(May 27, 2001) Red Bluff, CA --- 2000 Top Fuel Hydro Champion Greg Tedesco felt a weigh lifted off his shoulders when he coasted into the off ramp of the IHBA Nitro Nationals at Lake Red Bluff. In his second trip to the finals he had captured the...
(May 27, 2001) Red Bluff, CA --- 2000 Top Fuel Hydro Champion Greg Tedesco felt a weigh lifted off his shoulders when he coasted into the off ramp of the IHBA Nitro Nationals at Lake Red Bluff. In his second trip to the finals he had captured the title and gotten some momentum heading into middle section of the IHBA national tour.
"This was an abnormal day. A lot of crazy things happened and we were lucky to get this win. The crew did a great job. My two crew chiefs Bob Noice and Bob Perreira really did a good job. I beat some tough competition today. I had to beat my mentor (Ron Braaksma and John Hipwell) and five time world champion in the final and in the semis I had to get by Dwayne Patton and his twin crew boat. This win does feel good," said Tedesco in the winner's circle.
Tedesco's winning time of 5.632 at 199.52 mph fell off from his semi final best round of the day of 5.618 seconds at 205.00.
Trot Ferry gave himself the best birthday present of his life when he defeated Ted Faggart in the Top Alcohol Hydro final. This was Ferry's first national event win in five years of competition. Ferry's had low ET and top speed of the event to grab the number one qualifying spot but he had to get through a tough field to capture the win.
" It is so hard to win in the IHBA. This class is so tough. It has been a struggle to get here but it feels awesome. All the hard work the crew did really paid off. They do all the work. I just drive the boat. This win is for them. They fight all day to get this boat running," said an emotional Ferry.
Ferry's winning time of 5.503 seconds at 215.28 mph was his quickest run of the day.
In Top Alcohol Flat Dino Warda carried the emotion of the day into the winner's circle as he fought back tears explaining what this win meant to his team and to his sponsors. His wining time of 7.002 seconds at 159.50 mph bested number one qualifier Johnny Heidemann's 7.016 second, 168.86 mph pass. Warda rode a starting line advantage (.086 to .195) to get out in front and he never looked back.
"This is a tough class. Everyone says that but you have to beat some great guys to get here (winner's circle). My crew was awesome. This is very emotional for me. We struggled early on this season. We broke in the finals at Phoenix but this is a tough team and we came out on top today," said Warda.
The Pro Mod final was decided on the staring line when Jay Brookhart used a .172 reaction time to get out in front of Lonnie Mills' .571. Mills had been great on the tree until the finals but Brookhart left him when he needed to at Lake Red Bluff. Brookhart earlier in eth day had a perfect 7.000 pass on a bye run in the quarter finals and his 7.008 second pass versus the 7.000 index came at the right time in the final.
" After our struggles in Phoenix it feels good to win a tight race. In Bakersfield we went out in first round and that nearly killed us. I thought we were going to struggle if we didn't have a good weekend here. This was a tough race for us last year. We have had a big target on our backs since we are defending Pro Mod champions but now we are back in the hunt," said an upbeat Brookhart.