May 12, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Hoopa, Ca.) – Like a bottle of wine aging to perfection, the same could be said about Roger Sanderson of Hoopa, California, the pilot of the #B200 hydroplane, and 6-time Champion who claimed the season-opening win Mother’s Day at Hoopa on the Trinity River.
Sanderson ran away from the field in wire-to-wire fashion notching his 20thvictory in the last 25 events on the series, and his 54th career checkered flag, second only to Jeff Lewis’ 67 career wins.
Dereck Ely of Grants Pass finished a strong runner-up to Sanderson running a Russ Oden built boat, Stars-n-Stripes #13. Ely, who is in process of building a new boat recorded his best official finish of his 19-year career, as he won an exhibition race in Albany, Oregon on the Willamette River in 2010, but it was not a sanctioned race.
“Man, it felt good to finally fun fast and strong, and I thought about whether or not I should run this boat, or my new one for Boatnik. It crossed my mind.”
Ely’s previous best Hoopa finish was a pair of 3rd place finishes in 2010 and 2012. The excavator, and heavy equipment operator has 16-Top-5 career placings.
Meantime, (#50) Jude Hostler picked off (#007) Jeff Lewis to take 3rd place just a few second behind Ely.
Hostler, who is a former National Jetboat racing Champion, has been busy racing for a month, but on dry land, as the CORRA President runs the Nor-Cal AMA Motocross circuit, also. Hostler finished runner-up in the 2018 CORRA ‘High Point’ Season Championship, and was 7th overall in 2017, and 8thin 2016.
Grants Pass’ Jeff Lewis (#007) finished 4th, followed by (#40R) Michael Dickson of Willow Creek. 13 boats started the 3-lap/6-leg race, and 8 finished. Robert Buckman (#05) of Hoopa flipped his boat, and (#23) Ryan Richardson of Grants Pass nosed his craft in, but both were ok with no injuries.
The Cal-Ore series moves to Grants Pass, Monday May 27th at Riverside Park for the running of the 61st annual ‘Boatnik’ Tom Rice Memorial Cup race with a purse of $12,000 up for grabs.
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Jay Reese Sports-www.playactionsportsmedia.com
FINAL HOOPA MOTHERS DAY 2019 RESULTS:
1-Roger Sanderson #B200 Hoopa, CA $1,000 ($500 Pinky Nowlin-Ride Today Fund)
2-Dereck Ely #13 Grants Pass, OR $400
3-Jude Hostler #50 Hoopa, CA $300
4-Jeff Lewis #007 Grants Pass, OR $200
5-Michael Dickson #40R Willow Creek, CA $100
6-Virgil Moorehead #30II McKinleyville, CA
7-Karl Norton #77 Hoopa, CA
8-Chris Heath #99 Hoopa, CA
9-Robert Buckman #05 Hoopa, CA
10-Joe Shinn #88 Ferndale, CA
11-Edward Mitchell #55RK Hoopa, CA
12-Ryan Richardson #23 Grants Pass, OR
13-Buck McCovey #AR15 Hoopa, CA
August 19, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Klamath Glen, CA) – It has been nearly 4 full seasons since Jeff Laird last raced on the ‘Cal-Ore River Racers-My Circle-K/Colvin Oil’ hydroplane series, but in his first run since 2014 he picked up where he left off; in the winner’s circle.
Laird, from Gold Hill, Oregon, won the Klamath ‘Hydrofest’ in flag-to-flag fashion claiming first-place in all 6-legs of the 3-lap race Sunday on the Klamath River, in Klamath Glen, California and pocketed $1,000 for the convincing win.
The 1994 series champion, who is a 31-year Chief Pilot for Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats in Gold Beach, jumped in the cockpit, with no practice, for the first time since he won two races (Hoopa & Gold Beach) 4 summers ago.
Laird piloted the Roger Sanderson owned #B200 and stayed out front of another
Cal-Ore great in 7-time Champion, Jeff Lewis (#007) of Grants Pass. Lewis finished 2nd in all but one of the legs. Lewis’ last win was in Klamath in 2016.
Sanderson, who already captured the Cal-Ore ‘High Point’ Championship, his 6th, by winning 4 races this season was the Race Director-Promoter and offered his ride to Laird who previously ran the #B200 boat through 2014 as Sanderson took a brief hiatus from the sport.
Hoopa’s Buck McCovey (#AR-15) had a solid day with a 3rd Place finish by finishing third in all but one leg. McCovey could not pass Lewis, however, and settled for $400 payday and a trophy.
Rookie Edward Mitchell (#55RK), also from Hoopa, worked his way up through the field all day, and bolstered his shot at a Top-5 Podium finish in the season points race with his 4th place finish overall, and 4th place on the final leg. Mitchell entered the day 4th place overall in the points race.
2nd year racer, Bryan Dickerson (#622) of Grants Pass rounded out the Klamath podium with a 5th place run.
Merv George, Jr. (#13) of Hoopa, like Laird, had not raced in 19 years and navigated the Dereck Ely owned ‘Stars-n-Stripes’ hydro to aa 6th place finish while Karl Norton (#77) notched his first career finish coming across 7th place out of 14 boats that went to the starting line.
2 other former Cal-Ore race winners entered the ‘Hydrofest’, too, after many years in retirement, but both ran in to bad luck. Chip Grant of Hoopa, substituted for Jesse Rhinehart (#17) who was on family vacation, however Grant nosed in on the first leg upriver, and tore up the boat. Mike Richardson (#23R), threw a propeller blade just one-half mile from the start of the race.
Other racers who ran in too bad luck were Virgil Moorehead (#30-II) and Jude Hostler (#50). Both went out with mechanical problems. Hostler and Moorehead were the 2nd and 3rd fastest boats, respectively, during Saturday’s Time Trials.
Rookie Ryan Richardson of Grants Pass (#23) was running 4th midway through the event when he blew a motor on the 4th leg. Michael Dickson (#20) of Willow Creek and Chris Heath (#99) of Hoopa both did not make it off the starting line. And, Ulyses McLaughlin (#EZ1) of Hoopa went out on the leg-2.
The ‘Cal-Ore River Racers-My Circle-K/Colvin Oil’ series season finale race is set for Monday, September 3rd in Grants Pass (Griffin Park) with the annual Rogue River Invitational to determine the final US Championship.
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Jay Reese Sports
FINAL RESULTS KLAMATH ‘HYDROFEST’ 2018
1-Jeff Laird #B200 Gold Hill, OR $1,000
2-Jefff Lewis #007 Grants Pass, OR $ 700
3-Buck McCovey #AR-15 Hoopa, CA $ 400
4-Edward Mitchell #55RK Hoopa, CA $ 350
5-Bryan Dickerson #622 Grants Pass, OR $ 250
6-Merv George Jr. #13 Hoopa, CA
7-Karl Norton #77 Hoopa, CA
* Virgil Moorehead #30-II McKinleyville, CA ‘Hard-Luck’ Driver