NORWALK, Ohio - A faulty line-lock and a car with an overabundance horsepower was what it took to eliminate Ed Hoover in the first round of the Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk. The 1999 champion, who pilots Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette, ...
NORWALK, Ohio - A faulty line-lock and a car with an overabundance horsepower was what it took to eliminate Ed Hoover in the first round of the Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk. The 1999 champion, who pilots Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette, rolled the beams lit the redlight against Carl Moyer.
The tough part about it was that Hoover was poised to do some damage in eliminations against his adversaries.
"You hate it when the little things jump up and bite you, but sometimes they do," explained Hoover, who is credited with winning the first-ever Pro Modified national event title in 1990. "We have been fortunate enough to win this year and I think we can win some more. It's just disappointing when something like this happens. I'll rebound and be back."
The recent Northern Nationals champion had hoped to carry his magic into Norwalk. Hoover, a past winner at Norwalk, got off to a good start with a 6.323/223.28. That put him in the fourth spot. The evening session was not as gracious as he lifted early and coasted to a 7.239/130.83.
Hoover has carried a reputation for making his best runs in the heat of the day and that's why the 6.323/223.28 on Friday night didn't impress him much. The lap that got his attention the most came during Saturday's first attempt when he carded a 6.325, 223.50. He upped the ante even more in the final session with a 6.280, 225.15. Claiming the fifth position, he met Carl Moyer in the first round.
With both drivers staged, Hoover's ride began to creep and tripped the beams with a .143 red. Moyer rolled the dice perfect with a .400 and recorded the win with an off-pace 7.628.