The 50th anniversary National Championship Air Races officially kick off tomorrow at the Reno/Stead Airport outside Reno, Nevada. And there is much to get excited about at this year's event. The most recent champion, Steve Hinton Jr., is no longer flying Strega, the airplane that he has won the Unlimited race category in during the past few years. Instead, Hinton Jr. is at the controls of another fan favorite – Voodoo. The Reno Air Race Association's published times for Monday's qualifying heat are still unofficial, but they indicate that Hinton Jr. flew the course in less than a minute, at an average speed of nearly 493 mph. Former astronaut Hoot Gibson was not far behind, flying a Sea Fury simply named 232, formerly known as September Fury, faster than 480 mph around the course.