Powerboat Nationals Announces Top Honorees For 2018 Season


Are you wanting to see and meet some of the leading racers in the industry and see some of the up and coming racers? If so, mark your calendars for February 8, 2019 and be in Orlando, Florida as Powerboat Nationals will be holding its 2018 awards presentation. The presentation awards ceremony will be crowning the winners of each of the three Powerboat Nationals series it held in 2018.

Lee Daniel for the second time out of the last three seasons will be crowned for the Powerboat Nationals’ ProTunnel1 Series (formerly known as Formula 2). Residing from North Augusta, South Carolina, he was able to beat out rival Mark Jakob at the North American Championship in Wisconsin. In Powerboat Nationals ProTunnel2 Series (formerly known as Formula 4), Atlanta, Georgia’s Jason Nelson was able to pave his way to a commanding lead after securing the first three races at number 1. After that, Nelson never let off the throttle and proved he was the champion.

2018 was a big year for the Powerboat Nationals as they offered jet ski racing with its Hydro-Cross series. In the ProSport Series (formerly known as SportGP), Dawsonville, Georgia’s own Kyle Hayes was able to finish first. He had been battling with veteran-rider Brian O’Rourke through the whole series but O’Rourke was unable to secure the win.

Below is a list of everyone being honored at the Power Nationals 2018 Awards Ceremony taken from Romesburg Media Group LLC:

  • Powerboat Nationals Sportsman of the Year – Jake Alkema
  • ProTunnel 1 Series Champion – Lee Daniel
  • ProTunnel 1 Rookie of the Year – Rick Young
  • ProTunnel 1 Best Dressed – Jim Kerr, Team Racecraft
  • ProTunnel 2 Series Champion – Jason Nelson
  • ProTunnel 2 Rookie of the Year – Jake Alkema
  • ProTunnel 2 Best Dressed – Jake Alkema, Team Racecraft
  • HX ProSport Series Champion – Kyle Hayes
  • HX ProSport Best Dressed – Brian O’Rourke, Team Faith
  • Powerboat Nationals Best Looking Watercraft – Jason Nelson, Screaming Eagle/Wyatt Nelson Architect Racing

The most hardware decorated athlete for 2018 is rookie Jake Alkema riding for Team Racecraft’s. He earned PT2 Rookie of the Year, Best Dressed Team for PT2, and selected by his fellow competitors, 2018 Powerboat Nationals Sportsman of the Year.

The ProTunnel 1 Series will kick off in Knoxville, Tennessee with the ProTunnel 2 Series will be held in Parker, Arizona and Hydro-Cross will start in Tavares, Florida.

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Blake Ellestad

Blake Ellestad

Blake decided to buy a jet ski before a car and it was the greatest decision of his life. He was able to start reading on the forums and absolutely fell in love with the information and the sport. Blake says he will be riding jet skis for a very long time.

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