Hoover Drops Tough Match In First Round At IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals STANTON, MI.-- With every team and driver battling intense conditions at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, Mi., this weekend, Pro Modified Driver Ed ...
Hoover Drops Tough Match In First Round At IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals
STANTON, MI.-- With every team and driver battling intense conditions at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, Mi., this weekend, Pro Modified Driver Ed Hoover had hopes as high as the mercury. The Gilbert, SC-based driver took a strong grip on the start of round one, but could not hold on until the finish line.
"With heat on the track like this, it's hard to be a judge of what will happen," noted Hoover. "It's the proverbial luck of the draw when you get out there. We just didn't get the best one here today."
In early qualifying, Hoover's goal was to remain in the top half of the program. He reached his objective as his 6.612/211.62 was enough to slip him into the eighth spot. The veteran driver failed to improve during the second session on Friday, but maintained pace with a 6.649/211.83. He continually refined his efforts during the third session with a 6.579/212.13, which earned him the 11th spot. He failed to improve during the final session with a 6.63 elapsed time. He finished in the 14th spot.
For his efforts he was paired against Steve Vick in the first round of eliminations.
With almost identical reaction times, Hoover and Vick tested the hot surface of the Mid-Michigan Motorplex. Hoover's Trussell Corvette strayed close to the centerline, but never crossed. Hoover posted a 6.565/212.26. However, getting out of the groove gave Vick just enough leeway to cross the finish line first, ending Hoover's hard weekend at Michigan.
Hoover and Trussell Motorsports plan to continue their championship conquest at the IHRA MOPAR PARTS World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, August 26 - 29. Hoover, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2, with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.