Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., will try and regain the ACT Late Model Tour points lead when the Tour heads to the Armed Forces Day 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, on Sunday, May 20. Hoar has never won at Oxford, site of the annual TD Bank Oxford 250 each summer, though the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge has not finished outside the Top-5 in any of the ACT races contested at the track over the past two seasons. Hoar considers Oxford one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
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 OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY FINISH: 3rd (August 2011)
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Armed Forces Day 150
WHERE: Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine (.375-mile flat oval)
WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: May 6, Spring Green 112, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt. (11th)
NEXT RACE: June 23, White Mountain 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile banked oval)
CURRENT POINTS POSITION: 2nd
DID YOU KNOW?
Brian Hoar is not leading the ACT Late Model Tour standings for the first time in three years, since he last lost the lead in 2009.
Brian Hoar holds the ACT Late Model Tour records for both career wins (35) and championships (8).
Oxford Plains Speedway is the only track on the 2012 ACT Late Model Tour schedule in where Brian Hoar has never visited Victory Lane. RPM Motorsports crew chief Rick Paya won there in 2005 with driver Jean-Paul Cyr.
RPM Motorsports owner and crew chief Rick Paya has 26 career victories as a crew chief and eight championships as a crew chief/team owner.
Brian Hoar will miss the Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on May 27 to compete in the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vt., in celebration of his 40th birthday this year.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 GossCars.com Dodge Charger, On racing at Oxford Plains Speedway: “The track is awesome. It races out well, especially the last few years when they put that sticky stuff down and they hit it just right in the middle groove. It makes for some great racing.
“We’ve had a good setup for Oxford. We have always run good there and been fairly consistent there. There are usually a couple of other cars that are good there, too, and it always seems one person hits it right on the mark and is really good there. We have yet to be that person. We’re always fast, always competitive, always running up front – but we’re working hard at being that person.”
On finishing second in the Subway Fresh Fit 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway during last weekend’s off-weekend for the ACT Late Model Tour: “We we were good, but we weren’t great. (Race winner Wayne Helliwell Jr.) was great. We ran the same car we ran at Devil’s Bowl the week before, and it was a good car, we just missed it a little bit.
“We had a great race with Wayne, though, and it was a lot of fun.”
On changes to the No. 37 for this weekend in order to be more successful at Oxford: “There’s some guys that have been running some different setups that are much less consistent on the Tour at other tracks, but at Oxford seem to work. A lot of guys are going that direction for Oxford to be competitive with the guys that are very, very strong week in and week out there.
“But Oxford is one of my favorite tracks.”
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