Hoar Wins First Round of ACT Champions Challenge

Five-time ACT Tour Champion, Brian Hoar was the winner of the inaugural Champion’s Challenge held Saturday at the Ultimate Racing Experience. Hoar took on current and six-time Tour title holder Jean-Paul Cyr in simulated Nextel Cup race cars. Joining the pair in an eight lap race at a simulated Daytona International Speedway were Eric Badore, the 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion, Rusty Berger, the 2005 Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year and Derrick O’Donnell, a freshman racer in the NAPA Tier Sportsman class. Hoar’s win came with the bump-drafting help of 16 year-old O’Donnell.

Hoar and Cyr participated in a second challenge which included sophomore Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor David Greenslit, NAPA Sportsman racer Kevin Campbell and ACT handicapper Jeff Fay. Young Greenslit came home the winner while earlier victor Hoar flipped his racer. “Even though it wasn’t a real wreck that was pretty bumpy,” Hoar commented about his wreck. “It certainly was a lot less expensive,” he finished with a grin.

The Champion’s Challenge was held in conjunction with the annual ACT/Thunder Road car show at the University Mall, So. Burlington, VT. Fifteen race cars and five go-karts are on display for the weekend at Vermont’s largest indoor shopping complex.

A second Champion’s Challenge is planned for Sunday (March 18) at 4:00 pm. Cyr will take on Robbie Crouch, who’s also garnered the ACT crown six-times. Several additional competitors are expected to also participate.

(Photo: Six time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr and five time Champion Brian Hoar grin as they exit their racers after competing at the Ultimate Race Experience in the University Mall)