BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Ed Hoover has owed Shannon Jenkins some payback for a while, but after a tough loss during this weekend's President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, he'll have to wait one race longer for another opportunity....
BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Ed Hoover has owed Shannon Jenkins some payback for a while, but after a tough loss during this weekend's President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, he'll have to wait one race longer for another opportunity. The veteran Pro Modified racer from Columbia, SC., appeared to be on a direct flight to the final round until tireshake robbed him of the berth. It just so happened that Jenkins was the beneficiary again.
Hoover knows both ends of that scenario.
"There was a time when we could do no wrong against Shannon," explained Hoover. "However, I think that has since turned on us. This is just a part of the sport that we learn to accept. We'll be back and stronger than ever in Shreveport."
Hoover didn't have the best of luck in qualifying. However, he has found his way to the winner's circle at Maryland International Raceway before. The driver of Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette appeared intent on trying to repeat that fate as he laid down a 6.327, 220.91. He ended the session as the fifth quickest. The second session was cancelled before Hoover had a chance to run.
His second day in qualifying was one that hurt in more ways than one. In both of his launches, the car appeared to be on a mission of low elapsed time. However, the violent nature of the tireshake beat him up within the cage pretty bad. His final position was tenth and that scheduled him to meet Ronnie Hood in the first round.
In the first round, Hoover outreacted Hood and beat him to the finish line with a 6.316, 223.91.
In the quarter-finals, he gained an easy passage as scheduled opponent Fred Hahn break before the run. Hoover eased down the track for the victory.
In the semis, he drilled Jenkins on the tree, but tireshake in third gear proved to be his undoing as the firmer World Champion was able to nip him in the lights.