Hoover Falls Short At IHRA World Finals, Loses Tough Match To Rickie Smith SHREVEPORT, LA.-- Ed Hoover went into the IHRA World Finals on a hot winning streak. The number five points contender was not only a participant in the Mopar Parts Pro...
Hoover Falls Short At IHRA World Finals, Loses Tough Match To Rickie Smith
SHREVEPORT, LA.-- Ed Hoover went into the IHRA World Finals on a hot winning streak. The number five points contender was not only a participant in the Mopar Parts Pro Modified Shootout during Saturday's qualifying sessions, but was poised with excellent qualifying numbers for the beginning of Sunday's eliminations. But a tough battle in the first round against Rickie Smith could not provide Hoover wih his third national event win on the season.
Fresh off of his second win, Hoover was respectable in the first qualifying session with a 6.432/218.48. He stepped up during the next qualifying attempt with a 6.366/220.04. Hoover didn't improve on his previous attempt, but did post a 6.388/219.28 in the heat of the day. On that same run, he also took out Quain Stott in the first round of the MOPAR PARTS
Pro Modified Shootout. He went into the final session as the third quickest. Meeting the number one qualifier, Troy Critchley, for the second round of the Mopar Parts Pro Modified Shootout, Hoover was able to maintain his standing in qualifying, but went out of the shootout on the run.
Hoover was scheduled to face Rickie Smith in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.
Both drivers were battling for this win, coming off the line with identical reaction times. But "Tricky" Rickie Smith squeezed a bit more horsepower than Hoover could compensate for in the Trussell Corvette. Smith posted a 6.405/214.28 to overtake Hoover's 6.466/219.94 run.
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