Tri-Cities: Qualifying summary

KENNEWICK, Wash -- Friday action at the 2008 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup saw the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) take the top qualifying position with a 2-1/2 mile average speed of 161.492 mph, topping last year's ...

KENNEWICK, Wash -- Friday action at the 2008 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup saw the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) take the top qualifying position with a 2-1/2 mile average speed of 161.492 mph, topping last year's Columbia Cup winner, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus.

Villwock, back on the water for the first time in the 2008 ABRA Hydroplane Series, took the orange and white hull to 161.085 mph. David Bryant (Mesa, Ariz.) in the U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors finished the day third on the qualification ladder after posting a speed of 160.054.

"It's nice to be back in a racing situation," said Villwock. "The boat is handling good. Today we're being conservative. We're not in the national points race, so there's really no need for to try to be the number one qualifier."

Four boats participated in the Dale Thomas HVAC Dash for Cash Friday afternoon with the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by David, taking the checkered flag first. The U-13 Graham Trucking driven by J. Michael Kelly (Puyallup, Wash.) and the U-50 Miss Albert Lee rounded out the podium with second and third place respectively. Rookie Kip Brown (Maple Valley, Wash.) used the opportunity to accumulate more laps in order to qualify as an unlimited driver. Brown needs 15 laps - ten of which greater than 130 mph - to be a qualified driver.

"It's kind of rough out there in the Dash for Cash. Its hard to tell which lane to be in, lane 1 and 2 look like an accident zone," said Dash for Cash winner David. "Villwock has won most of his races here from the outside so the Dash for Cash gave us a better idea about our plans for our heat races on Saturday."

Ten boats have qualified for Saturday's first set of heats, scheduled for 3:05 p.m. PDT. The 2008 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup final heat is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. PDT Sunday, July 27.

-credit: abra

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