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U-13 prepares for 2008 season of Unlimited Hydroplane racing

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Joe McCord reports

"We have done a few modifications to the boat," said U-13 Graham trucking driver J. Michael Kelly   "We had great chute speed, but we would scrub it off in the turns. So we changed a few things to make us faster in the turns."

Kelly says the boat's in great shape. 

"I think we are in the best shape boat wise that we have ever been," he said.  "Hopefully we can get it dialed in in Evansville and then go racing from there."

"My biggest concern in racing is not getting a DNF. I am going to stay out of trouble and finish the heats. Be conservative get into the final and then let her fly."

Kelly said that with Elam out of the picture for the east coast races that allows some of the other teams to be in a better spot for winning races. "You know with Elam trying to further the sport more internationally I think that's great. It's a bummer that they are not going to be there. But, I think in the long run it will be better."

Read more from Joe's interview with J. Michael, including what he did in the off-season and how this young driver has laready accumulated 21 years of racing experience >>