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Congrats to BB Unlimited. Deck2Deck National Champion for 2018!

by HydroDan's Deck2Deck Racing Inc. on Sep 18 2017 01:45 PM UTC

1 BB Unlimited 10,028
T2 Ksauley6 9,836
T2 Jeff55 9,836
3 datsunaholic 9,792
T4 BrandonD 9,751
T4 Gearbox96 9,751
T5 Kevin L 9,642
T5 HydroDan 9,642
T6 FCBoats 9,598
T6 fan4life 9,598
T6 Jerry 9,598
7 Swellcraft1998 9,564
8 mdamitio 9,531
9 Blue Angel 9,454
10 Willie Phillips 9,437
11 Diamond Cup 9,426
12 Miss Chrysler 9,343
13 Daktari 9,338

2017 Bayfair Preview and Three 2 Think About

by HydroDan's Deck2Deck Racing Inc. on Sep 13 2017 03:48 PM UTC

Deck2Deckers, it all comes down to this: the 2017 Deck2Deck Champion will be determined on Mission Bay as San Diego Bayfair roars this weekend. The last race of the H1 Unlimited season will host a meager five boats in the pits. Such a low turnout has scrambled the normal racing schedule and served up a new presentation for the fans: heats 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, and a final, in which reportedly all boats will run. Including qualifying, 2100 points will be up for grabs, making Bayfair a repeat of the Columbia Cup point-earning opportunity.

Fantasy players, if you’ve got any arrows left in the quiver, fire away this weekend, and consider yourself among the fortunate Deck2Deckers not shooting blanks this weekend. Deck2Deck has been especially challenging this year with the combination of a short season and high attrition. The 2017 winner will likely be determined by canny selections earlier in the season rather than the San Diego finale. But don’t give up—things may get goofy, and the unforgiving saltwater racecourse could easily reward pluck and determination as often as it yields to raw speed.

Likely boats at Bayfair:

U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank, Jimmy Shane
U-9 Real Trac / Delta Gear, Andrew Tate
U-11 DiJulio Presents Miss J&D’s, Tom Thompson
U-12 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly
U-440 Bucket List Racing, Dustin Echols

HydroDan’s Three 2 Think About:

Money, Marbles, Chalk: Andrew Tate, U-9 Jones Racing chauffeur, trails defending U-1 designee Jimmy Shane by just 279 heading into Bayfair. Both the Miss HomeStreet and Jones teams feel the pressure from J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 Graham Trucking, who is just 315 points behind Tate. These top dogs will duke it out for the national points deal all weekend, and fantasy players should expect intense racing. The modified heat format will have no "lucky draws," but instead serve up five runnings of the final. There is simply no telling which of these three will be ahead in each heat, or if an error will produce an unexpected outcome. But if you have saved any of these three boats for Bayfair, you know what to do.

Detroit Demolition Derby: The President’s and Gold Cups were not gentle to the H1 fleet. Returning owner Dave Bartush’s hopes—and boat—were dashed in the GC final when rookie Bert Henderson hooked the U-7 Spirit of Detroit in front of JMK, leaving nowhere for the U-12 to go but over his decks. The Graham boat is back together, but the U-7 is not. Be sure to consult our list of probable boats so you do not select any of the San Diego absentees. Among the missing are fan favorites U-3 and U-99.9.

Props to the U-11: With the backing of Reliable Diamond Tool and J&D’s, the Unlimited Racing Group will head to California to complete the H1 circuit and give Deck2Deckers another fast choice. While an H1 National Points podium finish is just out of reach this year, the 11 is positioned to reward fantasy players this weekend any time that the top dogs make a mistake. While the U-440 does not have the beans in the engine compartment to keep up with the T-55s, Tom Thompson’s U-11 posted quick speeds in Detroit qualifying that should return in San Diego. A thrown prop brought a premature end to URG’s Detroit campaign, but with repairs complete, the low boat count on Mission Bay may benefit this team that has the potential to podium in each Bayfair heat.

