Powerboat Racing

Thunder on Wolf Creek 2016 Post Race Report by Ray Rodda

“Had a great race down at Grove, Ok this weekend with some great racing and fun, and HEAT, did I say HEAT, 105 index, YIKES. Racing just as hot with a great effort put together by Doc Miller, his Son Rick and all the rest of the folks. They worked their butts off and pulled off some great fun”

Photo credit Outboard Drivers Association

One of the highlights was the awarding of trophies for the winners on Saturday, not just any trophies mind you. Dudley Malone a long time friend and competitor in boat racing, went into his attic and pulled trophies from his storied career and donated them for Thunder on Wolf Creek. These trophies dated back into the 50’s and were very exotic. Doc Miller and Rick had them refurbished, new class plates put on them and they were absolutely a hit for the racers. I picked one up and it was heavy and made with real wood as a decoration, but what fun. Would be neat to see other drivers with “boatloads” of trophies do the same.

A couple of highlights from the weekend:

It was wonderful to see Bailey Owen back on the water after a serious injury sidelined her for almost a year. Bailey won all 4 heats of racing in the AH class and it was convincing wins in all 4 heats. McKenzie Blaze was also a 4 heat winner in the Novice class at the tender age of 11 and she did an outstanding job. Mike Kyrkendol was able to double up as well with a good turnout of boats from around the Midwest and south.

My thanks to Doc Miller and Rick for being such great hosts and putting on a heck of show.


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