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June 8, 1989 | Shav Glick
More than 160 of the world's fastest drag boats are expected to compete this weekend at Puddingstone Lake in the International Hot Boat Assn.'s Summernationals. The Summernationals is the fourth round of the IHBA's 10-event schedule. In the top-fuel hydro class, Ron Braaksma of Downey will be trying to maintain his standings lead over defending world champion Tom Black of San Pablo, Calif. Braaksma, in Madness, ran 204.54 m.p.h. in 5.37 seconds over the quarter-mile Puddingstone course in April's Springnationals to take the lead over Black, who drives Final Effort.
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October 5, 1991 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The changes in drag boat racing during the last three or four years have made it almost a completely different game, according to Ron Braaksma, the second-fastest driver of a top-fuel hydro in history. "It's not even the same sport," Braaksma said while preparing his 3,500-horsepower Madness for this weekend's International Hot Boat Assn. Fallnationals on San Dimas' Puddingstone Lake. Braaksma went 227.10 m.p.h. last year on the Savannah River, near Augusta, Ga.
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October 5, 1991 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The changes in drag boat racing during the last three or four years have made it almost a completely different game, according to Ron Braaksma, the second-fastest driver of a top-fuel hydro in history. "It's not even the same sport," Braaksma said while preparing his 3,500-horsepower Madness for this weekend's International Hot Boat Assn. Fallnationals on San Dimas' Puddingstone Lake. Braaksma went 227.10 m.p.h. last year on the Savannah River, near Augusta, Ga.
SPORTS
June 8, 1989 | Shav Glick
More than 160 of the world's fastest drag boats are expected to compete this weekend at Puddingstone Lake in the International Hot Boat Assn.'s Summernationals. The Summernationals is the fourth round of the IHBA's 10-event schedule. In the top-fuel hydro class, Ron Braaksma of Downey will be trying to maintain his standings lead over defending world champion Tom Black of San Pablo, Calif. Braaksma, in Madness, ran 204.54 m.p.h. in 5.37 seconds over the quarter-mile Puddingstone course in April's Springnationals to take the lead over Black, who drives Final Effort.
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March 12, 1989
Ron Braaksma of Downey set a world elapsed-time record of 5.236 seconds for a quarter-mile during qualifying for the International Hot Boat Assn. Winternationals at Firebird Lake in Chandler, Ariz.
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May 20, 1991
Steve Varner of Riverside needed little of the 4,000 horsepower his "Caught in the Act" generates, winning the top-fuel hydro drag-boat class at Lake Castaic when Ron Braaksma's "Madness" went over the starting line ahead of the green light. Varner had earlier scored a low elapsed time of 6.05 seconds at more than 204 m.p.h.
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June 11, 1990
Ralph Padilla of Garden Grove won the top-fuel hydroplane finals of the Chief Auto Parts International Hot Boat Assn. Summernationals Sunday at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas. Padilla, in the top-fuel hydro Quarterflash, had a winning quarter-mile run of 5.678 seconds with a top speed of 199.99 m.p.h. In the final, Padilla beat Kyle Walker, whose engine blew. Walker advanced to the final by upsetting 1989 top-fuel champion Ron Braaksma.
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April 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Carter Read of Upland, driving the New York Seltzer boat, set an International Hot Boat Assn. speed record Sunday at the group's Springnationals at Puddingstone Lake. Read's mark of 155.70 m.p.h. was set in the blown supercharged (alcohol flat-bottom) class. He combined his speed with an elapsed time of 7.201 seconds for the quarter-mile. In the top fuel hydro class, Tom Black of La Habra downed defending TFH champion Ron Braaksma with an elapsed time in the quarter-mile of 5.325 seconds.
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October 6, 1994 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
No one is happier about returning to the drag boat races at Puddingstone Lake this year than Clinton Anderson. Almost a year ago, he was being pulled out of the water in Phoenix after crashing a Top Fueler in a test drive--and he wasn't breathing. But not only did he fully recover from the accident, he was back in his boat by March, and has won four of the five IHBA (International Hot Boat Assn.) races this year.
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April 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Having tried to forget where he was, Ricky Rudd had a hard time convincing himself that he really won at Darlington, S.C. Rudd not only won, he ran the fastest race ever Sunday at the oldest NASCAR superspeedway for his first victory at Darlington Raceway. "I really had to downplay . . . where we were running," Rudd said after winning the TranSouth 500. "I detuned myself so much not to get excited and make a mistake that really it hadn't sunk in." Rudd, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 135.594 m.p.
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March 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
World champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, delighting his partisan fans. Senna, in a McLaren-Honda V12, battled rain, a broken gearbox and challenges from two Williams-Renaults for his 28th Grand Prix victory. Riccardo Patrese of Italy finished second in a Williams-Renault, 2.99 seconds behind. Austria's Gerhard Berger was third in the other McLaren-Honda.
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