President's + Gold Cup Preview: Three 2 Think About in The D

by HydroDan's Deck2Deck Racing Inc. on Aug 22 2017 10:45 PM UTC

As is customary, the APBA Gold Cup will take place in "The D," but unlike past seasons, this year’s race weekend in the Motor City will feature two distinct trophy races – a Detroit doubleheader! Saturday will provide two sets of qualification heats and a Final Heat for the awarding of the President’s Cup. This trophy, contested for many years on Washington D.C.‘s Potomac River, retired since 1977, has been brought out of retirement in 2017. Sunday will showcase Detroit’s big dance — THE GOLD CUP. Three sets of qualification heats and a final are slated for the eight boat teams set to pack the Horace Dodge Pits. How has the complexion of the D2D points battle changed? The 2017 running of the Gold Cup does not feature four sets of heats, as is typical. The Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities carried more fantasy weight this season with its four sets of qualification heats and the winner-take-all final. The short President’s Cup format will make it the least valuable race of the short five-race season.

The teams vying for all the money, marbles, chalk, and glory are:

U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank, Jimmy Shane
U-3 Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware, Jimmy King
U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Bert Henderson (Rookie)
U-9 Real Trac / Delta Gear, Andrew Tate
U-11 DiJulio Presents Miss J&D’s, Tom Thompson
U-12 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly
U-99.9 Leland Unlimited presents the Carstar powered Miss Rock, Kevin Eacret
U-440 Bucket List Racing, Dustin Echols

HydroDan’s Three 2 Think About:

The Spirit Returns: Detroit’s own Dave Bartush and his Spirit of Detroit race team have purchased the ex-Budweiser Beer Wagon T-5 hull. It was last campaigned by Ted Porter and Precision Performance Engineering as Graham Trucking II in 2016. The U-7 will run in Detroit chauffeured by Bert Henderson of Brockville, Ontario. Henderson is a decorated and highly successful driver from Canada’s Hydro Racing League series. It should be understood that Henderson will need to qualify as a driver in the unlimited ranks, and will likely have to start heats from behind and outside until the officials declare him fully qualified.

Orange Crush: Barring a minor miracle, the undersized and underpowered U-440 likely isn’t a threat to win a President’s Cup or Gold Cup trophy this weekend. But it’s impossible not to root for the hard-luck team that keeps coming back from blowovers, gear box gremlins, and broken propellers. Like they say, if this team didn’t have bad luck it wouldn’t have any at all, but the love affair between hard core boat fans and Bucket List Racing is real!

Her Name is Miss Rock!: Although outclassed in many respects, the U-99.9 Miss Rock has finished every heat she has entered in Seattle and Tri-Cities in 2017. Her best finish was a 2nd place in Heat 1B at Seafair. Back at the controls of the old girl is regular driver Kevin Eacret, who returns after rehabbing a leg injury. Eacret replaces relief driver Greg Hopp who filled in admirably thus far. For those D2D fantasy players searching for a depth pick at this point in the season, consider asking Miss Rock to the big dance this weekend.

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PointsPlayer
  1. 10028BB Unlimited
  2. 9836Ksauley6
  3. 9836Jeff55
  4. 9792datsunaholic
  5. 9751BrandonD
  6. 9751Gearbox96
  7. 9642HydroDan'...
  8. 9642Kevin L
  9. 9598FCBoats
  10. 9598Jerry
  11. 9598fan4life
  12. 9564Swellcraft1998
  13. 9531mdamitio
  14. 9454Blue Angel
  15. 9437Willie Phillips
  16. 9426Diamond Cup
  17. 9343Miss Chrysle...
  18. 9338PRIDE OF PAY...
  19. 9338Daktari
  20. 9318Handsome Tra...
  21. 9296Brendon75
  22. 9243Wat up Racin
  23. 9243tClemo
  24. 9232Racegirl
  25. 9232FiveTimeCham...
  26. 9185Corm
  27. 9161Rabid Pet Ro...
  28. 9154U25 all the ...
  29. 909030 PACK
  30. 9046TFox
  31. 9046Fox
  32. 9043Griz6
  33. 9027Jim Clark
  34. 8919Hot Hull Mot...
  35. 8809Chiefs87
  36. 8806boatertim221
  37. 8775Turn2Buoy
  38. 8772Sticky Beanbag
  39. 8744miltonwolfie
  40. 8663Bob M
  41. 8617Trick-bandit
  42. 8605Great White ...
  43. 8594Ronbo
  44. 8578hydrofreak
  45. 85235 to the 5
  46. 8516TheProf2
  47. 8429Treysfordays3
  48. 8419Come Back N ...
  49. 8344Stan
  50. 8253dennisc10