Accident Claims Life of NASCAR Truck Racer
October 16, 2000
Note: The entire staff of PickupTruck.com passes along its sympathies
and condolences to
the wife and family of Tony Roper.
Truck Series Racer Tony Roper lost his life Saturday after suffering
critical injuries in a head-on crash during Friday night's O'Reilly
400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Roper, a 35-year-old native of Fair Grove, Mo., sustained a severe
neck injury that stopped the blood flow to his brain. He was left
without any brain function and died at 10:55 a.m., said Dr. John
LaNoue, the attending trauma surgeon at Parkland.
the son of ARCA racer Dean Roper, started driving in 1986. In 1992
he moved to the ASA circuit and was the runner up finisher in the
American Speed Association's rookie-of-the-year race.
the end of the 1996 Roper joined forces with Brevak Racing to drive
the team's primary entry on the NCTS circuit.
drove for two teams in 1998 and completed his second full season
16th in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. His best
career finish was second-place at Indianapolis Raceway that year.
the 2000 season Roper was racing in the #26 Ford Truck owned by
will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Greenlawn
North Funeral Home in Springfield, MO. The funeral services will
be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fair Grove High School Gymnasium
in Fair Grove, MO. Click
here for maps of the locations. A memorial will also be held
in North Carolina, but details have not yet been finalized.
Tony Roper Scholarship Fund has been established for the Fair Grove,
MO school. Donations may be sent to Tony Roper Scholarship Fund,
c/o The Bank of Bolivar, 40 North Main, Fair Grove, MO 65648.
Tony Roper website has set up a message
board for fans to express themselves.