BAY CITY, Mich. — Mike Seebold of Fenton, Mo., won his second PROP Tour Formula One outboard powerboat race of the season Saturday, June 22, taking the lead of the Dobson Heavy Haul Bay City River Roar with three laps remaining.

Tim Seebold of Osage Beach, Mo., led the race from the 10th lap to the 26th, when a wind gust appeared to lift his boat from the water near the end of the front straight, where the boats are hitting about 140 mph. His Bud Light Racing Team boat jerked to the left and barrel-rolled three times. The impact with the Saginaw River ripped the right sponson off the boat. Tim was taken to an area hospital for -Xrays of an apparent broken right forearm. The X-rays were negative and Seebold was released shortly thereafter.

When the 40-lap race was restarted, Greg Foster of Orange, Calif., took the lead but Mike Seebold remained within 1.0 to 1.5 seconds as the laps wound down. On the 38th lap Foster's boat slowed after his propellor threw a blade, and Mike Seebold took the lead. At the checkered flag Mike Seebold was followed by Todd Bowden of Monrovia, Calif., and Terry Rinker of Riverview, Fla. Foster faded to fourth.

The race was held on a 1.25-mile course on the Saginaw River, which is known for its swift current and rough water during boat races. Mike Seebold has won the race six times in 15 years.

Mike Seebold also won the first PROP race of 2002 at Laughlin, Nev., on June 1-2. Tim Seebold was leading that race when his fuel pump failed. Mike Seebold is driving for the Jensen Brothers/Reinell Boats Racing Team of Ft. Collins, Colo.

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