NORWALK, OH - For Ed Hoover, the long, dusty trail has ended with a stunning performance. Struggling against electrical problems during qualifying, things did not look good for the Trussell Costruction-backed, Pro Mod contender. But with some...
NORWALK, OH - For Ed Hoover, the long, dusty trail has ended with a stunning performance. Struggling against electrical problems during qualifying, things did not look good for the Trussell Costruction-backed, Pro Mod contender. But with some qualified help, Hoover overcame, going all the way to the final round of competition. This marked his first IHRA Pro Modified national event win since beating Scotty Cannon in 1992 at the North American Nationals in Epping, NH.
Hoover struggled in the first qualifying round on Thursday, only able to run a 9.507/101.22. This put him low on the ladder in the #32 spot. Rain delayed any further attempts until Friday qualifying sessions.
Hoover was able to improve drastically, with a 6.500/216 mph run, good for the 18th position, but not enough to bump into the field. By Friday afternoon the demons attacked again and Hoover was not able to improve his standing, posting a 6.836/169.13 run, placing him back down in the field at #21.
The electrical problem was keeping Hoover from his best performances. Before the final qualifying run in the Night of Fire Show, fellow Pro Mod racer Shannon Jenkins worked with Hoover's car and their efforts paid off. In a last ditch effort to make the field, Hoover was capable of a 6.405/219.34 run, placing him in the 6th spot going into first round eliminations against Steve Vick.
From there, Hoover's confidence and potential soared. He did not have the advantage from the jump, but with some mighty horsepower was able to run around Vick and take the first round win. But the number one qualifier was on the other side of the lights in the second round.
Hoover was not intimidated by Mauney's lofty position, and left him at the starting line. Although the run was close, Hoover's 6.452/218.87 was good enough for another round. Facing Shannon Jenkins for round three, Hoover was able to chill the 'Iceman' on both ends of the track. Hoover with a holeshot and a 6.414/218.87 run gained lane choice against Billy Harper for the final round in this match.
But Harper had serious engine damage, and Hoover would not go to the lanes until the IHRA officials could not give Harper any more time. This sent Hoover to the starting line on a winning single run, 6.390/211.03. This marks the first victory for the Pro Modified veteran since 1992.
Hoover and Trussell Motorsports will continue their bid for the championship at the IHRA PARTS PRO North American Nationals in Epping, NH., September 10-12. Hoover, along with each Pro Modified contestant will be afforded two qualifying runs on Friday and Saturday. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.
This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of the IHRA's Drag Review Magazine.