September 30, 1986 |
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.
September 27, 1986 |
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.