Lance Hooper (born June 1, 1967 in Palmdale, California) is a racecar driver in NASCAR as well as several touring divisions. Hooper attended his first race when he was just two weeks old, and also came from a long line of racing champions, including his uncle, father, and brother.
Hooper first began racing in 1990 in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series, and was named Rookie of the Year at Saugus Speedway. He went on to win the track championship there the next two years. Following that stint, Lance moved up to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series, and won seven races in his first year on the circuit, then won the championship in 1995. In addition to his success on raceday, he won the pole award sixteen times, the Most Popular Driver award, as well as breaking many track records.
After that, he moved to the NASCAR West Series. In 1996, he won five races, as well as both the championship and the Rookie of the Year points title. That year, he made his Winston Cup debut as well, running the Dura Lube 500 and finishing 33rd in his own Pontiac. He soon caught the eye of legendary owner Richard Jackson, owner of Precision Products Racing, and the two ran six races together in 1997 in an undeclared Rookie of the Year bid in the Winston Cup Series. In 1998, the two made an abbreviated bid at the Busch Series championship, running 16 races and finishing in the top-20 three times.
Hooper didn't run much in 1999. He ran one Busch Series race for Jackson, and made an unsuccessful qualifying attempt for the Brickyard 400 with Fenley-Moore Motorsports. returned to the sport regularly in 2000, running 13 races in the Craftsman Truck Series for Marty Walsh (his best finish was 15th) and four races for Alumni Motorsports in the Busch Series, including an outside pole qualifying run. Hooper made 18 Truck Series races in 2001, and had a tenth-place finish at Nazareth Speedway. Hooper also re-united with Jackson competed in a Cup race at Dover for Dark Horse Motorsports. He ran every Truck race in 2002, despite switching to from Ware Racing Enteprises to Team Racing midseason. Hooper ran his most recent Cup race to date that year, finishing 31st at Bristol Motor Speedway for Junie Donlavey. In 2003, Hooper began running his own entry in the Truck Series with fan-based sponsorships. He finished 24th in points that year. Hooper hasn't run NASCAR since 2004, when he posted two top-twenty finishes for ThorSport Racing.