Tony Roper (racing driver)
December 13, 1964|
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||October 14, 2000
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||Neck injury from racing accident|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|19 race(s) run over 2 year(s)|
|Best finish||41st (1999)|
|First race||1999 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (Darlington)|
|Last race||2000 Touchstone Energy 300 (Talladega)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|60 race(s) run over 5 year(s)|
|Best finish||16th (1998)|
|First race||1995 Sears Auto Center 125 (Milwaukee)|
|Last race||2000 O'Reilly 400 (Texas)|
Anthony Dean "Tony" Roper (December 13, 1964 – October 14, 2000) was an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he suffered fatal injuries in a racing accident at Texas Motor Speedway.
Roper 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 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, and the Busch Series in 1999.
On October 13, 2000, Roper was racing in the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom. However, the truck of Rick Ware veered up the racetrack in the tri-oval, forcing Roper to evade, turning him into Grissom's front bumper. The contact caused Roper's Ford to take a sudden hard-right turn, which then caused the truck to impact the concrete wall of the tri-oval. Roper died the next day as the result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.
- Tony Roper driver statistics at Racing Reference