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THE SKOOKUM CREEK/KAMILCHE 2006 WESTERN DIVISIONALS

Source — Bud McKay
Date Posted — July 12, 2006
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THE SKOOKUM CREEK/KAMILCHE 2006 WESTERN DIVISIONALS

Black Lake, Olympia, Wash.
July 8, 2006
Top three finishers in final heat reported

1-Litre Modified
1. Dan Kanfoush, "Y’s Guy," Niagara Falls, N.Y.
2. Jeff Bernard, "Perkins Glass," Gig Harbor, Wash.
3. Brian Nicholson, "Maverick," Lewiston, Idaho.
Winning average speed – 82.550 mph

Starting off like he did in 2005, Farmington Hills, Michigan’s Jim Sechler, owner of the defending champion "Y’s Guy" prepared his boat to perfection and watched on the shore as driver Dan Kanfoush ran away from the six-boat field at Black Lake.


"Jim (Sechler) is the reason we won; he does all of the work. I’m just the lucky one who gets to drive the boat," Kanfoush said. "Winning the Western Divisionals has very much made it worth the trip. If the water is as good tomorrow as it was today, we’re going to go for the record."

1.5-Litre Stock
1. Kelly Shane, "Scandalous," Havre De Grace, Md.
2. Dan Kanfoush, "Patch McNasty," Niagara Falls, N.Y.
3. Stuart Shane, "Hijacker," Havre De Grace, Md.
Winning average speed – 66.810 mph

Like they did for Lawrence Lake at the Region 10 season opener, the Shane Navy Fleet of dad, Stuart, mom, Robin, sister Kelly, and brother, Jimmy, headed west from Maryland to compete. Only this time, brother Jimmy Shane went to race the family’s 2.5-Litre Stock hydroplane in Valleyfield. So the Shanes enlisted Dan Kanfoush into their fleet for the Western Divisionals. All the while, he and Kelly raced deck-to-deck for much of the weekend.

"Everything was just excellent – the boat and the water," Kelly Shane said. "The water up here is almost perfect. I love coming out here to race. It’s nice that the whole family can work together (in the family business) and all participate in this hobby, too, without getting sick of each other," Kelly said. "We come all of the way out here with the goal to finish every heat. We don’t want to lose an engine or damage the boat. Besides, we’re getting ready to race at Waterford, and that’s one of the nicest courses on the east coast."

2.5-Litre Stock
1. Dutch Squires, "Megabucks," Lakewood, Colo.
2. Roby Dahlquist, "Pacific Natiques," Lake Tapps, Wash.
3. J.P. Squires, "Tool ‘N," Lakewood, Colo. Winning average speed – 79.724 mph

It was déjà vu for defending Western Divisional champion Dutch Squires when he took his brand new boat out onto the course to defend his crown. Last year, he was being chased by first-year driver Tylor Echols. This year, it was first-year driver Roby Dahlquist chasing Squires.

"I knew Roby (Dahlquist) was going to be fast – he beat me at Lawrence Lake in May," Squires said. "But today he was really fast and right there all of the time."

Veteran unlimited and flatbottom driver George Woods Jr., is coaching the young Dahlquist in how to set up the boat for a course and the fast way around the course.

"This was my fourth race and gets more exciting each time," Dahlquist said. "It’s really special to have George helping us. So far everything is going good."

2.5-Litre Modified
1. Dustin Echols, "Miss Silver Cloud Inns," Duvall, Wash.
2. Chris Bertram, "Sidewinder," Eatonville, Wash
Winning average speed – 92.726 mph

After the first heat, things were looking bleak for the defending Western Divisionals, National and two-time World Champion Miss Silver Cloud Inns driven by Dustin Echols. He blew the engine. Luckily for him and boat owner Justin Weymouth, from Woodinville, Wash., their final heat on Saturday was delayed until Sunday morning because the schedule of racing went too long on Saturday. The extra time helped get the A-1 in A-1 shape.

"We finished putting the new engine together around 8 p.m. (Saturday) so it wasn’t an all-nighter," Echols said. "The new engine made the boat run better than ever. The other engine blew so hard it tore the oil pan clean off the block. That was something else."

5-Litre
1. Wally Johnston, "Agitator," Helena, Mont.
2. Rob Lisk," Miss Tons O’ Fun," Tacoma, Wash.
3. Travis Johnston, "Miss Silver Cloud Inns," Helena, Mont.
Winning average speed – 87.074 mph

Just say the following phrase five times and you’ve covered the last five Western Divisonals – Wally Johnston wins the Western Divisionals.

"Winning this race is very rewarding for me since I won the Eastern Divisionals earlier," Johnston said. "The boat worked absolutely great. I really love how this boat runs. This is our third season with it and I don’t think there’s much I can do to make it run any better."

