Pit Crews playing pivotal roles at Southern Nationals

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email
Power boat on the Savannah River

Test and tune day at the Augusta Southern Nationals, July 17, 2009. (WRDW-TV)

Day one of the Augusta Southern Nationals taking place Friday on the Savannah River. For the teams, it's all about just hitting the water and getting ready for the big race weekend ahead.

Today is what's Test and Tune Day, where drivers can run the liquid quarter mile and then, come back to their trailers to make final changes before qualifying begins tomorrow. In fact, the trailers is where of the hard work is done. Just like in motorsports, these teams have pit crews, who work tirelessly on the boats before and after races. It's a lot of work for a five second race but these teams know it's necessary.

"It's a lot of work and man hours to run this thing for just under 5 seconds," said Geral Casey of Hot Licks Racing. "But it has to have a complete service or we'll end destroying a motor if we don't do that."

"Part of it is being able to make the boat perform at a high level, go out and run in a 4.5 second pass, come back, be able to take it apart, put it back together and go out and make it perform again," said Craig Fridlund of Probolem Child Racing. "And that's what it takes to win races."

Now if you wanna see of these boats up close and personal, you can head to the Augusta Commons for the Night of Fire. That event will go until 9 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with racing beginning at 10 a.m.


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