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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Canada's "Fat Buddy" team takes boat races at St. John


August 30, 2018

Skylar Smith and Colton Schultz

Locals Skylar Smith and Colton Schultz in the Wavedigger II make a big spalsh as they round a corner.

Sprint boats returned to St. John last week for the second of two summer races Saturday. A total of 35 boats competed at Webb's Slough in three classes, powered by augmented former pickup truck engines in two of them.

Sprint boat fans crowd the grass terrance waiting for the next run on the Webb's Slough track in St. John.

Modified Class is for 350-maximum cubic-inch engines, 400 Class means 400 cubic-inch maximum and the Unlimited class allows for turbo-charged and supercharged engines. The boats race for time, running individually on the winding course. Whoever makes it through fastest wins.

On Saturday, two boats from "Fat Buddy Racing" of Vancouver, B.C., won two classes and finished second in another.

In the Modified, boat No. 9 "Fat Buddy," Jesse Miller and Kalyn Miller, took first place with a time of 47.17 while "Obsession," the no. 49 boat piloted by Robert Cox and Aimee Cox finished second in a time of 47.81.

In the 400 class, "Fat Buddy" No. 22, with Phil Miller and Sharon Hauser won with a time of 44.75. The no. 47, "Bandit Gold Rush" with Darrin Swindahl and Ashley Swindahl, took second place in 47.07.

In the Unlimited class, "Overkill," with Dennis Hughes and Samantha Hughes in the seats, came in first with a time of 42.35.

"Fat Buddy" No. 59 with Jaime Hassell and Leslie Hassell took second with a DNF – did not finish.


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