Tony Roper (racing driver)

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Tony Roper
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Roper in October 1997
BornAnthony Dean Roper
(1964-12-23)December 23, 1964
Springfield, Missouri
DiedOctober 14, 2000(2000-10-14) (aged 35)
Dallas, Texas
Cause of deathNeck injury from racing accident in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
19 races run over 2 years
Best finish41st (1999)
First race 1999 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (Darlington)
Last race 2000 Touchstone Energy 300 (Talladega)
WinsTop tens Poles
030
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
60 races run over 5 years
Best finish16th (1998)
First race 1995 Sears Auto Center 125 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2000 O'Reilly 400 (Texas)
WinsTop tens Poles
080

Anthony Dean Roper (December 23, 1964 – October 14, 2000) was an American professional stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he died after suffering injuries in a racing accident at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Early career

Roper was born in Springfield, Missouri, to Dean Roper and Shirley Medley. Growing up his family was heavily involved in auto racing, as his father was a noted competitor in ARCA and other stock car racing series. Roper started racing in 1986. For the next six years he raced in IMCA Modifieds and late models on Midwest dirt and asphalt tracks. In 1992 he finished in second place for the American Speed Association Rookie of the Year Award. He started racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, and the Busch Series in 1999.

Death

At the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 13, 2000, Roper was involved in an accident when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom and Rick Ware. Roper's Ford made contact with Grissom's front bumper causing it to take a sudden hard-right turn, which then caused the truck to impact the concrete wall of the tri-oval. An unconscious, unresponsive Roper was extricated from his truck, taken to the infield care center at TMS, and subsequently airlifted to Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital. Roper was determined to have a severe neck injury which prevented the flow of blood to his brain. [1] [2] He was put on a ventilator, and succumbed to the injury the day after the race, aged 35. [1]

Roper was the third NASCAR driver to perish from racing related injuries in 2000, the first two being Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr., respectively. [1] It was the second fatality in the Craftsman Truck Series, the first being that of John Nemechek in 1997. [1] Roper's was the first racing fatality recorded at Texas Motor Speedway.

Tony's father, Dean Roper, died in a crash just a year later, on August 19, 2001. Both Tony and his father Dean died in racing accidents within 10 months of each other. [3]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series

NASCAR Busch Series results
YearTeamNo.Make1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132NBGNCPts
1999 Xpress Motorsports 61 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR
40
41st1284
Pontiac TEX
16
NSV
35
BRI
10
TAL
18
CAL
30
NHA
43
RCH
18
NZH
43
CLT
DNQ
DOV
42
SBO
8
GLN
42
MLW
10
MYB
18
PPR
40
GTY
30
IRP
DNQ
MCH
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM
2000 Washington-Erving Motorsports 50 Chevy DAY
DNQ
CAR
37
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
NSV
31
TAL
24
CAL
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM 82nd213

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627NCTCPts
1995 MB Motorsports 26 Ford PHO TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW
22
CNS HPT IRP FLM RCH
DNQ
MAR
27
NWS SON MMR PHO 60th219
1997 Brevak Racing 31 Ford WDW
32
TUS
DNQ
HOM
12
PHO
36
POR
23
EVG
15
I70
9
NHA
19
TEX
20
BRI
17
NZH
33
MLW
17
LVL
20
CNS
13
HPT
25
IRP
33
FLM
9
NSV
17
GLN
24
RCH
27
MAR
21
SON
17
MMR
13
CAL
14
PHO
24
LVS
27
18th2604
34 TUS
29
1998 31 WDW
28
HOM
36
PHO
12
POR
10
EVG
6
I70
8
GLN
30
TEX
11
16th3016
Gloy-Rahal Racing 55 Ford BRI
15
MLW
18
NZH
12
CAL
18
PPR
10
IRP
2
NHA
36
FLM
14
NSV
21
HPT
24
LVL
6
RCH
13
MEM
17
GTY
15
MAR
18
SON
12
MMR
16
PHO
25
LVS
38
1999 HOM PHO EVG MMR MAR MEM PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW NSV NZH MCH NHA IRP GTY HPT RCH LVS LVL
18
TEX CAL 89th109
2000 MB Motorsports 26 Ford DAY HOM PHO MMR MAR PIR GTY MEM PPR EVG TEX KEN GLN MLW NHA NZH MCH IRP
30
NSV
34
CIC RCH
21
DOV
DNQ
TEX
29
CAL 54th356

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References

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