"Jimmy and Steve going 3 laps, deck-to-deck, and averaging 151 mph," said U-6 sponsor Larry Oberto; "It doesn't get any better than that. He's right. David and King split the heats, each one winning one. But that's been about the high point of the season for King, who has had equipment problems all year long.
And it continued in the Tri-Cities right out of the shoot. The boat lost a prop during the Dash for Cash on Friday night. Forutnately, it was a clean break. "Wish we had that one back," said King. "That was our good one," he said referring to the prop.
Then, a series of engine problems sidelined the U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II presents Ronald McDonald House boat for much of the weekend, sometimes on the shoreline and sometimes on the water during heats, including Heat 2C when they had a rod failure in the engine. "It didn't want to play anymore," said King. "That's racing."
The team brought four engines to the Tri-Cities. When they were down to two, it was time for serious reflection. The decision was made not to run in the provisional heat and risk burning up another engine. Instead, the team made the tough decision to pack it in and head to Seattle and try to put the boat back together there.