ABRA's Sam Cole said they had productive meetings, but said he couldn't elaborate because "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

Sam made the comments from the podium. There were meetings most of the day on Thursday. Unlike last year, the groups did not come out and talk about what's going on.

Sam did hint at the possibility of yet another race in the Midwest for 2008. Some announcement may happen soon. I can also tell you first-hand that the ABRA and some owners met with potential series sponsors during the Las Vegas trip.


ABRA High Points Driver Champion - Dave Villwock, Miss Elam Plus
ABRA High Points Team Champions - Miss Elam Plus, Erick Ellstrom
Photo - James Simpson


ABRA Season High Points - 3rd Place: U-37 Beacon Plumbing

ABRA Season High Points - 2nd Place: U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison

Photo - James Simpson

ABRA Rookie of the Year: David Bryant, U-10 USA Racing Partners

HydroInsider.com Archive Photo: David is shown at the right modeling his 2007 helmet.


Unlimited Owner of the Year: Madison, Indiana

ABRA Award of Excellence: Tom Sawyer, Evansville

Photo - James Simpson

Unlimited Owner of the Year: Madison, Indiana

ABRA Award of Excellence: Tom Sawyer, Evansville

Unlimited Crew Chief of the Year: Mike Hanson, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison

Unlimited Crew of the Year: U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison


Photo - James Simpson

Outstanding Print Coverage: Extreme Boats Magazine
ABRA Photographer of the Year: Bill Osborne

LINK: http://www.extremeboatsmag.com/

Best Local or National TV Coverage: KIRO-TV, Seattle
Best Local or National Radio Coverage: WORX - Madison


Commercial Race Sponsor of the Year: Lamb Weston/ConAgra
Commercial Race Team Sponsor of the Year: Oberto
Race Site of the Year: Seattle

Photo - James Simpson

Corporate Marketing Awards:

  • Chevrolet
  • FormulaBoats.com - Ted Porter
  • Madison Regatta

ABRA Official of the Year: Scott Patton
Special Contribution Award: The Patton Family