KENNEWICK - One thing a boat racing fan can always count on during the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup is there being plenty of boats down in Lampson Pits in Columbia Park.
When the pits open for business this Friday, that'll be true again.
H1 Unlimited has announced a 13-boat lineup for the unlimiteds.
The support division, the Grand Prix West boats, should have six competing. And there will be five vintage hydroplanes taking to the water.
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In total, that's 24 boats in the pits for the weekend.
Here's the unlimited lineup, with boat number, name and driver's name:
* U-1, Oh Boy! Oberto, driver, Steve David;
* U-5, Graham Trucking, Jeff Bernard;
* U-7, Valken.com, Scott Liddycoat;
* U-9, Miss VisitTRI-CITIES.com, Jon Zimmerman;
* U-11, Stevenson Roofing presents Peters & May, JW Myers;
* U-17, Miss Red Dot, Kip Brown;
* U-21, Albert Lee Appliance, Brian Perkins;
* U-22, Great Scott! Presents Campaign WSU, Mike Webster;
* U-25, 97 Rock, Dr. Ken Muscatel;
* U-57, Formulaboats.com, N. Mark Evans;
* 88 Degree Men, J. Michael Kelly;
* U-96 Spirit of Qatar, Dave Villwock;
* U-100 Beacon Plumbing, Greg Hopp.
The big news here is that David and the Oberto are back in action after the boat was nearly destroyed in Madison, Ind., earlier this month.
David was trailing Villwock and the Spirit of Qatar on the inside during the Indiana Governor's Cup final when Villwock's boat hooked inside. David had nowhere to go but over the top of Villwock's boat.
When the water settled, both boats were torn up -- the Oberto in much worse shape with $100,000 of damage.
To stay in the points race, the Miss Madison board of directors, which oversees the U-1 team's business, leased the U-9 unlimited from Seattle's Mike and Lori Jones for the Gold Cup in Detroit.
Jon Zimmerman was hired to drive the boat, giving David -- who cracked a rib in the accident -- some time off to heal his injuries.
But Oberto crew chief Mike Hanson and his team have put the boat back together, David's injuries have healed enough for him to drive, and the entire team will be in the Tri-Cities this week.
Meanwhile, the Joneses want to run their U-9, with Zimmerman driving, here in the Tri-Cities and the following week in Seattle. They will be sponsored by the Tri-Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau for this week's race.
Race fans will also get their first chance to look at a brand new boat, the 88 (there is no U designation in front of the number).
It's Bill and Jane Schumacher's new boat with a new driver -- J. Michael Kelly, who moved over from the U-7.
In addition, the Schumachers' old crew chief, Scott Raney, and driver, JW Myers, left the 88 camp to start their own team: the U-11 Peters & May.
And then there's the vintage boats lineup.
According to Michael Opel, a volunteer at the Raceboat and Hydroplane Museum in Seattle, the group is bringing five classics into Columbia Park -- the 1956 Wahoo, the 1962 Bardahl, the 1974 Oh Boy! Oberto, the 1955 Thriftway and the 1960 Burien.
They will run in exhibition heats Saturday and Sunday.