Graham Trucking holds narrow lead going into final day of racing in Seattle.

With two victories in the first two sets of preliminary heats, J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 Graham Trucking holds a narrow lead over Andrew Tate and the U-9 Les Schwab Tires going into tomorrow’s final day of the Albert Lee Appliance Cup in Seattle. Tate, the winner of last year’s race in Seattle, drove to victory in one preliminary heat and was second in another.

Third going into tomorrow’s action on Lake Washington is Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet, the three-time defending national champion. Shane won one of the preliminary heats, but finished fourth in another.

The day’s action started with a tight race between Kelly and Tom Thompson in the U-11 Miss DiJulio presents J&D’s. Kelly started outside, was the first to the first turn, and led down the backstretch with Thompson a few boat lengths behind on his inside. That’s the way it remained throughout until the final lap when Thompson turned a lap of over 141 mph trying to close the gap, but came up just short at the finish line.

17Seattle_photo3Brian Perkins finished third in the U-21 Albert Lee Appliance and Dustin Echols finished fourth in the 440 Bucket List Racing. It was the first heat finish for the Bucket List boat since 2014.

Heat 1B promised to be a duel between the two fastest qualifiers, but the outcome was decided before the race began when Shane was assessed a one-minute penalty for going too slow in timing his run for the starting line. Shane led the field throughout the race, but the penalty dropped him to fourth place. Tate challenged Shane briefly at the beginning of the race, but after learning Shane’s fate, he settled unto his position and took the checkered flag.

Greg Hopp in the U-99.9 KISW Miss Rock powered by CarStar held off J.W. Myers in the U-16 OH BOY! Oberto to take second place.

Later in the afternoon, Kelly again started from the outside and sped to an easy victory in Heat 2A. The battle instead was between Myers and Perkins for second place honors. With Perkins holding the inside lane, the two raced side-by-side with Perkins slightly ahead through most of the heat. Myers put his foot hard to the throttle coming out of the final turn and narrowly won the drag race to the finish line. Hopp took the Miss Rock to a fourth place finish.

17Seattle_photo2In the day’s final heat, Shane grabbed the inside lane at the start, led the field through the first turn, and pulled away to an easy victory. Once again, the battle was for second, this time between Tate and Thompson. With Tate on the inside, the two were side-by-side starting the final lap, but Tate pulled ahead and took second. Echols again finished the heat to take fourth place honors.

Holding fourth place in points going into tomorrow’s final day of racing in Seattle is Myers and the Oberto, fifth is Thompson in Miss J&D’s, sixth is Hopp and the Miss Rock, seventh is Perkins in Albert Lee, and eighth is Echols in the Bucket List. Complete results and any potential late changes can be found at H1unlimited.com.

Tomorrow’s action at the 2017 Albert Lee Appliance Cup in Seattle will include one more set of preliminary heats and the winner-take-all final heat.