88 Degree Men driver J. Michael Kelly married his long-time girlfriend last weekend and is spending his honeymoon here in the Tri-Cities.
"I figured it's about time I get married," Kelly said. "I found a keeper. I figure we'll spend time racing here in the Tri-Cities and Seattle next week, then we'll go to Cabo for a regular honeymoon."
Meanwhile, Kelly is ecstatic in working with Jim Harvey again. Harvey is the Degree crew chief and was the boat owner who hired him in 2004, giving him his first unlimited ride.
"It's great," Kelly said. "Jim's the whole reason I'm racing unlimiteds."
And it helps that Kelly, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, gets to drive a brand new boat.
"It's pretty cool that I get to drive a boat that was fitted for me," he said. "I think we're at 80 percent (of the boat's ability) right now. This boat has got a lot of potential. It's a matter of fine tuning."