Darlington Ed Hoover Post Race Report

DARLINGTON, SC. - Ed Hoover brought his dad with him to the first Pro Modified race that he entered and he won. That was back in 1990. When it became time for the 2000 Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC., the Gilbert, SC-based, Pro ...

DARLINGTON, SC. - Ed Hoover brought his dad with him to the first Pro Modified race that he entered and he won. That was back in 1990. When it became time for the 2000 Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC., the Gilbert, SC-based, Pro Modified driver for Paul Trussell decided it was time to bring his 76-year old dad back to the track.

The ploy worked as Hoover topped Tommy Gray in the finals of the facility that he refers as his home track.

"I wanted my dad to come out because I haven't won in a while at Darlington," explained Hoover. "The last race he attended with me was Epping in 1992 and we beat Scotty Cannon and set the record. He told me at that point that he thought I had it under control and didn't need him. I called him because I know father knows best."

Hoover hadn't won a single round of competition in 1999, until the World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He went on to win the first round and ultimately claimed the event crown. Hoover and Trussell also claimed a second victory at the President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md.

Hoover qualified third in the field and topped the defending World Champion Shannon Jenkins, who red-lighted in the first round. He then hammered out a 6.388/221.23 to top Steve Vick and further stepped up with a 6.365 that took out Dale Brinsfield.

Opponent Tommy Gray fouled in the finals, handing the Trussell operation their third national event victory in two years.

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Series Drag
Drivers Scotty Cannon , Ed Hoover , Tommy Gray , Shannon Jenkins