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Hoar Capitalizes, Captures 40th ACT Win at Devil's Bowl

Posted By Tj Ingerson On June 16, 2014

Categories: American-Canadian Tour

Brian Hoar celebrates his 40th career ACT Late Model Tour win on Sunday at DevilPHOTO: Brian Hoar celebrates his 40th career ACT Late Model Tour win on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway in the Spring Green 114. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

--by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)
VMM Editor

Brian Hoar only needed to visit Devil’s Bowl Speedway to get rid of some new car blues.

The eight-time American-Canadian Tour champion and his Rick Paya-led RPM Motorsports team built a new car over the offseason, but had posted an untypical average finish of 16th in the three ACT Late Model Tour the team had entered this season.

But in three career ACT Late Model Tour starts at the West Haven half-mile oval entering Sunday, Hoar had collected one win, and finished runner-up by inches last season.

And on Sunday, Hoar and RPM Motorsports added another one to the win column.

The Williston, Vt., driver took advantage of a restart with eight laps to go and used the preferred outside lane to collect his 40th career ACT Late Model Tour win in the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114.

“It’s just been new car blues this year,” Hoar said. “But, finally, (the team) gave me something I could run with. We weren’t perfect. We were awesome in practice, and the heat race, it was just fabulous. In the feature, with these tires, it just wasn’t quite what I needed, but I worked it hard. With all the cautions, I just tried to get what I needed out of it and it finally started coming around there at the end.

“Obviously, it was pretty good at the end. Obviously, we also had the preferred starting line on the restart. That’s how I lost last year here. I wanted to get one back.

“It was a pretty special win today.”

After starting in the 12th spot, Hoar slowly worked his way up through the field and had cracked into the top five by lap 95. A wild last 20 laps saw top-five runners Aaron Fellows and Jamie Fisher run into some misfortune and propelled Hoar to Polewarczyk’s outside on the race’s final restart on lap 106.

Brian Hoar (#37) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., (#97) battle for the Spring Green 114 race win during the final restart of the race at Devil“I didn’t have anything for Joey (Polewarczyk) if we didn’t have that last caution,” Hoar said. “I was right in his tracks, and I was a little better in (turns) three and four, so I think I could have closed in on him, but I don’t think I could have got him. He was real good. So it took that caution to make it happen.”

Hoar would motor away on the final restart and defeated a disappointed Polewarczyk by 1.034 seconds.

“This is the most disappointing second place finish,” Polewarczyk said. “I knew Brian (Hoar) was good all day, as was Wayne (Helliwell), and I knew they would be coming. All year my strategy has been to wait and save, but that has gotten me second place finishes.

“Today, I figured I would try to put as many lapped cars between myself and whoever was running second. For a while there, I figured it was just going to go green and we weren’t even going to get a yellow.”

A trio of caution flags on lap 100 and 101 saw the lapped cars between Polewarczyk and the second place driver dwindle, which would allow Hoar to get to Polewarczyk’s outside on the race’s final restart.

“Another yellow came out and I looked up and (the lapped cars) were all gone,” the Hudson, N.H., driver said. “I said ‘are you kidding me?’ But I’ve been that guy in second place before and wanting those lapped cars to pull away. It doesn’t usually happen for me, but I’ve been that guy. It’s racing.”

Polewarczyk noted the importance of the outside lane at Devil’s Bowl, which ultimately helped Hoar win the event.

“The outside is where you have to be on restarts here,” Polewarczyk said. “You have (the outside car) beat by the time you enter turn one. I didn’t get the greatest restart.

“This one kind of hurts a little bit.”

Helliwell came up short in his bid for an American-Canadian Tour record four straight wins at one race track with a third place finish. The Dover, N.H., driver, however, battled from a 21st place starting spot to score his fourth podium finish of the season.

Quebec driver Stephane Descoste continued his impressive season on the ACT Late Model Tour with a fourth place finish, while Barre, Vt., native Nick Sweet drove the No. 40 car to a fifth place finish from a 14th place starting spot.

ACT Late Model Tour and Devil’s Bowl regular Emily Packard finished sixth, while second place ACT Late Model Tour point driver Jimmy Hebert finished seventh. Bobby Therrien raced his way from a 23rd place starting spot to finish eighth, while rookie driver Brandon Atkins finished ninth. Ray Parent completed the top-ten finishers.

Fellow's misfortune saw the Croydon, N.H., driver hit the frontstretch wall and continue to hit the turn one wall, which sits over a bank, head on. Fellows climbed from the car after a few moments sore, but uninjured.

Unofficially, Polewarczyk extended his point lead to 44 points over Hebert with four races left in the nine-race schedule, while the leader sits 50 points ahead of Parent.

The ACT Late Model Tour will run its sixth race of the season on Saturday, June 22 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Vermont Motorsports Magazine will have more from the Spring Green 114 this week.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS -- 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114
ACT Late Model Tour -- Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt.
Sunday, June 15, 2014

(# -- denotes rookie)

1. (12) Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt.
2. (9) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, N.H.
3. (21) Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, N.H.
4. (2) Stephane Descoste, Oka, Que.
5. (14) Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.
6. (4) Emily Packard, East Montpelier, Vt.
7. (13) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt.
8. (23) Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, Vt.
9. (7) # Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, N.Y.
10. (6) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I.
11. (5) Rowland Robinson, Jr., Steuben, Maine
12. (3) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, Vt.
13. (19) # Lance Allen, Barre, Vt.
14. (11) Travis Stearns, Auburn, Maine
15. (34) Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, Conn.
16. (27) Joey Laquerre, East Montpelier, Vt.
17. (15) Ben Ashline, Pittston, Maine
18. (20) Ricky Bly, Sunapee, N.H.
19. (25) Kyle Welch, Newport, N.H.
20. (16) Todd Davis, Claremont, N.H.
21. (10) Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.
22. (31) # Brian Tagg, Oxford, Mass.
23. (26) Jimmy Linardy, Somerville, Mass.
24. (32) # Matt Anderson, Franklin, N.H.
25. (18) # Mike Ziter, Williamstown, Vt.
26. (1) Aaron Fellows, Croydon, N.H.
27. (17) Jeff White, Winthrop, Maine
28. (22) # A.J. Panessiti, Barnstead, N.H.
29. (29) Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, R.I.
30. (28) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y.
31. (8) Ryan Morgan, Mystic, Conn.
32. (33) Dan St. Hilaire, Shelburne, Vt.
33. (30) # John Falconi, Oakham, Mass.
34. (24) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, N.H.

1. Brian Hoar celebrates his 40th career ACT Late Model Tour win on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway in the Spring Green 114. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)
2. Brian Hoar (#37) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., (#97) battle for the Spring Green 114 race win during the final restart of the race at Devil's Bowl Speedway. (Alan Ward photo)