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    H1 Unlimited's 2019 National Championship to be decided on San Diego’s Mission Bay
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    SAN DIEGO, Calif. (September 11, 2019)—Jimmy Shane, driver of the “Miss HomeStreet” race boat, and J. Michael Kelly, driver of the “Graham Trucking” are expected to clash against each other during the 54th running of the HomeStreet Bank at Bayfair race, September 13-15 on Mission Bay in San Diego. The contest of six of the world’s fastest race boats will decide the 2019 National Championship for the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series.

    Shane, from Maple Valley, Wash. and Kelly from Bonney Lake, Wash. have won two races each during the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series summer of racing. Shane, 33, won races at Guntersville, Ala. and the Gold Cup trophy race in the team’s hometown, Madison, Ind. Kelly, 40, won the past two races, one in Kennewick, Wash. and one in Seattle.

    Shane has a lead of 1,443 points over Kelly as the series wraps up with the race on the 2-1/2 mile race course on Mission Bay, where the boats will pit at Ski Beach Park, 1600 Vacation Rd., San Diego throughout the weekend.

    Shane has five national championships (2013-16), four with his current Miss Madison Racing team, a team that has earned a total of eight national titles since first entering a boat in 1961. The total is second on the all-time total team championships list, but well behind Bernie Little’s “Miss Budweiser,” who won 23 championships.

    “We are in a good position to win the national championship,” Shane continued, “it’s ours to lose.” Shane must be consistent all weekend without mishap to maintain his lead over Kelly. Shane said, “We have to run a smart race all weekend. We will go for the race win after we achieve the championship, hopefully in the earlier preliminary heats.”

    Although Kelly has yet to win a national championship, he has ten career victories, including the Oryx Cup Union Internationale Motonautique (U.I.M.) World Championship in 2009 and 2014. Kelly said, “We wish it was a tighter points gap, but as a team everything is clicking. We get faster every time we go out.” Kelly continued, “ You never know what will happen, but are not giving up until all the points are added up at the end of the weekend.”

    Kelly is known as one of the most consistent starters, a skill where the drivers must make a run at the starting line without crossing it before the race clock clicks down to zero. Many compare Kelly and his starting ability to the late-great Bill Muncey, who lived in San Diego during the latter years of his career and who is known to have helped establish the first race on Mission Bay in 1964.

    He said the focus would be getting into the final race on Sunday. “We have been on a roll and we would like to end the season with three wins and give us something to build off for the offseason,” Kelly said.

    Kelly’s team sat out most of the 2018 season and he said, “the team has worked real hard this season and we are looking forward to the future.”

    Bringing his international flare, Bert Henderson, from Brockville, Ontario, Canada, will compete in his first Bayfair race. The 47-year-old Henderson, driving the U-7 “Spirit of Detroit” is in his first full season competing on the national circuit. Prior to 2019, Henderson had driven only in Detroit races. Henderson is currently in third place in the points chase with 4,398 points.

    The surprise of the season has been 40 year-old rookie Corey Peabody, driver of the U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream.” Peabody, a childhood friend and teammate to Kelly, has been consistent all season. His best finish was at the Gold Cup trophy race in Madison, Ind. where he placed second in two preliminary heats. He is currently fifth in the national points standings

    Rounding out the field of race boats is Jamie Nilsen, driver of the U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” and Jeff Bernard in the U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami.” Both drivers joined the circuit at the Columbia Cup in Washington State at the end of July.

    In a rare mid-season driver change, Nilsen replaced long-time driver of the U-11, Tom Thompson, who drove the first two races of the season. Prior to assuming the driver’s seat in the U-11, Nilsen last drove an H1 Unlimited hydroplane in 2014. He won his first career preliminary heat while racing in Seattle last month.

    Nilsen said, “This will be my first time racing an H1 Unlimited hydro in San Diego and our goals are to keep improving as a team every time we go out and compete for wins.”

