Wally Stroupe Falls Victim To First Round Holeshot In Return To Competition CORDOVA, ILL.---After the last two seasons, Pro Modified racer Wally Stroupe no longer seems to be fazed with misfortune. After suffering severe burns during last...
Wally Stroupe Falls Victim To First Round Holeshot In Return To Competition
CORDOVA, ILL.---After the last two seasons, Pro Modified racer Wally Stroupe no longer seems to be fazed with misfortune. After suffering severe burns during last season, undergoing an emergency appendectomy prior to this season’s Holley Spring Nationals and developing gangrene, all he needed to happen to him was to be the quickest nitrous car in competition and get holeshot in the first round. The unthinkable happened.
Stroupe showed no weaknesses from his appendectomy problems of races gone by during qualifying. However, his engine had problems and that forced the Kings Mountain, NC.,-based, chassis builder to flip the parachute early with a 6.80/155.74. Despite his woes, he ended up in the 14th spot at the completion of the session. The Stroupes replaced a slew of damaged piston and the move was rewarded with a 6.48/216.93.
Stroupe remained in the top half of the program by improved by a few thousandths during the third session with a 6.487/216.83. He came back and made an impressive final lap with a 6.46/218.05. Stroupe finished as the fourth seeding and was paired Billy Harper in the first round.
In the first round of eliminations, Stroupe fell victim to an .039 holeshot and was unable to streak down the Mopar. Harper needed only a 6.512/214.04 to fend off the quicker 6.509/216.31.
Wally Stroupe’s Trim Parts-sponsored team will continue their championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY., July 9-11. Stroupe, along with each Pro Modified contestant will be afforded two qualifying runs on Friday and another two on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated for Sunday. The event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA.