Wind and water conditions interrupted the Friday qualifying session for the Diamond Cup on North Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene, but not soon enough for Jon Zimmerman and the 9 Fox Plumbing presents Team RedDOT powered by Les Schwab.
Zimmerman was the fifth boat to enter the 2-mile race course for a qualifying attempt, but lost a blade off the propeller before completing a lap.
The vibration created by the broken prop cause severe damage to the race boat, causing the team to withdraw from the event.
Following that, officials postponed qualifying for over two hours and waited for wind and water conditions to improve.
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When the boats were allowed back on the course, Jimmy Shane drove the 5 Graham Trucking to the top of the qualifying ladder with a fast lap averaging 147.124 mph.
Perennial top qualifier Steve David had to settle for second spot with a speed of 146.797 in the 1 Oh Boy! Oberto.
Other top qualifiers included Kip Brown in the 95 Spirit of Qatar in third place at 145.410, and J. Michael Kelly in the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing in fourth place at 142.339.
Others with qualifying speeds were: Dave Warren in the 100 Sahara Pizza at 139.933; Tommy Thompson in the 11 Peters & May at 137.756; Mike Webster in the 22 Darrell Strong presents PayneWest Insurance at 134.657; and Mark Evans in the 57 FEDCO at 132.909.