    Nilsen said his team has come a long way from their first race together at the end of July, “I feel like we’ve come a long way from where we started.” He said the team keeps making the boat better and he keeps getting more comfortable in one of the world’s fastest race boats.

    Bernard and his team also won a preliminary heat in Seattle. Bernard has three career victories, including the race in San Diego in 2008. His most recent win came in 2009 in Evansville, Ind.

    The Mission Bay is known to have very fast water because of its length and the density of its salt water. This is the only salt-water race on the circuit. While the teams are expected to reach speeds near 200 mph, the course will not certified for records.

    Tickets are available at www.SanDiegoBayfair.org and range from $45. for all three days to $30. on Sunday.

    HomeStreet Bank Cup at Bayfair Schedule (PDT)

    Friday, September 13, 2019
    2:30 pm – 4:30 pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing

    Saturday, September 14, 2019
    8:50am — 9:50am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
    12:30pm — 2:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying
    3:00pm — 3:15pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Preliminary Heat One
    4:15pm — 4:30pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Preliminary Heat Two

    Sunday, September 15, 2019
    8:50am – 9:50am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
    10:30am — 10:45am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Preliminary Heat Three
    11:05am –12:15pm Driver Autograph Signing with General Public
    2:45pm — 3:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Preliminary Heat Four
    4:10pm — 4:30pm HomeStreet Bank Cup Final

    Line-Up for the HomeStreet Bank Cup H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Races
    U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” Jimmy Shane, 32, Maple Valley, Wash.
    U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” Bert Henderson, 47, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” Jamie Nilsen, 34, Gig Harbor, Wash.
    U-12 “Graham Trucking,” J. Michael Kelly, 40, Bonney Lake, Wash.,
    U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream,” Corey Peabody, 40, Kent, Wash.
    U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami,” Jeff Bernard, 34, Kent, Wash.

    H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series Driver National High Points
    1) Jimmy Shane, U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” 7,377 points
    2) J. Michael Kelly, U-12 “Graham Trucking,” 5,934 points
    3) Bert Henderson, U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” 4,398 points
    4) Andrew Tate, U-1 “Delta/RealTrac,” 4,357 points
    5) Corey Peabody (r), U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream,” 3,461 points
    6) Dustin Echols, U-440 “Bucket List Racing,” 2,189 points
    7) Jeff Bernard, U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami,” 2,092 points
    8) Brian Perkins, U-99.9 Go Fast, Turn Left Racing, 1,894 points
    9) Tom Thompson, U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” 1,834 points
    10) Jamie Nilsen, U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” 1,556 points
    11) Jimmy King, U-3 “Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware,” 630 points


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    Jimmy Shane drives U-6 Miss HomeStreet to sixth national unlimited hydroplane title

    More than a month after he celebrated winning a national championship, Jimmy Shane finally clinched it Saturday.

    Shane, who lives in Covington, thought he had his title clinched when he won at Seafair last month. H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series decided, nearly an hour after the race, that he was assessed a penalty and took away the race win, and the points needed to clinch the title.

    At San Diego Bayfair, Shane clinched his sixth national title after being the top qualifier (158.623 mph) and winning Heat 1 in the U-6 Miss HomeStreet.

    Shane’s six national titles ties him with Steve David, who Shane replaced as the Miss Madison driver when David retired, for fourth on the sport’s all-time list.

    J. Michael Kelly, who won the Seafair title after Shane’s penalty, won Heat 2. Kelly is looking for his third consecutive win Sunday in San Diego. He also won the Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities.


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    Shane clinches H1 Championship in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO (Sept. 14, 2019)–Jimmy Shane, driver of the U-6 “Miss HomeStreet” unlimited hydroplane clinched his sixth H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series national championship after scoring top qualifier points and winning his preliminary heat scoring enough points win the title on Mission Bay.

    Shane has won the championship six of the past seven years, five with his team current team, Miss Madison Racing owned by the citizens of Madison, Indiana. Shane won the championship in 2013-17, and now in 2019.

