Down to the wire
National Finals cap stellar season
By Jim DeFord
Photos by Jim DeFord
PORT ANGELES, Washington (Sept. 12, 2012) — The
anticipation for the National Finals had been like I have never seen before.
908 points available for taking the pole and a win, coming into this event
we had the top 10 in the Super Mod class technically still battling for
first place. In the A-400 class the top nine were battling for the
championship and in the Super Boats the top three.
But, at the end of the day it looked to probably be Eric Werner, coming off
a stellar win at St. John two weeks ago, going head-to-head with Dennis
Hughes who has won three of the last four races in the Super-Modified class.
It looked to be an epic battle and these two teams have been at it since the
first race of the season.
In the A-400 class Kyle Patrick was leading the points with rival, Doug
Hendrickson just eight points behind. These two have battled for the
championship for years with Patrick claiming the crown in 2008 and
Hendrickson four times in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. However, they have Rick
Henderson just 58 points behind coming off a shocking win at St. John in
race #5 of the USSBA Racing Series. Would he play the spoiler?
Henderson & Gary take first wins as Werner claims victory
at Webb's Slough
By Jim DeFord
Photos by Jim
ST. JOHN, Washington (August 29, 2012) — The teams
were once again presented with a long 37-turn rotation on
very tight, twisty course. The tightest course in the USSBA Racing Series.
Three drivers would run without a DNF: Ackerman and Jensen in the SuperMod
class and Paul Gahr in the A-400 class.
In qualifying Dennis Hughes once again out-qualified Eric Werner in the
SuperMod class. Eric usually works his way up to his fast laps, but in doing
so have been giving away valuable championship points in the qualifying
rounds. Hughes and Haskey have out-qualified Eric and Jana 304 points to 296
points respectively placing the Overkill team 38 points ahead of Jolly
Rogers going into the National Finals where all points are doubled.
Dillon Cummings was about 1.5 seconds back of Werner with local favorite
Scott Ackerman—who has only run one other race this season—about another 1.5
seconds back with Scott and Cari Jensen in one of the Canadian Fat Buddy
boats about 1.8 sends off Ackerman’s pace rounding out the top five.
· Hughes claims third consecutive win
· Gahr wins second consecutive ESP event
· Johnson continues Super Boat domination
By Jim DeFord
Photos by Aimee
McNeal-Cox, Jay Cline, Sequim Gazette & Jim DeFord
PORT ANGELES, Washington (August 15, 2012) — The
anticipation and excitement leading up to the first race of
season at Extreme Sports Park (ESP) was intense. Our entire organization had
been abuzz even before the last race at Tangent on July 28. And, of course,
the ESP planners and organizers have been busy since the end of the race in
September 2011 as they prepared for their two races for the 2012 season for
the USSBA Racing Series.
Arriving at the track about 6:45 the air was as crisp and still as it could
be. The campers were just rising as a few people mingled about in this most
beautiful morning. We were greeted by a gorgeous sunrise across the track
that would soon fill with thousands of race fans as the teams would take to
the track with their thousands of horsepower.
Many of the teams had spent the last two weeks, in between working at their
9-5 jobs, in repairing damage from the last race in Tangent. Pumps were
blown, blades cracked, engines exploded and race budgets gone into the red.
Leaders extend points advantage; Super-Mod battle heats
up; Carnage strikes as teams head to Port Angeles
By Jim DeFord
Photos by DeFord
TANGENT, Oregon (July 31, 2012) — The weather was 80°
and mostly sunny in a stark contrast to the race held
here at the Field of
Dreams in Tangent, Oregon in June. An estimated throng of 2,500 race-hungry
fans enjoyed a full day of motorsports entertainment with tight racing,
exciting crashes and unmatched speed in the USSBA Racing Series.
Race #3 had all these classes running a tight points championship so it
seemed most appropriate to hold the middle race of the season at the fastest
track on the schedule. It was a recipe for a heated battle and it certainly
turn out that way.
Last race the boats race three qualifiers due to the rain. This race would
be a full race schedule of three qualifiers and three elimination runs. Many
would not make it. One would have to pull out for good.
Compared to other forms of motorsports, Sprint Boat racing is fairly
inexpensive, but it can get expensive. It depends on how fast you want to go
and how reliable you want your equipment to be. As it turns out this weekend
ended up being a very expensive weekend for several.
Two completely blown motors with holes in the engine blocks, one half blown
motor, one blown pump and one shredded pump blade that caused havoc for one
boat. Several dents from crashes and rollovers throughout the day will show
you why these boats need rollover bars.
By Jim DeFord
Photo by Mark Sharley
TANGENT, Oregon (July 6, 2012) — The weather was iffy
right up until the time of the race when we were being
rain showers, this evening and the showers started about 30 minutes later.
As the rain continued, the vast majority of the fans stayed planted in their
seats with even more arriving while it was raining!
We have to give props to the USSBA fans in this area. Thank you for your
dedication! Okay now, enough of the weather and now to the racing!
The racers were presented with a 32-turn fast and technical course. They ran
full speed at the green flan around ¾ of the course and then dove to the
inside for several winding in and out sessions on the inner part of the
course and then flying the opposite way out and around the top of the track
to slice right through the center to the finish line. Note that Q4 was
cancelled due to the delays caused by the rain.
SuperBoats: Johnson takes Morrison in last second dash to
A-400: Hendrickson squeezes out win over Patrick with ailing engine
SuperMod: Wild crash secures victory for Werner over Hughes
By Jim DeFord
SAINT JOHN, Washington (June 19, 2012) —The USSBA Racing Series teams
were presented a 37-turn rotation Friday evening at Webb’s Slough.
Encompassing both speed
driver abilities in the same rotation this looked to be a barn burner. And
Right out of the box, Tim Cummings, along with birthday girl, Nicole
Michelle Brown got sideways in a tough chicane, flipped over a channel and
against the fence at the beer garden. Tim would have two more off-track
excursions and Miss Brown would have a total of six off track excursions in
two different boats.
For the day there were 52 DNFs, showing how tough this course was, along
with several significant crashes we will discuss later in this article. One
team finished DNF-free: The Jolly Rogers boat of Eric Werner and Jana
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