IHBA: Chouteau preview

Oklahoma Racer Looks to Extend Streak at Home August 16, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- Top Alcohol Hydro racer Tim Stokes, of Eufaula, is glad to be heading home. Heading into the 6th annual IHBA Mid-America Summer Nationals August 25-26, in Chouteau,...

Oklahoma Racer Looks to Extend Streak at Home

August 16, 2001 (Austin, TX) --- Top Alcohol Hydro racer Tim Stokes, of Eufaula, is glad to be heading home. Heading into the 6th annual IHBA Mid-America Summer Nationals August 25-26, in Chouteau, Oklahoma, Stokes is riding a hot streak. Coming off a national event win in Marble Falls, Texas and a runner-up finish in High Point, North Carolina, the Eufaula resident is looking to gain ground towards a world championship.

" This is my home track so I want to do well. I'll have a lot of family and friends at the track so it will be a busy weekend. The layout of this track is great. The way the track is designed the boats look like they are coming right at you. It is a really good venue for the spectators. If the weather conditions are good this can be a really fast track," said Stokes.

All professional classes will be contested at the Mid-America Summer Nationals including Top Fuel Hydro, the premier professional class where boats regularly joust with sub-five second runs and speeds in excess of 230 mph, and Top Alcohol Flatbottom, the funny cars of drag boat racing. Sportsman racers will also have the opportunity to vie for national titles and the prestigious IHBA national event trophy.

Tickets for the IHBA Mid-America Summer Nationals will be on sale at the event. Saturday adult tickets cost $18 and Sunday tickets cost $20. A two-day pass is available for $35. Children twelve and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Event telecast Speedvision, October 21st and October 28th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast October 24th and October 31st 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

2001 IHBA Mid-America Summer Nationals Fact Sheet

Event: 6th annual Mid-America Summer Nationals, the 9th national event of the 11 event IHBA National Series.

Location: Chouteau Bend River, Chouteau 20 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Date: August 25- August 26, 2001

Purse: Over $70,000 in cash and contingency

Classes: Pro Classes: Top Fuel Hydro, Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Flat, Pro Mod, Pro Comp Eliminator, Pro Gas Flat. Eliminator Classes: Pro Eliminator, Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator, Stock Eliminator, River Racer, Personal Watercraft.

Schedule:
Friday, August 24 Racer Registration 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 Gates open at 8 a.m. Qualifying begins 9 a.m.
Sunday, August 26 Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

Tickets: Saturday, $18; Sunday, $20; Weekend Ticket $35.

Television: Event telecast Speedvision, October 21st and October 28th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Each show will be rebroadcast October 24th and October 31st at 3:30 p.m. EST, respectively.

-IHBA-

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