World finales update. I don't know where to start, wow, what an awesome race. We ran test and tune on Thursday, came off the trailer and ran a 9.09 followed by a 9.04. I came back to the pits and told my dad, "let's see how hard we can push, let's see if we can run a 9.00". Next pass came back with an 8.88. We then knew we had enough power to be competitive in the T/E class. We took one more shot at a 9.00 and found a 8.94. Friday came and we were just a little too fast. Saturday we had two more qualifying passes and we were not in the top half of the field. Needless to say, our goal was to get in the top half of the field. First pass ran a 9.04 taking us to number 9. Next pass ran a 9.10 and lost two spots to number 11. So the quest began. Sunday race day first round win. Boat was running great and we felt good with the set up. Battle are way through two more rounds. Second round was a perfect pass, 9.000. Third round we had a bye and took the pass. So, here we are in the finals. My first year racing on the biggest stage in our sport and I see the red light come on. Needless to say I was heartbroken.
I would like to say thank you to a few people that have supported me through this race season. My wife Kristi and kids Zack and Marin. My dad Gary and mom Nancy. Without your support this would have never happened. My team, Brian Chapman (short fuse racing), Jim Burleson, Mitch Seal, Shane and Jennifer Francis. My aunts and Grandmother Ruby. Jason and Drake, thank you for letting my crew watch my runs from your bad ass spot. It was pretty cool seeing the Roke banner from the line.
Also, the sponsors and vendors that help me along the way.
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