    After Saturday’s racing, Shane said, “It feels great to win my sixth championship, we are going to stay clean during tomorrow’s two sets of heats and go into the final and lay it all on the line.”

    “We are going to race smart leading up to the final of the HomeStreet Bank Cup and throw everything we’ve got at it,” Shane said.

    Shane said he has to stay away from the saltwater tossed in the air from the other race boats, keeping the engine from digesting the salt that could lead to damage and “stay out of trouble.”

    Shane’s biggest challenge of the day came from his teammate, Jeff Bernard, driver of the U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami” who nearly caught him at the finish of the three-lap heat. Bernard finished a boat length behind Shane. Third place went to Jamie Nilsen, driving the U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool.” Fourth place went to Canadian driver Bert Henderson in the “Spirit of Detroit.”

    In the second heat of the day, J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 “Graham Trucking” made a parade out of the preliminary heat, easily beating Bernard in the U-1918 and Nilsen in the U-11. Corey Peabody driving the U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream” failed to finish.

    “We need to keep getting this boat going faster and faster,” Kelly said.

    Kelly said they are going to try different things Sunday because he was unable to get good timing marks Saturday after his boat suffered steering issues during qualifying.

    “The guys worked hard to find the issue which is nice, you want your steering to work when you are going 200 mph on the water,” Kelly said.

    Kelly said he didn’t know exactly what went wrong with his steering other than it wasn’t right.

    “I’m just the driver, I just turn the wheel and I knew something wasn’t right,” he said. “I explained it to my crew and they thankfully figured it out.”

    Racing continues Sunday at the HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay with two additional preliminary heat races and with the winner-take-all final scheduled for 4 pm (PDT).

    HomeStreet Bank Cup at Bayfair Qualifying Results
    1) Jimmy Shane, U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” 158.623 mph
    2) Jamie Nilsen, U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” 157.585 mph
    3) Jeff Bernard, U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami,” 157.499 mph
    4) J. Michael Kelly, U-12 “Graham Trucking,” 156.220 mph
    5) Bert Henderson, U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” 141.262 mph
    6) Corey Peabody, U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream,” 133.360 mph

    Preliminary Heat One
    1) Jimmy Shane, “Miss HomeStreet,” 151.276 mph average
    2) Jeff Bernard, “Oberto Super Salami,” 151.268 mph average
    3) Jamie Nilsen, “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” 143.870 mph average
    4) Bert Henderson, “Spirit of Detroit,” 132.716 mph average

    Preliminary Heat Two
    1) J. Michael Kelly, “Graham Trucking,” 152.341 mph average
    2) Jeff Bernard, “Oberto Super Salami,” 147.612 mph average
    3) Jamie Nilsen, “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool,” 143.762 mph average
    Did Not Finish: Corey Peabody, “Graham Trucking American Dream”


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    JMK grabs San Diego HomeStreet Bank Bayfair Cup victory

    SAN DIEGO (Sept. 15, 2019)—J. Michael Kelly, from Bonney Lake, Wash., driver of the U-12 “Graham Trucking” unlimited hydroplane closed the books on the 2019 season with his third victory of the year at the 55th running of the HomeStreet Bank Cup at Bayfair on Mission Bay in San Diego.

    Kelly outran his nearest competitor Jimmy Shane in the U-6 “Miss HomeStreet” by grabbing the inside lane during the pre-race milling with a “park and start” strategy. Kelly utilized this method after H1 Unlimited officials decided to suspend the minimum pre-race speed of 80 mph, prior to this weekend’s event.

    Kelly said, “It was really nerve-racking out there before the start, just putting around out there, there is a lot of time to think about things and then you see the other guys coming up fast, but I knew my only chance was to get the inside lane.” He said, “It was all or nothing.”

    Once Kelly strategically established lane one, Shane battled deck-to-deck at the start but by the end of the first of five laps began to slip further and further behind Kelly’s red and black “Graham Trucking” race boat.

    Shane said “Great racing this weekend with the “Miss HomeStreet,” not the result we wanted in the final obviously, but with the change in rules we knew drivers were going to be up at the start parking early, and we didn’t know what type of risk they would take in the salt water, so we played it by ear.”

    He continued, “We got up there early with Mike (Kelly) but I didn’t feel comfortable with our set-up with the boat to troll at those low speeds, so I decided to peel-off and go around for a flying start,” Shane said. “We had a good start, but Mike had a great start too and accelerated really fast.”

    Shane said Kelly’s acceleration after the trolling start surprised him and “we hung with him on the first lap but he slowly pulled away from us, being outside of him.”

    Jamie Nilsen in the U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool” appeared to be washed down by a competitor’s roostertail spray and went dead in the water in turn one of lap one.

    Bert Henderson, driving the U-7 “Spirit of Detroit” tried to keep up with Kelly and Shane from lane three but officials quickly determined Henderson had jumped the start line.

    Jeff Bernard in the U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami” trailed even further by about four roostertails at the end of lap two.

    Corey Peabody in the U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream” went dead-in-the-water in the backstretch of lap one but was able to restart and continue racing.

    By the end of lap two, Kelly had increased his lead by another half of a roostertail despite Shane’s constant pressure.

    When the boats completed lap three it was evident that Shane would not be able to catch Kelly from the outside unless Kelly experienced a mechanical failure.

    When the spray settled at the final lap, Kelly had increased his lead in front of Shane by several roostertails, capturing Sunday’s winner-take-all final. Shane was second, followed by Bernard. Despite jumping the gun and being assessed a one minute penalty, Henderson gained enough to score fourth place. As these drivers finished and returned to pit row, Peabody was still completing his last lap after earlier going dead-in-the-water.

    HomeStreet Bank Cup at Mission Bay Final
    1 J. Michael Kelly, U-12 “Graham Trucking,” 150.490 mph average
    2 Jimmy Shane, U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” 146.307 mph average
    3 Jeff Bernard, U-1918 “Oberto Super Salami,” 133.589 mph average
    4 Bert Henderson, U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” 116.318 mph average
    5 Corey Peabody, U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream,” 106.856 mph average
    Did Not Finish: Jamie Nilsen, U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool”

    Fastest Lap, U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” Jimmy Shane, lap 4, 152.583 mph


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    Kelly wins in San Diego, Shane national hydroplane champion

    J. Michael Kelly won Sunday’s Bill Muncey Cup for unlimited hydroplanes in San Diego. Jimmy Shane was second with the HomeStreet Bank hydroplane; he wrapped up the season championship earlier in the day.

    Kelly used a slow-moving path to the starting line in order to secure the inside lane and used that to his advantage as his Graham Trucking hydroplane led all 15 miles of the final heat. Shane was on the outside and couldn’t find the speed to overcome Kelly’s advantage of the shorter inside lane.

    Third place went to the Oberto Smoked Meats boat driven by Jeff Barnard. Fourth was Bert Henderson in the Boitano Homes. Corey Peabody was fifth with the Graham Trucking II. Our local Edmonds boat, the Reliable Diamond Tools presents J&D’s, had a fuel control failure in its engine and was unable to finish the final.

    J&D’s driver Jamie Nilsen had been having a terrific weekend up until the fuel control issue in his engine. He had qualified second overall and was third in points headed into the final.

    Owners Scott ad Shannon Raney were pleased with how our local bost was running. They had a new fastest lap for the history of the team, at over 160 mph. Kelly Stocklin, who didn’t race the other Edmonds boat — Bucket List Racing — did participate in the fine showing of the J&D’s by building the new propeller that they used to achieve the new record speeds.

    The hydroplanes are all done for 2019 but both local teams are excited about what is in store for 2020.


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