Shreveport: Ed Hoover event summary

Hoover's Struggles at World Finals not Indicative of Successful IHRA Season Shreveport, LA - It's been a season of contrasts for veteran Pro Modified competitor Ed Hoover of Columbia, South Carolina. After Pro Mod's original event winner...

Hoover's Struggles at World Finals not Indicative of Successful IHRA Season

Shreveport, LA - It's been a season of contrasts for veteran Pro Modified competitor Ed Hoover of Columbia, South Carolina. After Pro Mod's original event winner finished out the 2000 season with a string of first round exits, he and team owner Paul Trussell were determined to improve their fortunes in 2001.

Settling into their stride after two IHRA nationals, Hoover and the Trussell Motorsports team first flexed their nitrous-aided muscle at the NHRA's Pro Mod exhibition in Commerce, Georgia, qualifying their '63 Corvette at the front of the field and going on to the winner's circle. Hoover followed up with two runner-up finishes in IHRA competition, another in the NHRA exhibition series, an IHRA semi-final appearance, and then, finally, a breakthrough win at the IHRA's CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, Michigan at the end of July.

Recently, with such a solid baseline to work from, it's been disappointing for Hoover and Trussell to see a combination of electrical problems and plain bad luck derail the strong momentum they worked so hard to build up. In a series of events eerily reminiscent of the latter stages of the 2000 season, early round exits again began to plague the highly motivated Hoover as the second half on the season unfolded.

So it's safe to assume that the one race they really wanted to show well at was the rain-delayed 4th annual Mopar Parts World Finals at Red River Raceway in Shreveport, Louisiana. With the Mopar Performance Parts Pro Modified Shootout on the line as well, the pressure was really on. Hoover found a good starting point to work from as he ran a 6.327, 222.95 in Friday's first qualifying session. In the later session, however, severe tire shake set in, and as fiberglass debris littered the racing surface, Hoover shut it down and settled for the number 9 spot after day one.

Unfortunately, he didn't fare much better on Saturday, losing in the first round of the Shootout opposite Fred Hahn, and, failing to improve in the final session, wound up in the number 12 spot heading into the elimination rounds.

It certainly wasn't the way Hoover wanted to finish what had been such a promising season, but in his first shot at the money he was lined up beside the supercharged '41 Willys of fellow South Carolina racer Alan Pittman. Both cars left the line in tandem, but as Pittman motored on through to post his best ET of the weekend, Hoover's car bogged and fell back immediately to bring his season to a less than satisfying close.

Like the experienced competitors that they are, however, Hoover and Trussell are now looking ahead to next season, when they hope to have a new Tommy Mauney-built '63 Corvette ready for action. Looking back, Hoover said, "We started the year with problems, but we didn't let it completely beat us up. Yeah, we got pretty frustrated, but we worked through it, and had some real success once we did. Down the stretch we struggled a little, but a lot of that is because of stupid little things. Thanks to Paul and my crew, we have the horsepower to win on any weekend, and we've learned a whole lot that we'll carry over to the new car. We're not looking back anymore, we're just looking ahead to the day we win the championship."

For more on Ed Hoover, log on to the Internet's best drag racing E-zine at www.competitionplus.com. Hoover also has is own website at www.trussellmotorsports.com.

-TM/cp-

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Series Drag
Drivers Fred Hahn , Alan Pittman , Ed Hoover