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It’s Give and Take at the 2014 Lucas Oil Drag Boats NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun World Finals


Chandler, ARIZ. (November 3, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing’s NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun World Finals brought the excitement to the lake at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend as race boat pilots gave it their all in their quest for a series championship.  While some gave it their all, others gave more than they had as the lake would consume a total of five boats over the four day race weekend.  The lake would be the taker on this race weekend.

Right off the qualifying pass in Top Fuel Hydro on Friday morning, Glenn Wilson and the Toxic Rocket got out of control and crashed at the top end of the left lane.  Moments later, Marcus Kinsey disintegrated his borrowed Top Alcohol Flat on his first qualifying pass in the right lane.  Saturday, the lake would also take out a nitro powered jet boat running in the TAF class.  Though there may have been some setbacks, the Pilots of the Lucas Oil Drags Boat Racing Series put on one awesome show for the fans lining the lake and in the stands.

Sunday morning brought about race day as final elimination rounds began running under overcast skies.  Some of the first boats out for elimination rounds were the Top Alcohol Flats.  Just a couple runs into the first round of TAF eliminations, Mike Martin and the “Dazed and Confused” got out of control in the right lane, launched into the air while rolling, and crashed upside down in front of a packed house of stunned fans. The Lucas Oil Safety Crew did an excellent job of recovering John’s capsule quickly and getting him off the the hospital for a medical evaluation and treatment.

The end of the opening ceremonies and the Star Spangled Banner were met with thunder as the first pair of nitro powered Top Fuel Hydros fired up their motors.  The first pair off the line was Eddie Knox Racing’s “Problem Child” piloted by Joel Weber and the “Speed Sports Special” piloted by Jarrett Silvey.  Weber ran a 3.563 at 251.593 mph against Silvey’s slightly slowe r 3.630 at 243.506 mph.  “Problem Child had a small fire on board after passing through the traps, but would move on the the next semi-finals.  Scott Lumbert and the MavTV Spirit of Texas would have a bi-run.  Scott ran a 4.043 at 170.455 mph.  The next pair out was Bryan Sanders and the “Nitrochrondriac” up against and Mike Robbins in the “Whiskey River”.  Robbins would encounter problems on his run, posting a 5.146 at 110.505 against Sanders 3.703 at 242.640 mph.

Round number two of Top Fuel Hydro paired the “MavTV Spirit of Texas” against “Problem Child”.  In a tight race that was won by two miles and hour and three hundredths of a second, the “Spirit of Texas” took the win after running a 3.550 at 255.363 mph against “Problem Child’s” slower, but very respectable 3.580 at 253.464 mph.

The “MavTV Spirit of Texas” and “Nitrochrondriac” met on the rope for the final round of Top Fuel Hydro eliminations. In an explosive race, both boats wend up in a ball of fire, but it would be Lumbert and the “Spirit of America” crossing the finish line first with a 3,675 at 216.450 mph.  “Nitrochrondriac” ran a 3.794 at 228.033 mph.  What an awesome race for the fans.

In Top Alcohol Hydro, Denny Hepp’s “Black Rhino” met Mike Fry and his “Mean Streak” on the starting line.  Fry would take the win after running a 4.402 at 202.320 mph against Hepp’s 4.674 at 189.921 mph.

Top Alcohol Flat saw the biggest devastation throughout the World Finals weekend at Wild Horse Pass, but Ronnie Hays in “The Flying Dutchman” and Fred Hart in “Justice” would keep it together through the weekend and work their way into the finals.  Hays ran a 6.252 at 110.685 mph for the win.  Hart did not complete the run.

In Pro Mod, the “Desperado” of Robert Leas paired with Vic Esposito and “Freak Show” in the finals.  Esposito took the win with a 7.169, 141.732 mph pass.  Leas did not post a time.

Tony Scarlata dominated the K Boat races in the K-69 and the P-74 Pro dominated in the Cracker Box Pro races.

For complete results of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing’s NAPA Know How Valley of the Sun World Finals, visit Lucas Oil Drag Boat’s website.

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