SARASOTA: Team Allen Lawn Care, Boatfloater & LSB Win Their Classes
Three classes battled for the checkered flag during the 35th running of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, presented by OPA and Powerboat P1.
Competitors ran nine laps in Superstock Class, where FJ Propeller took an early lead, only to be overtaken by Team Allen Lawn Care about halfway through the race. Driver Larry Pinegar and throttleman Billy Allen captured the unofficial win in Superstock, with FJ Propeller (with driver Lowin Leibel and throttleman Gary Ballough) finishing second in Ballough’s new Victory hull, and S-21 Performance Boat Center/Auto Alert (with driver Rusty Williams and throttleman Myrick Coil) finishing third. #S-111 Professional Plumbing, with driver Brian Hurd and throttleman Ryan Beckley, experienced a fuel pump failure on the way to the race course and didn’t get to participate.
In Super Vee Extreme Class, driver Stephen Kildahl and throttleman Steve Kildahl of #2 Boatfloater.com took a substantial early lead and took the unofficial win. The pair—who were also victorious in the season kickoff race in Cocoa Beach—were followed by #5 Sun Print (with driver Steven Fehrmann and throttleman Steve Miklos) and #32 Mr. Technology (with driver Will Smith and throttleman Jimmy Deitch) in third place. #17 Marker 17 Marine and #07 JRA Boat Sales both came off plane early on in the race.
#66 Rev X Oil / LSB Racing, with driver Brit Lily and throttleman Kevin Smith, took the win in Pro Stock Vee class, beating out #05 Phase 5, #77 Done Deal and #19 R&S Racing.