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Racing on the River

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  The River City Racin' hydroplane boat races took place this past weekend on the Missouri River near Chamberlain/Ocacoma.

 Dustin Echols and the Shockwave Racing Team came all the way from Olympia, Washington for the first American Powerboat Association Race in Chamberlain.  The G-17 driver was excited to get his boat on the banks of the Missouri River.

"This basically is a world record course. Each corner is identical.The straight-aways were all measured out.This is a course that matches up with the best in America." said Echols

 At the grand prix level, boats reach top speeds near 140 miles per hour. Moving that fast, a drivers focus is of the utmost importance so that they can keep control of their vessel.

"These things have so much torque and so much acceleration that as soon as you come out of a turn in one of these and the throttle is on the floor it accelerates like a rocket ship" said Echols

 Advancing to this class isnt easy.  For drivers just starting out, experience at lower levels of racing is key, before they make the jump to the top ranks.

Staying competitive in this sport is really tough." "It's not so hard to get lucky and to get a few wins here. There's a lot of entry-level classes to get in and really you need to race in the smaller classes and work your way up to get to the bigger races here." said Echols.

Its still early in the APBA season, but Echols has his sights set on a third national title as the driver of Shockwave Racing.

"Whenever you're racing you're always trying for records and for wins. "We've been really lucky with this boat to get a record and have a lot of wins." said Echols

In Chamberlain, Alex Kopilow, KSFY Sports.

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