Gateway: Ed Hoover Friday notes

MADISON, Ill. - Funny how a win can restore any lost confidence in a veteran. That's apparently the scenario that has fueled Ed Hoover's fire since winning the NHRA Pro Modified exhibition in Commerce, early last month. Hoover, 40, of Columbia, ...

MADISON, Ill. - Funny how a win can restore any lost confidence in a veteran. That's apparently the scenario that has fueled Ed Hoover's fire since winning the NHRA Pro Modified exhibition in Commerce, early last month. Hoover, 40, of Columbia, S.C., made cigar chewing, car owner Paul Trussell proud as his pushed their 1963 Corvette into the program.

Hoover, hot off of a runner-up during last week's IHRA event in Cordova, was one of eight Pro Modifieds that had the right stuff to gain a berth after the first day during the Sears Craftsman Nationals. Pro Modified's original national event winner laid claim to the fourth spot with a 6.315, 221.89.

"We have some more in this hot rod," explained Hoover, who has developed a reputation for tremendous performance in the midst of unfavorable heat. "I didn't want to get greedy, but I knew it was going to take a lot to stay in there. I knew that the field was going to pick up in the evening session."

Hoover began the day of qualifying with a 6.355, 220.55 and that run catapulted him as him as the second spot.

Hoover is breaking in a new Gene Fulton motor that was installed after the team wounded a powerplant in Cordova during the final round.

Hoover recorded a personal best a week ago with a 6.260 during qualifying.

-HC

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