ACT Late Model Tour: Brian Hoar Airborne Speedway Race Preview


GEORGIA, Vt. – Eight-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vt., attempts to add to his impressive Airborne Speedway resume when the ACT Late Model Tour heads to the Airborne 100 in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Saturday, May 18. Hoar has a series-record seven career wins at a track where he began his racing career in weekly competition, and the driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 Dodge Charger has 38 career ACT victories in all. This marks Hoar’s final Tour race before he plans to take a break from racing until later this summer as the veteran driver scales back to a part-time schedule in 2013.


WHO: Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 37 Dodge Charger
CREW CHIEF: Rick Paya, Georgia, Vt.
BEST CAREER AIRBORNE SPEEDWAY FINISH: 1st (7 times, most recently July 2010)
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Airborne 100
WHERE: Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, N.Y. (.500-mile oval)
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 – 12 noon, practice; 5 p.m., qualifying; 8 p.m., race
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: May 5, Spring Green 113, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt. (2nd)
NEXT RACE: June 2, Riverside 150, Riverside Speedway, Groveton, N.H. (.25-mile oval)


Brian Hoar holds the ACT Late Model Tour record for championships (8) and wins (38).
RPM Motorsports will run a part-time schedule in 2013, including the first four ACT Late Model Tour events of the season and then select Late Model events throughout the summer and fall.
Brian Hoar has won back-to-back ACT Late Model Tour races seven times in his career, most recently taking consecutive events at Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, Que., and Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vt., on Aug. 25 and September 2 of 2012.

Brian Hoar plans to make a second consecutive appearance in the 25th anniversary of the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vt., this coming Memorial Day weekend.


BRIAN HOAR, Driver of the RPM Motorsports No. 37 Dodge Charger, On what has led to his Airborne Speedway success over the years: “It certainly doesn’t hurt that I started out racing there, no question. I’m sure racing there for many years definitely helped. I won the track championship in 1999, and I spent a lot of Saturday nights at that place.

“When they paved it (in 2010), it changed things a little bit. It hasn’t really changed the configuration if you were to look at the track from above, but the way you run the lines through the corners always changes a little bit with fresh pavement. But it’s not a lot – it’s still the same Airborne that it’s been last 20 years. It’s like any other race track – it’s got its own little parts that are unique, but it’s still go fast, turn left.”

On if he views this weekend as a “test” for the inaugural International 500 at Airborne Speedway in July: “Yeah, absolutely. Because this is our one opportunity to run against other guys and see how we stack up against them, yeah this is it. This is the chance to get ready (for the International 500).

“It will be interesting to see who runs well there this weekend. Typically, the guys who run well there – Wayne (Helliwell) has been fast there, won the race last year that won the championship – are the guys that are fast everywhere. The usual suspects are going to be the same.”

On if Airborne races differently in the spring than it does in the summer or fall: “Not a lot. It’s probably more consistent than some tracks we go to. It’s not as temperamental with weather changes as some places, like Thunder Road or some others. We are going to go through it a little bit this weekend – it will be warm in the afternoon when we first get started, then cool off a bit at night for the race.

“I’m looking forward to going racing this weekend. We’ll see what happens from there.”


The ACT Late Model Tour takes a weekend off before returning to action with the Riverside 150 at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, N.H., on Sunday, June 2.