J. Michael Kelly wins HomeStreet Bank Cup in Seattle

SEATTLE — J. Michael Kelly won his fourth race in Seattle and his second in a row when he drove the U-9 Boitano Homes to victory in the 2022 HomeStreet Bank Cup on Lake Washington. Kelly, 43, of Bonney Lake, Washington, was the winner of Seattle’s most recent H1 Unlimited Racing Series event in 2019.

Kelly was far ahead at the finish line of the winner-take-all final after both Jimmy Shane in Miss HomeStreet and Dave Villwock in Miss Beacon Plumbing started too early and were penalized an extra lap. Jeff Bernard took second place in Miss Goodman Real Estate and Shane eventually took third place after Villwock and Jamie Nilsen in Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse were disqualified for not maintaining a minimum speed before the start.

Earlier in the day, Kelly and Boitano Homes won the first preliminary heat after both Shane and Villwock were penalized for starting too early. Shane then won the day’s second heat in a narrow margin over his teammate, Bernard in Miss Goodman Real Estate.

The fastest race boats in the world will next appear on Mission Bay in San Diego on September 16 to 18, where they will finish the 2022 H1 Unlimited Racing Series. With that one race remaining in the season, Shane still holds a sizeable lead in the standings for the driver’s championship, but Kelly’s boat is behind the Miss HomeStreet by only 590 points. 

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HomeStreet Bank Cup at Seattle

HEAT 1 — 1, J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 400 points, 138.115 avg. speed; 2, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 300, 133.073; 3, Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 225, 126.310; 4, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 169, 104.467; 5, Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 127, 90.015.

HEAT 2 — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 140.029; 2, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 300, 138.808; 3, J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 225, 136.000; 4, Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 169, 133.059; 5, Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 127, 124.058.

FINAL HEAT — 1, J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 400, 133.926; 2, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 300, 129.652; 3, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 225, 102.173; Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, DSQ; Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, DSQ.

ACCUMULATED POINTS — J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 1085; Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 970; Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 894; Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 402; Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 376.

NATIONAL STANDINGS (DRIVERS) — 1, Jimmy Shane, 6694; 2, J. Michael Kelly, 5113; 3, Jeff Bernard, 4753; 4, Jamie Nilsen, 3246; 5, Corey Peabody, 3049; 6, Dave Villwock, 2525; 7, Jimmy King, 875.

NATIONAL STANDINGS (BOATS) — 1, Miss HomeStreet, 6694; 2, Boitano Homes, 6104; 3, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 4753; 4, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 3246; 5, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 2525; 6, Miss Tri-Cities, 2058; 7, Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware, 875.