HIGH POINT – Thousands packed the banks of Oak Hollow Lake in High Point to watch drag boat racing.
Dozens of boats took to Oak Hollow Lake Sunday.
“We're just like quarter-mile drag racing on the asphalt. We just do it on the water,” Jarrett Silvey, a racer, said.
This is the first time these drag boat racers have been back on this lake since 2001 and the racers say they're happy with what the lake has to offer.
“The nice thing is when you're looking down the track and you're going about 150 mph, you don't have to worry about hitting anything at the other end, there's plenty of shut down. It's a beautiful place, we're happy to be here,” Silvey said.
And as these drivers got ready to take to the water, they say there is plenty for spectators who come from across the state to see and experience.
“They'll see anything from a jet ski to a top fuel hydro, and you've got the full array of boats from the slowest to the fastest. I mean, it's exciting, it's fast,” Silvey said.
Organizers say thousands of people came out to the boat races each day – and that's a good thing for High Point.
Just bringing it back to High Point brings in approximately $1.2 million in revenue to the city and to this community. But the big thing that really helps us out, it helps activate our Jaycees, helps us raise money for our chapter,” High Point Jaycees Chairman of the Board Troy Powell said.
Jaycees had several volunteers at the race helping to raise money for their charities, but above all, he says it's bringing a tradition back to the area.
“When you get on the boat drag community, it's like Charlotte is a brand name for NASCAR racing,” Powell said. “High Point has been for 21 years a brand name for boat drag racing and it hasn't been here since 2001 and so you're really pulling in a lot of people.”
Organizers hope to make this a yearly tradition for the last weekend in July on Oak Hollow Lake just like it was nearly 10 years ago.