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Milton Tolen Thanks Best Friend for Getting Him Interested in World of Drag Boat Racing

Milton Tolen currently has two points championship wins under his belt, two world records and a number of runner-ups.
Milton Tolen currently has two points championship wins under his belt, two world records and a number of runner-ups.
Milton Tolen got involved in Drag boat racing originally as a young spectator, then later purchased a Flat bottom, mainly for lake use. His best friend, Randy Reynolds had been actively racing at the time.
Milton Tolen got involved in Drag boat racing originally as a young spectator, then later purchased a Flat bottom, mainly for lake use.
Milton Tolen got involved in Drag boat racing originally as a young spectator, then later purchased a Flat bottom, mainly for lake use.


Many years later, he began to wonder what it would be like to compete, and then by the nudge of his buddy Randy, finally purchased all the sanction bodied safety equipment and the "race boat" and went out for his license in 2003. He enjoyed everything the race community had to offer, and has been competing ever since.

Just after acquiring his license, he joined the sanctioning body of IHBA (International Hot Boat Association) and raced with them until this current season, when Lucas Oil stepped in and IHBA stepped out. He currently has two points championship wins under his belt, two world records and a number of runner-ups. “I’m having a great time with this series,” says Tolen. “ My first win was in Gadsden, AL in 2006, and it seemed like it took forever! The 2nd win in Augusta, GA was really tough because I was up against Steve Schmidt, who’s considered one of the best. Beating him was a HUGE accomplishment!”

The K&N connection occurred after meeting Greg Boutte, also a K&N sponsored racer at the PRI show in Orlando, where they exchanged photos and stories, and their common beliefs in K&N. Not long after that, he was introduced to Bob Harris who has been a great help with the race efforts for the last couple of years.

“We have always used K&N products,” continues Tolen. “When you go racing, there is no such thing as saving money or cutting corners… you have invested so much, piece by piece and part by part. Protecting these investments, to extend the life of them is crucial. You simply can’t go without K&N!

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