IHBA: Augusta Southern Nationals preview

IHBA National Series Begins East Coast Swing (July 11, 2001) Austin, TX --- The sweet smell of Magnolia's will mingle with the powerful aroma of nitro-methane during the 16th annual IHBA Augusta Southern Nationals, July 20-22, 2001 on the...

IHBA National Series Begins East Coast Swing

(July 11, 2001) Austin, TX --- The sweet smell of Magnolia's will mingle with the powerful aroma of nitro-methane during the 16th annual IHBA Augusta Southern Nationals, July 20-22, 2001 on the Savannah River. The sixth national event of the 12 event national tour will give the top drag boat racers in the country a chance to show their skills on the east coast.

"A lot of teams have been racing out west and are excited about coming to Augusta. My team has been on a roll and we feel we have a lot of momentum heading into this race. This will be the first race for a lot of east coast teams and we already have four national events under our belts. There will be a lot of Top Fuel Hydro boats competing and it should make for a great show," said Greg Tedesco, current Top Fuel Hydro points leader.

Heading into Augusta, Greg Tedesco's, Top Fuel Hydro team, out of Reno, Nevada, has appeared in four final rounds where he has recorded two national event wins. Other notable racers include Tim Stokes, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, and Ted Faggart, of Porterville, California, in Top Alcohol Hydro. Stokes is coming off his second national event win of 2001 in Waco, Texas, at the Michelob Light Texas Shootout and Faggart has been dominating the class with one IHBA national event win and final round appearances in all five IHBA national events this season.

Racing action will get underway on Friday, July 20, with a Test and Tune beginning at 9 a.m., on Saturday morning qualifying will begin at 9 a.m. for the 16th annual IHBA Augusta Southern Nationals. Final eliminations will begin on Sunday, July 22, at 9 a.m.. Tickets range in price from $15 - $25. Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. each day. Admission is free on Friday. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Georgia Special Olympics. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Pump-'n-Shop, American Speed Center, Georgia Bank & Trust, and online at www.TIXOnLine.com.

The 16th annual IHBA Augusta Southern Nationals will air on Speedvision, September 9th and September 16th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast September 12th and September 19th at 3:30 p.m. EST, respectively.

The International Hot Boat Association (IHBA) is the premier sanctioning association for drag boat racing in the United States. The IHBA is dedicated to producing top-level motor sports events across the country by sanctioning 16 events at the national and divisional levels. The 2001 IHBA national series is a twelve-event tour covering California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina, and Georgia, with a $1.5 million purse, reaching over 300,000 fans, and culminating with the crowning of the IHBA World Championship at Firebird International Raceway in November. Beginning July 1st Speedvision will begin a 52-week television schedule covering the IHBA. Log onto the IHBA website for more information www.ihbaracing.com

2001 IHBA Augusta Southern Nationals
Fact Sheet

Event: 16th annual Augusta Southern Nationals, the 6th national event of the 12 event IHBA National Series.

Location: Savannah River, Augusta Riverfront Marina, Augusta, Georgia Located 150 miles east of Atlanta.

Date: July 20- July 22, 2001

Purse: Over $100,000 in cash and contingency

Classes: Pro Classes: Top Fuel Hydro, Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Flat, Pro Mod, Pro Comp Eliminator, Pro Gas Flat. Eliminator Classes: Pro Eliminator, Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator, Stock Eliminator, River Racer, Personal Watercraft.

Schedule: Friday, July 20 Racer registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Test and Tune begins at 9 a.m.

Saturday, July 21 Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying begins 9 a.m.

Sunday, July 22 Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

Tickets: Saturday, $15; Sunday, $15; Series Pass, $25. All tickets include pit passes. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Special Olympics. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Pump-'n-Shop, American Speed Center, Georgia Bank & Trust and online at www.TIXOnLine.com

Television: Event telecast Speedvision, September 9th and September 16th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast September 12th and September 19th at 3:30 p.m. EST, respectively.

-IHBA-

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