Rockingham: Hoover slips in the first round of the Rock

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Ed Hoover promises that he didn't feed his pet Mogwai after midnight as the movie "Gremlins" portrayed. However, somebody did and the 41-year old Pro Modified driver from Columbia, SC., has had to pay for it ever since. The...

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Ed Hoover promises that he didn't feed his pet Mogwai after midnight as the movie "Gremlins" portrayed. However, somebody did and the 41-year old Pro Modified driver from Columbia, SC., has had to pay for it ever since. The gremlins have been vicious. At the season-opening IHRA Holley Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts, Hoover qualified well in the Trussell Motorsports 1963 Corvette, but was nailed with tireshake in the opening round. The unfortunate string of first round losses dating back to last season.

Hoover has battled electrical problems the last two weeks, both in competition and testing. This weekend failed to offer any relief.


Ed Hoover. Photo: IHRA

"We got put in the bad lane and we knew that we could only do so much," explained Hoover. "We battled the electrical problems all weekend and encountered our most problems when our runs were in the right lane. We could have used the data to help us set-up, but we had to rely on experience to at least put us in the ballpark. We missed it, but there's still a lot of races to go."

Qualifying afforded him some good times and some bad times. His first attempt offered no major reprieve from the problems that had burdened him two weeks ago in Gainesville. Despite the nitrous system cutting off eight times during the run, Pro Modified's original national event winner managed to card a 6.391/213.84. He was the sixth quickest after that session. He evidently found his problem as he blasted out a 6.313/217.88 to establish himself solidly in the show.

Hoover has plenty of power to work with behind the wheel to work with. He failed to improve on the first Saturday session with a 6.360/219.90. His final attempt also yielded negative results and he coasted through the lights. He ended up in the tenth position and that paired him against Rickie Smith.

In the first round, Smith had a slightly quicker reaction time and that was enough to secure victory as Hoover nailed the tires out of the gate and lost.

Hoover will look to improve his fortunes in three weeks at Virginia Motorsports Park for the IHRA ACDelco Nationals presented by Chevrolet during the weekend of April 20 - 22.

-Trussell Motorsports

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