Series announces 2008 schedule

The American Boat Racing Association today announced its schedule for the 2008 unlimited hydroplane season. A total of eight races are tentatively scheduled with Nashville possibly having two races on J. Percy Priest Lake at Nashville...

The American Boat Racing Association today announced its schedule for the 2008 unlimited hydroplane season. A total of eight races are tentatively scheduled with Nashville possibly having two races on J. Percy Priest Lake at Nashville Shores.

The season opener scheduled for May 2-4 is a definite "go" with the potential of adding the second race to close the year on October 2-4.

"We are excited to have Nashville back on the schedule," said ABRA Race Chairman Sam Cole. "Rick Bowles of the U-3 Cooper's Express team has done a wonderful job getting the site in Tennessee back on our schedule."

Nashville hosted its first race in the Music City Hydrofest in 2005 but scheduling the event on the first day of the pro football season didn't help the promoters.

"We think having Nashville open the season in May will help the promoters bring in the crowd we hope to have for this race," said Cole. "This will be an early start to our season but we need to get more races on the circuit early so we can start to generate more excitement for the entire season, not just a seven week period."

The race teams will have over one month before they run the second scheduled event, but Cole hopes to find some exhibitions and maybe even another race to fit in before the second event in Evansville, Thunder on the Ohio June 27-29.

"We have some ideas of how we can create some excitement in other venues around the country," added Cole. "This is welcome news for our sport."

After Evansville, the circuit heads to Madison, Ind., staying on the Ohio River for the July 4-6 Governor's Cup before going to Detroit for the 100th running of the Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup--the oldest active motor sport trophy in the world, dating back to 1904.

The circuit goes west to Tri-Cities, Wash. and the Atomic Cup on the Columbia River then to Seattle for the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair on Lake Washington.

The boats then head to San Diego for the Bill Muncey Cup on Mission Bay, finishing the season on Mission Bay or the fleet could be headed back for a Saturday finale in Nashville.

-credit: abra

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