27th Annual Augusta Southern National racing Setup

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Charles Duncan, 65, of Frazer, Ky., works on his boat, Danger Zone III, before the start of the 27th Annual Augusta Southern National drag boat racing competition held at the Savannah River. Duncan, a farmer who raised holstien heifers for over 20 years, began drag racing boats in 1988 as a way to escape farm life. Duncan continues to race for the thrill of the competition. "You'll be out of breath when you get done," Duncan said of racing. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Charles Duncan, 65, of Frazer, Ky., works on his boat, Danger Zone III, before the start of the 27th Annual Augusta Southern National drag boat racing competition held at the Savannah River. Duncan, a farmer who raised holstien heifers for over 20 years, began drag racing boats in 1988 as a way to escape farm life. Duncan continues to race for the thrill of the competition. "You'll be out of breath when you get done," Duncan said of racing. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Charles Duncan, 65, of Frazer, Ky., works on his boat, Danger Zone III, before the start of the 27th Annual Augusta Southern National drag boat racing competition held at the Savannah River. Duncan, a farmer who raised holstien heifers for over 20 years, began drag racing boats in 1988 as a way to escape farm life. Duncan continues to race for the thrill of the competition. "You'll be out of breath when you get done," Duncan said of racing. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Crew members Time Strokes, left, and Gordie Gerber, of Odessa, Texas help set up shop for driver Bryan Sanders, during the 27th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing competition held on the Savannah River on Thursday, July 19, 2012. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Crew members Mike McNew, left, Time Strokes, center, and Gordie Gerber, of Odessa, Texas help set up shop for driver Bryan Sanders, during the 27th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing competition held on the Savannah River on Thursday, July 19, 2012. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Crew members Time Strokes, left, and Tim Stokes, of Odessa, Texas help set up shop for driver Bryan Sanders, during the 27th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing competition held on the Savannah River on Thursday, July 19, 2012. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Boat Chief Tom Lavin, of Kingman, Ariz., works on The Spirit of America, a state-of-the-art boat that will race in the 27th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing competition on the Savannah River on Thursday, July 19, 2012. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Boat Chief Tom Lavin, of Kingman, Ariz., works on The Spirit of America, a state-of-the-art boat that will race in the 27th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat racing competition on the Savannah River on Thursday, July 19, 2012. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF

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