Fresh off of his first American-Canadian Tour victory of the 2014 season this past weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT), eight-time ACT champion Brian Hoar will be putting his ACT Late Model to the side for a few weeks as the RPM Motorsports team focuses on their Super Late Model program.
Back in February, Hoar broke the news to Speed51.com powered by JEGS that the team had plans to attempt four major Super Late Model races across the country including the Snowball Derby, Winchester 400, Nashville 400 and World Crown 300.
Those plans are now becoming more of a reality, as Hoar has plans to make the trip from Georgia, Vermont to Columbus, Ohio on June 28 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Columbus Motor Speedway.
“I’m really, really, really excited,” Hoar told Speed51.com powered by JEGS on Sunday. “Something I’ve never really done is race Super Late Models. I’ve only done it a couple times. We built a brand new Super Late Model and we’re going to start two weeks from today down in Columbus, Ohio with the CRA series. It’s going to be pretty wild.”
Heading into his first ARCA/CRA Super Series starts, Hoar doesn’t have a whole lot of expectations for his team. The primary purpose of making the trip to Columbus will be to shake down their brand new Super Late Model while also getting accustomed to the race procedures that the series uses.
“We’ve got a lot of learning to go,” said Hoar. “We don’t really have any expectations other than to get into the race and try to run some laps. Really that is all we’re doing. We’re trying to learn their race procedures, learn something about the time trialing with that car, and really shake that car down in a race environment.”
When asked why the team chose to go all the way to Ohio to shakedown the new car, Hoar told Speed51.com that the decision was based on the fact that they built the car specifically to the ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series rules.
“Originally it was based on the tracks we were trying to race at and the series’ rules,” Hoar said. “We built the car specifically as a template car exactly to the CRA and Southern Super Series rules so that we could go to the Snowball Derby and these other big races.”
For Hoar, who finds flat tracks like Columbus Motor Speedway (OH) and Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) to be some of the more difficult tracks to master, the flat third-mile Columbus oval wouldn’t have been his first choice for the team’s first race in the new car.
“The main reason we were going to go towards the Midwest with the CRA was to get on some different tracks,” said the Williston, Vermont driver. “Ironically, Columbus was not our first choice. Columbus being a flat third-mile like Oxford is not at all what we were planning originally. We just didn’t get the car done in time.”
Following the event at Columbus, Hoar’s next Super Late Model event will be the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia.
With some downtime on his schedule at the beginning of September, the RPM Motorsports driver is hoping to travel to Winchester, Indiana on Labor Day weekend to test the car in preparation for the Winchester 400.
Although the former Busch North Series driver has experience racing on tracks like Dover International Speedway (DE), he says he’s never experienced anything like the 37-degree banking of Winchester Speedway.
“I want to get as much seat time as I can get at a place like that. It’s pretty funny as many years as I’ve been racing to say that. Those fine folks that race there every year know a few tricks.
“I’ve got a lot of learning to do,” Hoar said with a chuckle.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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