ACT
MEET: Brian Hoar

Driver: Brian Hoar
Hometown: Colchester, VT
Residence: Williston, VT
Car: #45 Dodge Charger
Division: ACT Late Models
Sponsor: Goss Dodge
Began Racing: 1991, Airborne Speedway, Pepsi Flying Tiger division

2007 Statistics

ACT Late Model Tour:
4/28
– Oxford Plains Speedway: 32nd
5/06 – Thunder Road – 5th
5/12 – Airborne Speedway – 4th

Quick Q&A…
ACT: What was the greatest race you’ve been in?
BH: The 1998 Milk Bowl at Thunder Road was pretty unforgettable.  I almost swept all three segments, except my father beat me in the last segment.  It was one of those “Wow” runs, when your car is perfect all day long.  It was back in the days when the tire rules were a lot different, and it felt like I had four magnets to the track all day long.  It was a great day.

ACT: What has been your favorite time period in your racing career?
BH: Without even having to think about it, the 1999 season was by far our best season ever.  We were very focused and working very hard toward winning a fourth ACT title, and in the process we also won the track championships at Airborne, Thunder Road, and the overall combination championship.



Brian at the ACT opener at Oxford Plains

ACT: What has been your favorite track?
BH: Thunder Road is my favorite from the grandstands, and it’s a great track to race on.  The fans are awesome, and it’s always a great time when we go there.  But I also remember the first time I drove through the tunnel at NHIS in Loudon, NH, it was a dream come true.  It felt like I was at Daytona.  The racing at that track is wild, and it’s scary sometimes, but it was also where we received the most fan support outside of Thunder Road.  A lot of people from Vermont would go down to watch the Nextel Cup races, and they would cheer just as loud for me there.  It felt like a home away from home.

ACT: Who is your favorite race car driver at any track or in any series?
BH: You’re making these questions tough on me, here, I’m always the guy that doesn’t pick favorites!  I guess early on, I grew up cheering for Bobby Dragon and Robbie Crouch.  I still have tremendous respect for both of them.  I had to be careful, though – my uncle was on Bobby’s team, so I had kind of had to cheer for Crouch secretly.  Then Junior Hanley came along in the 1990s, and everyone was like “Who’s this guy from Canada?”  He was so dominant, he was awesome to watch.  Later, I found a great respect for Mike Stefanik.  He’s an incredible driver, he just has that raw talent you’d kill for.  He’s smart, and he’s the type of driver that will settle for third place if his car isn’t good enough to win.  He’s tied with Richie Evans for the most NASCAR championships ever, and I’d be willing to bet he’ll break the record in the next two years.

ACT: You’ve recently said that your team is facing a learning curve by coming back to new rules in ACT.  Is your plan to challenge for the championship, or simply to finish races and let the points take care of themselves?
BH: There’s no question that we’re focused on winning the ACT championship.  We’re not having a dominant season like in years past, but we get the absolute best result we can every race.  We’re working hard.  For myself and for my team, it’s not good enough to “just” race for the championship, we want to go out and win races, too.

Accomplishments:

• Don MacTavish Award winner – 2000
• Five-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion – 1993, 1997-2000
• All-time ACT Late Model Tour win leader (23)
• Third-place in all-time ACT “weekly series” wins (17)
• New Hampshire Int’l Speedway Champion, Busch East division – 2006
• NASCAR Busch East Series Rookie of the Year – 2001
• Thunder Road Late Model division Champion – 1999
• Airborne Speedway Late Model division Champion – 1999
• ACT Late Model Overall Champion – 1999
• Remington “4-10” Shootout winner, Airborne Speedway – 2000
• Two-time Vermont Milk Bowl winner, Thunder Road – 1998, 1999
• Spring Green 100 winner, Airborne Speedway – 1999
• Labor Day Classic winner, Thunder Road – 1999 (ACT), 2003 (Busch East)
• Fall Foliage 200 winner, Airborne Speedway – 1997, 2000
• Coca-Cola 250 winner, Evans Mills (NY) Speedway – 1997

PHOTOS:
1. Brian's first ACT championship came with this car in 1993
2. Title #2 was won with this car and crew in 1997
3. The Goss Dodge team dominated ACT racing in 1999
4. Brian celebrates his 2000 ACT Late Model Tour title
5. Brian drove this car in selected events from 2004-06
6. Racing at Thunder Road in May 2007