Jimmy Shane drove his Miss HomeStreet unlimited hydroplane to the top speed in qualifying Friday for this weekend’s HomeStreet Bank Cup at Seafair. Shane averaged over 154 mph around the two-mile oval on Lake Washington.
Second was Andrew Tate in the defending champion boat Delta RealTrac, at just over 149 mph. Third was last weekend’s Columbia Cup winner, J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking at 148 mph and fourth was Jeff Bernard in the Oberto Meats hydro at 147.
Local Edmonds hydroplane J&D’s present Reliable Diamond Tools was fifth, just .003 mph slower than the Oberto, and about seven inches over the two-mile course. Driver Jamie Nilsen is still getting accustomed to the boat and each time out is a little faster. Owner Scott Raney has spent the week sorting out problems in the engine’s fuel system that hurt last week’s performance.
Unfortunately, the other boat with Edmonds ties, the Bucket List Racing owned by Kelly Stocklin, damaged much of its driveline in last week’s Columbia Cup and didn’t have time to make repairs. Driver Dustin Echols and the team will sit out this weekend’s race.
Brian Perkins was next in the Miss Rock hydroplane and was followed by Bert Henderson in the Boitano Homes hydroplane and Corey Peabody in the Graham Trucking II.
Something fun this weekend in addition to the unlimited hydroplanes are “J-Stock” hydros — similar to, but less powerful than, the boat that Edmonds resident Kyle Bahl raced in Ecuador earlier this spring (story here). These particular boats are designed as beginner boats for young people ages 9-16 to learn boat racing skills. In Seattle, most of these small boats have been adopted by the unlimited teams and are paired up in the same paint and color schemes.
Racing will continue all weekend long and will be covered by My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens