GREG FOSTER RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS IN BAY CITY!Monday // Jun 27, 2016
BAY CITY, Michigan – Sunday, June 26, 2016 – After an uphill battle including a crash in a pratice session on Saturday, returning veteran Greg Foster of Orange, California returned to the rough waters of the Saginaw River to win the 30 lap Grand Prix final at the 29th Annual Bay City River Roar in Bay City, Michigan.
The two-time USF1 Championship series winner came from fourth off the dock taking advantage of a mid-race crash by Rob Rinker of Tampa, Florida while his father Terry Rinker was leading the field that stopped the race after the half-way point at the 15th lap.
Tim Seebold, the NGK Spark Plugs Seebold Racing, veteran, who is in his final season of racing after over 40 years of being involved in the sport, started off from pole position only to be out sprinted to turn one with Terry grabbing the lead away from the five-time race winner in Bay City with Greg moving into second.
The three boats staying in formation for the fifteen laps seperated by just three seconds until Terry's son Rob Rinker barrel rolled heavily into turn one of the four-pin one mile circuit stopping the event.
After a ten minute re-assignment of the grid, a second start saw pole sitter Rinker being blown away off the re-start by Greg Foster who had the perfect set-up as he rocketed his Dillard Financial Sulutions ex-Jay Price DAC Italian built boat to the front as he never looked back winning by 2.78 seconds over Terry Rinker with Seebold dropping for second to third late with a technical problem 12.14 seconds back for the final spot on the podium.
“It was a perfect re-start and we felt we had the set-up to win here in Bay City,” said Greg. “The crew was perfect and it was great to have Brendan Power working the engine and hats off to my sponsor Steve Dillard and everyone that made this weekend so special. I can't wait for our next race in three week's in Valleyfield, Quebec on the weekend of the 15th thru the 17th of July.”
The Miami, Florida brother combination of Carlos and Jose Mendana had a hard fought battle for fourth place with younger Carlos out dueling his older brother Jose who's battery started to go away and settling four fifth in the Nut House Yacht Club/Farm Bureau sponsored boat.
“We did our best to push towards the front but we just ran out of luck when the battery went down,” said Jose. “I was protecting my brother and it was special for us to finish both in the top five. Next time, we'll hopefully be fighting for podium positions in Valleyfield.”
Illinois driver Chris Fairchild ran his stock engine after winning the F1 Sport race earlier in the afternoon to charge from last place to take a well earned sixth position and failing to finish on the podium for the first time in two years.
Veteran Mark Welsh of Wayzata, Minnesota came home a well earned seventh just ahead of Michigan driver Jim Robb who took eighth position.
Rob Rinker who crashed out on lap 15 was classified ninth, with Gaylord, Michigan driver Mike Klepadlo settling for tenth at races end.
The third round of the USF1 Powerboat Tour heads off next to Valleyfield, Quebec in mid-July before ending it's season on the first weekend of August on the sixth and seventh of August in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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