Anyone who has watched Nick race at all, knows he can normally be found hugging the tractor tires on the bottom of the race track. A very demanding Mississippi Thunder Speedway was not going to let that happen this past weekend. Nick was able to put his car on the cushion and walk away with his first career USMTS heat win against a very stacked group of cars. Unfortunately, contact in the feature would send him to the rear and Nick opted to pull in and save his equipment for the next one. The Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway is the next race on the schedule for Stroupe at the end of September.
After the disastrous ending of Bristol, the team looked to rebound with a strong run at Florence Speedway in Union, KY. The team came out of the box very strong with a 3rd to 1st run in the first heat race. This would have Nick starting on the outside pole in his first start at Florence. In the feature, he would struggle a little with the handling of the car, but would salvage a fifth place run. "I will definitely take it. After all the work that went into getting the car turned around from the Bristol wreck, we were a little unsure exactly how the car was going to react. A fifth with this caliper of cars is like a win after all we went through to get here!"
What started off as a great week at the Bristol Dirt Nationals, ended early in complete carnage. A part failure sent Nick into the turn three wall backwards at full speed while passing for second. Definitely not the ending to the week that the team wanted, but they will begin repairs in preparation for the Memorial Day festivities at Florence Speedway on May 28th.