Zimmerman, Kelly win opening heats at Seafair; Villwock disqualified
Jon Zimmerman in the Red Dot and J Michael Kelly with the Graham Truckng won the first two heats of this weekend’s Seafair race.
Zimmerman led his heat from start to finish followed by the Fox Plumbing driven by Jeff Bernard. Bernard was in turn followed by Cal Phipps in the second Graham Trucking boat and Mike Webster in the Boitano Homes entry, with Greg Hopp in the Miss DiJulio coming in next. Kelly Stocklin had to withdraw his Bucket List Racing before the start.
All of the action and excitement was in the first heat of the day. While trying to gain position before the start, Dave Villwock’s Beacon Plumbing ran into the Oberto driven by Jimmy Shane. Villwock had to shut his boat down while Shane continued on to try and run the race despite damage. J. Michael Kelly took advantage of the altercation to run away with the victory. His Graham Trucking finish was followed by determined effort by Kip Brown in the Spirit of Qatar. Shane recovered enough to take third place in the heat and was followed by our local favorite, Tom Thompson in the Miss Peters and May. Ron Warren got into the race with the commissioners option but a broken propeller ended his day. Villwock was disqualified for aggressive driving and so the Beacon Plumbing actually earned negative points for the day. The boat has since withdrawn.
This is the second straight week that Villwock and Shane have been involved in an altercation. Last week in the Tri-Cities, Villwock lost control of his boat and ran into Shane. Both boats were damaged, and spent the early part of this week being repaired just in time to run again this weekend. Both the Oberto and the Beacon Plumbing were extensively damaged again this weekend; however, the Oberto team is confident the boat will be ready for Sunday’s racing.
As it was the second straight week the Villwock has run into another boat due to an aggressive driving style, the rulers of the sport decided to suspend him for the rest of the weekend. Zimmerman, Kelly win opening heats it Seafair. Villwock disqualified.
Expect more action, but perhaps not so many fireworks, during Sunday’s racing. You can follow the action on My Edmonds News.