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Worldwide sprint boat racers head to Poplar Bluff

Sprint boat drivers prepare for the qualifying race. Sprint boat drivers prepare for the qualifying race.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Sprint boat racers from across the world headed to Poplar Bluff on Friday for the 2014 World Series of Sprint Boat Racing.

This is the first time an event of this time has taken place east of the Rocky Mountains.

Jay Brickell, the owner of Brick's Off Road Park, said it is also the first time the World Series has took place in the U.S. since 2004.

Brickell said they have spent the last four years preparing for this race.

Organizers like Brickell said they are excited to host this event in Poplar Bluff because it will hopefully attract more attention to the sport in the Southeast region of the country.

"I never imagined that this would happen here when we started building this track," Brickell said. "So it's not even a dream come true because we never dreamed it would happen... I'm so excited I'm actually numb, not because I'm old but because I'm excited about the racing. And what I'm really excited about is the racers and the quality of racers."

Teams from across the world came in for the event, including ones from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

During the race, the boats will go from zero to 100 mph in just three seconds.

One driver from New Zealand said he lives for the exhilaration of this sport.

"It's fast," Robert Coley said. "It's exciting. And to be honest it's really dangerous as far as the acceleration and crashing. It's a great sport. It's fantastic. Sometimes you have to be Einstein to get around the tracks, but you get your way around. It's just the acceleration really."

Qualifying races begin Saturday at noon, and the finals will take place on Sunday.

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