Dustin Echols
Dustin EcholsDriver

At 39-years-old, Echols had extensive experience in smaller limited class hydroplanes before his debut in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series in 2017. Although his U-440 Bucket List Racing boat is the smallest in the field and has a engine that is rated with a less horse power than the competition, Echols and his team appeared at every points race last year. They ended their season in fourth-place in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series national points standings.

Echols has always admired the H1 Unlimited hydroplane class as the pinnacle of power boat racing and made driving a H1 Unlimited hydroplane an item on his bucket list, an item that is now a dream come true.

The U-440 Bucket List Racing is a younger fan’s favorite hydroplane because of its bright orange color. It began as an experimental G Class Hydroplane on the now defunct automotive series. It has been re-powered with a Lycoming T-53 turbine engine that has been used in helicopters and fixed-winged aircraft since the 1950s.

In 2012, Sharon and Kelly Stocklin teamed together to promote a more economical alternative to H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing that is more suited to entry level and start-up teams. They hope it helps promote the idea that new owners in H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing can be successful competitors. Kelly, the 2012 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series rookie-of-the-year, retired from driving after a spectacular crash in San Diego in 2016. His crash made nation-wide headlines including Good Morning America.

Kelly & Sharon Stocklin
Kelly & Sharon StocklinOwners

Kelly and Sharon Stocklin teamed together to promote a more economical alternative to current forms of unlimited racing that is more suited to entry level and start-up teams. Together with Snuskitush Enterprises, they are helping promote the idea that new owners in unlimited racing can be successful competitors. In 2012, the Stocklins acquired one of the boats built for the G Class automotive series and is approved by H1 to run the boat as an unlimited using a Lycoming T-53 turbine power plant.

Kelly Stocklin is a local legend when it comes to boat racing. Stocklin’s racing resume dates back to 1974 and includes decades of competition in the major flat bottom classes, super stock, pro stock and pro comp. He was a long-time record holder in the pro stock category, part of the team that has set multiple runabout records in all classes. Kelly has been instrumental in the evolution and implementation of driver safety capsules in these classes.

In 1980, Kelly joined Squire Shop’s U2 unlimited team as crew member for four years. Shortly thereafter, he joined Ron Brown as an outside vendor on Budweiser’s first turbine attempt (T-1) while working in the nuclear energy field. In 1997, Dave Villwock took over the Budweiser team and asked Kelly to join in starting a long-term, in-house propeller manufacturing project which ultimately produced the world’s fastest and most durable propellers. Today, Kelly and Dave continue to make the world’s fastest propellers.

In the early 1990’s, Stocklin’s first experience in the cockpit of a hydroplane came in the 7 liter class. He was an early participant in the Unlimited Light Class and long-time driver of Thunder Valley Racing’s supercharged UL.

At age 61, when most have retired, Kelly Stocklin started his driving career in the unlimited class and was named the 2012 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year.  Having accomplished that bucket list item, he assumed the role of radio man at races.  Kelly manufactures the team’s gear boxes, drive shafts, and all hardware required.  Being an accomplished composite engineer and fabricator, Stocklin, along with Crew Chief Taylor Evans, is responsible for all hull repairs and modifications.  He continues to supply propellers for Bucket List Racing and other H1 race teams, and serves on the Board of H1.

Taylor Evans
Taylor EvansCrew Chief

Taylor Evans of Beaver Lake, Washington, is crew chief of the U440 Bucket List Racing program for the 2019 H1 Unlimited season. Taylor joined the Bucket List Racing team at its inception in 2012. His abilities, knowledge and responsibilities have increased each year. The U440 was not available to Bucket List Racing for the 2013 race season, so Taylor joined the U37 team in midseason that year, and continued over winter and through the 2014 season, gaining valuable experience in the areas of hull repair and setup.

Taylor rejoined the U440 program during the winter of 2014 and crewed during the 2015 season. He began working for the team on a full-time basis in fall 2015, becoming Crew Chief, and is responsible for modifications to the boat, maintenance, and team management.

U-440 Bucket List Racing
U-440 Bucket List RacingCrew

Noah Alcala, Sammamish, Wash.
Rachel Alcala, Sammamish, Wash.
Findley Echols, Monroe, Wash.
Rena Echols, Monroe, Wash.
Andy Gerde, Seattle, Wash.
Mark Kauth, Everett, Wash.
Paul Notch, Tri-City, Wash.
Max O’Keefe, Issaquah, Wash.
Fred Roebke, Seattle, Wash.
Clay Stocklin, Watertown, Wis.
Mike Stocklin, Watertown, Wis.

Snuskitush Enterprises
Snuskitush EnterprisesPrimary Sponsor

Snuskitush Enterprises is an investment group dedicated to benevolent endeavors with the goal of making lifetime dreams and wishes come true.

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  • Team Social Media Page: Bucket List Racing
  • Founded: 2012
  • Home Port: Snohomish, Washington
  • Driver Rookie Year: 2017
  • Boat Colors: Orange/Yellow
  • Builder: Dale Van Wieringen
  • Designer: Dale Van Wieringen
  • Crew Chief: Taylor Evans
  • Public Relations: Sharon Stocklin
  • Length: 28 Feet
  • Weight: 4,100 Pounds
  • Engine: Lycoming T-53
  • 2018 Boat Points: 5199
  • 2018 Driver Points: 5199
  • 2018 Season Finish: 4th