The Columbia Cup goes to Shane at Tri-Cities

Jimmy Shane and Miss HomeStreet win the 2022 HAPO Columbia Cup

KENNEWICK, Wash. — It was a clean sweep for Jimmy Shane and Miss HomeStreet as he won everything there was to win this weekend and took the 2022 HAPO Columbia Cup in H1 Unlimited Racing Series action. Shane, 36, of San Antonio, Texas, was not only the fastest qualifier but won every preliminary heat that he entered and finished the event with a wire-to-wire victory in the final.

J. Michael Kelly, 43, of Bonnie Lake, Washington, took second place while driving Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities and Jamie Nilsen, 37, of Gig Harbor, Washington, finished third. Nilsen has taken third-place honors in each of the races held so far this season.

Shane’s teammate on the Madison Racing Team, Jeff Bernard in Miss Goodman Real Estate, crossed the starting line too early and was penalized an extra lap in the winner-take-all final. Shane was the first to start legally, pushed ahead of the others going through the first turn, and then extended his lead. He finished the race ahead of Kelly by two roostertail lengths.

Shane was also dominate during preliminary-heat action earlier in the day. He came out ahead after battling Bernard in Heat 3, led from start to finish in Heat 4, and finished ahead after a close race in Heat 5.

The fastest race boats in the world will now be taken across the Cascade Mountains to Seattle, where the H1 Unlimiteds will compete next weekend in the HomeStreet Bank Cup on Lake Washington. The 2022 campaign will then wrap up on Mission Bay in San Diego on September 16 to 18. Ticket information for both events is available on H1Unlimited.com.

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HAPO Columbia Cup

at Kennewick, Wash.

HEAT 3 — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400 points, 151.888 avg. speed; 2, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 300, 150.697; 3, Jamie Nilsen, Miss Joker’s Casino, 225, 137.144; Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, W/D.

HEAT 4 — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 150.540; 2, J. Michael Kelly, Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities, 300, 147.261; Jamie Nilsen, Miss Joker’s Casino, DSQ; Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, DNS.

HEAT 5 — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 153.327; 2, J. Michael Kelly, Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities, 300, 152.155; 3, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 225, 150.934.

FINAL HEAT — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 148.408; 2, J. Michael Kelly, Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities, 300, 146.056; 3, Jamie Nilsen, Miss Joker’s Casino, 225, 129.633; 4, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 169, 118.727.

ACCUMULATED POINTS — Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 2100; J. Michael Kelly, Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities, 1670; Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 754; Jamie Nilsen, Miss Joker’s Casino, 675; Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 380; Jimmy King, Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware, 0.

NATIONAL STANDINGS (DRIVERS) — 1, Jimmy Shane, San Antonio, Texas, 5400 points; 2, J. Michael Kelly, Bonney Lake, Wash., 3728; 3, Jeff Bernard, Kent, Wash., 3483; 4, Corey Peabody, Kent, Wash., 3049; 5, Jamie Nilsen, Gig Harbor, Wash., 2619; 6, Dave Villwock, Monroe, Wash., 1749; 7, Jimmy King, Memphis, Mich., 875.

NATIONAL STANDINGS (BOATS) — 1, Miss HomeStreet, Madison, Ind., 5400 points; 2, Lynx Healthcare presents Miss Tri-Cities, Auburn, Wash., 4719; 3, Miss Goodman Real Estate, Madison, Ind., 3483; 4, Miss Joker’s Casino, Cle Elum, Wash., 2619; 5, Miss Tri-Cities, Auburn, Wash., 2058; 6, Miss Beacon Plumbing, Snohomish, Wash., 1749; 7, Griggs presents Miss Ace Hardware, Evansville, Ind., 875.

Cover photo: Jimmy Shane drove Miss HomeStreet to victory today in the HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities, Washington. He was the fastest qualifier and won every heat he entered in the H1 Unlimited Racing Series event.

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