PORTSMOUTH, OH - Herd Racing's SST-120 race team will hit the waters of the Ohio River again this weekend, August 1-3, for the always challenging Portsmouth Challenge powerboat race event. The Challenge, conducted in the southern Ohio river city of Portsmouth, will feature SST-120, SST-60 and SuperSport racing boat classes. The race is being conducted by the Buckeye Outboard Association.
The race weekend is Herd Racing's final tuneup before the Powerboat Nationals' U.S. National Championships in Rising Sun, IN, two weeks later.
"We got the boat running pretty good by the end of the weekend at Huntington so we are excited to go to Portsmouth this weekend," said Herd Racing pilot Dana Tomes. "We got a bad start in the final this past weekend but were able to work our way up through the field as the race progressed so we're excited about this weekend at Portsmouth."
While still not reaching the heights the team would like, Tomes said the #66 boat has made steady progress the past three races. The team finished 15th at Bay City and seventh at Marietta before getting a 6th place finish in the final at Huntington last weekend.
Last year, Herd Racing's entry finished third at Portsmouth, the team's first podium finish in SST-120.