SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010 - What an awesome day with blessing after blessing from the Lord. Herd Racing's "Jesus boat" as the fans have named it, enjoyed a wonderful day of racing at the American Power Boat Association's North American Championship in Pittsburgh.
We started the day with a lengthy practice session that I have to admit I was very, very jittery about. I am not usually someone who gets nervous or anxious about much, but my stomach was twisted all morning and I had to chew a bunch of Pepto tablets to try to get it under control. I had no idea what to expect when we lauched that boat this morning, but after about 10 laps on that course the boat just kept feeling better and better after every lap.
We started the afternoon qualifying session by qualifying 8th for the first qualifier heat race. We finished 8th in the first heat race and then they inverted the field and we pulled off a 6th place run in the second heat race. We were all very, very happy with the improvements in our performance as the day wore on. To be honest, I expected to be dog last in everything today, but we saw pretty early in the afternoon that we could compete. Had our boat had someone driving it who knew what they heck they were doing then the Jesus boat could have been well up in the Top 5 in that final race. I left a bunch of speed out there, which is great, because I know next week at the Regional Championships in Marietta, OH that we will have much smoother water and I can push the boat a lot harder as I continue to get the feel for it!
The combination of the qualifying laps and the two heat races allowed us to qualify for and start 10th in the 10-boat North American Championship final Sunday evening. We were not only very happy to be racing in the final, but we were able to pull off a sixth place finish in one of the biggest races on the circuit. Jeramey, Eric and Greg were just hopping as we kept getting better and better.
We owe a huge "thank you" to the Tunnel Vision Racing team. Mark and Tammy Jakob, Dan Bunting and all of their crews helped us all day with pointers, fuel mixtures, propeller choices and just about everything. Sammy Miller, a Tunnel Vision pilot who usually runs the #7 boat didn't run this weekend and he helped as our spotter. He was awesome! So calm on the radio and so much encouragement. Thanks Sammy. You're the man!
Well, it's real late and we're all beat, but check out the Facebook page later tonight or early morning hours. There is a link to it in yesterday's blog. Jeramey and Eric are nite owls and they are working up some more photo slides and audio and video posts for YouTube and Facebook. They posted a short video early this morning which was an intro for today's races.
We will be watching and learning from the Tunnel Vision crew tomorrow during the F-2 events and will be travelling home tomorrow night. I will try to blog some more updates and get the photo gallery going Monday night.
It was also cool that Fox Sports chose our boat as one of four in the finals to carry in-boat cameras. We had two Fox cameras on the boat, as well as our own camera so the SuperLeague Media broadcasts that will air many times on Fox Sport affilates the next several months should have some footage from our boat.