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September 17, 1986 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Bill Muncey vs. Dean Chenoweth. Atlas Van Lines vs. Miss Budweiser. There were some fierce hydroplane races between those intense rivals in the 1970s and early '80s. Muncey was the American Power Boat Assn. national champion in 1972, '76, '78 and '79 and is the all-time leading unlimited hydroplane racer with 62 victories. Chenoweth was the national champion in 1970, '71, '80 and '81 and is the second all-time leading winner with 25 victories.
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September 18, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Winning in boat racing, as in almost any motorized sport, comes down to cubic dollars. More than cubic inches. The guy with the most money can buy the best equipment, the best crew, the best of everything. Florida beer distributor Bernie Little, with seemingly unlimited access to the Anheuser-Busch brewery vault, has the cubic dollars in unlimited hydroplane racing, the big Thunderboats whose tiny propellers fling seven tons of water behind them in gigantic roostertails.
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September 18, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Winning in boat racing, as in almost any motorized sport, comes down to cubic dollars. More than cubic inches. The guy with the most money can buy the best equipment, the best crew, the best of everything. Florida beer distributor Bernie Little, with seemingly unlimited access to the Anheuser-Busch brewery vault, has the cubic dollars in unlimited hydroplane racing, the big Thunderboats whose tiny propellers fling seven tons of water behind them in gigantic roostertails.
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September 17, 1986 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Bill Muncey vs. Dean Chenoweth. Atlas Van Lines vs. Miss Budweiser. There were some fierce hydroplane races between those intense rivals in the 1970s and early '80s. Muncey was the American Power Boat Assn. national champion in 1972, '76, '78 and '79 and is the all-time leading unlimited hydroplane racer with 62 victories. Chenoweth was the national champion in 1970, '71, '80 and '81 and is the second all-time leading winner with 25 victories.
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June 12, 1988
Jim Kropfeld, 47, of Cincinnati, driver of Miss Budweiser, said he will miss the remainder of the unlimited hydroplane racing season because of a neck injury.
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September 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Veteran driver Jim Kropfeld regained the national unlimited hydroplane championship Monday by driving Miss Budweiser to victory in the protested final race of the series. The turbine-powered craft won the $150,000 Las Vegas Budweiser Silver Cup, surviving a high-speed bumping on the first corner of the 2 1/2-mile oval course on Lake Mead. Miller American, driven by Chip Hanauer of Seattle, Wash., finished second but failed to retain the national title by a margin of 31 points.
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September 27, 1986 | Associated Press
Chip Hanauer and Jim Kropfeld, the two contenders for the national unlimited hydroplane championship, qualified Friday for Sunday's final in the $150,000 Budweiser Las Vegas Silver Cup race. On a windy day, when the winning boat in last Sunday's San Diego race sank, Hanauer qualified Miller American at 111.98 m.p.h. despite earlier fuel-line problems. Kropfeld, driving Miss Budweiser, managed a more respectable 134.59 m.p.h. for one lap on the 2 1/2-mile Lake Mead course.
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