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Huntington Classic to air seven times . . .
Huntington Classic to air seven times . . .

SUNDAY, September 07, 2014 - The 2014 Huntington Classic Regatta, filmed and produced by RMG Sports, is scheduled to air seven times over the next month and a half to 5.7 million homes in America's heartland.  Fox Sports Ohio, which will air the 30-minute race telecast, will show the race first this coming Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.  Here is a full listing of the planned airings as of today: Fri 09/12/2014 06:30 PM; Tues 09/16/2014 07:00 PM; Mon 09/22/2014 09:00 PM; Sat 10/04/2014 08:00 PM; Tues 10/07/2014 10:30 PM; Wed 10/15/2014 10:30 PM; Fri 10/24/2014 08:00 PM.

The race was supposed to premiere on a little over a week ago with two shows on August 30 and then follow with three planned re-airs.  Due to a scheduling problem at FSN-OH which resulted in the show not debuting on it's original planned date, the Huntington Classic has received two additional airings from the network, totalling seven plannned showings.

Since last Saturday was the opening of the 2014 college football season this may actually work out in our favor.  Chances of people watching boat racing instead of college football on the opening weekend probably wasn't real high anyway.  The new air dates and times will probably get the race into more homes than the original schedule would have.

Thanks to Jarred Romesburg and the staff at RMG Sports.  Three straight years of a good quality representation of what the Huntington Classic Regatta has to offer!

Dana Tomes

Off-season prep in full swing . . .
Off-season prep in full swing . . .

SATURDAY, September 06, 2014 - Our preparations for 2015 are well underway at Herd Racing.  Both of our SST-120 power heads have been sent off for rebuild and we have acquired a third and fourth power head for our SST-120 program.  A fresh Fairchild Racing engine, Mercury mid section and Speedmaster gearcase are on their way to serve as our primary engine for our SST-120 boat in 2015.  Our previous two engines, which are mostly unmodified from their stock foundation, will serve as backups after freshening, as will a fourth older powerhead we obtained from a team buyout a few years ago.  That engine is being refreshened up a little at Book Brothers Marine before going into service.

Our Formula 1 team will also have the benefit of having four powerheads to start the 2015 campaign as well.  We will be running 2.4 Mercury fuel injected engines in F1 in 2015 and will have a Bridgeport powerhead and backup, as well as two additional oval port backups to fill the void should we need them.  It will be the first time since our team began boat racing in 2010 that we have entered a race season with any sort of backup plan for engines.  We hope to have a solid four engines for each class of boats on the trailer and ready for break-in before closing up the shop for the winter in a few months.

We are still a few weeks away from getting our SST-120 Seebold hull from Texas.  Tim Seebold is fabricating an airbag system for it and Gordon Downard is preparing to install the airbag before we lay paint to the hull and begin getting it ready to race.  Next up on the operating table for Gordon will be our F1 Lamb hull which is going to undergo some deck work and sponson strengthening over the winter.  Both hulls should be ready to race well before spring testing arrives in May.

Our Hoffman hull will serve as a back up boat for both classes next year.  Others may still be racing, but in the Herd shop all focus is on what's on our plate for 2015!

Dana Tomes

Getting a jump on 2015 . . .
Getting a jump on 2015 . . .

TUESDAY, August 19, 2014 - We got an early jump on the 2015 race season today as we sent our two SST-120 powerheads off for rebuilding.  While most teams still have a race or two left on their 2014 event schedule, we have decided to lick our wounds and get started on our preparations for 2015.

There are many things that need attention, including our hauler as well as our SST-120 boat which has some structural repairs needed that kept us from last weekend's National Championship at Rising Sun, Indiana.  After planing to limp to Rising Sun and patch up our equipment good enough to run, we decided Friday morning to pull the plug and call it quits for the year.  Just too many things needing attention to have any chance at a decent performance.

While we are finishing up the 2014 season on a down note, we are excited about what 2015 will bring!   We will be attempting to run full schedules in Formula 1 and SST-120 in 2015 and will be separating the two programs rather than switching engines back and forth on the same boat.  We will use our Lamb boat for our Formula 1 program and will be getting a new boat to use for our SST-120 program.

Next up is de-rigging the Lamb hull so we can get it to Gordon Downard's shop to get the decks cut off and get the sponsons tied on a little better.  Stay tuned.  Lots is planned for this off-season at Herd Racing!

Dana Tomes

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