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Race 1 on Saturday consisted of eighteen Bracket class entries. Although a couple didn't make it to the start line, the rest had a lively chase through the waters of Tampa Bay.
The Bracket 500 class has been a season-long battle between last year's champions, JJ Turk and Micheal Stancombe, in 501 XINSURANCE / Golf n Gator and 517 Bulletproof/Team Farnsworth piloted by Elijah Kingery and with Eric Ullom on throttles, the first and second teams in the standings respectively.
The race today showed that Bulletproof's form is as good as their first positions in the standings suggest, and they led from the start, leaving the former Team Woody boat to harry 522 Rum Runners in their Larry Smith Scarab. Despite many attempts to pass them, 522 Rum Runners, crewed by Fran Vellutato and Mike McColgan shut them out to come in second, leaving JJ and Michael to cross the line in third. 528 Hammerheads / Fly SRQ made fourth, and the Puerto Rican team of 507 Seven Powerboats fifth.
As with all Bracket class races, it isn't over until it's over, and breakouts by 501 and 522 changed the result to 517 Bulletproof in first place, 528 Hammerheads / Fly SRQ in second and 507 Seven Powerboats in third.
The Free Bird #644 team did what they have done in previous races this season and led from start to finish, with the other entrant, Ivey Racing #651, in close pursuit.
In the Bracket 700 race, 703 Dee's Nuts, piloted by Rey and Ricardo Maldonado, were leading until the 4th lap when the father and son team of Nick and Owen Buis in 742 Statement Marine took the lead. Shortly after, Dee's Nuts pulled up hard and stopped in the middle of the course. Whatever technical issue had caused this, they were soon back in second place.
At the finish, 759 Statement with driver Dalton Palestra and throttle Jerry Hartman. made a resurgence, and the live feed appeared to show 742 in first place, then the other Statement 759 in second with 703 Dee's Nuts in third.
Official figures then showed that 720 XINSURANCE/Golf n Gator came in first, followed by 742, driven by Rick Raab and with Scott Jobin on throttles. Four boats out of the six racing received penalties for breaking out. So when the dust settled, from 720 placed first, followed by 759 Statement Marine/Bad Decisions, with 742 Safe Cash in third.