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    CS19 offered me the chance to drive the 418 in SE at the Elsinore race but with my schedule I didn't have time to do any testing so it didn't happen. I've driven his boat a handful of times at the river but never really launched it or made any hard passes in it. We got some testing done last week and made it happen for this weekend at Ming. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun. I had a lot on my plate learning a boat that I had very limited time in and even more learning the lights having never been on the rope. First run was on motor and ran a 9 flat @ 115 with a .3 light. Turns out we had a broken rocker arm and that pass was only on 7 cylinders. Plan was to run SE on just motor but we didn't have much info to tune the boat on just motor so we decided to run a nitrous program. Second pass ripped off a 7.98 @125 and was quick on the lights with a .13 red. First round eliminations ran an 8.04 @ 124 but red lit again with a .12 but got lucky since my competition red lit worse than I did. Got on the slime covered rope first thing Sunday morning for 2nd round eliminations and had some ideas on how to launch the boat and what number to leave on to try to improve my reaction time. That all went to shit when I had some issues with the air shifter and left late with a .5 and ran 8.02 @125. Basically got treed on my mess up and left 1 number later than I wanted to.

    All in all it was a focking kick in the pants and I can't wait to get on the rope again. Need to thank Chris for the opportunity and for trusting me with the 418. Also want to thank Bobby Jonsson for all his hard work in the pits and making sure the boat was dialed. Also a big thanks to all the racers for the support and advise, I really appreciate all of it.

    Chris drove in UBFJ and 8.0 so I'll let him comment on the rest of our weekend and how it went.
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    Great job out there Wally!! The 418 was on it's game this weekend in 8.0 Congrates to all you guys, that boat was on rails.

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    Good Job Wally - you were very comfortable in the boat and like we said after the race, who comes out and cuts a .3 light on their first pass in someone elses boat, then a 7.98 on their second pass? Awesome bud.

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    Sounds like fun Mike. That's pretty damn cool that Chris let you have your chance at it, sounds like you're hooked now.

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    You did a very good job Wally
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    Helicopter pilot by day, boat racer by nite. great job mike. and yes the rope was f-ing disgusting

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    Getting on the rope for your first time is quite the experience for most of us, doing it in someone elses boat is another story and running into the 7.9's is a pretty strong run for your first time out! You did awesome Mike, you did everything exactly like we talked about and I was tottally comfortable with you running it. I knew you'd kick ass out there. The look on your face after the 7.98 was priceless!!

    So glad we got through round one of Super E Saturday night, my only concern of this whole deal was you not getting to run Sunday, that was a huge relief when you got through, nice job!! Hope you had fun, that was the whole objective, I know I had a blast out there as always, good times!

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    Tested Thursday and that ended up being kinda hectic once we got a little behind on stuff but we pulled it off and ran 4 boats and they ran good by the end of testing. Got organized and fixed things on the boats and tied up all the loose ends Friday. We had a crazy day Saturday. Broke a rocker first run, plugged nitrous jets 2nd run, finally got a baseline run and some good data to work with on our 3rd run with a 7.84 which was way too quick but it was good data to work with and after that we thought we were in good shape till a leaking n20 solenoid bit us and we lifted the manifold after it backfired right in my face, yes that explosion Saturday was us lol. Got it fixed (huge amount of work) and still made our call which was unreal and we ran an 8.01 that lap which put us in the top 4 I think, came back next round and went 8.001 and slid into number 1 spot in front of an 8.002 and an 8.003. If anyone wants to run a class that is competitive come play in the 8.0 deal at NJBA, its no joke the toughest class around. Sunday got a bye run for qualifying #1, ran an 8.03 in that round, got a tough round next against Gary Davis, they are bad ass and always run the number. Got a little advantage off the line with a .1 and ran an 8.01 and advanced to the next round, got beat in Semis by Bandy, cant remember exactly what he ran but he put a sick run together and with an .0 light and a low 8.0 to our 8.12 and we were done. The 8.0 final was ridiculously close with Bandy and Leaman, Bandy took the win but Leaman had a KILLER run and still lost. Nice job guys. It was great to see a close race in the finals, nothing worse than going out in the semis and then watching an easy win go down in the finals.

    Got trailered up by 999 in UBFJ, 8.65 to and 8.64 in some sketchy conditions but it was over at the start Mike was .004 on the tree and I bulbed with an .01, tough pill to swallow but thats the way it goes. No doubt the 999/418 battle will continue later this season.

    Tottally happy with our weekend, we worked our freaking asses off, crew guys were awesome thanks Mike And Robert Jonsson you guys take alot of pressure off me and I really appreciate all the hard work. Robert thanks man, you are a huge help with our team couldnt do it without you.

    Jordans Placecraft came around this weekend, made a full pass every single run. Ran into the 7's with no trouble at all, that thing will seriously haul ass once he gets some more laps in it and we can pour the coals to it, nice job Woodz, thats a fast boat and you handled it very well and welcome to the 7 second club. Looking forward to laying down some big numbers later this year with the 017.. Oh and in case you forgot that boat will never work good... LOL

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    Thats awesome!!!!!
    Whats even more awesome is having someone like Chris to loan out his boat......
    He's gotta have probably 10 grand in that whole boat and to just let someone else drive it is pretty darn cool......
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    Here is a video of my 2nd pass ever at the track [email protected] It's really a video of Wayne's flatty running a 9.83 @ 109 but the you can see the 418 go by early in the clip. What I like about it is that it shows how hard these jets are trucking in the early part of the run because Wayn's boat is no slouch running mid 9's at 110+.

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    Couple pics










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    Looks like mamarazzi has some skills...LOL WTF were you doing in this pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudPumper View Post
    Looks like mamarazzi has some skills...LOL WTF were you doing in this pic?
    Dude I have no idea what Im doing... Add a caption lol

    I know I was being the crash test dummy again though testing someone elses boat. Glad we have you now for that stuff.

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