PHOTOS: Heats 1A, 1B

Heat 1b



Heat 1a


PHOTOS: Mick Washburn

PHOTOS: Heat 1A, turn 1 lap 1



PHOTOS: Mick Washburn

VIDEO: Kayleigh Perkins interview after UL Heat win

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VIDEO: Jean Theoret interview after U-37 ride on Columbia River

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Heat 2a, 2b draws

Heat 2A (in order of lane assignments)
1. U-25
2. U-48
3. U-100
4. U-17
5. U-1
6. U-7

Heat 2b (in order of lane assignments)

1. U-16
2. U-37
3. U-3
4. U-5
5. U-22

VIDEO: Steve David interview after Heat 1A win

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VIDEO: J. Michael Kelly interview after winning Heat 1B

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Steve David docked points from Heat 1A

Heard that Steve David was docked 150 points for also moving out in Heat 1A.

PHOTOS: Kayleigh, Steve David, J. Michael Kelly





heat 1b results

1. U7
2. U3
3. U17
DNF. U25

PHOTO: JMK after heat 1b win

Villwock on heat 1a

Villwock said he was behind the U1 and U5 so there was no way he went over.

Heat 1a results

1. U1
2. U5
3. U100
4. U48
5. U22
6. U16 one lap penalty - moving out

PHOTO: Steve David dockside after Heat 1a win

Heat draws 1a 1b

1a.... In order by lanes

16
1
5
100
48
22

1b

7
17
3
37
25

Greg Hopp UL1 wins UL Heat 1b

Greg Hopp UL1 wins UL Heat 1b

Kayleigh Perkins wins UL Heat 1A

UL72 Kayleigh Perkins wins UL Heat 1a.

Heats 1a 1b rescheduled

Heat 1a will be at 415pm PT, heat 1b at 445pm PT.

U3, U100 up speeds

U3 154.921
U100 155.402

everybody seems locked in and working on race setups.

PHOTOS: Jean Theoret returns to the pits

Video coming later tonight.... Here's a sneak preview. KNDU exclusive.

U-3 Engine Problems Continue

One of the Allison V-12s Owner and Crew Chief brought Ed Cooper brought west has already been lost for the weekend. This one barely lasted one lap around the 2.5 mile Columbia River race course.

VIDEO: U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison on the Columbia

VIDEO: U-7 Graham Trucking on the Columbia

VIDEO: U-787 runs on the Columbia River

VIDEO: Caught on tape - F1 driver crashes hit in the head by a bolt from another car


F1 driver Felipe Massa was hit in the head from a loose bolt that came off another car. He'll be OK. The incident, caught on tape, is remarkable. The race was in Hungary.

VIDEO: Columbia Cup qualifying sessions

Qualifying leaders after Sat morning session - all 11 boats qualified to race

  1. U-16 Miss Elam Plus
    Dave Villwock
    163.223
  2. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto
    Steve David
    161.957
  3. U-7 Graham Trucking
    J. Michael Kelly
    157.972
  4. U-17 West Pasco Family Dental
    Nate Brown
    157.667
  5. U-5 FormulaBoats.com
    Jeff Bernard
    156.95
  6. U-100 Jerrys Tavern
    Greg Hopp
    155.191
  7. U-37 Hoss Mortgage Investors
    J.W. Myers
    154.469
  8. U-3 Grandview on the Lake
    Jimmy King
    152.219
  9. U-48 Whirlpool Presents Albert Lee
    Brian Perkins
    144.624
  10. U-25 Mr. Home Loan Presents Servepro
    Ken Muscatel
    142.947
  11. U-22 Matrix Systems Automotive Finishes
    Mike Webster
    140.466

SOURCE: ABRA

U-100 speeds in Sat qualifying

U-100 155.191.

That's it for the morning session.

U-22 qualified, Mike Webster talks about his injury

U-22 qualified to race. Top speed = 140.446

Driver Mike Webster showed us the finger he damaged in Detroit. Not a pretty site. He had to have the end of his finger stitched on after it nearly snapped off after a heat. He said it's fine and the feeling has returned. "If that's the worst thing that's going to happen to me (racing an Unlimited Hydroplane)," he said. "That's OK."

Jean Theoret takes the U-37 out for qualifying

Jean Theoret is back in the cockpit of the U-37 for the first time since his horrible accident in Madison. He took the U-37 out during qualifying and posted these speeds:

Lap 1 151.962
Lap 2 153.442
Lap 3 133.357

Note - he has not yet been cleared by doctors to race, but he's talking about being ready for Seattle... a course he loves and races very well.

Villwock grabs top qualifying spot

Two hot laps for Dave Villwock. The U-16 put up a 163.233. Also a 162.748. The 163 moves him into the top spot for qualifying.

PHOTOS: U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison




PHOTOS: Mick Washburn

Steve David: Why run in lane 4 in Dash for Cash?

“The red boats are fast,” said U-1 Steve David, referring to U-5's Jeff Bernard and U-7's J. Michael Kelly. “It took everything we had to get around them. It’s good to know we can run like that in lane four, because we hope to do well enough in the first heat to be sent to the outside in the second heat.”

U-16: something isn't quite right yet

Dave Villwock took the U-16 out for the Saturday morning qualifying session, but returned to the pits without taking a lap. The crew worked until late into the night to repair electrical systems that had been damaged on Friday and reported success, but we'll have to keep an eye on this...

Sat qualifying: N2 Violations

U-1 ran a 161.005... but got a N2 violation.

It's not uncommon to see N2 violations in testing... drivers are seeing how close they push the limits. Put do it in a heat race and you'll lose the points.

HydroInsider.com Archives...

"Most of us have gauges in the cockpit, or lights, for overspeed above 110 N2 and fuel flow," said U-1 driver Steve David. "Sometimes in qualifying you'll be right on the edge and literally counting or stop "watching" to back off, reset the governor (which is mechanical) and get back on it, all within 1/10th of a second or less."

Hydroplanes have an on-board warning system to let them know when they're close so they can back off. Sometimes it's as simple as a light that flashes when they exceed the limits and they manually count off the time and back off the gas for a second to bring them in compliance and then mash it again.

From the rule book...

An N2 speed violation is judged to have occurred when the maximum N2 RPM of 110% is exceeded for more than five seconds. Any turbine-powered boat found to have an N2 speed violation shall forfeit all points earned for that heat. Any boat found to have an N2 violation during the Final Heat is disqualified.

Pre-race rituals: Hair, Prayer, Superstitions and Animal Sacrifice

Jeff Bernard, U-5: Haircut
"ABOUT EVERY TWO WEEKS I HAVE TO GET A HAIRCUT AND ALWAYS GET A HAIRCUT RIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON. SO THAT S ABOUT THE ONLY THING I DO CONSISTENTLY"

Steve David, U-1: Prayer
"MINE S ACTUALLY PRAYER. I TRY TO GET CALM WITH THAT AND ASK FOR GUIDANCE AND ALL OF THAT AND FEEL REAL COMFORTABLE WHEN I GET IN THE COCKPIT"

Dave Villwock, U-16: If things are working, change nothing
"WE USE THE SAME TAPE THAT PUTS THE MICROPHONE ON, USE THE SAME HELMET, THE SAME SHOES, SAME DRIVER SUIT. WE CHANGE NOTHING BECAUSE WE RE ON A ROLL AND WE KNOW IT"

Ken Muscatel, U-25: Animal Sacrifice
"I ALSO SACRIFICE A LAMB EVERY TIME I GO OUT BECAUSE IT JUST HELPS WITH WHATEVER DEITIES ARE PAYING ATTENTION"

Umm... we hope Ken's kidding.

Sat qualifying: U-100

U-100 is now qualified to race. Top speed Sat AM was 151.604.

U-16 electrical problems fixed

The Elam crew worked late into the night, but the electrical problems iwth the U-16 have been fixed and the boat should be ready to go, according to the crew.

Villwock has come a long way in short time

Dave's got all of the traits of a great driver," said Steve David, "both as engineer under the mechanical aspects of the boat, and as a driver. Some people are good drivers but don't have the mechanical know-how. Others are the other way around. Dave is both."


Villwock has come a long way in short time >>
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Sat qualifying: U-5, U-37, U-17

U-5 and U-37 are now qualified to race.

Nate Brown put up a 160.711 in the U-17 but it was wiped out due to N2 violation.