Jimmy Shane drives Graham Trucking to Seafair hydro win

Graham Trucking is the Seafair winner. (Photo courtesy of Unlimited Hydro News)
Graham Trucking was victorious in Seattle’s Albert Lee Cup. (Photo courtesy of Unlimited Hydro News)

Jimmy Shane, driving the Graham Trucking hydroplane, won Seattle’s Albert Lee Cup Sunday. Shane used some great strategy to get the inside lane for the final heat, hit the start just right and was able to hold off Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto.

Shane came into Sunday’s racing way behind the pack as he had failed to finish his heat. “After the setback on Saturday, the crew fixed the mechanical gremlins and we decided to let it all hang out in the final,” Shane said. “I let the boat hang it all out and it worked.”

David, 59, had a perfect weekend, being top qualifier and winning every heat until the final. However, Shane’s crafty move to take the inside at the start enabled him to hold off all contenders for five laps around the two-mile Ted Jones race course.

“The Graham Trucking and the Beacon Plumbing worked to push me out to lane 4,” David said. “From there it just wasn’t possible to catch Jimmy,”

Second went to David in the Oh Boy! Oberto and third was Kip Brown in the Spirit of Qatar. Jon Zimmerman was fourth with the Red Dot, followed by Mike Webster in the Boitano Homes and Jamie Nielsen in the Snoqualmie Casino boat. Our local hydroplane, Miss Peters and May, suffered through mechanical gremlins of its own that kept the boat slow for the first few heats, and driver Tom Thompson was unable to make up the points to qualify for the winner-take-all final.

It was a great sunny day for the hydroplanes and for the first time in three races none of the boats crashed. The unlimited fleet moves on to Coeur d’Alene Labor Day weekend. Continue to follow the action here on My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens




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