(August 12, 2001) Marble Falls, TX --- Top Fuel Hydro racer Dwayne Patton, of Visalia, California, came to the 2001 IHBA Lakefest event in Marble Falls, Texas, with winning on his mind. He left with not just the event victory but a huge slice of...
(August 12, 2001) Marble Falls, TX --- Top Fuel Hydro racer Dwayne Patton, of Visalia, California, came to the 2001 IHBA Lakefest event in Marble Falls, Texas, with winning on his mind. He left with not just the event victory but a huge slice of IHBA history when he set the elapsed time record in the final run versus Greg Tedesco of Reno, Nevada and collecting the largest payday, $32,200, in the history of the sport for his efforts when he backed up an earlier run of 5.104 seconds on Lake Marble Falls.
"This is what we worked so hard for. All the problems of developing the twin propeller system have just faded away thanks to this victory and this $20,000 Super Sonic Drive-In bonus. We were totally focused heading into the final round and we came out on top. When your crew guys cry after a win you know you have done something special," said an excited Patton.
IHBA President Charlie Fegan put this record in perspective, "This is one more step in our history. The twin prop boats are the future. They are safer and they create a lot more power. Thanks to Dwayne's hard work and his success along the way I know of three or four other drivers who are developing twin prop boats. We got to look into the future today and it looks really exciting for our sport."
Patton's record payday of $32,200 is a combination of the Super Sonic Drive-In Bonus of $20,000, combined with the champion's purse of $6,200 and an additional $6,000 in contingency money.
Patton's elapsed time of 5.112 and Tedesco's time of 5.179 in the final round was also the quickest side by side race in the history of IHBA.
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