MADISON, Ind. (July 7, 2019)—U-6 “Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison” and the hydroplane’s driver Jimmy Shane from Maple Valley, Wash. had a perfect weekend winning the 112th American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup trophy during the Madison Regatta on the Ohio River.
Shane began his weekend as the top qualifier among the seven world’s fastest race boats. He won each of the four preliminary heats and power boat racing’s pinnacle trophy.
Today’s win by Shane makes it his fourth Gold Cup win in his 12 years driving in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series.
The win also etches his team, Miss Madison Racing, into the record books with four Gold Cup wins, with all but one with Shane at the wheel. The team’s first Gold Cup trophy win came in 1971 when the team won in the hometown of Madison, Indiana with driver Jim McCormick.
Last year’s Gold Cup winner, Andrew Tate in the U-1 “Delta/RealTrac took an early lead, followed closely by Shane. In the back stretch, Tate increased his lead over Shane and the U-7 “Spirit of Detroit” driven by Bert Henderson, U-11 “J&D’s Reliable Diamond Tool” pilot Tom Thompson and the U-12 “Graham Trucking” with J. Michael Kelly in the cockpit of the six lap championship final.
In the first turn of lap two, with Tate in the lead, his boat fell into a huge hole on the racecourse that turned him hard left, slowing him enough for Shane to pull in front exiting the turn. Shane pulled ahead by 1-1/2 roostertails. Henderson followed Tate nearly 5 roostertails.
There was no looking back for Shane during the remaining three laps.
Tate ended up crossing the finish line second but officials ruled he jumped the gun, adding a one-minute penalty to his final finish time. Henderson in the “Spirit of Detroit” finished third but moved up to second after the ruling against Tate.
Third place went to Kelly in the U-12 “Graham Trucking.” Thompson finished fourth and Tate finished fifth. Rookie Corey Peabody was unable to start his U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream” hydroplane.
There was a bit of good news for Tate, he did have the fastest lap in the final averaging 146.053 mph in lap one.
The H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing move west July 26-28, 2019 in Kennewick, Washington, followed by Seattle August 2-4, 2019.
112th Running of the Madison Regatta Gold Cup Championship Final
1) U-6 “Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison”, Jimmy Shane, 135.046 mph
2) U-7 “Spirit of Detroit”, Bert Henderson, 126.76 mph
3) U-12 “Graham Trucking”, J. Michael Kelly, 125.165 mph
4) J&D’s Reliable Diamond Tool, Tom Thompson, 111.524 mph
5) U-1 “Delta/RealTrac” Andrew Tate, 109.09 mph
DNS “U-98 “Graham Trucking American Dream”, Corey Peabody
Preliminary Heat 3A Results
1) U-1 “Delta/RealTrac, Tate 128.731 mph Average
2) U-98 “American Dream,” Peabody, 115.68 mph average
3) U-440 “Bucket List Racing”, Dustin Echols, 105.668 mph average
4) U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” Henderson, 100.256 mph average
U-7 one minute penalty, jumped the gun
Preliminary Heat 3B Results
1) U-6 “Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison, Shane, 131.482 mph average
2) U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool, Thompson, 124.185 mph average
DSQ U-12 “Graham Trucking,” Kelly,
U-12 level three penalty for striking buoy, DSQ for entering safety zone, one minute penalty + $350 fine
Preliminary Heat 4A Results
1) U-1 “Delta/RealTrac, Tate, 135.605 mph average
2) U-12 “Graham Trucking, Kelly, 132.854 mph average
3) U-7 “Spirit of Detroit,” Henderson, 128.249 mph average
DNF U-440 “Bucket List Racing,” Echols
Preliminary Heat 4B Results
1) U-6 “Miss HomeStreet,” Shane, 126.111 mph average
2) “U-11 “J&D’s, Thompson, 123.977 mph average
3) U-98 “American Dream,” Peabody, 110.448 mph average
U-98 “American Dream,” level one penalty, did not maintain 10 spacing in turn one, $250 fine.