Hoover Falls Victim To Holeshot And Breakage In The Round At IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals CORDOVA, ILL.--When the dam of bad luck opens, Pro Modified...
Hoover Falls Victim To Holeshot And Breakage In The Round At IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals CORDOVA, ILL.--When the dam of bad luck opens, Pro Modified driver Ed Hoover usually finds a way to ride the current to victory. But for today, the Trussell Brothers-sponsored, entry is headed back to South Carolina for repairs and to regroup for the next racing venture. His race day ended in the first round at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill.
Hoover made a strong bid during the first qualifying session. The Gilbert, SC., -based driver pushed his entry to a 6.527/217.32 in the first qualifying session. He failed to improve with a 6.60/211.69 during the second session. Failing to improve with a 6.544/216.64 run during the third session left Hoover on the bump spot. Hoover stepped up during the final session and produced a 6.516/216.97, which put him into the 12th spot. He faced Tommy Gray in the first round of competition.
Unfortunately the tide did not flow in Hoover’s favor, in the first round, as Gray took the holeshot victory. Hoover hung with his competitor for a strong eighth-mile run, before his ring and pinion gave up the ghost. Hoover, finishing the pass with a 7.328/129.05, was forced to watch Tommy Gray go through the finish with the win light on a 6.568/214.00 run.
Hoover and Trussell Motorsports plans to continue their championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY., July 9-11. Hoover, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.