What a day at the inaugural race the new Global facility in Lebanon! We got off to a bit of a rocky start with Mel Craven in Showtime sucking a rock through the impeller and blowing a hole in the housing. Thanks to the safety crew for getting him to the shore before she sank! Unfortunately we had two more boats pick up rocks on the same shelf before the problem was identified and remedied. Sorry Scott and Cari in the 08 Fat Buddy and Phil Miller in the Punisher, we hope to see you back in August!
We got back to racing after a short delay and what a day of racing it was! The always exciting Fear Not team provided thrills a plenty. Clint (Skidmark) Birch and Ranae Faircloth found many of the banks and made an attempt at an overland entry into the spinout pool that came up just short. They continued to wow the crowd by testing out the roll bar in a later run but still laid down a fast enough time to get into the eliminations but finished just short of getting into the money.
Speaking of getting into the money Ron Domoe and Steven Church in Bad Influence took the first checkered flag ever at Global by winning the Super Mod class! It was quite the feat as they were also running a brand new boat in the A 400 class to get ready for the World Championships in August.
A huge shout out to the Nut Deep team as Jay Carriea and Chelsea Gottfried edged out Larry Hines for second. I guess that seat time for Jay in the navi seat while Larry was driving paid off! We may have to move Jay up to the A team, sorry Larry.
Fat Buddy was represented in the A 400 class with Scott Saxton and Frank Farrand taking third in the 13. Thanks for coming down! Now get that dry sump off and get to Missouri for round 1! Kyle Patrick and his daughter Alex were laying down their best run right up until the kill switch mysteriously got tripped. Fortunately it was in the finals so they still picked up the trophy for second. The long trip back to Moscow Idaho seemed a lot shorter for Doug Olson and Andy Gilder with that first place trophy riding with them! Great job guys!
Now we make it to the big dogs in the Super Boats. After a couple years off Juan (Wrong way in the spinout pool) Castillo came back to christen the new track. Time off showed as they missed the cut but had a great time trying! You never can tell what class Dennis Hughes and Matia Haskey will run in anymore but they chose to try they skills against the unlimiteds this round. After Dennis “took the cork out” by pulling off the chicken wire and putting in the hot blades he was running the fastest lap of the day before going down the wrong channel. It will always be a mystery which way the finger was pointing but it was still good enough to take third with his little 360 cid. Lee Rice and Marvin Wright got the Screaming Eagle around the track after some engine problems in great shape and took home second place money. Big Bill Sparling pulled all the way from Montana and with new navi Nicole Brown took the flag for a victory lap
A special thanks to all the volunteers and safety crew for all your hard work! We are looking forward to the special treat of hosting the World Championships for the first time in many years. Come on down to our newest track in Poplar Bluff Missouri to see the first round of the series the 16th and 17th of August at Bricks Water Speedway and we will be back in Lebanon Labor Day weekend the 30th and 31st for the finals. The best in the world from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the U.S. will be putting it all on the line for the cup!