LOUDON, N.H. - Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., finished fifth in the ACT Late Model Tour's 3rd annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24. After a brief, rain-shortened practice session in the morning, Hoar started 26th in the 43-car field. He drove his way to the Top-10 by the halfway point of the race and continued his march to the front, but a tight handling race car halted his march on a couple of late restarts. Hoar and his RPM Motorsports team recently secured an unprecedented eighth ACT Late Model Tour championship two weeks ago and will run the 49th People's United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, October 2nd.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour 3rd annual ACT Invitational
WHERE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (1.058-mile oval)
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: September 11, Can-Am 200, Circuit Riverside, Ste-Croix, Que. (1st)
NEXT RACE: October 1-2, 49th Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl, Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (.25-mile oval)
POINTS POSITION: 1st
BRIAN, TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY.
“We had fun right up until we got tangled up with (Pete Yetman) and it crashed him. I feel horrible, but it wasn't my fault. It's kind of unfortunate – it's one of those little damperings – but the last thing I want to do is get caught up in a wreck with anybody else and and watch someone get their car totaled when we were having a great race with the guy.
“Overall, we just missed the setup. Just a little bit off. We were really, really tight. I think I know what the problem was. I think if we would have had a real practice this morning, or I put my rain tires on, I probably would have found the problem in the car but I didn't find it until the green flag flew on the feature. Immediately I went, 'Uh-oh, it's going to be a long day.'”
WHAT IS IT LIKE RACING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY?
“It's still fun. I love coming to New Hampshire. It's a great race track and there's a huge fan base here. It's like a big version of Thunder Road. It's all of us guys from all over New England and Canada that have fans here. So it's a really neat experience. It's such a cool deal that we can even come here with our short track cars and race on this big track. I'm really, really psyched.
“Everybody does such a good job. We're such low men on the totem pole and we come here at 6 in the morning and not race until almost 12 hours later. The fans stuck for it. The weather turned out great. The car's in one piece and we have a car to come back with. There's always next week, and we finished fifth so it wasn't that bad. It was a fun race.”
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