SEATTLE -- Kayleigh Perkins, who drove the Oh Boy! Oberto to a lap speed of more than 147.058 mph in a test run Saturday, finished a close second in the unlimited lights final to winner Paul Becker.
"I was a little late at the start. It was my fault, I messed up," said Perkins, a graduate of Kentlake High School. "I thought I could catch up, but I couldn't quite do it."
Last week, Perkins, 22, who lives in North Bend, married James Mallory -- an official on the unlimited lights circuit.
The long hard saga of Dr. Ken Muscatel and the U-25 came to a quick end on Sunday.
After the crew stayed up 52 straight hours to get the boat repaired after it was damaged two weeks ago on the Columbia River, the U-25 had only a little time on the water Sunday.
It was damaged again in Heat 3A when it finished third and out of the final.
Crew chief Jay Leckrone speculated that the boat hit something in the water to put a hole in the recently repaired sponson. Although it was covered with Bondo and duct tape, ultimately they decided not to run in the provisional heat.
"The water out there is violent beyond belief, so we couldn't run in the provisional," Muscatel said. "The boat has a hole in it in a critical spot."
Muscatel said just to be able to run at all was a tribute to his crew.
"It was so severely damaged, just getting here was miraculous," Muscatel said. "We went from 170 mph to zero in four-tenths of a second in Tri-Cities. Not to be able to run aggravates the hell out of me."
Not earning many points at Seafair means Muscatel will not finish in the top 10 and won't be eligible to go to Qatar for the season finale.
He estimated it would cost $65,000 just to have the boat shipped to Qatar.