Graham Trucking Seafair Cup
Date(s): Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Genesee Park/Lake Washington
Time: Fri 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Graham Trucking Seafair Cup features the USF1 Powerboat Tour. These loud raceboats provided excitement and entertainment all weekend long at Seafair Weekend Festival as fifteen teams raced to win the coveted first place title.

Veteran driver Terry Rinker came home with his third victory in four starts to win a record setting fourth straight US F1 Powerboat Tour Championship, coming home easily in front of 13 other drivers around the always challenging 1.3 mile (2 kilometer) seven pin circuit, in front of tens of thousands of race fans at the 65th Annual Seafair Weekend Festival on Lake Washington.

The driver from Tampa, Florida, raced off pole earning the hole shot to take an early lead before Canadian driver Mike Maskall crashed out heavily on the opening lap bringing out the red flag and forcing a restart of the 12 lap final event of the weekend.

The 19 year racing F1 veteran took home his 26th career victory, easily defeating 2012 SEAFAIR winner Greg Foster in his Fox Plumbing sponsored boat by over five seconds, marking this as his eighth victory in his last 13 starts in his last three seasons.

“We knew we had to be consistent and that's exactly what we did,” said Terry. “We got stronger as the day rolled along and by the time we had the restart we were feeling very confident and got the job done in style. I am looking forward to not only defending my title once again but only being stronger in 2015.”

Coming home in third place, reaching for the podium for the first time in his career after coming so close so many times, was Miami driver Jose Mendana Jr. in his 20th career start.

The 30 year-old, driving in his Nut House Yacht Club sponsored boat, held off his younger brother and last years “Rookie-of-the-Year” Carlos Mendana, reaching a well earned third and fourth for the Mendana family effort for the second time in their careers.

“It was a fantastic result for me and the team and now we can go back to South Florida with renewed confidence to build on this for the start of the 2015 season,” said Jose. "After blowing another motor Friday we were in serious trouble with possibly not being able to make it on the water this weekend and a big thanks goes to the NGK team for their help,“It's Hopefully we can build on this finish and start knocking podiums out consistently in 2015."

Another driver who had a great result was Mark Welch as the Doc's Tile sponsored driver from Wayzata, Minnesota charged up from his ninth starting position to finish a fine fifth while his young 22 year-old son Tyler earned a quality eighth position after struggling all weekend with his older English built Burgess boat.

Michigan's Mike Beegle finished sixth after charging up from his 13th starting spot finishing with his third straight top-10 performance in a row for the Stellar Industrial / Fullerton Tools Company sponsored team.

Veteran Lynn Simburger of Elsah, Illinois made an impact in his only race of the season starting 13th off the dock and charging up to third at one point before settling for seventh in his first race with his new boat.

Canadian Mike McLellan earned his first career top-10 result finishing ninth in his Willed Metal Works boat moving up one position from his 10th starting position off the start dock.

Another Canadian, Mark Major from Newmarket, Ontario, who returned from the sport after a seven year hiatus, was right in the mix in his fight for fourth place in the championship and was pushing for a top five finish when his center section let go forcing him to retire with a disheartened afternoon after knowing he had a great shot at his first career podium in his Jenkinson Telecom boat.

Two drivers, who failed to finish, were big factors in fighting for the overall title coming into the weekend, but left with nothing but disappointment.

Five-time series champion Tim Seebold of Osage Beach, Missouri in his NGK sponsored boat, came here to Seattle just eight points behind Terry Rinker. But, a rare “DNF” with an engine malady coupled with an engine fire to his primary powerplant on Saturday left him heading home looking for better answers as he plans his 2015 campaign back in his home state of Missouri.

Meanwhile Chris Fairchild of Paw Paw, Illinois was looking at a slim chance for a title coming to Seattle. He was strong early in the weekend with a pair of heat victories. However, the Mercury Racing sponsored driver had an engine failure in the final event exiting early and sending his hopes up in smoke as he became an unwanted spectator to end the season for the driver who reached the podium in every race he finished in 2014.

So as the 30th Anniversary season comes to a close, Terry Rinker held strong winning all but the third round in Valleyfield, Quebec setting a new standard in the history of the series becoming the first driver ever to win the championship four years in a row.

The year was truly a special one with as many as five drivers having a shot at the title at the seasons final race in Seattle, with the 19 year F1 veteran taking the top step of 2014 and once again proving he is still the best driver in North America and will once again bring his powerful team to the table to defend his four straight and begin his crusade for a fifth straight title in 2015.
*Release from USF1 Powerboat Tour

About Graham Trucking

Robert Graham formed Graham Trucking, Inc. in 1983 shortly after purchasing his first semi tractor. The company has grown vastly and now operates 80 power units and owns one of the largest super chassis fleets in the state of Washington. Graham Trucking has expanded its service to include not only the Alaska barge trade, but also international freight, construction trade, retail supply, distribution and others. The company is based in South Park just a few miles south of the Port of Seattle piers. 

The Graham Trucking Seafair Cup will take place in 2015 Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2.

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