Tri-Cities Saturday notes

BRYAN, VILLWOCK, THEORET FIRST DAY WINNERS TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- The fans along the banks of the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Wash. saw the first win by a rookie driver and victories by two others familiar to the winner's circle during the first...

BRYAN, VILLWOCK, THEORET FIRST DAY WINNERS

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- The fans along the banks of the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Wash. saw the first win by a rookie driver and victories by two others familiar to the winner's circle during the first set of elimination heats at the 2007 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, driven by David Bryant (Mesa, Ariz.), finished first in Heat 1A after the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) and the U-5 Formulaboats.com driven by Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) both jumped the starting gun.

"I was satisfied to get second place and continue to gain experience," said Bryant. "Finding out that I won the heat was a bonus."

Heat 1B saw defending champion Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus take the checked flag first, a position the ABRA High Points leader has become used to. Greg Hopp (Snohomish, Wash.) in the U-100 Mirageboats.com was first to cross the start line, but had jumped the gun. The U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech, driven by rookie Brian Perkins (Black Diamond, Wash.) was second in his first heat of unlimited racing.

The final heat of the day, saw the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, driven by Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Quebec) lead wire to wire to claim 400 elimination points at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup. The U-9 Miss Conover Insurance driven by Chris Bertram (Enumclaw, Wash.) finished second. The U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving did not start, while the U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II Presents Ronald McDonald House went dead in the water during the first turn of the first lap after losing his propeller.

Two more sets of elimination heats, and the winner-take-all final of the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PDT, Sunday, July 29.

The heat draws for the second set of elimination heats for Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, Wash.

Heat 2A

Boat Driver
U-1 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams
U-9 Miss Conover Insurance Chris Bertram
U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock

Heat 2B

Boat Driver
U-5 Formulaboats.com Jeff Bernard
U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech Brian Perkins
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant

Heat 2C

Boat Driver
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp
U-13 Spirit of Detroit J Michael Kelly
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II
Presents Ronald McDonald House Jimmy King
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David

-credit: abra

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