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Kayleigh Perkins and UL-72 Miss Boat Electric win the Unlimited Lights hydroplane racing season opener

FIREBIRD RACEWAY, Chandler, Ariz. - Greg Hopp and Kayleigh Perkins got the season started for the Unlimited Lights going four-for-four in the first set of heats of 2008. 

That set up a showdown in the final between Hopp in the UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky and Perkins in the UL-72 Miss Boat Electric.  Paul Becker in the UL-14 Compuware presents Miss Critical Logic rounded out the 3 boat field for the final.

In the finals, Hopp had the lead when his boat went dead in the water.  Perkins moved into first place going into lap two and stayed on the outside.  The turns are sharp at Firebird and outside is the place to be. 

Becker made a race of it, but Kayleigh was able to hold him off to take the crown for the first race of 2008.

FINALS:

1. Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
2. Paul Becker UL-14 Compuware presents Miss Critical Logic
DNF. Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky

Here are the unofficial top five point leaders after the first race of the season:

POINT LEADERS:

UL-72 2000 points Kayleigh Perkins
UL-15 1600 points Greg Hopp/Jerry Hopp
UL-14 1500 points Paul Becker
UL-00 700 points Wil Muncey
UL-11 700 points Michael Flaherty

Heat Winners:

1A Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky
1B Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
1C Michael Flaherty UL-11 Power Punch

2A Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky
2B Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
2C Wil Muncey UL-00 Trafficade

3A Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky
3B Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric

4A Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
4B Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky

Final
1. Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
2. Paul Becker UL-14 Compuware presents Miss Critical Logic
DNF. Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking/Happy Go Lucky

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