For the 27th time, Jimmy Shane, (Maple Valley, Wash. driving the U-1 Miss HomeStreet, and Andrew Tate (Walled Lake, Mich.), driver of the U-9 Les Schwab Tires, raced against each other. And on Saturday, during the HAPO Columbia preliminary heat 2B, Shane won that battle and added to his overall total of 15 wins against Tate.
The two hit the start line tied, but Shane pulled slightly ahead in lane one. The two battle up side-by-side until the third lap when Shane pulled away.
“I knew he had it by lap three,” Tate said. He said he needed to save the equipment for Sunday’s preliminary heats and final and needs those valuable H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series national high points to stay in the points lead. “We need to save it for another battle in another race, for another day.”
The two drivers are now tied with three victories each this season when they have gone up against each other.
The winner Jimmy Shane said, “You have two competitive drivers and two competitive teams and we put on a great show for the Tri-Cities fans. That is what H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing is all about, deck-to-deck racing.”
Shane had the fastest lap speed of 157.585 mph.
Third place in preliminary heat 2B was Brian Perkins (North Bend, Wash.) in the U-21 PayneWest Insurance.
Tate said that turn one is the usual rough Columbia River turn one. “The only good thing about being behind Shane was I could see the rough water coming. He had to go through the same stuff I did.”
U-11 J&D’s with Tom Thompson did not start.
Preliminary Heat 2A saw Cal Phipps got to the first turn on the opening lap in lane two, while Kelly took lane one. But Phipps made a great turn and pulled away. Kelly was not a threat, finishing second, but later was disqualified for a fuel flow violation. Dustin Echols in the U-440 Bucket List Racing finished second.
Preliminary Heat 1A Recap:
U-9 Les Schwab Tire driver Andrew Tate came to the start line with Brian Perkins in the U-21 PayneWest Insurance, and Cal Phipps in the U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky. Phipps lead into the first turn of lap one, but Tate passed Phipps in the backstretch and stayed in the lead for the remaining two laps. Perkins over took Phipps on lap two for second place and remained until the checkered flag. Dustin Echols in the U-440 Bucket List Racing trailed the field almost a half of lap behind the leaders. U-12 Graham Trucking, with J. Michael Kelly driving, went dead in the water after he crossed the start line at the beginning of the race.
Preliminary Heat 1B Recap:
Prior to the start, Jimmy King washed down Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet in the U-3 Ace Hardware, forcing Shane to go dead-in-the-water. He was able to restart his engine and catch the field for the start. Shane pulled out ahead of the U-11 J&D’s with Tom Thompson driving on lap one, and held the lead for the remaining three laps. Thompson made an attempt to make up ground on Shane but could not catch him. King’s boat went dead in the water just as he crossed for the start. He was later penalized 150 points for cutting Shane off in the milling period. Aaron Salmon and the U-99.9 CARSTAR powers Miss Rock was unable to start, suffering from a relay switch malfunction.
Preliminary Heat 2A Results:
1) U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, Cal Phipps, 146.929 mph
2) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Dustin Echols, 119.21o mph
U-12 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, Disqualified for Fuel flow violation
Preliminary Heat 2B Results:
1) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Jimmy Shane, 155.671 mph
2) U-9 Les Schwab Tires, Andrew Tate, 152.856 mph
3) U-21 PayneWest Insurance, Brian Perkins, 138.674
U-11 J&D’s, Tom Thompson Did Not Start
Preliminary Heat 1A Results:
1) U-9 Les Schwab Tires, Andrew Tate 147.310 mph
2) U-21 PayneWest Insurance, Brian Perkins, 146.190 mph
3) U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, Cal Phipps, 143.740 mph
4) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Dustin Echols, 102.140 mph
U-12 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly Did Not Finish
Preliminary Heat 1B Results:
1) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Jimmy Shane, 144.450 mph
2) U-11 Reliable Diamond Tool presents J&D’s, Tom Thompson, 142.630 mph
U-3 Ace Hardware, Jimmy King, Did Not Finish (penalized -150 points)
U-99.9 CARSTAR powers Miss Rock, Aaron Salmon.
Hand Out Photo attached: U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, U-9 Les Schwab Tires and U-21 PayneWest Insurance battle each other in preliminary heat 1A during Saturday’s racing at the HAPO Columbai Cup in Kennewick, Wash. The U-9 with Andrew Tate driving won the heat.