Jimmy Shane/Miss Madison/Oberto: 2015 H1 Unlimited Champions
By Fred Farley – APBA Unlimited Historian
Driver Jimmy Shane and the community-owned OBERTO/MISS MADISON team would not be denied in 2015.
When the roostertails subsided after the last race of the season on San Diego’s Mission Bay, OBERTO/MISS MADISON (U-1) had 6560 National High Points, compared to 5463 for GRAHAM TRUCKING (U-5) with J. Michael Kelly, 4735 for DALTON INDUSTRIES (U-27) with Cal Phipps, and 4703 for LES SCHWAB/TEAM RED DOT (U-9) with Scott Liddycoat.
Shane and OBERTO scored victories in the APBA Gold Cup at the Tri-Cities, Washington, the UAW/GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest at Detroit, and the Bayfair Bill Muncey Cup at San Diego.
As High Point winner, OBERTO/MISS MADISON is again entitled to wear the coveted U-1 emblem throughout the 2016 H1 Unlimited tour.
This marks the third year in a row that Jimmy Shane has won the High Point Driver title in the H1 Unlimited Class. He did so in 2013 with Ted Porter’s GRAHAM TRUCKING team.
MISS MADISON, under the sponsorship of Oberto Meat Products, has now won six National High Point titles since 2008–the first four with driver Steve David who retired at the end of the 2013 season.
The OBERTO corporation had previously announced that 2015 would be their final season as an Unlimited hydroplane sponsor. Thanks to Shane and the MISS MADISON crew, they went out a winner.