Burley Idaho, "Idaho Regatta", June 2009
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The Idaho Regatta, Burley, Idaho, 2009
It’s late June, the weather’s warm. What better time for a road trip to Idaho? From Southern California the trip is around twelve hours, give or take a bit. We got a late start and ended up arriving around 2 AM Friday. There are several routes to Burley and the one I prefer is Highway 93 northbound through eastern Nevada. From outside Vegas, 93 passes through small towns like Caliente, Ely, and Wells in route to Twin Falls, Idaho. From Twin Falls it is a short distance east to Burley, which sits right on the banks of the Snake River.
The Burley races start mid-day on Friday. The first race event is what they call the “Shootout” which features selected classes running single laps for time and starting position, and then races before sundown. The sun sets around 10 PM this time of year in Burley.
Saturday is the start of the main racing action. Classes running in this year’s event included the 1, 2.5, and 5 liter Hydros, Nostalgia Flats, KRR, Cracker Box, Comp Jet, Super Stock, Pro Stock, and Grand Nationals (GN). Racing was very competitive in Saturday’s GN heat with Joey Cucci in Ted Kolby’s “Body Snatcher” going at it with the eventual weekend event winner, Lance Haselrig in his GN-790 “My Pleasure”. Lance has a long winning history at Burley and confirmed why very well once again this weekend. Bill Wheeler in the GN-7 also mixed it up with these guys both Saturday and Sunday and took third place overall behind second place Cucci. The other GN’s in attendance were Paul Grichar in Ben Marrone’s GN-305 “Plan B”, and Dennis Rankin in the GN-29, “The Menace”.
The K Racing Runabouts (KRR) put on an awesome show all weekend. In the first heat Saturday, Steve Sequeira in Pat Eason’s K-711 and Tony Scarlata in the Rankin-Jennings K-69 collided. The K-711 did barrel rolled, tearing the deck off and putting the boat out of commission for the weekend. Thankfully Steve was not injured. The K-69, piloted by Scarlata, sustained damage to the rear side of the boat, separating part of the deck from the hull. Emergency repairs were made and the boat returned for the restart. When the heat was rerun, Scarlata in the K-69 “Freedom Child” and Duff Daily in the K-23 “Champagne Taste” went at it for the full 5 laps. It was one of the tightest races of the weekend with Scarlata edging out Daily by about 1-2 feet at the finish line for the win. Daily fought some handling problems several times during the following heats, becoming airborne a couple times but saving it each time with his expert driving ability. Tony Scarlata would go on to win the overall for the weekend in the Rankin-Jennings “Freedom Child” machine. The team also won the highly coveted Moyle Mink Coat award and the Faulkner Memorial Trophy for going 105.17% of the previous K boat record run at Burley. It was an exciting win for the entire K-69 team and a significant achievement considering the intense competition veteran driver Duff Daily brought, coming clear from Florida to race at Burley.
The Super Stock class winner was Ty Newton in Dave Rankin’s SS-PS 80 “Wild Child”. The SS-24 “April” owned by Mike Smith and driven by Paul Fitzgerald from North Carolina gave Newton fits all weekend. The SS-80 boat is quick off the corners though and ultimately outran Fitzgerald for the weekend win. Dale Baker in Sid Rennell’s SS-95 “Simple” would take third in weekend points. The Super Stock class had the most competitors of any class for the weekend with twelve listed at the event start.
Pro Stock would see the lightning-fast Faulkner owned PS-70 again driven by Ty Newton, take the weekend trophy. Fred Hart of dragboat notoriety was second in the PS-741 “Beg Borrow or Steal”, and Scarlata was third in the SS-68 “Loud and Proud”.
The Cracker Box class, which was hotly contended in 2008, only drew four entries this year. The weekend win went to P-87 “In the Mood” driven by James Matthew with rider Brett Mann.
Comp Jets started with nine competitors but attrition took its toll. The CJ-402 owned by Mark Moyle and driven by both Louis Schindler and Richard Hammond took the gold for the weekend running away from all competitors.
The 2.5L Hydro winner was S-12 driven by Brian Hajny. The 5L trophy went to #98 driven by Wally Johnston and the 1L win went to Russ Dodge in the Y-11 “Polecat”.
I’ll be adding to this blog as the above is the condensed “print” version that will appear in the magazine (November print).
Pictures are presently being re-hosted and will be posted here soon (10/22/09)
I have been a boater for the better part
of 40 years and owner of Rex Marine
since 1981. In my blogs I will attempt to
tell a story of each event I cover,
from my perspective and through my
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