J. Michael Kelly drove the Graham Trucking hydroplane to victory in Sunday afternoon’s Bill Muncey Cup unlimited hydroplane race in San Diego. Kelly benefited from a driving error by Jimmy Shane in the Oberto. Shane took the lead on the backstretch of the first lap and held it for four straight laps. He was maintaining his lead but for some reason on the last lap moved his boat to the outside, which interfered with Kelly’s course. The move was considered severe enough to give Shane a one lap penalty and drop him from first place to fourth place.
Local Edmonds hydroplane Miss Peters and May ran the entire final heat in third place. However, driver Tom Thompson was just a few feet early to the starting line and was also penalized a lap. Thompson ended up fifth. With all the penalties, Cal Phipps was able to garner second place with his boat the Graham Trucking II. Third place went to Mike Webster driving his own boat, the Big 5 Sporting Goods. The Spirit of Qatar with driver Kip Brown was unable to get started for the final and therefore ended up seventh. Sixth place went to the Tony Roma’s, driven by Dave Warren, which failed to finish.
It was a good day of racing with three heats where the Alberto and the Graham Trucking went head-to-head, take turns winning. Scott and Shannon Raney were happy with performance by their local Edmonds boat, which got two thirds and a second in preliminary heats and then actually led the boats through the first turn of the final heat. Sponsor Dave Holley was also quite pleased.
Shane maintains an almost 900-point lead going into the final race of the year, the Oryx Cup, in Qatar in November. All the boats will be getting ready to be shipped to Qatar in the next two weeks.
Follow the season-ending action here on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens