Greg Hopp & UL-72 win ULHRA Championship

ULHRA @ Port Angeles - Finals

  1. Greg Hopp
    UL-1 Graham Trucking G.T. Happy Go Lucky
  2. Kayleigh Perkins
    UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
  3. Kip Brown
    UL-8 Sterling's Famous Steaks & Seafood
  4. Michael Flaherty
    UL-11 presents ROXY 94.5 - Power Punch Performance Lubricants
  5. Vince Xaudaro
    UL-929 Xaudaro-Wilmot Racing
  6. Wil Muncey [ ONE LAP PENALTY ]
    UL-00 Trafficade Safety Sales presented by Warning

Heat 1A

  1. Greg Hopp UL-15
  2. Wil Muncey UL-00
  3. Chris Grant UL-3

    DNS. Vince Xaudaro UL-929

Heat 1B

  1. Kayleigh Perkins UL-72
  2. Michael Flaherty UL-11
  3. Kip Brown UL-8

Heat 2A

  1. Greg Hopp UL-15
  2. Michael Flaherty UL-11
  3. Kayleigh Perkins UL-72

    DNS. Kip Brown UL-8

Heat 2B

  1. Wil Muncey UL-00
  2. Chris Grant UL

    DNF. Vince Xaudaro UL-929

Port Angeles ULHRA racing Update

Sunday weather is much better at Port Angeles and racing is underway.

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Saturday's Results

Beautiful... is the the way that one could describe the morning... Sun peeking through the clouds and nothing but hearts racing and the sound of feet scrambling to prepare for the Victoria Express presents Strait Thunder.

With reports flooding in of a potential storm, the start of racing was moved up. The drivers and crew members worked as fast as they could, but just didn't seem to be enough. Mother nature was it's uncooperative self today.

The Lighter than Lights (LTL) class was able to complete 2 heats with Joe Perkins in the Y-28 Perkins Glass taking 1st place in the 4 cylinder LTL class and Kevin Eacret in the E-36 Block Head Machine taking 1st place in the 8 cylinder LTL class.

Activity was called prior to the start of Unlimited Lights heat 1A due to severe ground swells and increasing winds, making Port Angeles Harbor unraceable. During the warm up period, drivers Greg Hopp in UL-15, Wil Muncey in UL-00, Kip Brown in UL-8 and Vince Xaudaro in UL-929 all signaled to officials that conditions on the course were treacherous.

Officials then issued a 'black flag' signaling that all boats were to return to the pits. As the afternoon progressed, conditions only worsened. 3 boats were able to test briefly late in the afternoon though conditions remained questionable.

"A Different Kind of Horsepower"

When not shooting unlimited hydroplane racing, photographer James Crisp takes pictures at other sporting events. On Saturday in Lexington, Ky., he found this story that will interest all hydro racing fans. Story and pictures by James Crisp:

Former Pay N Pak hydroplane owner David Heerensperger's horse "Indyanne" won the 28th running of The Thoroughbred Club of America "Win and You're In Filly and Mare Sprint Division" race on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.David and his wife Jill were happy as they entered the winner's circle after their 3 year old filly with jockey Robby Albarado aboard bested a field of 8 winning the Grade III, $300,000 race.The stable colors worn by Albarado were orange and yellow- a scheme not totally unfamiliar to hydro fans.As the celebration and interviews wound down I briefly spoke to Mr. Heerensperger."Congratulations" I said as we shook hands, adding "I was a big Pay N Pak fan when I was growing up". Looking at me with a mix of surprise and curiosity I added "I'm from Owensboro originally" to which Jill replied, "Oh yes, Owensboro is nice." (The winged wonder won the 1974 Kentucky Governor's Cup in Owensboro.)Not being able to resist I said to David "You know, you should get back into boat racing" which he answered with a wistful "oh.....". I quickly added "There is some good equipment out there for sale" to which he replied "Yeah since Bernie died there is some nice equipment out there". I stated that I thought that while that gear was gone there was some other equipment available. "I think there may still be something in Bernie's barn" he added as the conversation wound down and he headed on to a post race celebration.The win qualifies Indyanne for the Breeder's cup to be held this fall in Santa Anita, Ca. For those foreign to horse racing, the Breeder's Cup is a collection of races similar in stature to the Gold Cup, World Series or Superbowl with total purses exceeding $25 million.Regardless of what they race, it would seem the Heerensperger's commitment often leads to the winner's circle.

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