July 22, 2001 (Augusta, GA) --- The 16th annual IHBA Sprint Augusta Southern Nationals were highlighted all weekend by quick performances and great side-by-side battles on the Savannah River and during final eliminations the capacity crowd was ...
July 22, 2001 (Augusta, GA) --- The 16th annual IHBA Sprint Augusta Southern Nationals were highlighted all weekend by quick performances and great side-by-side battles on the Savannah River and during final eliminations the capacity crowd was treated to both combinations. John Hipwell, Ted Faggart, Eric Morris, and Charlie Zalaudek took home top honors in the professional classes at the 6th IHBA national event of the season.
In Top Fuel Hydro Landing, New Jersey's John Hipwell took the win defeating John Haas, of Allegan, Michigan, in the final with a 5.146 second, 229.62 mph pass. It was one of the quickest passes in the history of the IHBA and it solidified the points battle between Hipwell and Reno's Greg Tedesco.
"We missed Waco and that hurt us. It is not over yet by a long shot. I've been racing here eleven years and never won so this win is a sweet one for me and the rest of the team. Thanks to them I feel totally relaxed in the boat and that helps in this class. I don't feel any pressure. The whole class is running great but our dream season continues," said an excited Hipwell.
Ted Faggart, of Porterville, California, is having a dream season of his own. He had attended six races and has appeared in six final rounds. He picked up his third win of the 2001 season besting John White, of Houston, Texas, in the final.
"We've been very consistent and now we are running in the 5.4's so we think we can stay in that range. The final run felt really good. The boat just keeps running better and better. Everyone in this class is tough to beat so we have to stay at the top of our game. Getting to the final round is awesome but I never get tired of winning. It is always exciting," said Faggart.
In Top Alcohol Flat, Eric Morris grabbed the number one qualifying positions on Saturday and on Sunday he rode the momentum to another win for the racer from Madera, California. His competition in the final, Houston's Todd Haas, had problems on the starting line when smoke began billowing out of his Flatbottom and he was unable to make a pass.
"We ran good and we are happy to get another win. We needed the points and we also needed a little luck. That's half the battle is getting luck on your side. Hopefully, we will continue to run good and not run out of luck," said Morris.
Charlie Zalaudek is trying to build his own winning streak in Division 3 and he has a good start with a win two weeks ago in Gadsden, Alabama at the Division 3 event and a win at today's IHBA national event. Reaction time was a key for him on Sunday and he saved his best light for the final round when he used a .013 reaction time to defeat number one qualifier Jim Parson, of Blanchard, Oklahoma.
"The .013 light was cutting it close to being disqualified but we knew we needed a great start. We had to take a shot at it. We were fighting problems all weekend but today we battle through them and got the in. It takes a little luck but we also had to use a little driving skill today, too." Said Zalaudek.
The IHBA national series continues next weekend with the Oak Hollow Boat Drags in High Point, North Carolina, July 28-29, 2001.
Top Fuel Hydro Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win John Hipwell, Landing, NJ .181 5.146 229.62 R/U John Haas, Allegan, MI .116 5.441 200.80
Top Alcohol Hydro Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Ted Faggart, Porterville, CA .119 5.446 212.30 R/U John White, Houston, TX Broke
Top Alcohol Flat Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Eric Morris, Madera, CA .202 8.026 103.58 R/U Todd Haas, Houston, TX 1.336 Broke
Pro Mod (versus 7.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Charlie Zalaudek, St. Louis, MO .013 7.115 166.26 R/U Jim Parson, Blanchard, OK .157 7.114 156.72
Pro Comp Eliminator Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Steve Schmidt, Kernerville, NC .193 7.807 141.32 R/U Phil Roeschen, Southhampton .119 8.692 118.34
Unlimited Outboards Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Paul Wheeler, Starke, FL .939 8.575 124.00 R/U Chris Burke, Vidalia, GA .204 13.092 49.24
Pro Eliminator (versus 8.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Leland Bailey, Princerdon, WV .103 9.445 109.18 R/U Richard Tippett, Hollywood, MD 2.290 Broke
Top Eliminator (versus 9.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Greg Kordsmeier, Conway, NC .215 8.814 112.66 R/U Mark Irwin, Tem Mile, TN .145 8.758 114.22
Comp Eliminator (versus 9.50 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Wendell Vinson, Southside, AL .044 10.126 83.62 R/U Carol Morris, New York, DE 1.232 9.615 105.78
Modified Eliminator (versus 10.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win John Shockey, Malvern, AR .183 9.938 103.78 R/U Matthew Ladd, Deerfield Beach, FL .162 9.831 98.90
Stock Eliminator (versus 11.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Dallas Moore, Ft. Worth, TX .099 10.996 88.14 R/U Steve Higdon, Gadsden, AL .125 10.967 96.24
River Racer I (versus 12.00 index) Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Bobby McMasters, Ramsuer, NC .109 12.076 76.64 R/U Robert Harris, Chapin, SC .203 13.663 76.42
Personal Watercraft I Name, Hometown RT ET MPH Win Stacey Way, Moorsville, NC .703 17.468 52.96 R/U Kelsey Fegan, Bosque Farms, NM .647 23.608 38.38