Teams and tracks prep for 2012 season opener
By Jim DeFord
Photos courtesy Webb's SLough & Wicked Racing
SAINT JOHN, Washington (May 18, 2012) — The USSBA
Racing Series 2012 season opener is
what has now become tradition, Webb’s Slough in Saint John, Washington on
June 16th. Two weeks later on June 30 the teams will be running at the Field
of Dreams in Tangent, Oregon, located a few miles south of Albany Oregon in
Then there will be a four week break and we race again in Tangent on July
28th. This will give the teams a chance to super-tune their boats and work
out the little kinks in addition to spending some summertime with their
August 11th everyone heads up to the newest USSBA Racing Series track in
Port Angeles, Washington. The Extreme Sports Park (ESP) premiered with 9,500
fans at the National Finals in September last year.
August 25th the teams head back to Webb’s Slough and then finish the season
off at ESP in September 8th.
What’s New at The Slough
There is always something new at The Slough. This facility, since its
inception in 2004 has added improvement after improvement every season. For
2012, Matt says the grass is “thicker than ever” and will make for more
comfortable walking and seating throughout the entire track. 320 lbs of
grass seed was planted for 2012 along with several truckloads of dirt to
expand motor home areas and pit areas.
A perfectly tiered, grassy hillside on the south side of the track is
excellent for fans and their various forms of awnings and sun protection.
The bravest sit in their lawn chairs right at the setback cabling for the
closest and wettest views.
On the north side is the now infamous Webb’s Slough Beer Garden. An
adults-only, monster tent where the suds flow and it never fails for a boat
to spin out right in front of the beer garden soliciting a wail of cheers
from the fans and a humble wave of the driver and navigator.
And then there is the Webb’s Slough Food Court. The food choices and quality
are amazing and should be on Food Channel’s Guy Fieri’s list of places to go
for great track food. Seriously, I have followed the IndyCar and American Le
Mans series across the country and it’s hard to find the quality of food
anywhere that the Webb’s Slough’s vendors deliver. Not to mention that the
prices are extremely reasonable.
With Webb’s Slough tickets at $18 for an adult, $15 for teens and little
kids for free, it’s hard to find a more economical form of extreme
entertainment, Parking is just a dollar and camping is very reasonable. For
more information on the full accommodations at Webb’s Slough please visit
their website at WebbsSlough.com
What’s happening with the Racing Teams?
Two more Canadians coming down. One in Super-Modified and the other in 400.
Two teams are moving up to Super Boats and Cory Johnson will be running
SuperBoat this season.
Todd Gary, who was out last year preparing for 2012 will be running a Scott
F1 hull and an unspecified, but allegedly smoking hot motor. This is one of
only three known F1 hull on planet Earth so it will fun to see how it does.
Jerimy Brewer has acquired the Slipstream hull that Dean Lautenschlager ran
quite successfully in 2010 with a massive, proven monster powerplant shoving
water through the Scott pump.
And speaking of Scott Pumps, the 2011 Super-Mod champ, Eric Werner has just
installed a brand new Scott Pump and has his motor overhauled so he will be
a formidable opponent in the battle for the Super-Mod cup.
Kyle Patrick, who battled massive engine problems in 2011, has installed a
brand new motor. The 2011 400 Class champ, Doug Hendrickson is also working
on his boat (SEE PHOTO), but Doug babys his boat along all winter. Although
the boat is pretty much disassembled in this recent photo, it will be fully
ready for Race # 1 of the USSBA Racing Series.
There are a lot of others also preparing their boats but sometimes they
aren’t too excited about reveling too much about their off-season
preparations. Just like when you see them cover the wings on an IndyCar or
never showing the bottom of an F1 car for fear of giving away design and
But, the secrets will all be revealed Saturday, June 16th at Webb’s Slough
in Saint John Washington. For full details on camping and more be sure to
visit their very informative
See you at the track!