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Burley Idaho Regatta 2008 - Part Four

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by , 08-14-2008 at 09:12 AM (4279 Views)

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
photos. I hope more people will become
involved as spectators or racers as a result
of my coverage. Enjoy

Burley, Part Four

Sunday's action continues...

K-boat time again… This time the battle was between Ty Newton in the K-66 and Tony Scarlata in the K-5. Ty prevailed after a hard fought heat. The K-66 was haulin ass.

Crackers anyone?… This time the tables turned and the P-96 Arizona Girl with Amy Ottenger and Missy Monroe got the lead early and the P-9 of Scott and Mike Schatz just could not catch em. It was a great race as was the one before it.

Once again the Nostalgia Flatties put on a great show…

The Pro Stocks take to the water for the final and this time it developed into a slugfest between Mike Darner in the PS-8 and Ty Newton in the PS-70. There would be no domination by Ty in this heat as they went neck and neck lap after lap. It was one of the best races of the weekend. In the end the SS-70 retired with mechanical difficulties and Darner took a hard fought win. Nice house in the background of pic #6. Maybe I need to move to Burley…

After a little hike up the hill I decided to take some overhead shots. First up was the Comp Jet final. There was no surprise here as Toby Clark in the CJ-53 easily took the win and the weekend in Comp Jet.

As the Superstocks lined up for their final there was a kind of electricity in the air. Some of the best boats and drivers in the country were all right here ready to duke it out. As the race progressed into the first lap it was Rankin and Scarlata side by side. Rankin got the edge and put the heat to Scarlata in lap two and never looked back. Unfortunately is was all in vain as the SS-31 boat flipped in the turn and forced a restart. The boat was heavily damaged, but the driver, Jeff Gibson was ok. It’s a shame as this boat was beautiful as you can see by the pictures I posted earlier in the pits. The rescue guys were all over it as you can see. They say the boat is fixable which is a good thing.

I will put the pics of the heat up as it was a good battle even though it didn’t count…

Ok now for the restart. This didn’t go quite as smoothly as the first turn got tight and a couple got washed down pretty hard. Rankin ended up with the lead again though and never looked back. The SS-80 continues to be a dominating force in Super Stock, this weekend with Dave Rankin filling in for Dave Bryant who normally drives it.

A feathered friend visits the course

The K final… This one was not much of a contest I’m afraid. Duff Daily in the K-69 showed everyone the way home from start to finish.

The last race of the day was the Crackerboxes. It set up to be a rematch of the prior heats early on the P-9 boat battling the P-96. In the end the girls couldn’t catch em this time and the P-9 boat took the win for the final and for the weekend with the girls in the P-96 taking a strong second.

The trip back Monday was a long one. The last couple hours taught me why I won’t ever have a Sonata as my primary long distance vehicle. I think the seats in this car had a hardening agent inside that activated after 10 hours of use per day. We took a different route down the I-15 on the home trek to visit briefly with some friends in central Utah, then on into Vegas and So Cal. A total of over 1800 miles for the two days of driving. Would I do it again? Certainly not. Until next June that is.

It was an impressive weekend of racing and an impressive venue. I would encourage anyone who digs circle boat racing to make the trip to Burley either by road or by air. The town and race organizers are hospitable and the large mile and quarter course really lets these boats air out their potential down the straights. You won’t find a nicer circle boat race and venue.

Tom Timm and I during a delay in the action. Tom shoots race photos and is much better at it than I am. Mary Beth shot the photos and used Canon Stitch Assist for the panorama view of the entire Snake River up and down from the race course.

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