NJBA Season Opener soon approaching
The National Jet Boat Association will kick off it's 2014 Drag Boat Racing season this coming weekend at the famed Lake Ming! For those of you complaining that there is no racing in California anymore.....well, you are wrong. It might not have the fanfare of the Lucas Oil National Series, but it is a great place to go out and race against some pretty awesome competition. The very heart of Southern California racing stems from grassroots racing like the NJBA provides. Think it's just jet boats? Think again, the NJBA has a very nice following of boats that run upwards of 175 mph. Need to test? The NJBA would love to have some of the Lucas Oil series racers show up to do some testing.
This is a great park to watch the races, nice grassy areas to set up your chairs and shade, and have a great day watching some of the coolest machines on the west coast. This club needs the support of racers and fans alike. They are the ONLY association left racing in California, and if we don't support them, we can kiss drag boat racing goodbye in all of California.
To get more information on the NJBA, visit their website at NJBARacing.org or look them up on Facebook.
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2014 is on!
The 2014 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series kicked off yesterday at Wild Horse Pass Raceway in Chandler Arizona. The weather was beautiful, a few clouds in the skies, warm temperatures and the smell of nitro in the air. Test and tune was excellent. Very few boats got stuck on the course, and the action was nonstop for the entire day. Lucas Oil Speed Sport made its long awaited debut and laid down a pretty nice pass for a shakedown pass. The boat was a little squirly, but it looked good. Toxic Rocket made a hit at the track. Only a half-track but it wasn't bad at all. The MavTV Spirit of Texas made an exciting half-track pass as well. I think the biggest surprise of this event is the resurgence of the TAH category. 5 boats are in attendance, the most we have had in a few years. Bob Pizza, Mike Frye, and (not sure of the first name) Mike Groth all made attempts down the track.
Unfortunately, wind is predicted for the next couple of days, but only in the afternoon, so lets pray to the wind gods to keep it down til 4:00pm.
Several racers hit perfect .00's on their dial ins. The blown jet "Cherry Bomb" machine ran consistent 6.02, 6.01, and 6.00 in the Quick Eliminator category.
We will give you some updates tonight after todays events.
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Tim Stokes - "Widowmaker" TAH - 2003 Nitro Nationals
Another day at the track for Tim Stokes, as he rips off another picture perfect 5.42 pass at the 2003 Nitro Nationals. Tim was the most dominant TAH at this time, as he almost never made a bad lap. Sadly, Tim retired after a crash in Waco a couple of years later. Suffering injuries that took him out of the seat. Tim is still involved in racing and is a part of the Tequila Sunrise crew and is undoubtedly a reason for the teams success with the new boat.
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