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U-37 is in the pits at Madison

The U-37 is in the pit area at the Madison race stop, but not before serious damage was repaired after the barrel-roll in Evansville.

It happened during Heat 3-A. 

"We've pretty much been working night and day to get this thing back in order", Crew Chief Scott Raney said. "We've been getting help from the people at Wright Motors, and their support has just been awesome. They just opened their dealership up to us and dove in head-first. Employees from McClintock's, an Evansville-based Sikkens paint dealer, have been helping body work the hull and the new uprights too."

The rollover pretty much destroyed everything above the hull line, except the cockpit, so new uprights, a-frames, horizontal stabilizer, and another cowling have been created. Several feet of the left sponson deck was replaced, and repair to the right sponson was necessary as well. The crew also had to remove a severely damaged engine, and re-work the boat's electrical system. "Its amazing what these guys have been able to do over the last three days", said Raney. "We even had an 8th Grader named Jordan Tramel flag us down on Sunday as we were leaving, and offer to help us any way he could. He's been working with us since Sunday. At this pace, not only will we be in Madison for the race, but we'll be ready to take the boat in the parade too!"

The U-37 will run as "Miss Beacon Plumbing" for the 54th Annual Indiana Governors Cup.

Source:  ABRA Hydroplanes

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