Cordova: Ed Hoover loses tough match

CORDOVA, Ill.--- Ed Hoover learned a valuable lesson at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals. If you're going to engage in a lengthy staging battle, you'd better get off of the line first. The Pro Modified veteran from Gilbert, SC., found that...

CORDOVA, Ill.--- Ed Hoover learned a valuable lesson at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals. If you're going to engage in a lengthy staging battle, you'd better get off of the line first. The Pro Modified veteran from Gilbert, SC., found that out the hard way as he lost in the quarter-finals of race number four of the eleven event IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series. The event is the fourth of eleven national events on the Summit Racing Series. Hoover got off to a good start in qualifying with the Trussell Brothers Construction-sponsored 1963 Corvette with a 6.376 second elapsed time at 221.34 mph; an effort that seeded him as the fifth quickest. Hoover met Steve Cossis in round one of eliminations. Cossis recorded a quicker reaction time, leaving the starting line first, but Hoover had the power to run him down clocking a 6.472/206.23 to Cossis 6.616/205.10. Hoover's luck ran out in round two against Carl Spiering's 1967 Camaro. A determined staging battle lasted nearly a full minute and a half and once again, Hoover's opponent left the starting line first. Spiering scored a 0.470 second reaction time to Hoover's 0.590. Hoover almost ran down the Camaro, running a 6.365/220.22 to Spiering's 6.395/218.23. "It looks like we found the right combination to produce winning ET's [elapsed time], and it's up to me to perform on the starting line," explained Hoover. "Sometimes you're the hero out there and I can say that today wasn't our day to be a hero." The next stop on the IHRA Summit Racing Series is the CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, N.Y, July 14-16.

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