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June 27, 2002

FLASH -- Stock Car Drivers Turn to Air Boat Racing

by Jane Smith

We all know that Florida has a rainy season and sometimes
a fire season. Well, we are in rainy "watch out for the
hurricanes" season. This makes Florida a beautiful
GREENER state but it sure does stop the fun of the many
who love stockcar racing. It may be sunny and bright in
the morning and black and downpouring in the afternoon.
It may rain on the frontstretch and not on the backstretch.
It can be CRAZY!!!

Well, this week has been nothing but rain. Now, some
tracks may be able to race but others may not because
either the track is under water or the pits are flooded.
So now is the time to find AIRBOATS and let's go racing.
It isn't that strange, they do race airboats on dry land
so on wet tracks, they should really fly!!!

Airboats can have two different kinds of engines. Some
have big block engines like old Caddies and others have
airplane engines. Both will fly but I am sure that even
airboaters would argue which engine is the best. So you
know that stockcar drivers will too.

I can just see it now, the young lions and the old lions
facing each other off in what use to be pits at the
track. The old lion roars that engine letting the young
lion know that he is not "one to be played with lightly."
The course is still a 3/8's mile oval but what once was
asphalt IS NOW MUDDY WATER. So the fans, seeking their
weekly racing fix, won't drown, only 8 airboats race at
a time.

As the airboats enter the muddy track, the fans are on
their feet cheering as the old lions and the young lions
get ready for 25 laps of non-stop action. The field is
set and the green is thrown. Water and mud are everywhere
as the field takes off around the oval.

Then, all the sudden, all airboats are still. The fans
are on their feet yelling "what is wrong???" The lead
airboater points to something in the middle of the track.
One fans yells "ole gator".

Yes, in the middle of the track, watching what he must
believe was a good lunch or dinner, was a 15 foot gator
just waiting for the first caution to come out.

"Yum yum" thought the gator, "nice juicy racecar drivers".

You see, the gator was very, very old and had seen alot of
nice lunches in his life. He always knew that rainy season
brought out the best lunches looking for a racing fix. The
track was always a perfect place to dine.

Moral of the story:

A racing fix should never make you lunch. Always post,
"NO GATORS ALLOWED" on the pit entrance.

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