EVANSVILLE 2008: Jean Theoret and U-37 win Heat 3A; U-7 and Mike Allen win Heat 3B - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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EVANSVILLE 2008: Jean Theoret and U-37 win Heat 3A; U-7 and Mike Allen win Heat 3B

PHOTO - Jim Simpson PHOTO - Jim Simpson

Heat 3A Results

  1. U-37 Beacon Plumbing (Jean Theoret)
  2. U-5 FormulaBoats.com (Jeff Bernard)
  3. U-10 Ahern Rentals (David Bryant)

    U-13 Graham Trucking (J. Michael Kelly)

    U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair (Ken Muscatel)

Continued problems with the U-13 this weekend.  As the five minute gun counted down, the boat went dead several times and started throwing off some smoke.

What a great start.  We saw three different leaders before the exit pin of the first turn.  Jean Theoret in the U-37 grabbed lane one, but Jeff Bernard in the U-5 hit the start line first.  Theoret grabbed the lead back going into turn one, but the boat bounced and David Bryant in the U-10 grabbed the lead out of turn two.

Theoret ran the U-37 hard.  In rough water, the boat went up on its sponsons several times and really gave the fans a show.  He got caught in the U-10's roostertail on lap two that slowed him.  Bryant crossed the finish line first, but took an extra lap in case there was a penalty on the U-10 as he closed out Theoret.

It turns out there was a penalty on Bryant for encroachment, costing the U-10 team a lap and a win.  That left Theoret with his first win of the weekend and a likely spot in the finals.

Heat 3B Results

  1. U-7 Formulaboats.com (Mike Allen)
  2. U-6 Oh Boy Oberto / Miss Madison (Steve David)
  3. U-50 Spirit of the Navy (Brian Perkins)
  4. U-100 Mirageboats.com (Greg Hopp)

    U-3 Master Tire

The U-3 Master Tire damaged the bottom of the boat in Heat 2B and had to call it quits for the weekend.

Mike Allen in the U-7 and Steve David in the U-6 hit the start side-by-side.  Allen came out of the first exit pin slightly ahead.  The U-50 clearly has speed as Brian Perkins was able to close the gap between the two leaders, before falling back.

Allen and David battled it out about a boat length apart for the first two laps, before Allen was able to lengthen out the lead to a full roostertail.

"We are not the fastest boat here," Allen told WORX.  "But we're set up to try to run on rough water."  Allen had talked earlier about how they lost as much as 8 mph from where they ran last year.  He said they might have picked up 1 of those 8 this weekend.  So, it was important to have the right set-up for the boat and Ted Porter's FormulaBoats.com delivered. 

That set-up led to them holding off the U-6 to win Heat 3B.  "You've got the competition, but you've got that river out there, too," he said.