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Tony Roper (racing driver)

Anthony Dean "Tony" Roper December 23, 1964 – October 14, 2000 was an American 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


  • 1 Early career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Motorsports career results
    • 31 NASCAR
      • 311 Busch Series
      • 312 Craftsman Truck Series
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early careeredit

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


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 brain12 He was put on a ventilator, and succumbed to the injury the day after the race, aged 351

Roper was the third NASCAR driver to perish from racing related injuries in 2000, the first two being Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin Jr, respectively1 It was the second fatality in the Craftsman Truck Series, the first being that of John Nemechek in 19971 Roper's was the first racing fatality recorded at Texas Motor Speedway

Just a year later on August 19, 2001, Tony's father, Dean Roper, also an accomplished dirt and modified racer, competed at an ARCA race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds when on lap 17, he slumped on the steering wheel and struck the inside wall on the frontstretch three times before driving through an open section in the wall and crashing into the water barrels next to several spectators nearby, but none of the spectators were hurt The 62-year-old did not survive the accident as he was rushed to the Memorial Medical Center nearby in Springfield, where he was declared dead An autopsy revealed he had no injuries at all and that he had a blood clot in his coronary artery that stopped his heart, meaning he had died of a heart attack behind the wheel before the accident even happened Both Tony and his father Dean died in racing accidents within 10 months of each other3

Motorsports career resultsedit


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

Busch Seriesedit


Craftsman Truck Seriesedit

^ News, A B C 2006-01-07 "NASCAR Truck Driver Roper Dies" ABC News Retrieved 2016-12-22 
  • ^ Long, Ray August 21, 2001 "Driver dead before crashing" USA Today Retrieved March 28, 2017 
  • External linksedit

    • Tony Roper driver statistics at Racing-Reference
    • Tony Roper's fatal crash on YouTube

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