Latest news from The Slough
By Jim DeFord
Photos by Webb's Slough
SAINT JOHN, Washington (June 12, 2012) — As we all
head to Saint John, another late spring is fighting to stay alive but it
like we will have a sneak peek at summer on race day. The weather reports
are saying 73° and mostly sunny with just an itty-bitty chance of rain.
The report from the track: “We’re ready. Bring it on!” There are many new
improvements for the fans and the teams. Hundreds of pounds of new grass
seed were planted this year. Truckloads of dirt were brought in for better
parking in the fan and team RV areas. For the teams it means for a much less
crowded pit area separating the RV’s from the pits.
There is a new viewing area in the pits for both fans and teams . So, if
you’re in the pits during the race and your favorite boat goes out for a
run, just hop up on the new viewing knoll (is that a grassy knoll?) and you
can watch them easily and comfortably.
Another big safety improvement to the track is the installation of some
softer, more forgiving car tires in front of the tractor tires in the
spinout pool. Therefore if someone comes hot and heavy into the spinout pool
and loses control, they have a better chance of no damage as the bounce off
the car tires. Thanks to everyone at The Slough for making safety #1 at your
I am disappointed to report that the new SuperBoat #81 Racin’ 4 The Cure
boat will not be able to make it to this race. There are some engine parts
they were waiting on that did not make it in time. It also looks like
Twisted Racing will be out for lack of some parts to fix their pump that was
damaged at the Grant’s Pass exhibition event. The #02 boat of Paul Gahr will
not appear this weekend and it looks like one of the crowd favorites, Amanda
Vestal in her pink boat will also be a no show.
I am THRILLED to announce that the Fat Buddy #88 boat will now be running in
the 400 class. Joining our friends from the north in the 400 class are: #16
Sling Shot, #50 Mid Life Crisis and the #9 Fat Buddy. The #13 Fay Buddy boat
of Scott Saxton will be racing an entirely new hull so it will be fun to see
how he does in 2012!
And speaking of the 400 class I was just informed by Kyle Patrick that his
daughter will not be able to navigate this weekend due to college
commitments. In what may be one of the oddest pairings in the sport, Scott
Ackerman will be navigating for Kyle! It will be interesting to see how that
works out. Either way the racing in the 400 class has the potential to be
explosive! Hang onto your lawn chairs folks!
For the boats that still remain in the SuperMod class, you can another Fat
Buddy boat #21.
Cory Johnson is returning with his SuperBoat at full song so it should be a
heck of a battle for that top spot on Saturday. It’s looking like we should
have five or six Superboats as we hit Webb's Slough for the first race of
the 2012 USSBA Racing Series. Hope to see you there!
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