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Tony Roper
Born December 13, 1964(1964-12-13)
Hometown Springfield, Missouri
Died October 13, 2000 (aged 35)
Cause of death Severe neck injury sustained from a racing crash
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
3 races run over 1 years
First race 1999 Diamond Hill Plywood 200
Last race 2000 Touchstone Energy 300
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
61 races run over 5 years
First race 1995 Sears Auto Center 125
Last race 2000 O'Reilly 400
Wins Top tens Poles
0 8 0

Tony Roper (December 13, 1964 - October 13, 2000) was a NASCAR driver. He was born in Springfield, Missouri, to Dean Roper and Shirley Medley. Growing up his family was heavily involved in auto racing. Roper started racing in 1986. For the next six years Tony 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 Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, and the Busch Series in 1999.


On October 12, 2000, Roper was racing in the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom. However, another truck veered up the racetrack in the tri-oval, forcing Roper to evade, turning him into Grissom's front bumper. The contact caused Roper's #26 Ford to take a sudden hard-right turn, which then caused the truck to slam head-on into the concrete wall of the tri-oval. Roper died the next day as the result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.[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.

Tony's father, ARCA legend Dean Roper, also died in a racing related accident suffering from a heart attack while racing at the Springfield Mile and crashing his car at the pit lane exit.


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