Jeff Bernard and Scott Liddycoat, teammate drivers, got a chance to compete in the same heat for the first time this season, and they finished 1-2 in Heat 1B.
Bernard, driving the U-5 Graham Trucking, finished first for 400 points. Liddycoat drove the U-7 Valken.com to a second-place finish. But he was docked a monetary fine and the loss of 50 points for an illegal lane change before the race began. He finished with 250 points.
Bernard waited until after the boats reached the score-up bouy on the Pasco side of the river, then leapfrogged past Brian Perkins in the U-21 Albert Lee Appliance and into the inside lane.
To do so, a driver has to get five boat lengths ahead before making the lane change. The problem is that same driver may reach the starting line way too soon and he has to slow down. By the time the race starts, he's not at full speed.
"I had to slow down," said Bernard. "But it pays off to have my teammate in lane 2. These things accelerate so well that it was OK to slow down. I'd rather make a slow start in lane 1 than a fast start in lane 5."
Liddycoat said it was the first time the teammates raced together.
"We knew Jeff had a little more speed than us," Liddycoat said.
Perkins finished third and picked up 225 points, while Mike Webster in the U-22 Great Scott! Presents Campaign WSU was fourth for 169.
Greg Hopp couldn't get the U-99 HAPO Community Credit Union started, so it got a DNS.