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(San Diego, Calif.) - The Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour presented by Bud Light will end its season next weekend, September 14-16, at the Bowden Development Formula One Classic as part of the San Diego Bayfair. A number of Formula One drivers...

(San Diego, Calif.) - The Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour presented by Bud Light will end its season next weekend, September 14-16, at the Bowden Development Formula One Classic as part of the San Diego Bayfair. A number of Formula One drivers will battle for the Formula One Championship on the scenic waters of Mission Bay.

* Formula One Championship Up for Grabs
With only one race remaining in the Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour presented by Bud Light season, a total of ten drivers have a mathematical chance to win the championship. This season could also produce a new Formula One Champion, as defending champ Mike Seebold is in seventh place and trails the leader by 117 points. Tim Seebold will attempt to win his third career Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour Championship while the other top contenders, Terry Rinker, Greg Foster, Todd Beckman and Alden Thornton look to win their first.

Heading to San Diego, Tim Seebold leads the VP Fuels-Amsoil Championship Points Fund with 944 points. Terry Rinker (925 points) and Greg Foster (916 points) are within striking distance as well as Todd Beckman (866 points) and Alden Thornton (846 points). With a maximum total of 200 points up for grabs at San Diego, anything is possible and should make for an exciting weekend of deck-to-deck racing.

* Last Year at San Diego
Even though he might not be able to defend his Formula One Championship, Mike Seebold will attempt to defend his Bowden Development Formula One Classic title next weekend. Last year, Seebold lead from start to finish holding off a number of challengers throughout the 40-lap final. Todd Bowden finished second and Max Toler secured third.

* Beckman and Thornton Push Top Guns
Todd Beckman and Alden Thornton have consistently run in the top five all season and look to win their second career Formula One races. Beckman has produced two top five finishes and has won four preliminary heats. Alden Thornton has also produced two top five finishes and if weren't for a broken fuel pump two weeks ago at Windsor, he could have won the Roar of the Rockies.

* Bowden, Toler, Campbell & Kuri Battle for Top Ten
Even though they still have a mathematical chance to win the overall title, a number of talented Formula One drivers realistically will be competing for the top ten positions in the VP Fuels-Amsoil Championship Points Fund. Todd Bowden, Max Toler, Jason Campbell and Carlos Kuri have all had a successful season, which includes some career achievements. Bowden has secured two top five finishes and has won two preliminary heats. Toler has finished in third place three times this season after only securing a third place once last year. Jason Campbell has a second place and two fourth's this season as well as two heat wins. Carlos Kuri has once again proved to be a top ten driver as he is currently tenth in the championship.

* Full Weekend of Racing
In addition to the Formula One race, this years San Diego Bayfair's World Series of Powerboat Racing will include the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Laughlin, Unlimited Lights, NJBA Drag Boats, Super Stocks, Offshore Monsters and Stock Hydros.

Practice and qualifying for the Formula One Powerboats will begin for the Bowden Development Formula One Classic Friday, September 14 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, September 16. The Bowden Development Formula One Classic will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 PM (EDT).

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