big differences in the cars.
“Number I've heard is 5-10 horsepower (difference). Last I knew a driver couldn't feel five or 1 horsepower in his right foot. Handling is way more important, anyway.”
On chances to repeat last year's victory at Riverside: “Last year, we had a really good race car. When we started the race, we had a heck of a battle with Donald Theetge – and he knows that place as well as anybody. There's a bunch of those guys – Patrick (Laperle), (Patrick) Hamel, (Alex) Labbe, (Marc-Andre) Cliché – they're all pretty good there. With any luck at all, we should be a Top-3 or Top-4 car, and I know my way around that place pretty well.
“It's a tough enough race. There's a lot of pit stops, lots of cautions – you've got to keep fenders on the car and not get taken out. From that standpoint, it's a little like an enduro. I'm hoping that's not the case, but the place is a real challenge for guys.”
The ACT Late Model Tour heads to its hub for the Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Sunday, September 4... Brian Hoar is a former winner of the event and sat on the pole for the race in 2010.
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