June 21, 2017
by Jay Reese
(Rogue River, Or.)--The Cal-Ore River Racers navigate its road show in to the city of Rogue River, Or. for the annual My Circle-K.com 'Rooster Crow' hydroplane race on the 2017 summer series this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Rogue River at Fleming Park at Depot Bridge with racing both days on the water at 12pm..
Make no mistake, Roger Sanderson (#B200) of Hoopa, California has emerged the favorite racer after winning his 5th straight race dating back to the 2016 season claiming the Hoopa 'Hydro Heritage' race on the Trinity River last Sunday, flag-to-flag.
The 2016 Cal-Ore Champion has won the first three races to start the new season, but has been pushed by defending 'Rooster Crow' Champion (#17) Jesse Reinhart who has finished second-place to Sanderson in the 'Boatnik' and Hoopa races this year, plus finishing second in the 2016 Season Championship race, too.
Veteran local racer Dereck Ely (#11) has finished on the Podium in each of the three races this season with back-to-back 3rd Place trophies, and a 4th Place in Hoopa last weekend.
Sanderson, Reinhart, and Ely are top-3 leading the CORRA-US Championship Points race.
10-time 'Boatnik' winner and 7-time club Champion Jeff Lewis continues to place, and is lurking around hungry for a win as (#007) Lewis has never had a season where he didn't win a race. The veteran boat mechanic, builder, and world record-holder has two 4th place finishes under his belt and an 8th place finish to put himself 5th in the points race.
There have been 6 other racers who have made the Podium this season including 2016 'Hard Charger' Michale Dickson (#20) of Willow Creek, Ca., Doug Branham (#357) and Jude Hostler (#50) of Hoopa, plus Justin Hood (#A1) and Rookie Jim Eldred of Grants Pass (#R35), and Rookie Robert Buckman (#05) of Hoopa.
The 2 -1/2 lap race starts 1-mile upriver from Savage Rapids Dam to 1-mile upriver east from Valley of the Rogue Park and the I-5 riffle.
Last year Reinhart held off Sanderson for his first career win as a 4th year racer. Lewis ran a strong third place showing, followed by Dickson and Ely the top-5.
Attached you will find the current CORRA season points Standings. In addition, you will also find a special announcement from CORRA President Matt Richardson regarding the Gold Beach race.
CORRA-Rooster Race Race events:
Sat. June 24 10am Parade downtown Rogue River
Sat. June 24 12pm Time Trials at Fleming Park-Coyote Evans Boat landing-Depot Bridge
Sat. June 24 2-4pm Boat 'Show-n-Shine' Downtown Plaza.
Sat. June 24 6pm Race BBq-Happy Hour-Benefit Driver Auction/Calcutta at the Grange
Sun June 25 11am Drivers Meeting at Coyote Evans boat landing Pit Area
Sun June 25 12pm Green Flag main event Race
Sun June 25 230p, Trophy presentation at Coyote Evans boat landing Pit Area
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