After Friday’s qualifying action, both Edmonds-based unlimited hydroplane are roaring to go for Saturday’s President’s Cup in Detroit.
Dustin Echols had some difficulties with Kelly Stocklin’s Bucket List Racing as the connection between the engine and the gear box broke during qualifying. Fortunately, their new propellers, mentioned in Thursday’s report, are all still in tip-top shape. The team has spare parts for what broke Friday, so there is great optimism. The boat was looking good before the problem surfaced.
Our other local hydroplane, Scott and Shannon Raney’s Miss DiJulio presents J&D’s, had a great day. The changes that Scott Raney outlined in Thursday’s story seemed to work as Tom Thompson drove the boat to third place in qualifying, at a speed of 157.998 mph — more than 11 mph faster than last year on the same course.
The team has brought along several local students — Jack, Fynn and Eric Peterson — who are using unlimited hydroplanes as part of a Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program that the Raneys are developing with local schools. We will have more information on that after the race season.
There are eight boats racing in the President’s Cup Saturday. They will race again Sunday in the Gold Cup — two races in one weekend. A strain will be put on both personnel and equipment to pull it off.
Jimmy Shane was the top qualifier Friday with the HomeStreet Bank Unlimited at 162.068 mph, followed by Andrew Tate in the Realtrac at 161.235
Here is the complete list of entries with speeds:
U-1 HomeStreet Bank Jimmy Shane 162.068
U-9 RealTrac Andrew Tate 161.235
U-11 Miss DiJulio presents J&D’s Tommy Thompson 157.988
U-12 Graham Trucking J. Michel Kelly 156.414
U-3 Grigg’s Ace Hardware Jimmy King 155.598
U-7 Spirit of Detroit Bert Henderson 145.460
U-99.9 Car Star Miss Rock Kevin Eacrett no time
U-440 Bucket List Racing Dustin Echols no time
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