I raced until the early 2000s. I drove the Bud Light at Bay City, Mich., for Michael Seebold. I ran my SST 120 boat and his boat in the Champ class, and I won a heat race and finished fourth or fifth. I hadn’t driven a Champ boat, so I remember getting a speech from Billy Seebold — the winningest tunnel-boat racer in history and Michael’s dad and team owner: “You’re last on the dock, and don’t crash the dang thing.” We lined up, and I think we were 12th on the dock. We take off, and for whatever reason, I came down the front chute in front, and I hear Billy over the radio: “Go ahead and let her eat.” It was quite a thrill to drive that type of equipment and have Billy Seebold in my ear.
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