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Saturday unlimited hydroplane racing in Madison canceled

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MADISON, Ind. - Last year, floating logs and debris took out half the fleet of unlimited hydroplanes at Evansville.  So when race officials spotted logs and other junk floating in the river Saturday morning, it led to a day-long wait for everyone until they finally shut down the course and canceled for Saturday.

Racing will resume at 8am ET on Sunday... assuming the river holds up.

The problem occurred when heavy rains dumped into the Kentucky River.  The Kentucky is a tributary for the Ohio River and it brought more water and more debris.  The river level near Madison rose more than a foot overnight, from 421 feet to 422.3 feet, dramatically increasing the flow rate.

This year, race officials were cautious and kept boats off the water all day.  The U-1 and the U-100 have yet to get out on the water as they were late arrivals.  They haven't been able to qualify yet.

In Madison last year, , it nearly turned disasterous when the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto hit something in the water, spun out and nearly hit a patrol boat.  So with logs spotted this year, Steve was OK with the cautious approach.

"It's kind of like a blind date," U-6 driver Steve David told WORX radio about the river conditions on Saturday; "until you have it, you don't know what you've got."

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