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Qualifying for the NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing World Finals left Fiberglass and Foam Floating on the Lake Friday

Qualifying from the NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing World Finals

Chandler, ARIZ. (October 31, 2014) – Day one of qualifying for the NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun Lucas Oil Drag Boat’s World Finals went great for some teams, but others didn’t have the same luck on the lake at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Friday.  Two boats would be taken by the lake, their pilots would come out with only minor injuries.

During the first round of Top Fuel Hydro qualifying, the “Spirit of Texas” and Scott Lumbert would be in the right lane facing off against Glenn Wilson in the “Toxic Rocket” in the left lane.  The “Toxic Rocket” went on to crash at the top end of the crash, destroying the boat and sending Glenn on a trip to the hospital to be checked out.  Last word from Lucas Oil Drag Boat officials was that Glenn was fine and under going a precautionary MRI.  Lumbert came into the World Finals at the Top Fuel Hydro points leader.  Wilson was sixth in points at the time of the crash.

Coming into the World Finals, Eddie Knox Racing’s “Problem Child” Top Fuel Hydro would have a new driver.  Running third in points coming out of Havasu, Knox would replace record setting pilot Daryl Ehrlich with Joel Weber.  Weber has some time in a TFH, and plenty of experience in a Top Alcohol Hydro.  In the first round of qualifying Knox sent Weber out on a mild tune.  After seeing Joel had what it takes after running a 3.70 at 247.03 MPH, Knox planned on turning up the power.  Weber got out of it in the second round of qualifying, posting a non competitive time.

Shortly after Glenn’s crash, Marcus Kinsey was piloting the Tommy Thompson Motorsports’ “Bad Company” Top Alcohol Flat down the right lane when the boat became airborne, landing hard on its right side.  The boat was destroyed and Kinsey was also transported to a local hospital with a minor leg injury.  Marcus came into the World Finals 11th in TAF points.

Scroll down to take a look at Kinsey’s wild ride at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

The “What a Tomato” and Top Fuel Hydro pilot Bob Pizza came into the World Finals as the points leader in TAH.  Randy Ball and the “Oklahoman” are the points leader in TAF and Marty Logan in the “Livin the Dream” are the points leaders in Pro Modified.

As of Friday, the pits are full, the edge of the lake is lined with motor homes and the spectators are in the stands.  The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are ready to put on one hell of a show as the pilots of theses rockets compete for the championship in their respective classes.

That’s just a small portion of what’s going on during this weekend’s NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun Lucas Oil Drag Boat’s World Finals.  There’s plenty of other classes to watch as well.  We hear there’s some 175 or so boats that will be cometing on the lake this weekend.  Head on out to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to take in this adrenaline packed action for yourself.  You won’t be let down.

Scroll down to check out some more of Friday’s qualifying action from the World Finals on the lake at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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