Hud­son Wins Lu­cas Oil Sea­son Opener

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Matt Hud­son, an Escalon High alum­nus, took a new boat to Bak­ers­field on April 20 for the Lu­cas Oil Drag Boat Rac­ing Se­ries 2018 opener and won the 8.0 sec­ond Pro Elim­i­na­tor class.

Af­ter miss­ing two qual­i­fy­ing passes on Fri­day due to me­chan­i­cal prob­lems, Hud­son fi­nally made one qual­i­fy­ing pass Fri­day af­ter­noon, a dis­ap­point­ing 8.58 sec­ond pass. Early Satur­day morn­ing, Hud­son made an­other pass at 8.52. Crew mem­bers made a big change with the fuel sys­tem and the next pass he ran an 8.32. An­other mi­nor change to the fuel sys­tem was made and Hud­son got the boat to run 8.25 at over 130 mph. Hud­son was the num­ber 10 qual­i­fier in a 15-boat field for Sun­day elim­i­na­tions.

On Sun­day, Hud­son’s first elim­i­na­tion run was 8.22 sec­onds for a first round win, round two was an 8.36 win, round three was an 8.23 win. Hud­son kept saw­ing them off to get to the fi­nals. Crew mem­bers added some tim­ing to the en­gine and Hud­son cut a great light and ran an 8.16 to win the event.

Just get­ting started for the new sea­son, Hud­son of­fered thanks to Al­bert at Farm­ers Black­smith and Weld­ing for all of his help and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts for help­ing sup­ply race parts.

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