July 1, 2001 (Waco, TX) --- Mother Nature dealt the over 100 boats in attendance at the 26th annual IHBA Michelob Light Texas Shootout a tough hand but a select few battled the elements and the boredom to emerge victorious. Greg Tedesco, of Reno,...
July 1, 2001 (Waco, TX) --- Mother Nature dealt the over 100 boats in attendance at the 26th annual IHBA Michelob Light Texas Shootout a tough hand but a select few battled the elements and the boredom to emerge victorious. Greg Tedesco, of Reno, Nevada, and Tim Stokes, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, took home top honors in Top Fuel Hydro and Top Alcohol Hydro, respectively. In Top Alcohol Flat and Pro Mod, Ken Singleton, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, and Jim Parson, of Blanchard, Oklahoma, grabbed their first IHBA national event wins.
Tedesco continued his dominance of the Top Fuel Hydro class making his fourth straight final round appearance in four national events. His performance this weekend vaulted him into first place in the national point standings and has him brimming with confidence heading into the next national event in Augusta, Georgia, July 20-22. Today's performance was not perfect however. In the final, Tedesco apparently hit a fish on the Brazos River denting his prop and drastically affecting his elapsed time in his final run against Kebin Kinsley, of Kennedale, Texas,. Tedesco's winning time of 5.809 at 200.22 mph stood up after Kinsley had problems off of the starting line.
"The boat really took off. I felt it hit something under the water and it got real exciting in the cockpit. Once it settled down it really ran pretty well considering the prop damage. We are on a pretty good run heading into Augusta. A lot of the boats out there will be just getting in the water and we already have two wins and two runner-up finishes. I think that gives us a huge advantage," said Tedesco.
Tim Stokes had to stare down the most dominant man in Top Alcohol Hydro, Ted Faggart, of Porterville, California, so far in 2001 and he did it with the quickest and fastest run of the weekend. Stokes took a 5.482 second pass at 223.60 mph from start to finish and was smiling from ear to ear in the winner's circle.
"We needed this win. When you pull up next to Ted (Faggart) you have to think. He had been in every final this year and he was good every single pass this weekend. I knew we needed to run in the fours to beat him and we did. We have been chasing some gremlins since our win in Bakersfield but now we are running really well. The weather today threw us off of our routine but we tried to stay busy throughout the day. I was just glad to get the win," said Stokes.
First time winner Ken Singleton squared off against and bested Top Alcohol Flat regular and number one qualifier Jim Ermshar, of Riverside, California, in the final but it took a solid run to do it. Singleton's 6.98 second at 147 mph pass was one of his quickest of the weekend.
"Everything worked for us this weekend. It feels great to get our first IHBA national event win. It worked out just like we planned it. My crew was awesome and a lot of thanks goes to Ron Braaksma Racing for all their help. This feels bad to the bone. I didn't care who I was racing this weekend I was just concentrating on doing my job," stated Singleton.
Police officer Jim Parson took over the Brazos River in Pro Mod just like he patrols Hefner Lake in Oklahoma. He grabbed the number one qualifying spot on Saturday night and he was consistent all day during Pro Mod eliminations. He saved his best run of the weekend for the final when he beat Jim Degrot with a 7.05 second pass versus the 7.00 index.
"My pit crew was great all weekend. This is my first IHBA national event win and it couldn't feel any better than this. I was runner up in Chouteau, Oklahoma last year and I really wanted to get that trophy. We were skeptical about the changing weather conditions but we really didn't change the boat before the final and it paid off. We ran really good and got the win," said Parson. <pre>
26th annual IHBA Michelob Light Texas Shootout Final Results Waco, Texas July 1, 2001
Top Fuel Hydro Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Greg Tedesco, Reno, NV .209 5.809 200.22 R/U Kebin Kinsley, Kennedale, TX Broke
Top Alcohol Flat Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Ken Singelton, Chickasha, OK .010 6.982 147.92 R/U Jim Ermshar, Riverside, CA .481 7.096 127.48
Pro Mod Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Jim Parson, Blanchard, OK .362 7.059 157.14 R/U Jim Degroot, Dripping Springs, TX .976 7.692 157.88
Pro Comp Eliminator Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win David Lipinski, Madera, CA .319 9.710 88.34 R/U Ray Florez, las Cruces, NM -.184 7.962 129.40
Pro Gas Flat Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Kim Giles, Uinita, OK .178 8.537 129.18 R/U Kevin Anderson, Denver, CO Broke
Pro Eliminator Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Lee Warren, Walters, OK 1.486 21.050 31.70 R/U Jay Scheiman, McAllen, TX Broke
Top Eliminator (9.00 second index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Roberts Leas, Climax Springs, MO .216 9.134 107.98 R/U Ken Chennault, Whitehouse, TX .183 9.747 91.80
Modified Eliminator (10.00 second index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Jason Brandt, Ingram, TX .058 10.234 95.92 R/U Kenny Klein, Georgetown, TX .301 9.953 94.78
Stock Eliminator (11.00 second index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Rennie Easley, Lowell, AR .108 11.035 89.46 R/U Gary Switzer, Millsap, TX .500 10.708 102.84
River Racer I (12.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Pete Barons, Littleton, CO .164 12.107 76.86 R/U David Carrol, Granite Shoal, TX -.404 12.728 82.68
Personal Watercraft I Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Chase Copeland, Walters, OK .424 19.052 49.68
Personal Watercraft II Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Craig Clayton, Galveston, TX .973 15.776 60.18 R/U John Mallas, Willis, TX 1.379 15.799 61.80