Andrew Tate took his Delta Realtrac unlimited hydroplane to victory on the Detroit River Sunday, winning the Gold Cup — the premier event on the season schedule.
Tate got the inside position before the start and used the advantage of the shorter way around the course to lead from start to finish. Jimmy Shane, driving the Miss HomeStreet, had dominated the preliminary heats all day but couldn’t overcome being outside for the final heat. He chased Tate for all five laps but fell further and further behind each lap, ultimately losing by more than a roostertail.
This puts Tate’s name on the trophy that his father, Mark, won in 1991 and 1994.
Edmonds hydro Reliable Diamond Trucking presents J&D’s continued to show improvement with its best finish ever, just behind the two leaders. Driver Tom Thompson won a heat earlier in the day and constantly showed to be the next best boat. Owners Scott and Shannon Raney promised My Edmonds News there would be some speed and performance improvements last week, and delivered as promised.
Fourth place went to Bert Henderson in the Miss Detroit, running it’s first race since being damaged at the Detroit race a year ago. The other boat with an Edmonds connection, Kelly Stocklin’s Bucket List Racing, finished overall fifth. Driver Dustin Echols won a preliminay heat early in the day.
Supposedly a two-day race, the Gold Cup was washed about by storm conditions Saturday. That meant that all the heats scheduled for both days had to be crammed into Sunday, meaning no rest time between heats for owners, drivers and crew.
As the boats head to the final race of the season, Tate has an insurmountable lead over everyone for the season championship. Shane is second and our two Edmonds hydros driven by Thompson and Echols are third and fourth respectively.
The last race of the season will be Sept. 14 and 15 in San Diego. Follow the results here on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens