1989 Budweiser Spirit of Detroit Trophy Race
Kropfeld Top Hydro Qualifier
DETROIT - Jim Kropfeld, driving U-1 Miss Budweiser, led the way on the first day of qualifying for Sunday's unlimited hydroplane race on the Detroit River.
Eight of the 10 boats in the pits qualified yesterday.
Kropfeld, who drove owner Bernie Little's beerwagon to victory in the May 21 race in Houston, circled the 2½-mile Detroit River course at an average speed of 145.466 mph yesterday.
Hanauer, who won last year's Detroit race, has been victorious in five of the past seven races here.
(2½-mile course, 100 mph minimum)
Qualifiers: U-1 Miss Budweiser, Jim Kropfeld, 145.466 mph; U-31 Miss Circus Circus, Chip Hanauer, 138.48; U-10 Winston Eagle, Larry Lauterbach, 136.945; U-8 Mr. Pringle's, Scott Pierce, 133.057; U-2 Oh Boy! Oberto, George Woods, 126.761. U-6 Holset/Miss Madison, Mike Hanson, 117.126; U-88 Miss Detroit, Pierre Lavigne, 110.728; U-9 Miss Sundek, Ron Snyder, 106.914.
Yet to qualify: U-3 Cooper's Express, Mitch Evans; U-7 Miss Paddock Pools, Jerry Hopp.
(Reprinted from The Seattle Times, June 9, 1989)