GRAND BEND, Ont.- Sometimes momentum can be a great factor in victory. However, when one faces adverse conditions such as Columbia, SC.-based Pro Modified driver Ed Hoover did during this weekend's IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand...
GRAND BEND, Ont.- Sometimes momentum can be a great factor in victory. However, when one faces adverse conditions such as Columbia, SC.-based Pro Modified driver Ed Hoover did during this weekend's IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont., sometimes you have to throw all you know out the window and play it by ear.
Hoover gave it a valiant effort but fell short in the first round of eliminations opposite Al Billes.
Post Commerce exhibition victory, Hoover realized that he was in a different ballgame than he was several weeks ago after an impressive victory. He did not encounter the same fortune in his first qualifying pass on Friday at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The Paul Trussell owned 1963 Corvette lifted half-track and drifted out of the groove. Hoover slowed and coasted through top end with a 10.065.
However, "Fast Eddie" as deemed by friends, picked up the pace in the second qualifying attempt. The car launched hard off of the line, found the groove and soared to top end with a 6.439, 217.54, which placed him into 14th position.
Going into the third qualifying round Hoover "hoped to climb up the ladder," he explained. When it was all said and done he was able to succeed.
Hoover secured 11th qualifying position after piloting the car through tough weather conditions to blast through top end with a 6.374, 218.97, in the last qualifying run held late Saturday night.
Going into the first round of eliminations Hoover was paired against Carl Moyer. Hoover took left lane just as a light mist began to fall on the track. Hoover launched hard off of the line and suddenly lost traction near the 330-foot mark. The tires cut loose and Hoover let out of it, to coast through top end unsuccessful.