IHBA: Hot Summer Nationals Chowchilla race report

Hipwell, Atkinson, Heidemann Capture Hot Titles June 17, 2001 (Chowchilla, CA) --- The scorching California sun and blazing on track action made the IHBA Hot Summer Nationals in Chowchilla, CA sizzle during the final rounds. In Top Fuel Hydro...

Hipwell, Atkinson, Heidemann Capture Hot Titles

June 17, 2001 (Chowchilla, CA) --- The scorching California sun and blazing on track action made the IHBA Hot Summer Nationals in Chowchilla, CA sizzle during the final rounds. In Top Fuel Hydro John Hipwell, of Landing, NJ took top honors and Mark Atkinson, of Dixon, CA and Johnny Heidemann of Tacoma, WA captured titles in Top Alcohol Hydro and Top Alcohol Flat, respectively.

Top Fuel Hydro was a battle to see who could keep their 5,000 hp machines running as the rounds piled up. In the first round three competitors broke showing the fans how temperamental these water rockets can be. Hipwell ran consistently all day and that is what got him into the winner's circle. In the final he faced Greg Tedesco of Reno, NV but Tedesco had thrown rods out of his engine in the semis versus Visalia's Dwayne Patton and could not get his machine back together.

Mark Atkinson got back into championship form by blowing through the Top Alcohol Hydro field and some big names along the way. In the semis Atkinson had to get past Troy Ferry and in the finals he had to beat multiple winner Ted Faggart. Atkinson's winning run started with a .080 reaction time and was 5.545 seconds at 213.48 mph.

Local favorite Eric Morris, of Madera, CA was hoping to grab his first win of the season in front of many family and friends in attendance but Johnny Heidemann of Tacoma, WA had a different idea. In the final Morris red-lit and Heidemann flew down the liquid quarter mile in 6.908 seconds at 162.16 mph.

In Pro Mod, Vic Esposito, of Alamo, CA had to figure out a way to get past thirteen other competitors to stand in the winner's circle on Sunday afternoon. Esposito used a solid combination of good reaction times and consistent runs to get the job done. His final run of the day versus Jay Brookhart, of Longview, WA, was secured when Brookhart ran quicker than the 7.000-second index. Esposito's winning time of 7.091 seconds at 163.68 mph was good enough to take the trophy.

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