KENNEWICK -- It'll be Nate Brown's turn to race the U-17 Miss Red Dot this weekend.
Brown and his nephew, Kip Brown, share driving duties in the boat.
"I got the short straw," quipped Nate. "No, Kip wanted to run (flatbottoms) at Black Lake."
Which is fine with Nate, who likes to race on the Columbia River.
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Nate and his friends started the U-17 as a project to own, build and race an unlimited.
"We're in year 4 of our 5-year plan," he said. "After next season, we'll sit down and decide whether to keep going, or to sell it and build kayaks."
-- JW Myers had successful surgery Wednesday on his left foot after breaking it in that spectacular crash in Detroit two weeks ago while driving the U-37 Miss Peters & May.
Myers was racing the boat when the skid fin let go and he lost control. He did a magnificent job of avoiding the pits area where boats and people were, yanking the boat to the right.
However, he hit a seawall going at least 100 mph, and the crash destroyed the boat.
Myers is done for the year, and owners Billy and Jane Schumacher have leased a boat from Fred Leland. They have hired rookie driver Jon Zimmerman for the remainder of the season.
-- While the unlimiteds will be the main boat show, there's not a bad supporting cast with 13 Unlimited Lights expected to race in what is called the Atomic Cup.
Among the competitors is Kamiakin graduate Vince Xaudaro in the L-929.
This will only be the second race of the season for the Lights. They raced in May in Phoenix, but lost their Chamberlain, S.D., race because of flooding on the Missouri River.
Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. today, with qualifying at 1:15 p.m.
There will be four preliminary heats on Saturday, a B Main on Sunday, and the final at 4:10 p.m.
Four to five vintage hydroplanes will also hold exhibition races.