The American Boat Racing Association is implementing a plan that will determine the top qualifier during a two-hour window on the opening day of this year's Madison Regatta.

Dubbed "Pole Position Friday," the plan calls for all boats to take to the water for qualifying attempts similar to qualifying at the Indianapolis 500.

On Wednesday, the Regatta got the OK from the ABRA to put the plan into action, less than three days after it was put forth to the race sites.

"(ABRA) asked us about it on Monday and our response was that it was a great idea," Madison Regatta President Crystal McHargue said. "From what I understand, every race site loves the idea."

In the past, race sites had as many as six different sessions throughout Friday and Saturday where official speeds could be recorded. The result was a system where teams could continually try to out-do each other, but left little cohesion for the fan to follow.

The Regatta plans for the session to run from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, July 3. A special presentation to the pole winner will follow.

"The format will be the same. You will have three laps on the water with the fastest lap counting as your time," Madison Regatta Race Chairman Pat Brooks said. "Some of the details still need to be determined (by the ABRA), but we think the fans will love it."

One of the details that still needs to be determined is whether all speeds will be set during the two-hour session, or just the fastest qualifier. Brooks was also unsure on what order the boats will hit the water during the session.

"The ABRA is still working on that," Brooks said.

Qualifying order will be of special importance this year in light of the changes in the starting procedure that the ABRA announced in March. Boats will no longer "fight" for lanes during the five minutes before a race, but will instead have their lanes assigned to them based upon qualifying order.

Points are also awarded based upon qualifying position. In 2006, the U-7 II edged the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison for the national championship due in large part to higher finishes in qualifying.

The ABRA has asked for fans' thoughts on "Pole Position Friday" on several Internet Web sites throughout the week. The response has been by and large positive.

Eleven boats are still expected to open the 2009 ABRA season at Madison.

Terry Troxell Memorial set

The family of Terry Troxell has set the visitation and memorial schedule for the popular Unlimited driver who died Sunday from a heart attack.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. PDT on Friday at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor, Wash. A memorial is planned for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that well-wishers make a donation to either the Make-a-Wish Foundation in remembrance of Terry Troxell or the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.