Steve David called it a brainfart .... and a few other choice words.
The driver of the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto made a mental mistake before the race that cost him a lap and essentially 231 points.
David had settled into lane 1 well before the start of the race, puttering along at 5 mph down the Benton County side of the river.
But as he came into the east end turn, Ken Muscatel in the U-25 97 Rock sped up around the outside of him. David took the bait and sped up.
But he needed to reach the score-up bouy coming out of turn 2 under the 1-minute mark before the race. Instead, he got there at perhaps 1:00.1 and was penalized a lap.
"That was critically stupid," said David. "Call it a brainfart. I knew it was that close. I picked it up too early, about half a second too early."
That opened the door for Kip Brown in the U-17 Miss Red Dot, who changed his race strategy and held back for victory and 400 points.
"(Team owner and uncle Nate Brown) told me Steve had a penalty coming up for the start," said Kip Brown. "That little misstep by Steve David allowed us to take the heat. That allowed me to change my strategy completely. My intention was to leapfrog the field. But I didn't have to."
"For national championship points, that's not the way to get them," said David. "We've got the great boat. We just need to get the great driver back."