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MADISON 2008: Jeff Bernard, Steve David win Heats 2A and 2B

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Heat 2A Results

  1. U-5 - Jeff Bernard
  2. U-50 Spirit of the Navy - Brian Perkins

    DNS U-100 - Greg Hopp

    DNS/WITHDREW U-10 Ahern Rentals - David Bryant

The U-10 Ahern Rental, despite winning Heat 1B, damaged a rudder and had to turn right around race again in Heat 2A.  They worked to fix the damage and did put the boat in the water prior to Heat 2A, but pulled it out and withdrew for the day.  The U-100 did not start, meaning it was a two-boat heat for 2A.

Jeff Bernard took them over the start, but the U-50 flashed some speed and Brian Perkins tracked him down and took the lead in turn two.  At the start line for lap two, they were side-by-side.

Bernard took a hop in the second turn, but held it together.  Perkins took two wide turns on the final turn for laps two and three and that let Bernard stay inside, hold it tight on the turns and take the win.

Perkins and Bernard are good friends.  "We grew up together racing the little boats," said Perkins.  "Now we're out here racing the big boats."

"Two second places for the Navy; we're happy," Perkins said.

"We've got to keep running good and keep pressure on the 6," said Bernard.  "Dinged the rudders on the heat.  Glad we didn't have to run hard."

Heat 2B Results

  1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto / Miss Madison - Steve David
  2. U-7 - Mike Allen
  3. U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret

Jean Theoret hit the exit pin before the 1:00 minute mark too early and was told by officials to circle back and hit it again.  That took the U-37 out of the running.

David and Allen hit the start close together, but David pulled ahead by more than roostertail on the back stretch.  It was a nice Sunday ride for David up front in the U-6 as he lengthened the lead and took the 400 points for his second heat win of the day.

"We had strut bearing issues all weekend," said U-7 driver Mike Allen.  "That's why we backed it off."