ROCKINGHAM, NC. - Two years ago, every time that Ed Hoover matched up with Shannon Jenkins, he had the "Iceman's" number. At the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC., the former World Champion gained a measure of revenge. However, those...
ROCKINGHAM, NC. - Two years ago, every time that Ed Hoover matched up with Shannon Jenkins, he had the "Iceman's" number. At the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC., the former World Champion gained a measure of revenge. However, those that have ever come up against the gentleman known as "The Hoov" are very much aware that the Columbia, South Carolina-based driver of Paul Trussell's Corvette will never go away without a fight.
In the match against Jenkins, it was a duel to the finish.
"Anytime you get Shannon and I on the starting line together, there's going to be a battle," explained Hoover. "We went up there and gave it our best. Sometimes you have to accept things and today just wasn't our day. All in all, we had a good weekend."
Hoover's residence is located reasonably close to Rockingham. He's won at his local track in Darlington, SC., but never in IHRA competition at Rockingham. He got off to a good start by establishing a stout lap with a 6.326, 220.84. In the next attempt, he stepped up in a big way in the evening session with a 6.297, 218.02. Hoover ranked as the fourth quickest in the field.
Hoover knew that Saturday's first session was going to be crucial. Unfortunately for him, the nitrous-injected Corvette drifted out of the groove and was forced to lift. His final run of the evening provided an interesting scenario. On his run, a timing malfunction left Hoover with the option of resting on his laurels or making another attempt. He returned with even more clout and blasted out a 6.253, 221.63. The run put him in the fourth spot.
In the first round, he met up with Todd Tutterow. Despite a quicker reaction from Tutterow, Hoover quickly bridged the gap and scored the win with a 6.356, 218.69.
In the second round, Hoover met up with longtime nemesis Shannon Jenkins. Jenkins was slightly quicker out of the gate and that was the edge that he "Iceman" needed. Hoover gave it a valiant effort, but lost with a 6.337, 219.36.
He'll have until this upcoming Friday to ponder his next move as the tour rolls into Budd's Creek, Maryland for the President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway.