Press release September 14
SAN DIEGO — The world’s fastest race boats will wrap up the 2021 H1 Unlimited Racing
Series in San Diego this weekend where they will not only compete to win the HomeStreet
Bank San Diego Bayfair event, but also to be crowned the season’s national champion.
The boats, which are capable of speeds reaching 200 miles per hour, will race on
Mission Bay Friday through Sunday, September 17 to 19. The “Greatest Show on H-2-O” has
so far produced three different winners in the three races held so far in 2021, making this one
of the most competitive campaigns in recent memory.
Driving Miss Tri-Cities, J. Michael Kelly, 42, of Bonney Lake, Washington, took first-
place honors at the year’s first event, held in Guntersville, Alabama. Jimmy Shane, 35, of
Covington, Washington, then drove Miss HomeStreet to victory at the Gold Cup in Madison,
Indiana. Most recently, Corey Peabody, 42, of Kent, Washington, won his first race on the
H1 Unlimited Racing Series circuit by claiming the win at the Tri-Cities, Washington, while
driving Pinnacle Peak Consulting.
Also in the mix, this weekend will be Dave Villwock, 67, of Monroe, Washington, who
will drive Miss Beacon Plumbing. Villwock has won more races and more national
championships than any other driver in the sport’s 118-year history.
Rounding out the field will be Jamie Nilsen, 36, of Gig Harbor, Washington, who will
drive J&D’s, and Kelly Stocklin, 70, of Edmonds, Washington, who owns and will drive his
Bucket List Racing entry. Stocklin and his wife, Sharon, also are the owners of the Miss
Beacon Plumbing boat.
Heading into the season’s final race at San Diego, J. Michael Kelly holds a narrow
210-point lead over Jimmy Shane, the current defending champion, and a 572-point lead
over Corey Peabody in the national driver’s standings. With the drivers and boats earning
400 points for a first-place heat finish, 300 points for finishing second, and 225 points for
placing third, the final winner will be up for grabs as the boats compete in four heats during
As for the team standings, the defending champion Miss HomeStreet team holds an
819-point advantage over the Miss Tri-Cities and a 1,391-point lead over Pinnacle Peak
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Consulting. The Miss HomeStreet team is based in Madison, Indiana, and the latter two boats
are both part of a new race team being campaigned this season by Vanessa and Darrell Strong
of the Tri-Cities.
Nothing compares to the unique visual beauty of watching the H1 Unlimited
hydroplanes live. Testing and qualifying is scheduled for Friday with racing action on both
Saturday and Sunday will culminate with a winner-take-all final heat on Sunday
afternoon. Tickets for the HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair event are still available at
If you’re not able to attend the race, you also can enjoy the action by watching live-
streamed broadcasts on the H1 Unlimited YouTube Channel. You can find the link at