Stroupe Closes The 1999 Season As The Semi-finalist At The Mopar Parts World Finals SHREVEPORT, LA -- Wally Stoupe has proved to be one of the Godfathers of Pro Modified, with the Mopar Parts World Finals rumored to be his last in Pro Modified,...
Stroupe Closes The 1999 Season As The Semi-finalist At The Mopar Parts World Finals
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Wally Stoupe has proved to be one of the Godfathers of Pro Modified, with the Mopar Parts World Finals rumored to be his last in Pro Modified, Stroupe and his Trim Parts entry hoped to go out with a bang. What better way for a nitrous driver to end his days on the bottle, than to put out the top blown car in points in the first round? He did just that and reached the semi-finals at the Shreveport, La.,-based, event.
In the first session of qualifying, Stroupe made a decent baseline pass with a 6.498/216.17, which was good enough for the 10th spot. He stepped up in the second session with a 6.488/217.04.
The third session offered no improvement for Stroupe as he ran a 6.531/215.34. Stroupe then stepped up in the final session and carded a 6.466/216.86, good enough for the 15th spot.
He had a tough assignment to face Fred Hahn in the first round. Stroupe aced the test as he sent the Summit car to the body parts store. Stroupe litterally blew the doors off his competition. Stroupe laid a hole shot on Hahn (.418 to .441) and never looked back. Stroupe took the win with a 6.415/216.06 despite Hahn's quicker 6.404/209.30.
The Trim Parts Corvette then faced Harold Martin's Firebird in round two. Stroupe made a great run with a 6.376/214.45 as Martin lost control and tagged the wall. The win paired Stroupe against Canadian Al Billes.
Stroupe put a hole shot on Billes but didn't have enough power to hold off Billes. Billes took the win with a 6.341/222.14 to Stroupe's 6.456/214.86.
Stroupe may have lost in his final race as a Pro Modified driver, but he left "WALKING TALL." With Wally Stroupe's vast racing experience and the backing of the Trim Parts Company, if the rumors to be correct, Pro Stock racers had better look out in 2000.