Offshore racing continued as the 42nd annual Key West World Championships, produced by Race World Offshore, completed its second of three days—which got underway today in the Southernmost U.S. city.
Weather conditions continued to be positive. Although the water was somewhat choppier than on Wednesday in the early hours of the day, it gradually began to lay down. It was a day blessedly free of incidents, with a few repeat wins for boats poised to grab a World Championship on Sunday, as well as a couple of flip-flops in the lineup. Probably the most thrilling moments came during the Super Cat competition: Graydel (with driver Chris Grant and throttleman Billy Moore)—which had finished second on Wednesday—was in the lead for about three laps, but then suffered a mechanical failure. M CON/Monster Energy (with throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil) then managed to move from third, then to second, then to the lead, earning them their second first place finish of the week and giving them a superb chance of taking the World Championship on Sunday, when points are doubled. Valder Yachts/Pro Floors (with driver Wayne Valder and throttleman Grant Bruggemann) finished second, and Dirty Money Racing (with throttleman Bill Pyburn and driver Brit Lilly) came in third. The team had finished fourth on Wednesday.
In Class 1, reigning National/World Champions driver Darren Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella continued their winning streak in 222 Offshore Australia. In second place was dfYOUNG, with driver Hugh Fuller and throttleman Richard Wyatt. Team DeFalco, which had suffered a one-lap penalty on Wednesday and dropped pilots Michael Falco and Billy Moore from second to third place, chalked up another third-place finish on Friday.
Also repeating its winning ways was Jackhammer in the Super Stock class. Driver Reese Langheim and throttleman Julian Maldonado got the checkered flag over their 10 Super Cat competitors. But unlike Wednesday, when they led from pole to pole, the team didn't start with the lead; however, it didn't take them long to secure it. Big East Construction (with driver Cole Leibel an throttleman Gary Ballough) took second place, and Northwing (with driver Daren Kittredge and throttleman Casey Boaz) followed up their second-place finish on Wednesday with a third-place finish on Friday.
In 450R Factory Stock class, reigning World Champions Taylor Scism and Johnny Tomlinson finished first out of six entries, after finishing third on Wednesday in T/S Motorsports. The team managed to edge out fellow MTI GC Racing (with driver Willy Cabeza and throttleman Shaun Torrente), which had been in the lead for the majority of the race but had the port side engine go into Gaurdian Mode several time during the final three laps. Having finished first on Wednesday, they had to settle for second on Friday. The Doug Wright hull Gladiator Canados (with throttleman Michel Karsenti and driver Ervin Grant) finished in third place.
Of the three competitors in Vee Extreme class, Christian McCauley and Jay Healy grabbed their second victory of the week in Team Farnsworth/Hancock Claims. They were followed by Race Winning Brands (with Edward Wendt and William McComb) and Team 25 (with Kirk Britto and Robert Lockyer), flip-flopping their respective positions on Wednesday. The lone competitor in Extreme Class, JBS Racing (with Jeff Stevenson and Micheal Stancombe), went out with a mechanical issue and was towed back to the pits.
In Modified Vee class, driver Brit Lilly and throttleman Jay Wohltman were victorious in LSB/Rev-X Oil (which had finished last of eight competitors on Wednesday). Driver Steven Fehrmann and throttleman Steve Miklos in Sunprint/Hooters, who had been victorious on Wednesday, finished second, while the father/son team of Steve and Stephen Kildahl in Boatfloater.com, who had finished second on Wednesday, were third on Friday.
In Bracket Class racing, the following results are all unofficial. Boats can and do break out of their assigned speed limits—as they did on Wednesday, when four out of the six Bracket Class 2 boats were determined to have broken out or were otherwise unable to provide data. On Friday, Batman Racing (with Eliot Toth and Jax Muller) finished first, followed by Predator (with Dean Stahlman, Nate Hunt and Connor Stahlman) and Herbott Racing (with Cade Herbott and Keith Herbott). Predator was determined to have won on Wednesday.
In Bracket 4, Simmons Racing (with Jim Simmons and Jason Zolecki) repeated its Wednesday win. They were followed by Allied Offshore Racing (with Jake Nicks and Mark Fernandez) and Team Woody (with Billy Shipley and Chad Woody), with each of those boats flip-flopping their respective positions on Wednesday.
In Bracket 5, XINSURANCE/Golf 'n' Gator (with J.J. Turk and Micheal Stancombe) were not only back on the water following their accident on Wednesday, but they took first place. They were followed by Bronx Phantom (with Vincent and Robert Winoski) and Mean Streak (with Jeremy Hellems and Vance Hagen), which had finished third and fourth on Wednesday, respectively.
In Bracket 7, #720 XINSURANCE/Golf n Gator (with Cameron Turk and Robert Bryant) finished in first place; Rick Raab and Scott Jobin in Statement/Safe Cash finished in second place and Matthew Bell and Ricardo Maldonado finished third in H:Craft.
Racing continues on Sunday. For official results, please visit raceworldoffshore.com.