ALL HAIL THE KING!
Rookie driver Bobby King will join the U-12 Graham Trucking team in 2023. Bobby is 29 years old and lives in Shelby Township, MI, and he comes to the series with an extensive resume in the limited ranks and is fresh off a convincing win in the Hydro 350 class at the 2023 Valleyfield Regatta – his second in a row.
Bobby began racing in 2011 and is a third generation driver. He won the High Points championship in F2500 and was driver of the year in 2019 for the HRL series. In 2021 he had 4 wins and placed third in the APBA High Points championship for the Pro-lite Series.
When Bobby becomes qualified in Unlimiteds, he could compete against his father, Jimmy King, the driver of the Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware. If the two race against each other, it will be the first time a father-son combination has been on an Unlimited-class racecourse together since Jerry and Greg Hopp saw action in the same heat at Seattle in 2001.
The boat King will be driving is one of the sport’s most successful hydroplanes. In fact, with two more race victories, the boat will become tied as having the most race wins in history.
Special Thanks To Our Food Sponsor in Richland, Wa:
The U-12 Unlimited Graham trucking is pleased to announce their official food sponsor for Tri-cities Water Follies was Budd’s Broiler! Budd’s Broiler helped keep the team fueled up for success. We can’t thank them enough! We encourage everyone to pay them a visit and thank them for supporting hydroplane racing in their great town!! Great food, beverages and live music on the deck!!
A special thanks to Cara McDonald for all of her help throughout the race weekend! We appreciate it.
Graham Trucking Wins Tri-Cities
All weekend long, J. Michael Kelly had been looking for some extra speed out of his U-12 Graham Trucking boat.
The driver had just been a step behind the speedy leaders – Jimmy Shane and Andrew Tate.
But during the final of Sunday’s HAPO Columbia Cup, Kelly found what he was seeking to pull out the victory.
Graham Trucking Racing is Heading East!
Both the U-12 Graham Trucking and U-98 Graham Trucking American Dream are heading back east to the Guntersville Lake Hydrofest and the Madison Regatta Gold Cup. J. Michael Kelly and Corey Peabody will be competing on Lake Guntersville to kick off the H1 season and a week later on the Ohio River for the Gold Cup.
Both boats leave later this week to begin the trek across country to Alabama. Tom Anderson will head up the U-12 race team all season. Brooke Tyler will be the crew chief for the U-98 in Guntersville, with Johnny ‘Luv” Walcker taking over the 98 crew chief role in Madison for the Gold Cup event.
With some hard, dedicated work in the off-season by the Graham Racing crew, good results from the spring testing session, Rob made the decision to send the 98 back east, along with the 12 to support the H1 Unlimited season events.
Great news from Rob Graham, the boats roll out of the Milton, WA. shop on Friday.
From Hydro News
Graham Trucking adds second hydro to pre-season test
We are excited to announce that our second boat, the U-98 Graham Trucking American Dream will also be at spring training testing on Friday May 31st in Tri-Cities!
We are also excited to announce that Budd’s Broiler will be a sponsor for us at the Columbia Cup this summer! Budd’s Broiler, an Anthony’s Restaurant, is a premier waterfront steakhouse showcasing the best beef, seafood and seasonal produce coming from the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to head into Budd’s Broiler this summer every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night for live music on the deck! Local musicians are featured beginning at 6:00pm!