Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., will make his second career PASS North Series start when the series finishes its 2011 season with the PASS Championship 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Saturday, October 15. Hoar made his PASS debut in a Super Late Model at Oxford in July during TD Bank Oxford 250 weekend and aims to improve upon his sixth-place finish in that event. This season, the RPM Motorsports driver won his record eighth career ACT Late Model Tour championship. Hoar won a total of five points races in the No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge, running his series record total to 33 career wins, plus non-points races at New Smyrna Speedway, Autodrome Chaudiere and Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
WHO: Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
WHAT: PASS North Series PASS Championship 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile oval)
WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, October 15
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: September 24, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (---)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Brian Hoar has never won in an ACT Late Model Tour car at Oxford Plains Speedway, though he did finish on the podium in all three ACT races at the Speedway this season and also finished fifth in the TD Bank Oxford 250 at the track
- RPM Motorsports owner and crew chief Rick Paya has eight career ACT championships, including three straight with Brian Hoar as a driver and five before that with Jean-Paul Cyr.
- Brian Hoar recorded two of the biggest wins of his career in the second half of this season, winning for the first time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and winning his third career Milk Bowl last weekend at Thunder Road.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge, On the outlook for this weekend at Oxford Plains Speedway: “I think we had a really good car (at Oxford) in July. We got hung up in traffic for a lot of laps, for a lot of laps we got kind of boxed out. We had a really good car at the end of the race – probably a Top-5 car or maybe even a Top-4 car.
“I would just like to get qualified (this weekend), and the car hasn't only been tweaked a little bit setup-wise, not a lot, so we should be good and competitive. We're just going to have a little fun again. We still haven't had enough time in these cars yet to say realistically, 'I'm going to be in competition to win,' but I'd like to think so.”
On what he learned last time out in a Super Late Model: “There's no question inexperience played a role. That's all a factor of learning those tires. It's a totally different tire (than on an ACT car). The compound, the way they react is very different. Realistically, our team, we're not bringing any guys in from PASS to help us out. We've talked to a few people, but there's still a lot to learn.
“It's just tough to learn that stuff. That's like any new team if they came to the ACT series. There's a lot of nuances to learn.”
On his 2011 season to date: “It's been a dream season for us. It's just been a fabulous year, and we've had a lot of fun. I will always look back fondly on the 2011 season. It's been an amazing year, and it's been a ton of fun. That's why we do it.”
On what his Milk Bowl win meant: “I guess I'd forgotten how big the Milk Bowl was to me. When you're sitting in Victory Lane, it's pretty amazing. It's big for us Vermonters. It's close to home and it means a lot to those fans there.
“It was just an amazing day racing all day with Nick (Sweet) and Dave Pembroke and all those guys. It really was amazing, the whole day.”
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