U1 has some "electrical gremlins," said Mike Allen. "Hasn't been on the water in two years. We'll be OK." That's the replacement hull taking over the old Budweiser T-6 hull that got banged up in Detroit when Allen flipped. Crew says they want to have the original hull ready to go by San Diego. Allen says "or Seattle." Mike says he's not cleared by the doctors to race, but if they clear him and the boat's ready, it's going to be tough to keep him out of the cockpit.

Nobody's talking much about what's going on with the U-5. Never got on the water Friday. Activity all around all day.

U-3 guys have had some tough luck this year. When they've run, they've run fast. But they have had trouble keeping the engines running. It happened during qualifying today when they went dead... and then a minute before the Dash for Cash, they went dead in the water. I've only seen three of the Allison engines, but rumor is they brought six with them.

Steve David U6 wins Dash for Cash... J. Michael Kelly U13 was second.

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
2. U-13 Spirit of Detroit - J. Michael Kelly
3. U-9 Conover Insurance - Chris Bertram
4. U-48 Lakeridge Paving - David Williams
DNF. U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors - Jimmy King

I should let you know the live stream will be dark during commercial breaks...

Interesting tidbit from reporter Jenn Bates....Driver David Bryant designed his own seat in the cockpit. He's an upholesterer. It's got memory foam. His claim to fame is he did the upholestery for both Pres. Clinton and Pres. Bush's seat in the Presidential helicopter.

Dash for Cash line-up:
U-3, U-6, U-9, U-13, , U-48
U-21 was in, but was replaced by U-3

LIVE STREAM coming up shortly... refresh the page at HydroInsider.com or go to KNDU.com and click on the LIVE STREAM button. Vintage race at 5... Dash for Cash at 5:20.

Villwock's course record of 165.687 is for fuel restricted era. 168 was the previous non-restricted time.

Steve David about speed vs. Elam "11 mph back in Evasnville, 7 back in Detroit. 5 back now. We're getting closer."

UPDATE on the U-17 Our Gang Racing. Crew pulled an all-nighter. Will they make the Tri-Cities? Goal was to be on the road late this afternoon, get to the park Fri night and work until it's ready. If it's here, it will squeeze in between the Ellstrom U-16 and the KNDU anchor platform so we'll know. If it gets here, it's still iffy whether it can actually run or not. They may bring it for show and then continue to work on it in TC to be ready for Seafair. Stay tuned.

OK, I just watched the U37 on board video. Nobody complain that a couple of birds/ducks got crushed by the boat. You can see it happen if you watch. I don't want to hear that controversy start again. Wouldn't you think they'd hear this huge boat coming and get out of the way?!?

Dr. Ken on potential new race sites... still working... been working on Washington DC for close to two years - lots to coordinate with homeland security, airspace, etc. Lots of agencies to work through. Still looking at a return to Nashville, south Florida. "They're all potentials until something happens." He said it just takes time.

Dr. Ken Muscatel on his health "Doing fine. " Said it was an irregular heartbeat that's treated with medication that flared up in Detroit. He

U10 154.469
U21 137.186
U13 151.911
U37 158.559

Any potential sponsors for TC or Seattle reading this? Dave Bartush can still put your name on a boat this weekend. Email me at paul.dughi@kndu.com

Steve David... I asked him what's the upper imit speedwise for the U6n "Who knows? Keeps going faster."

J. Michael Kelly: "water's a little rough. Sponson came up a bit. Not as fast as this morning but we're testing some things. The boat's on t

Brian Perkins: boat's running smooth. Kevin Aylesworth: everything going according to plan. We'll hit 140 today... That's our limit.

U21... Two laps... 135 and 137... Boat looks good... Team is very pleased.

U37 158.559

90 degrees clear skies and no wind! Just a beautiful day for racing.

U37 just came off. Jean Theoret: "Boat's running awesome."

Tail mounted camera video from U-13's Friday morning qualifying ride in now posted at HydroInsider.com... pretty cool stuff... Look in the flash video player on the right hand side of the page.
Thanks NWSPEEDSHOTS.COM

Times...
U16 new course record 165.687
U6 160.599
U13 speed of 157.944 was DSQ for N2 violation
U25 147.717
U21 115.455
U48 144.392

We have some great on board video from U13's run which we'll post today on HydroInsider.com

U100 is here.

David Williams on U-48: The boat once did a race with a 169mph lap. It's set up now to do
about 140.

Jeff Bernard, U-5: "It's been a rough year." On the U-1 backup hull: "It's an older boat, like the U-48, but it's got some power." It's a little tougher to push through the turns; you need a lot of upper body strength to hold the wheel. Jimmy Shane, driver of the backup says he'll get qualified. He said he is "really, really excited" to get out there.

Mike Allen, aboard a Formula Boat cruiser on the course at 9am this morning, comparing the ride to his flip in Detroit: "Lot smoother than last weekend."

Bill Osbourne with the U-37 team told me the prop they lost last year in the Columbia River... which was found by Bill Moore after 12 dives... is good and may run on the boat's first setup Friday morning.






We're streaming video now for time trials...

I should clarify... The ride was in a Formula Boaats cruiser... We hit about 35mph tops.


Just took a ride around the course with Mike Allen. Some crosswinds in turn two but not bad. Mike's doing well.

Greg Hopp is here.... U100 arriving shortly. No word on U17 yet... May be here but not ready to race.

Jeff Bernard, U5: "Been a tough year."

J. Michael Jelly U13 on Columbia River: "Big turns. I like that."

Mike Allen, U1: "Doing better than last week, that's for sure."

Driver's meeting going on right now.

Added to the pits: U16 U37 U10 U25 U13 missing so far... U17 U100

Friday AM... 13mph winds. May get stronger Sat. PM, but calm down for Sunday.