Sprint Boat Racing and The Field of Dreams


Sprint Boat Racing and The Field of Dreams - Photo Courtesy of DeFord Photo

Do you like fast cars and loud engines? How about jet propelled sprint boats that rip 90 degree corners at 60 mph? These boats are capable of 90 mph on a straightaway and can handle up to 7 G’s through a corner. Sprint boat racing is very challenging – it takes both a driver and a navigator to successfully maneuver the short quick corners. Teams are issued the course map the night before each race. Turns are numbered and must be memorized. Through hand signals the navigator keeps the driver on course.

Sprint Boat Accident - Photo Courtesy of DeFord Photo

When a driver takes a turn too wide or tight, the boat has a high probability of ending up on land due to the narrow course. The race channels typically are 12-15 feet wide and only 3 feet deep. Don’t worry, these boats are equipped with NASCAR quality roll cages and have safety crews that can reach any boat in 8 seconds or less. Check out this crash at Webb’s Slough in St. Johns, Washington on 6-17-2012.

There are three different classes involved in sprint boat racing: Super Modified, A-400, and Super Boat. Super Modified Class is restricted to a single domestic cast iron engine, naturally aspirated, CID 367 cubic inch maximum. A-400 Class is restricted to a single cast iron engine, CID 412 cubic inch maximum, 368 cubic inch minimum with cast iron only heads. Super Boat Class has no restrictions for engines larger than 420 cubic inches. The majority of the racers use a Chevy small block V8.

Oregon has a USSBA track in Tangent, just south of Albany. The course is called the Field of Dreams and it is commonly referred to as “Talladega” by the racers themselves. The Field of Dreams is the largest in the USSBA Racing Series Circuit allowing the racers to open up full throttle! See for yourself at the next two races located in Tangent, Oregon on June 30th and July 28th of 2012. Tell your buddies, family and neighbors about this exciting upcoming sport.

Field of Dreams | 33131 Witt Road | Tangent, OR 97389

Ticket Information Adults: $20 | Ages 6-15: $15 | Under 6: Free | Pit Passes: $5
www.ticketswest.com or order by phone: 1-800-992-8499
Limited tickets available at the gate
Gates open at 8:00am
Qualifying starts at 10:00am
Eliminations begin about 1:00pm
No pets – No outside alcohol – Small coolers okay
No trackside camping

Wilson’s NAPA Auto Parts is a proud sponsor of Kyle Patrick and Team Psycho Racing #151.

Check out The Field of Dreams and Team Psycho Racing on following link. http://translogic.aolautos.com/2011/09/12/translogic-70-jetsprint-racing/

For more information about this adrenaline pumping sport, go to http://www.ussbaracing.com or http://www.oregonsprintboat.com/

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