Paul Bosnich III has done it again.
The DePue native and hometown hero used an electric come-from-behind finish in the final heat of action in the 250cc Runabout division to claim a national title Saturday at the Lake DePue PRO National Championship Boat Races.
The first-place finish comes on the heels of Bosnich winning a national championship in the 125cc Runabout class last year at Lake DePue.
Bosnich III was able to secure his fourth-ever national championship Saturday in a wild finale as he overcame an early disadvantage with a late pass of point leader Mike Krier, of Ollie, Iowa, on the very final turn to take the national championship.
“I knew what I had needed to do to get to Mike. I knew I had to beat him,” Bosnich said. “I probably couldn’t ever do it again if I had to. It was just a kind of unbelievable run.”
“I thought there was no chance. He (Mike Krier) is the guy that builds the boats. He’s one of the best drivers out of anybody. (I thought) there was no way I was going to catch him. But I started picking off a couple feet at a time and I got to him.”
Bosnich said that an early accident in the first heat that eliminated top contenders Tim Small and Rich Krier — combined with other mechanical problems that led to him and Mike Krier being the only two boats to finish the opening race — helped him come out on top of the tough field.
“I’d rather be lucky than good almost any day, and we were lucky,” Bosnich quipped. “The 250 Runabout as a group has some of the best drivers out there.”
Bosnich III, who said the come-from-behind win may rank as the top moment of his power boat racing career, thanked everyone who made his second national title in as many years a reality, his father Paul Bosnich Jr., wife Katie and uncle Mitch Bosnich, as well as Todd Brinkman, Paul Torrie, Jim and Matt Harmon and everyone at Prop Riders Racing.
Other local racers Saturday included Jake Quesse of DePue, who was sixth in the 175cc Hydro, and Steve Niesen of Ladd, who placed ninth in the 175cc Hydro.
J.J. Walls of Danville, Indiana earned his second title of the weekend Saturday with a victory in the C-Racing Runabouts, while Amy Nydahl, of Bristol, Wisconsin, ended the day’s racing with a defense of last year’s title win in the 700 hydro division.
Also, Gary Buskirk Jr. of Traverse City, Michigan won the 350cc Hydro, Jared Gryskiewicz of Loveland, Colorado, claimed gold in the 500cc Runaout division, Baylee Burlund of Hampton, IL took home the 175cc Hydro championship, and David Everhart of Tiifin, Ohio, won in the C-Service Hydro.
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at email@example.com .