But anyone who knows the very competitive, gentlemen driver also knows Johnston is always looking and experimenting in getting that one little extra bit of horsepower to the propeller.

"The secret to my success with the divisionals is really no secret – just hard work," he said. "It takes a lot of hard work all year to cover all of your bases. I’ve been doing this (racing) for a number of years now, so I know what to look for."

And now, more than ever, Johnston, a long-time veteran of the sport is having the time of his life.

"Yes, I still take this sport very serious, and it’s still tremendously fun for me," he said. "And the best part right now is being able to race against (his son) Travis. He’s got a boat now that’s competitive, and I just get a kick out of being able to go out there with him."

And his son could have had a run at his dad in the final heat had a gun jumper not pinched him off going into the first turn. Editor’s note: Sorry Travis.

National Modified
1. Chris Bertram, "Hey Jude," Eatonville, Wash.
2. Darryl Monet, Tonowanda, N.Y.
3. Jared Knelleken, Eatonville, Wash.
Winning average speed – 99.906 mph

New York’s Darryl Monet, who finished third in national high points in 2005, made his first journey out west. He brought a very fast boat called "Fantasy," but Chris Bertram in "Hey Jude" was just a little faster as he won his second Western Divisional title, and the first in the National Modified Class.

"The only reason we won the final is because I had a very good start," Bertram said. "That was the whole difference. Darryl stayed pretty much the same distance throughout. I couldn’t make a mistake or it would have been all over."

After the race, Monet said he was anything but disappointed.

"We really enjoyed coming all the way out here," he said. "It was a really cool deal to meet everyone you hear about or read about. But the water here…it’s absolutely perfect. It was amazing. Water like this takes the enemies out of the course."

Super Stock
1. George Woods Jr., "Sunset Chevrolet Special," Lake Tapps, Wash.
2. Dave Bryant, "Wild Child," Mesa, Ariz.
3. Richard McCandless, Reno, Nev.
Average winning speed – 94.568 mph

Talk about your Hall of Fame lineup for the Sunset Chevrolet Special, the regular driver is Dave Villwock, number three all-time on the unlimited win list; and backup driver is unlimited veteran George Woods Jr. Both Villwock and Woods cut their teeth in boat racing in the flat bottom class and still run wild in the Super Stock class.

"After the first heat, we had to adjust the boat quite a bit," said Paul Casura, long-time crew member for the team as Woods was unavailable for comments after the race. "It was setup for Dave Villwock, and George said it was just too wild. We mostly just plated it to run on rough water. It worked pretty good as George was just off the record. It’s real nice that we won back-to-back Western Divisionals. I hope that we can go back to the Nationals in Virginia and win there, too."

Overall Weekend standings based on points

1.5-Litre Stock
1. Kelly Shane, "Scandalous," Havre De Grace, Md.
2. Dan Kanfoush, "Patch McNasty," Niagara Falls, N.Y.
3. Stuart Shane, "Hijacker," Havre De Grace, Md.

1-Litre Modified
1. Dan Kanfoush, "Y’s Guy," Niagara Falls, N.Y.
2. Jeff Bernard, "Perkins Glass," Gig Harbor, Wash.
3. Brian Nicholson, "Maverick," Lewiston, Idaho.

2.5-Litre Stock
1. Roby Dahlquist, "Pacific Natiques," Lake Tapps, Wash.
2. J.P. Squires, "Tool ‘N," Lakewood, Colo.
3. Doc Minnich, "Red Baron," Blaine, Wash.

2.5-Litre Modified
1. Chris Bertram, Miss Silver Cloud Inns
2. Dustin Echols, "Miss Silver Cloud Inns," Duvall, Wash.
3. Jared Knelleken, "Eatonville, Wash.

5-Litre
1. Wally Johnston, "Agitator," Helena, Mont.
2. Rob Lisk," Miss Tons O’ Fun," Tacoma, Wash.
3. Wayne Howard, "Wing’n It," Auburn, Wash.

National Modified
1. Chris Bertram, "Hey Jude," Eatonville, Wash.
2. Darryl Montehe, Tonawanda, N.Y.
3. Jared Knelleken, Eatonville, Wash.,

Super Stock
1. Richard McCandless, Reno, Nev.
2. Mike Devoe, Spokane, Wash.
3. Jeff Gibson, "Soaring Eagle," Kent, Wash.

Pro Stock
1. Richard McCandless, Reno, Nev.
2. Dave Bryant, "Wild Child," Mesa, Ariz.
3. Marc Matrouen, Olympia, Wash.####

See also
Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on July 12, 2006. http://www.racingwest.com

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