10-year-old Off to a Great Season at LMS with First Win of ‘06
Nicholas Stroupe has pretty lofty goals for the 2006 Summer Shootout at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  The 10-year-old wants to bring home the 2006 Bandolero Bandits Championship, but to do that, the second-generation driver knows he needs to win races.  And that’s exactly what he did in week number-two Tuesday night at the famous summer series for drivers of all ages.
Nick Stroupe came back from a tough weekend to grab the win in Shootout Week #2.  (51 Photos)
Stroupe’s 51 Designs / Texas Roadhouse of Concord Mills-sponsored Bandolero was the class of the 24-car field.  He started from the seventh position and methodically made his way through the field.  Once he got to the lead, just a handful of laps into the 20-lap feature event, there was no stopping his red number-45 machine.

“After awhile I just started riding as easy as I could,” said Nick.  “Then we started getting away (from my competitors) and it just became a lot easier after that.”

Riding out front and setting some of the fastest times of the day was the easy part.  Before that, the Iron Station, North Carolina, driver had to pick his way through the six cars in front of him.  He handled it like a pro. 

“We started seventh, so we just had to pick our way up though the cars and all the stuff that was happening out there.  There were a lot of cautions.  There was only one thing that happened in front of me and that was when the leader spun, but I was able to avoid it, and once we got out front they (the incidents) all happened behind us.” 
While Nick did all of the hard work behind the wheel, it was his family, including his dad, Mike (a former racer himself), mother, Camie, and big brother, Zach (former Shootout champion and current national point leader in the Aaron’s Pro Challenge Series), who all helped prepare his car and him for his big night.

“My dad set up the car for me, and he did such a perfect job; the car ran awesome.  I want to thank him so much for everything he did for me.”

Former Summer Shootout Legends Car winner Ryan Jernigan is also on the Stroupe Cleaning crew this year and his assistance both in the pits and on the track has been invaluable.
“He is really good to have around, and he’s helped us a lot.  We all have a lot of fun and hopefully we can win some more races together during the Shootout.”

Ironically, Stroupe’s win came after a tough outing in week number-one that was filled with bad luck and on-track incidents. 

“Last week was kind of hard for us,” added Nick, who finished 15th.  “We had a good racecar, but the car in front of me spun out and I didn’t have anywhere to go but to hit it.  They put me in the rear (of the field) and then
they cut the race short (due to weather and time constraints).  Even with that, I know we could have come back to finish seventh or eighth.”

With a win under his belt, the next thing for Nick Stroupe to do is get ready for next week’s event and charge toward another win.

“It was a good points’ night for us.  It will move us up to about 7th or 8th, actually, and helps us a lot in our championship run, but hopefully we can win more races.  It will be pretty cool to ride around with a checkered flag next week (officials make the prior week’s race winner fly a checkered flag from their car the following week).  Hopefully we can do it again the following week, too.”

Watch for 10-year-old Nick Stroupe as he makes a name for himself at the Lowe’s Summer Shootout every Tuesday night this summer at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  For more information on Nick Stroupe, please contact Zach Drager with DSG at (704) 455-2051 and be on the lookout for an all-new coming soon.