Empire Nationals Wally Stroupe Report

Wally Stroupe Battles Lady Luck, Qualifies In Record IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals LEICESTER, NY.--- Wally Stroupe has been in a constant tango with Lady Luck throughout the 1999 season. The IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals was no different.

Wally Stroupe Battles Lady Luck, Qualifies In Record IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals

LEICESTER, NY.--- Wally Stroupe has been in a constant tango with Lady Luck throughout the 1999 season. The IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals was no different. After having engine troubles at the start of qualifying, his chances for a win were starting to look dismal. But, after the second session of qualifying was cancelled due to rain, it was just the window of opportunity that the King's Mountain, NC-based Stroupe was looking for. However, an untimely first round exit has the Trim Parts-sponsored driver vowing for a better performance next time.

Stroupe never made it to the burnout box for his first qualifying session. Instead, he had an intake malfunction that returned them to the pits without a lap. When the second session on Friday was washed out with thunderstorms, it didn't make him feel any better.

Stroupe greatly improved during the second session and made his first full pass. He slipped into the 11th spot with a 6.467/216.51. Crewchief Barry Stroupe expressed concern that his engine might not be up to full strength for the final session; however, the outcome of the session proved otherwise. Wally stormed to his quickest run of the evening, a 6.44/217.25. He qualified in the 12th spot and had to face Dale Brinsfield in the first round of competition.

The two drivers had almost identical reaction times, and Stroupe pulled in front of Brinsfield at the onset of the match. However, Stroupe couldn't fend off Brinsfield and his 6.470/210.11 lost to Brinsfield's 6.462/216.13.

Wally Stroupe's Trim Parts-sponsored team will continue their championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., July 31 - August 2. 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.

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