Owner/Driver Jerry Hopp tells about the speed record Greg Hopp set in the UL-15 and what its like to race against each other.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 8:23 PM
The U-5 FormulaBoats.com boat has been having some problems with the N2 light, so the crew put masking tape over the warning lights so driver Jeff Bernard wouldn't be distracted. He had violations on two runs today - and they've had more than a few this year - but Bernard said they've never had one in a heat this season.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 7:31 PM
These boats are LOUD. But the noise is pointed towards the back, away from the driver. So it's not so bad in the cockpit.
"It's like having a blow driver behind your head," said Jeff Bernard, driver of the U-5 FormulaBoats.com.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 7:29 PM
You can't go in the pits with open-toed shoes. But lots of people try every year.
Leave it up to The Walden family, a family of entrepreneurs, to come up with a solution. They rent shoes to people who need it.
Every year they've tried to find ways to help people wearing sandals go in the hot pits. Laci Walden says, "[Last year] we were duct taping people's feet. We were loaning out our shoes, so we just decided, why not? Why not rent shoes?"
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 7:07 PM
Steve David and U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison win the Dash for Cash.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 7:00 PM
Just scratched from Dash for Cash.
U-100 just arrived in pits. Waiting on U-25 to make it to Tri Cities. According to Dr. Ken, "They're on the way".
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 4:59 PM
Last run for JMK at 159.656 was not allowed. N2 violation.
Dash for Cash will be a flag start with assigned lanes.
U-48 scratched and the U-17 took that spot. Kip Brown needs 13 laps to qualify as a driver, and they will count towards that. Kip will be the pace boat from lane 5 and it will be a flag start.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 4:45 PM
ABRA is proud to announce Oakley sunglasses as a sponsor of the 2008 ABRA Hydroplane Racing Series.
"Their presence in NASCAR, NHRA, Indy Car, PGA and the X-Games and now with the fastest boats on the water shows how many audiences their products reach," said Sam Cole, ABRA Chairman.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 4:35 PM
U100 is arriving now.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 4:04 PM
U-3 made a short run. No trouble. Testing. Taking a reading.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:57 PM
Cal Phipps testing the U-13 Graham Trucking. Owner Dave Bartush says Cal could possibly be the driver of the U-2, Bartush's backup, if they decide to make that a full time ride. No plans now, just something that could happen in the future according Dave B. Cal and Dave very happy with the lap.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:38 PM
Elam still in water at dock with cowling off. Not sure if there is a problem or just routine stuff.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:30 PM
At 4:00 PDT, this Blog will go dark for about 10 minutes. Google will take the site down for maintainence. We'll be here once we get access again.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:27 PM
U-1 went out and tested an engine with a 146 lap.
U-10 David Bryant in cockpit with Matt Gregory preparing him to go out soon.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:18 PM
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too
U-13 Graham Trucking
U-48 Lakeridge Paving
U-50 Miss Albert Lee
Scheduled for 5:05 PST
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 3:01 PM
Word from pits is possible that Cal Phipps may get a chance to test the U-13 this weekend.
The U-7 just pulled into the pits. Still waiting on the U-100. On its way according to Greg Hopp after repairs that occured in Madison.
U-48 out on the course now.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 2:47 PM
1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto----161.492
2. U-1 Miss Elam Plus----161.085
3. U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors----160.054
4. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing---159.145
5. U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too----154.870
6. U-17 Our Gang Racing (Nate Brown driving)----149.437 **
7. U-50 Miss Albert Lee----147.545
8. U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakridge Paving----136.663
9. U-13 Graham Trucking----N2
10. U-5 Formulaboats.com----N2
11. U-7 Formulaboats.com----no attempts
12. U-25 Miss Procraft Windows---no attempts
13. U-100 Mirageboats.com---no attempts
** Kip Brown will drive in race. Needs 15 laps and 10 over 130mph to qualify as an unlimited driver. Through morning sessions has two laps complete, with one at 133. Two down, 13 to go.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 2:05 PM
John Lynch says Terry Troxell will be driving the UL-8 Numerica Unlimited light.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 1:44 PM
U6 leads qualifying 160.625
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 1:01 PM
U-48 backon course changing the "Boost Pump" that apparently failed on the 1st try in Round 2. U-48 looks to be last boat on course.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:40 PM
Pending N2 check
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:34 PM
Lap 2----timing run
* pending N2 check
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:28 PM
Lap 1-----Didn't complete a lap. Made it to apex of turn 1 and went dead. Towed back in and U-1 now on course.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:12 PM
Last run by U-5 was an N2 violation. Jeff Bernard has yet to qualify with 2 N2 violation today.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:08 PM
Kip Brown need laps this weekend to qualify as an unlimited driver. 15 total laps and 10 laps over 130 MPH.
Listening to KONA radio for this blog from Owensboro,KY. If my math is correct, Kip needs 13 more laps and 9 over 130 mph to qualify as an U driver.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 12:04 PM
U-6 Round 1 best speed was 160.086
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:53 AM
Jimmy King made one lap and brought it back to the pits.
U-5 had a N2 violation in Round 1 qualifying a 160 + lap. Correction made on round 2 attempt.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:45 AM
U-7 backup hull still in Seattle putting on finishing touches as of this writing (1:42 CST) , but on the road to Tri Cities soon. Doubtful if they'll make the water Friday, but will make all attempts to test.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:40 AM
The 161.550 was disallowed by an N2 violation. The 159.957 was good.
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:39 AM
Lap 4-----timing runs
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:31 AM
Round 1 speed---147.545
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:26 AM
Rest were test laps
Round 1 speed---157.337
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:17 AM
Pending N2 check
Posted by Kirk Duncan at 11:14 AM
U50 is in the pits
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 11:12 AM