IHBA: Texas Brazos River preview

IHBA Texas Shootout Brings High Speed Excitement to Waco (June 22, 2001) Austin, TX --- For nearly 30 years the high speed sound and power of drag boat racing has resonated off the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas but on June 30-July1 ...

IHBA Texas Shootout Brings High Speed Excitement to Waco

(June 22, 2001) Austin, TX --- For nearly 30 years the high speed sound and power of drag boat racing has resonated off the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas but on June 30-July1 during the 26th annual IHBA Texas Shootout excitement levels will reach a new high. Over 100 professional race teams are expected to descend on the Brazos and try their luck during the 5th national event of the IHBA season.

"Waco has such a strong tradition with professional drag boat racing that the Texas Shootout is one of the highlights of the season. Many of our biggest stars of drag boat racing made their names on the Brazos River. The location of the racing venue is one of the most picturesque in the country and the water on the Brazos can really make for some fast time and high mph," said Doug Fuqua, IHBA Chief Marketing Officer.

" Racing in Waco is one of the highlights of the season for most of the teams. The fans are great and the venue is terrific. The teams should put up strong performance numbers and this year with the high level of competition in all the professional classes the weekend is shaping up to be a good one," added Fuqua.

Racing action will get underway on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with qualifying for the 26th annual IHBA Texas Shootout. Final eliminations will begin on Sunday, July 1, at 9 a.m.. Tickets range in price from $18 - $30. Spectator gates will open at 7 a.m. each day and parking is free.

The 26th annual IHBA Texas Shootout will air on Speedvision, August 26th and September 2nd at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast August 29th and September 5th 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

For more information about the IHBA contact Elon Werner, M-Streets Media, Inc., at 214-841-1000 or ewerner@mstreetsmedia.com.

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