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THE BIG ONE: Backstretch Wreck Leads to Early End at NHMS

Posted By Tj Ingerson On September 22, 2014

Categories: American-Canadian Tour

Racing coverage on Vermont Motorsports Magazine provided by RPM Racing Engines in Georgia, Vermont.The wrecked cars of Josh Masterson (#11) and Rowland Robinson Jr. (#28) roll down pit road as the field is stopped on the track during the red flag following "the big one" in SaturdayPHOTO: The wrecked cars of Josh Masterson (#11) and Rowland Robinson Jr. (#28) roll down pit road as the field is stopped on the track during the red flag following "the big one" in Saturday's ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)

Hoar endures down day after high hopes

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

LOUDON, N.H. --
A massive 13-car incident on the exit of turn two on a lap 44 restart brought an eventual end to the sixth Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational on Saturday evening at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

According to multiple reports of the incident and reviews of in-car video camera, the massive pileup was triggered when Tyler Cahoon’s car broke loose off the exit of turn two and came down and made contact with the car of Todd Davis. Both cars continued down and struck the right-rear of Brian Hoar’s car, which turned head-on into the backstretch wall. Ray Parent was turned from behind into the backstretch wall and other cars began to be collected.

In addition to Cahoon, Davis, Hoar, and Parent, the other cars reportedly involved were Chip Grenier, Emily Packard, Stephane Descoste, Ben Ashline, Matt Anderson, Josh Masterson, Rowland Robinson Jr., Taylor Martin, and Jeff White.

“A white car, I think it was Tyler Cahoon, came off of turn two, and he was on the outside of me and he got turned sideways and came down the track and clipped me hard in the right rear,” Hoar explained. “It turned me so fast I didn’t know what happened. Then, somehow, and I don’t know who, somebody hit me in the right front all simultaneously getting into the wall.

The biggest hit was going into the wall. It was pretty straight on. It was a hard hit. Probably the hardest hit I’ve ever had.”

Brian Hoar entered the day as one of the pre-race favorites, but endured a troublesome day that ended being wrecked in the big wreck on lap 44. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)For Hoar, the lap 44 incident ended an enduring day for his Rick Paya-led RPM Motorsports team that began with high hopes. The team had to battle an engine issue in the early morning practice session that left them sidelined for the majority of it. When the ACT Invitational began, Hoar’s No. 37 did not go to the front as expected, instead dropping back before he pitted during an early race yellow.

“Today pretty much sucked,” Hoar said. “It’s just one of those days at the track that you can’t wait to forget about. Just nothing went right. We started the race and we had a tire going down, but those were the first hot laps with this car ever at this track.

“There was a lot going on early for me in those first couple of laps, but my first impression was it was tight. ‘Damn, we can’t start this race tight or we’re going to suck at the end.’ Then three laps in it’s really tight, then five laps in its undrivable tight. Now I’m just not trying to get run over. The caution came out and allowed us to come down (pit road) and we were making all kinds of adjustments, and the tire had lost all kinds of air. We switched the tire and the car came alive.”

Hoar was able to march back through the field and was credited with a 15th place finish, the position he restarted in on the final restart of the race.

While many of the cars involved only received relatively minor damage, at least two cars suffered major damage. Ashline stated in a post on his Facebook page that he was unsure if his No. 15 would need a front and/or rear clip and that it was the hardest hit he’s ever taken. Hoar stated that it was likely that his car was done for the year.

“We have to do some work on this (car),” Hoar said. “This one is done for the year. We had the next two weekends that we were going to race it (at Airborne and Thunder Road). I don’t even know if we’ll be racing the next two weekends.”

On Monday, however, Hoar confirmed to Vermont Motorsports Magazine that the team will indeed be running at Airborne in the Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday.

“We will be there!!!” Hoar responded via email. “Twizzler is coming out of retirement!!!”

PHOTOS:
1. The wrecked cars of Josh Masterson (#11) and Rowland Robinson Jr. (#28) roll down pit road as the field is stopped on the track during the red flag following "the big one" in Saturday's ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)
2. Brian Hoar entered the day as one of the pre-race favorites, but endured a troublesome day that ended being wrecked in the big wreck on lap 44. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)