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Padilla Wins Drag-Boat Race at San Dimas

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.

In the blown alcohol hydro class, Clinton Anderson of Alpine, Calif., won with a time of 5.713 seconds and a speed of 196.07 m.p.h.

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The IHBA season continues June 30-July 1 at Berenda Reservoir in Chowchilla, Calif., and returns to Puddingstone for the Nationals in September.


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