RISING SUN, Indiana - Herd Racing's SST-120 team will travel west to the Ohio River city of Rising Sun, Indiana, August 15-17 to compete in the APBA National Championships. The team's #66 boat, which currently sits in 6th place in the Powerboat Nationals points race, needs a quality run to finish the 2014 campaign in the Top 5 nationally.
"Unfortunately, we are down on our luck and down on equipment," Herd Racing pilot Dana Tomes said as preparing for the Rising Sun events next weekend. "We are down to our last engine and our boat is beat up pretty badly. We have a lot of patchwork to do this week to have anything worth putting on the water."
Powerboat Nationals expects as many as the top 15 boats in America to turn out for the three-day regatta where the American Powerboat Association will crown it's 2014 SST-120 national champion.
"We're going to give it our best shot, but I honestly don't see a quality showing for us at the nationals," Tomes said. "We just need to get through the weekend with our boat in one piece and start working toward putting a quality plan in place to get our Formula 1 and SST-120 programs where they need to be for next spring."
Tomes said the team's Lamb SST-120 boat has some structural problems that need addressed over the off-season. "It may last us another weekend and it we may lose a sponson. We're just going to have to patch it the best we can and hope for the best."
More information about the SST-120 National Championships and updated Powerboat Nationals team standings are available at www.powerboatnationals.com.