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Original Looper 1
04-05-2008, 07:24 PM
Lake Wales was wet and wild today - the racing AND the weather were wild at times & definitely wet as it rained heavily 3 times for a short while, driving everyone for shelter. As soon as the storms passed, the racing resumed.

Heavy winds held up the start of the racing for about 1/2 hour.

These heat results are unofficial and are not necessarily in the order the classes were run.

1st heat - 250cc Runabout
1. Tim Small
2. Brandon Thirlby
3. Brian Payne

Tim Small's performance today was superb. He seemed to have power out of the corners and on the top end. He won 2 heats but broke on the 3rd. Tough luck.

There was a black flag when Buddy Tennell boat was hit in the far turn. Buddy was ok, we have a picture of the damage to the boat that I will post after the results.

1st heat - 350cc Hydro
1. Chris Hellsten
2 & 3 ?? Not sure of other 2 but there were 2 gun jumpers - Mitchell and Buskirk.

Chris Hellsten in the 1st heat really had it dialed in.

1st heat - 500cc Runabout
1. Mike Thirlby
2. V18 - Nick Nothe (spell?)
3. ?
4. R. C. Hawie

Mike Thirlby really had his 500cc runabout dialed in today. He ran away and left the field in this heat. I've never seen him run better.

2nd heat - 250cc Runabout
1. Tim Small
2. Brandon Thirlby
3. Brian Payne

Brandon and Tim put on a great show, dueling with each other for position. Rich Krier had bad luck today with engine problems, which was a shame as he ran strong at Inverness.

2nd heat - 350cc Hydro
1. Chris Hellsten
2. Mark Stahl
3. Buskirk

There were 8 competing in this heat with lots of tough competition. On the
2nd lap they were 3 wide heading into the 1st turn. Really exciting to watch.

2nd heat - 500cc Runabout
1. Mike Thirlby
2. Pete Voss
3. Nick Nothe (sp?)

Nick was 2nd most of the race but Pete came up on Nick on the last turn and passed him for 2nd place. Great driving guys!

3rd heat - 250cc Runabout
1. Brandon Thirlby
2 & 3 ??

Tim Small, as I said previously, did not finish the 3rd heat due to his engine sticking up. Really tough luck as Tim was fast all day.

3rd heat - 350cc Hydro
This one took several minutes after the race for the officials to review the tapes before they declared the unofficial winner, Gary Buskirk jumped the gun.

1. Rob Erble who ran a 250 in a 350 class
2. Chris Hellsten
3. Bruce Summers

3rd heat - 500cc Runabout
1. Mike Thirlby
2. Pete Voss

Mike Thirlby & his team really did their homework over the winter as he was strong all day and stayed out in front.

K Pro Hydro - only heat ran
1. Wendy Eldredge
2. Kurtis Nydahl
3. Zach McQuire (I think he was 3rd)

Wendy Eldredge was as strong at Lake Wales as she was last weekend at Inverness. Travis Ellison provided a little excitement when he spun out hard in the far turn. He wasn't hurt but his boat had some damage.

125cc Hydro - 1st heat
There were 12 boats in this class for the 1st heat, which made for a really exciting start. 2 boats traded paint (David Augustine was one) and 1 blew over (Billy Allen) causing the heat to be black flagged as Billy was in the water & not with his boat. 2 drivers were ruled ineligible for the restart due to driving infractions.

This class did not get to finish the 1st heat as they were scheduled to re-run after the 500cc Hydro heat and a rain storm after 500cc Hydro prevented their re-start.

500cc Hydro - 1st & only heat of the day
1. David Hooten
2. Brandon Thirlby
3. Fire Wagon

Going into the 1st turn, it was pretty exciting to see 3 of the top drivers mixing it up. It reminded me of the old D hydro days of the 1960's. McKean took the inside line with David Hooten in the middle & Brandon Thirlby on the outside. They all went into the turn and the spray was 30 feet high (or higher). It looked for a moment like Sean McKean was going to pull out but David and Brandon sprayed down the side of Sean so badly that it blew his engine cover off and flooded out his motor, knocking him out of the race. Then David and Brandon took off and left the rest of the field behind. David Hooten had his 500cc Konny absolutely screaming today. It looked like a figher jet doing tight maneuvers. When you can stay in front of Brandon Thirlby, that's really saying something as the Thirlbys equipment is always honed to perfection.

The weather contributed to the excitement as in the 3rd lap the winds from an upcoming storm picked up substantially, making white caps on the water. That didn't stop David or Brandon. They actually looked like they picked up speed because of it.

On the last lap the skies opened up and the rain poured down. Branches were falling from the trees, the wind was blowing so hard. It even hailed. What a finish!

David and Brandon, you guys put on one heck of a show!

Original Looper 1
04-05-2008, 08:04 PM
Pictures from Saturday at Lake Wales, FL

1. 250cc Runabout race action
2. F5 - Tim Small, going out for a heat of 250cc Runabout
3. wet pits
4. X51 - Rich Krier working on his engine before 2nd heat
5. F77 - David Weaver
6. 350 Hydro race action - F32 Tom Adkins
7. Tim Small after winning 2nd heat of 250cc Runabout
8. Legends in Racing - Eldredge race team

Lots of exciting racing and weather today.

Paul A Christner

(Please note: the photos are for your enjoyment and are not to be copied or posted to any other web site without my written permission. Thanks.)

Original Looper 1
04-05-2008, 08:23 PM
More Photos from today at Inverness. Kind of tough trying to take pictures as it was (1) sunny, (2) sunny but raining, (3) cloudy, (4) cloudy and raining - sometimes all 4 within just minutes!

Photos are as follows:
1. F222 - Chris Hellsten, who had a good day in spite of the weather
2. Wet Pits action
3. Steve Litzell's race team
4. N66 - Pete Voss
5. Winning Mix for 500cc Runabout - Mike Thirlby & crew chief, Deke Johnson
6. Wet Pits action
7. Chris Hellsten & his daughter
8. Hey Ron Hill and Jeff Lytle - recognize this t-shirt???

Paul A Christner

(Please note: same disclaimer applies about not copying or posting these photos to other web sites without my permission.)

Amateur Photog
04-09-2008, 06:05 PM
Hi Paul & Diane. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with you at Lake Wales. Here are a few more to add to the collection. Keep up the great work!


Amateur Photog
04-09-2008, 06:11 PM
Almost forgot these..........

Jeff Lytle
04-09-2008, 06:43 PM

Awsome set of pics!!

Doug Hall Y51
04-10-2008, 04:14 PM
Jean, awesome pics of Billy. I'm sure you will have lots of requests for those. See you in Depue.

Amateur Photog
04-10-2008, 07:22 PM
Thanks guys!

04-11-2008, 10:34 AM
Jean, did Buddy get you that new lens yet? :D

Original Looper 1
04-11-2008, 11:41 AM

Your photographs are amazing, especially the ones of the boat blowing over. Those belong in a magazine. We think you should consider changing your name from amateur photog to PROphoto as your pictures are as good as many of those we've seen by the commercial photographers.

Please take your camera with you to DePue in May so we can enjoy the races thru your camara lens.

Don't forget to email us the info on Buddy for his Legends page.

Paul and Diane Christner

ps: Since BRF was having data base issues for a few days, we went ahead and posted the rest of our pictures from Lake Wales at www.QuincyLooperRacing.US under "Racing Events" if anyone wants to see the last round of pics from Saturday.

Amateur Photog
04-11-2008, 12:11 PM
Jean, did Buddy get you that new lens yet? :D

Unfortunately not (you can tell, can't you?:() Are you going to be at DePue so I can borrow yours?

Paul & Diane - you are too kind! I love taking pictures, but have got so much more to learn. We're planning to go to DePue in May and I'll be happy to share.

04-11-2008, 01:38 PM
Right now I'm planning on being there and yes, you know you're more than welcome to use the lens (unless Buddy gets off his wallet between now and then...wait, Mothers day?)

I need to get a new 125 boat built before then, my driver is a little hard on the equipment :rolleyes:

04-15-2008, 07:14 AM
Teach Sam to say Buy a lens for mommy's day., We know what nags kids can be about things.:)