Steve David drove the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto to the top qualifying speed as unlimited hydroplane racing returned to Folsom Lake near Sacramento for the first time in 46 years.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Steve David drove the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto to the top qualifying speed on Friday as unlimited hydroplane racing returned to Folsom Lake for the first time in 46 years.
David, the defending series champion, averaged 150.441 mph on the first day of BigWake Weekend. The event is the second of the season, following the UIM World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in February.
Jimmy Shane in the U-5 Graham Trucking qualified second at 148.071.
The U-96 Spirit of Qatar, driven by Dave Villwock, is absent. The boat sustained major damage last year, and Villwock recently announced that his career may be over.
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A field of 34, including University of Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan, will compete Monday in Cle Elum for two spots in the 2013 U.S. Open. The 36-hole, one-day event at Tumble Creek Club is one of 11 sectional qualifiers around the country.
Other competitors in Cle Elum will include UNLV’s Kevin Penner of Sammamish, former Husky standout and Ben Hogan Award winner Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., and Oregon coach Casey Martin.
The U.S. Open is June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Jaelene Hinkle scored the equalizer in the 76th minute as the Sounders Women (1-0-1) tied the Colorado Rush 2-2 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Brigit Reder also scored for Seattle, which rallied after trailing 2-0.
From sports-information reports.