Andrew Tate drove his Delta/Realtrac to victory over Jimmy Shane in the Miss HomeStreet in the first heat of hydroplane racing on San Diego’s Mission Bay Saturday. In the next heat they reversed places, so ended the day tied as they head into the last day of racing on the 2017 season.
In heat one, Tate got the inside at the start and used the advantage of the shorter distance required to hold off Shane for the victory. Edmonds unlimited Reliable Diamond Tool presents J&D’s, driven by Tom Thompson, ended up third and Bucket List Racing, owned by Edmonds resident Kelly Stocklin and driven by Dustin Echols, finished fourth. J. Michael Kelly was disqualified for a fuel violation.
Heat two was almost an exact duplicate of the first heat with the exception of Shane getting the inside lane and taking the victory over Tate. Kelly didn’t get a violation in this heat and thus finished third, followed by Thompson and Echols.
Tate narrowed the gap between his boat and Shane’s in the season point race to 199 points after the first heat, but Shane widened it to 299 after the second heat.
There are three heats Sunday and the difference between first and second in a heat is 100 points. So, if Tate can win all three heats Sunday he can defeat Shane for the title by a single point out of over 7,500 total.
Scott and Shannon Raney announced that the J&D’s had some new on-board technology that allows fan to watch the boats position on the course, live, on the Internet. You can see not only the boat’s position on the course but also a speedometer showing the boats speed in real-time. This is an innovation the team is bringing.to the sport — a more engaging sports entertainment, drawing in larger spectator crowds and capturing the imaginations of TV and webcast audiences around the world.
Their Reliable Diamond Tool presents J&D’s hydroplane is sharing the technology with the Miss HomeStreet to enhance the fan experience. You can go online Sunday starting with the first heat of the day at 10 a.m. To watch, visit https://t3lemetry.mybluemix.net/77lucasoil.
Sunday is the final day of the hydroplane season. Follow the results on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens