Speed Taking Over Barker’s Island

Power Boat Championships to Start in Superior

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It’s an event that’s the first of its kind in Superior.

Boats will go from 0 to 100 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds on Barker’s Island.

Event coordinators tell FOX 21 they’ve been trying to get the Amsoil Power Boat Championships here for nearly a decade because the cool atmosphere and waterways are perfect conditions for racing and high performance boats.

“They’ll have a one minute countdown and when that flag drops after 20 seconds the boats all fire and take off to the first term,” said Terry Rinker with Blackhawk/Rinker Racing. “So it’s pretty exciting to watch the start and the races should be good too.”

Drivers and their powerful rides filtered into Superior for last minute touches and assembling before the race kicks off.

More than 60 participants will take on the challenge.

There will be eight different classes ranging from kids all the way up to formula one pros that run up to 140 miles per hour.

“This is oval track racing,” Twin City Powerboat Association president Brian Tabara said. “Saturday will be qualifying. Sunday will be the main event and those will be the final features.”

The race will run from Saturday to Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Parking costs $5.

Motorists are being asked to be careful along the East 2nd Street corridor during the race.

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