Faggart and Morris Dominate East, Haas and McLellan also Win (July 29, 2001) High Point, NC --- Persistent rain slowed the pace of the IHBA Oak Hollow Boat Drags at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point North Carolina today but even bad weather couldn't...
Faggart and Morris Dominate East, Haas and McLellan also Win
(July 29, 2001) High Point, NC --- Persistent rain slowed the pace of the IHBA Oak Hollow Boat Drags at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point North Carolina today but even bad weather couldn't slow down Top Alcohol Flat and Top Alcohol Hydro winners Eric Morris and Ted Faggart, respectively or the Top Fuel Hydro champ John Haas on Sunday. In Pro Mod number one qualifier Ron McLellan captured his first 2001 IHBA title.
In Top Fuel Hydro John Haas squared off against John Hipwell in the final. Hipwell was too aggressive at the starting line and took a red light giving the win to a consistent Haas.
"We are happy about the win. We were consistent all weekend and that was our key. Hipwell's team just hopped their boat up too much for the final and it hurt them. They are a great team. We are going to look ate where we are before we take on more events. We'll enjoy this one for a while," said Haas.
The battle of the day was in Top Alcohol Hydro between Ted Faggart and Tim Stokes. Stokes had the number one qualifier spot and more horsepower but Faggart was the number two man and he has appeared in every IHBA national final round of the season (seven). In the end the race was won on the starting line when Faggart got out in front of Stokes and he held him off at the finish line for the win.
"What a super race. That was one of the best races of the season for us. Tim (Stokes) has a really strong team. We are excited about getting this win. We met him a couple of times this season but we wanted this one. He had the horsepower but we got him on the tree and never let him get around us," said Faggart.
Eric Morris wasn't sure what to expect on his first East Coast swing of the IHBA national tour. He ended the swing with back-to-back wins and a solid hold on the points lead after defeating Don Ermshar in the Top Alcohol Flat final.
"This is a dream. We wanted to win both of the East Coast races but I didn't this we could do it. Everything fell right for us. We are going to celebrate this win for a while. I need to thank the team and everyone who helped us this weekend," said an excited Morris. <pre> 2001 IHBA Oak Hollow Boat Drags Final Results July 29, 2001
Top Fuel Hydro Win John Haas 5.33 227.10 R/U John Hipwell (rl) 8.22 71.44
Top Alcohol Hydro Win Ted Faggart 5.56 211.64 R/U Tim Stokes 5.63 213.74
Top Alcohol Flat Win Eric Morris 8.87 63.50 R/U Don Ermshar (rl) 6.97 158.26
Pro Mod (versus 7.00 second index) Win Ron McLellan 7.02 167.00 R/U Bob Genther 6.98 178.78
Pro Comp Eliminator Win Steve Schmidt 7.98 139.20 R/U Phil Roeshen 9.02 114.70
Pro Eliminator Win Ray Walher 8.22 110.26 R/U Heather Matesa 8.42 128.84
Top Eliminator Win Tom Jameson 9.79 NR R/U Walter Rathwait 9.32 112.84
Mod Eliminator Win Ron Reynolds 10.21 98.00 R/U Julius Hughes 10.32 94.00
Stock Eliminator Win Danny Daniels 10.95 85.00 R/U Tommy Turner NT
River Racer Win Johnny Shelley NT R/U Skully Ally, Jr NT
Comp Eliminator Win Aubrey Rigsby 9.68 110.06 R/U Steve Forney 9.75 103.86
Personal Watercraft Win Stacy Way NT R/U Kelsey Fegan NT