Originally created 08/08/99

Seebold to defend River Race



Mike Seebold of Fenton, Mo., who last year won his third River Race Augusta title in the PROP Tour's Formula One championship, returns to defend it during the Aug. 20-22 event on the Savannah River.

The eldest son of outboard racing's winningest driver, Billy Seebold, dominated the races to the extent that only two other racers were able to stay on the same lap.

One was Mike's younger brother, Tim, and the other was Jason Campbell of Chandler, Ariz.

Augusta's Rusty Campbell joined four others in finishing a lap back in the 30-lap championship race.

Campbell this year has had his ups and downs during the Professional Racing Outboard Performance Tour.

"There hasn't been much difference between the top seven boats until recently when Greg Foster (of Orange, Calif.) suddenly gained a bit more horsepower than the rest of us," Campbell said.

Foster won the Great Northern River Roar in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on July 25, leading the race wire-to-wire. He finished one second ahead of Mike Seebold and far ahead of Terry Rinker of Tampa, Fla.

Billy Seebold retired in 1997 and spends his time guiding the outboard racing fortunes of his sons. He also drives a specially built two-seater Formula One boat in which he carries members of the press and others on pre-race rides over the course.

Also returning is J.R. Saffold of Tampa, Fla., defending champion in the Formula Two SST-120 class.

Tim Seebold is the defending PROP world champion and leads the points chase by 18 points over Todd Bowden of Monrovia, Calif., followed by Alden Thornton of Harbinger, N.C.

Round 6 of the PROP Tour is scheduled to be held in St. Louis on Aug. 14-15, a week before River Race Augusta.