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Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association Series Win for Brad Johnson
Imagine going down the road very fast in a vehicle with no brakes, no shocks and running over speed bumps that are constantly moving and changing in size. That’s one description of Pacific Offshore Boat Racing.
Brad Johnson uses K&N Engineering Oil Filters
Brad Johnson of Advantage Marine near Lake Tahoe bought his boat as a bare hull and built it from the ground up. For the past two years he has run his 28-foot single engine FX28 in the Class Production 4 of the Pacific Offshore Series.
Johnson took first place this weekend at Pittsburg, California in a Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPRA) Series competition on the Delta River. In Performance class 4, racers must stay in their bracket speed per lap. If a race boat exceeds the speed in any lap by more than one mile per hour, that team will receive last place points.
The class rules also state if a race boat exceeds the top speed of its class by more than one mile per hour on average over the race, the boat will receive no points and must move up a class for the rest of the season. The race boat that moves up to the next class does not take any accumulated points with the boat to that class.
Johnson was not allowed to exceed 85 mph. Officials put GPS units on each boat to track speeds before each race. Speeds are confirmed by GPS readings at the end of every race.
“The Race on the Delta River is a huge deal,” said Johnson. “I got the hole shot at the start of the 8 lap race around Brown’s Island. My boat is small and light and raced really well.”
At the beginning of the last lap Kevin Cooper crashed. “If I was on his side at the time of the crash, his boat would have gone right through my boat,” said Johnson. “He went airborne and flipped upside down. Fortunately his boat is equipped with an air tight bubble. I turned my boat around, ripped off my helmet and jumped into the water to save him. The professional rescue divers came and I got back into my boat.”
The rules state if you stop to help another boat, racers maintain their positions. “We went on to finish the race, and the officials broke our GPS seal and we won,” said Johnson. “My throttle-man Jack Crouse did a great job.”
Johnson said his races can be anywhere from 55 to 100 miles. “I use K&N Oil Filters on my boat,” he said. “On my setup I have three K&N Oil Filters and run them through a series of oil coolers. K&N makes an excellent product. I also use K&N Filters in my high-performance boat business. I wouldn’t use anything else.”
Johnson’s next race will be in San Diego, California.
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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