Art Hoover captured his second NHRA national event win on Sunday at the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.
PHOENIX- Art Hoover won his second NHRA Wally after defeating Phil Unruh in the Top Dragster final at the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Hoover was spectacular at both ends of the racetrack throughout eliminations. He drove his nitrous powered dragster to the event trophy, averaging a .019 reaction time.
He qualified in the No. 14 spot with a 6.726 at 162.31 mph.
Art’s path to the winner’s circle began with a round one victory over Mike Mendenhall. Hoover did not have the starting line advantage, .041 to .027, but gave Mendenhall the stripe causing him to break out by -.035. Art went a 6.630 on a 6.53 dial-in.
In the second round of eliminations, Hoover ran dead on his 6.56 dial-in to advance to the second round. Opponent Mark Colton had the starting line advantage, .006 to .026, but took too much stripe to break out by -.011.
With identical .003 reaction times, Hoover and opponent Moe Trujillo battled it out for the round win, but Art came out on top after running one above his 6.56 dial-in. Trujillo broke out by -.004 in a losing effort.
The semifinals were a breeze for Hoover, as his opponent Steve Will left before the tree activated. Art was .011 and ran a 6.604 on his 6.55 dial-in. This win advanced him to the final round.
Art and Phil Unruh were the final two cars remaining and squared up in the final round. Unruh made it past impressive racers, like Linzi Meserve and Bobby Ray McMahan, to make it to the final round.
Unruh missed the tree, .059, and broke out in the process. It didn’t matter though, because Hoover threw down an .015 package to take home the event trophy!
Congrats to Art and his family on their latest victory!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.