Tri-Cities: Race summary

OH BOY! IT'S OBERTO AT LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP Oberto, David earn first ever Tri-Cities victories KENNEWICK, Wash -- At the previous three races, the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison was the top qualifier. Unfortunately for the team and driver...

OH BOY! IT'S OBERTO AT LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP
Oberto, David earn first ever Tri-Cities victories

KENNEWICK, Wash -- At the previous three races, the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison was the top qualifier. Unfortunately for the team and driver Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.), they couldn't convert the fastest speeds on Friday and Saturday to podium victories.

Solution? Don't be the fastest qualifier in Tri-Cities and in turn win the 2008 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

"I've raced on this course for 19 years and this is my first win," said David. "This year is the Oberto company's 90th anniversary, so this is a nice present." The Oberto company's initial sponsorship of a hydroplane happened in the Tri-Cities in 1975.

The most disappointed driver in the field, however has to be Jean Theoret (Montreal, Quebec), driver of the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

Theoret claimed lane one in the milling period and was in the lead after the first lap. He opened up a sizeable lead over the field and in turn two of lap four, a broken propeller put a hole in the boat and forced the yellow and black checkered boat to a stop. The boat has significant damage to the right rear, but the team expects to be ready for their hometown race next weekend at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

"This race was ours," said Theoret. "And lane one proved itself again. It surprised us because it was a brand new prop. But otherwise our performance this weekend is encouraging for the rest of the season."

David took advantage of Theoret's misfortune and one-lap penalties on the U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus driven by Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) and David Bryant (Mesa, Ariz.) in the U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors to take the lead at the end of lap four and finished almost a lap ahead of second place finisher Brian Perkins (Kent, Wash.) in the U-50 Miss Albert Lee. The U-5 Formulaboats.com driven by Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) and the U-7 Formulaboats driven by Jimmy Shane (Havre de Grace, Md.) finished third and fourth respectively.

Villwock passed Bryant during their extra laps to claim fifth place. The Ellstrom Elam Plus was penalized for encroaching on the U-5 Formulaboats.com while the boats came around turn two as they headed for the start of the race. The U-10 had to go once more around the Columbia River course for jumping the gun.

With the victory, the U-6 increased its lead in the 2008 ABRA National High Points Championship race to 618 points over the U-5 Formulaboats.com.

RESULTS FROM SUNDAY RACING 2008 LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP

HEAT 2A
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 150.722 400
2 U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too Jimmy King 149.925 300
3 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 141.788 225
4 U-50 Miss Albert Lee Brian Perkins 129.933 169

HEAT 2B
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 153.713 400
2 U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 150.578 300
3 U-13 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 149.064 225
DNS U-7 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane 0 0

HEAT 2C
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 145.594 400
2 U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 128.773 300
DNF U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams 0 0
DNS U-17 Our Gang Racing Kip Brown 0 0

HEAT 3A
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 151.289 400
2 U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 149.527 300
3 U-13 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 138.212 225
4 U-50 Miss Albert Lee Brian Perkins 131.588 169
5 U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 128.239 127
6 U-7 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane 119.482 95

HEAT 3B
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 147.861 400
2 U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too Jimmy King 131.993 300
3 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 127.271 225
4 U-17 Our Gang Racing Kip Brown 126.714 169
5 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 127.87 127

CONSOLATION HEAT
Finish Boat Driver
1 U-50 Miss Albert Lee Brian Perkins
2 U-7 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane
DNS U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp
DNS U-13 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly
DNS U-17 Our Gang Racing Kip Brown

2008 LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP FINAL
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 142.362 400
2 U-50 Miss Albert Lee Brian Perkins 128.928 300
3 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 126.653 225
4 U-7 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane 118.735 169
5 U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 129.238 127
6 U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 129.109 95
DNF U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 0 0

2008 NATIONAL HIGH POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP (TEAM)
Number - Boat Driver Points
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 4764
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 4146
U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 3934
U-10 Ahern Rentals David Bryant 3090
U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 2951
U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 2590
U-3 Master Tire Jimmy King 1829
U-13 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 1375
U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 1327
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 1314
U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair Ken Muscatel 567
U-17 Our Gang Racing Kip Brown 424
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams 199

2008 NATIONAL HIGH POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP (DRIVER)
Driver Number - Boat Points
Steve David U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 4764
Jeff Bernard U-5 FormulaBoats.com 4146
Jean Theoret U-37 Beacon Plumbing 3934
David Bryant U-10 Ahern Rentals 3090
Brian Perkins U-50 Spirit of the Navy 2951
Mike Allen U-7 Formulaboats.com 2326
Jimmy King U-3 Master Tire 1829
J. Michael Kelly U-13 Graham Trucking 1375
Dave Villwock U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus 1327
Greg Hopp U-100 Mirageboats.com 1314
Ken Muscatel U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair 567
Jimmy Shane U-7 Formulaboats.com 264
Kip Brown U-17 Our Gang Racing 199
David Williams U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving 199

-credit: abra

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