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    Default Rinker first in qualifying in Savannah

    from the Champ Boat web site:

    Rinker Sets Fast Time In Savannah Qualifying
    Shaun Torrente 2nd and Tim Seebold 3rd Quickest
    SAVANNAH, GA. – Saturday, November 04, 2006 – Floridian Terry Rinker in his Rinker Boats/Amsoil sponsored Leecraft boat took a giant step closer to making his dream season a reality by taking the fast time for tomorrow’s Inaugural Grand Prix of Savannah on the Savannah River. The native of Tampa did a 32.45 second lap for 124.807 mph at the 7th and final round of the 2006 ChampBoat Grand Prix Series tomorrow.
    “We knew we had to make a statement today in order to let everyone know we haven’t lost our enthusiasm for wanting this world record of seven straight victories,” said Terry. “My crew has been working in overdrive putting together a solid package for this very important final race. I’m very pleased with what has happened so far this weekend.”
    The largest ChampBoat line-up of the season battled high winds and strong currents for most of the day that finally settled down in the late afternoon sun giving the drivers two solid laps to see who would set fast time. The first of many surprises came from part time past champion Mike Seebold of the Bud Light Racing Team setting a 34.62 which turned out to be 6th quickest at days end.
    Canadian Mark Major from Newmarket, Ontario put together his best qualifying effort with the 4th quickest time running a fast lap of a 34.23. Another Canadian also from Ontario, Brian Venton, set his personal best 5th quick time with a 34.50 second lap.
    Another rookie, Shaun Torrente of Miami, Florida thought he had the pole when he took his California Gold Racing Gary L. Barton Inc. sponsored boat around the 1.125 mile course on the Savannah River in a time of 32.84 to secure 2nd quick on the clock.
    Tim Seebold, who has been one of the perennial fastest drivers in the series history, settled for 3rd quickest of the day with a 33.67 second lap in his Bud Light Racing Seebold built boat.
    All in all 19 drivers from three different nations and two continents will take to the water on the Savannah River for tomorrow afternoon’s Grand Prix of Savannah and the final 50 laps of the 2006 ChampBoat Grand Prix Series at 3:00 pm local time, 20:00 GMT

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    Did Rinker win them all?

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    Rinker Wins Grand Prix of Savannah and 2006 Championship
    Sunday, November 5, 2006

    Seebold Finishes Third, Clinches Second in Season Standings

    Bud Light Racing Team press release

    SAVANNAH, GA. (November 5, 2006) - Terry Rinker of Tampa, Fla., started from the pole and won a record seventh consecutive Champ boat race Sunday and wrapped up the 2006 ChampBoat Series championship.

    Shaun Torrente of Miami, Fla., kept pressure on Rinker throughout the 50-lap Grand Prix of Savannah on the Savannah River but was unable to complete a pass and finished second.

    Tim Seebold of Osage Beach, Mo., drove his Bud Light Racing Team boat to a third-place finish Sunday and claimed the second spot in the ChampBoat season standings.

    A fourth-place finish gave Lynn Simburger of Elsah, Ill., the third spot in season points, his best career finish in Champ boats. The class represents the top level of outboard powerboat racing.

    The race was stopped four times in the first 12 laps due to crashes involving Jeff Shepherd, Brian Normand, Wyatt Nelson and Michael Floyd. After the fourth incident, the boats of Mike Seebold, Mark Major and Chris Fairchild failed to refire and had to be towed off the course. The final 38 laps were run without another stop.

    Mike Seebold of Marco Island, Fla., was driving for the Bud Light team in his second ChampBoat race of the year and was running fifth when he dropped out of the race.

    Just six of 17 starters were running at the finish.
    The starting order for the final event was set by heat races run earlier in the day. The first five positions on the dock were occupied by Rinker, Torrente, Tim Seebold, Mike Seebold and Brian Venton.

    No takers on Fred Bowden's 25 to 1....Somebody could have taken some of Fred's CASH!!!!

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