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Huntington Classic re-airs scheduled in October . . .
Huntington Classic re-airs scheduled in October . . .

SATURDAY, October 3, 2015 - The Huntington Classic Regatta is on tap for five re-airings this month on SportSouth.  The 30-minute race telecast has aired twice already this month, and is scheduled for three additional airings at 1:30 a.m. on October 6, 2:30 a.m. on October 17 and 8 p.m. on October 30 respectively.  Fox Sports Ohio has not announced any additional reairs of the program.

Our efforts continue to finalize our 2016 wall calendars.  Most of the photos we plan to use are in hand, but if you have a shot of our team's boat, driver or crew you feel would go nice in our calendar then please email it to us at  We hope to finish up the layout and send the calendar to the printer in the next few weeks so we have it back in hand and ready to distribute by mid to late November.

The folks at Extreme Powerboat Racing are designing us a new driver suit for our SST-120 program to compliment our SST-120 team's crew uniforms.  The One Race Gear driver suits are so much lighter and more comfortable than traditional driving suits that we want to get one for our SST-120 races.  We bought a One Race Gear driving suit for our F1 team last year and loved how the garment felt and looked.

We are waiting on an opening at Book Brothers Marine to get our F1 boat back on the operating table.  We need to rebuild the fuel injection system after an electrical short at Bay City last summer burned everything up.  Other than getting that boat back to full speed, both of our boats are really pretty much ready to race in 2016.

We may be wrapping our Freightliner toterhome and race trailer for 2016.  A sponsor is in talks with us about showcasing their name and products on the hauler.  We are currently awaiting from an artist the drawings of the wrap before moving forward on this project.

Just because racing has ceased for the season, there is still a lot going on behind the scenes aimed at getting us ready to race in 2016.

Dana Tomes

Prep for 2016 next up . . .
Prep for 2016 next up . . .

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 - It looks like Herd Racing's 2015 race season is in the books and preparation for 2016 is next up on our calendar.  My work schedule this summer has been crazy and the next couple months don't look to include any breaks to go racing before the cold weather sets in.

Our Seebold F1 boat needs some work after an electrical short at Bay City roasted most of wiring and electrical system.  The problem as been found and fixed, but now the task of rewiring, replacing and tracing out everything begins.  We hope to get started on that project in the next couple weeks.

Our Lamb SST-120 boat is getting a new engine for 2016.  Next up to bat is the Fairchild engine we got with the Seebold when we bought it from Jack Randolph last fall.  Getting the Lamb boat ready to race will be pretty simple this off-season as all we need to do to be ready for the water is install a new set of seatbelts, change the powerhead and hydrotest the breathing air tank.

Luckily, we won't have to work too hard on sponsorship for 2016, as Kingdom Energy will return on our F1 boat and SkeeterPaste will return in some fashion in 2016 after being absent from our boats for the past couple of seasons.  ECO-FIRST will be back as well on both boats so we should have some income to start the 2016 season on.  Hopefully, we'll get on the water quite a bit more in 2016 than we did this summer.

As for 2015, the Huntington Classic still has one more airing planned on SportsSouth on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. before the Huntington Classic Regatta committee begins meeting to put together plans for the 2016 event.

Dana Tomes

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