7/30/2012 3:00:00 PM Rookie wins Columbia Cup in photo finish Comeback Shane Winning margin of .232 mph second closest in history
WIN NO. 1: Jimmy Shane reacts (above) after winning the Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities on Sunday. His win by .232 mph over J. Michael Kelly (below) was the second closest finish in Unlimited hydroplane history. (Photos by Kirk Duncan, Hydro-News.com)
Closest finishes in unlimited history
The closest races in Unlimited hydroplane history:*
Year - Place; Winning driver, losing driver; Margin (mph)
1986 - Madison; Chip Hanauer over Jim Kropfeld; .081
2012 - Tri-Cities; Jimmy Shane over J. Michael Kelly; .232
1978 - Detroit; Bill Muncey over Chip Hanauer; .250
1981 - Tri-Cities; Chip Hanauer over Dean Chenoweth; .389
2009 - Evansville; Jeff Bernard over J. Michael Kelly; .541
2010 - Seattle; Steve David over Dave Villwock; .574
1989 - San Diego; Tom D'Eath over George Woods Jr.; .610
1997 - San Diego; Mark Evans over Mark Tate; .750
1977 - Miami; Bill Muncey over Mickey Remund; .797
2008 - Madison; Jeff Bernard over Steve David; .830
1976 - San Diego; Billy Schumacher over Mickey Remund; .923
1987 - Miami; Jim Kropfeld over Todd Yarling; .971
*-Prior to 1976, races were decided by total points
Jimmy Shane beat J. Michael Kelly to the finish line and into the record books to win the Air National Guard Series race in the Tri-Cities, Wash. on Sunday.
Shane, driving the U-5 Graham Trucking, chased Kelly and the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing for nearly the entire five laps before putting the hammer down over the final 500 feet.
Kelly, who had lane one, got a bit light on the front stretch and the brief bobble opened the door for Shane, who sped by and nipped Kelly at the finish line to win the Columbia Cup in the second-closest finish in Unlimited racing history.
"Just to be out there racing with Dave Villwock and Steve David is a dream come true," said Shane, who picked up his first career win in just his sixth race as a driver. "It's amazing to be in the record book forever."
Shane's winning speed of 144.694 mph was just .232 mph faster than Kelly's. Only Chip Hanauer's paper-thin win over Jim Kropfeld at Madison in 1986 was closer. Hanauer steered the Miller American to a win by .081 mph over Kropfeld's Miss Budweiser.
It was the second time in the past four seasons that Kelly found himself on the losing end of a near-record finish. In 2009 at Evansville, Kelly lost to then-teammate Jeff Bernard by .541 mph, the fifth-closest race in history.
"I'm disappointed to be sure," said an emotional Kelly, who was teammates with Shane with the Precision Performance Engineering team for two years. "At least I got beat by Jimmy. I like Jimmy and I like that team. There just aren't a lot of wins that come our way with the way Dave Villwock and Steve David dominate. We were pretty close."
Shane got a chance at the historic win thanks to problems by both of the top two drivers.
David, who split a pair of heats with Shane earlier in the day, attempted to sling-shot around the field at the start of the race. His U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison blew by the other boats, all of which were parked in the water at low speed, but was over the one-minute score-up buoy too soon and was hit with a one-lap penalty.
Although television replays from the other side of the river seemed to show that David was early, the veteran driver was still upset at the call.
"We're going to challenge the call. If they don't have video, we're going to protest it," said David, who was still seething about a similar call made at the Gold Cup in Detroit two weeks ago. "They did it to us earlier this year. We had everybody covered. It was a cake walk. If it's not for that questionable call we would have won the final. We are demanding that for now on they use video. If I jumped, I screwed up."
The other top dog, Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, was never a factor in the final even though he ended up placing third. The Qatar blew its gearbox while easily leading Heat 2A and the boat never seemed the same again.
After the race, Villwock was congratulatory to the newest member of the Unlimited wins club.
"(He's) a fine new talent and a nice guy who races fairly," said Villwock, who has 67 career wins. "That's hard to find."
David also saluted the 26-year-old from Havre Du Grace, Md.
"I have known Jimmy since he was in his mummy's belly," David said. "He is a very humble person."
Scott Liddycoat was fourth in the 88 Degree Men and Jon Zimmerman placed fifth in the U-9 Sound Propeller Service.
Shane and Kelly each won two preliminary heats, losing only to David. Shane's first victory came in the heat in which Villwock's gearbox let go.
David also won two preliminary heats while Villwock won one.
Villwock saw his lead in the National High Points over David shrink from 515 points at the start of the weekend to 190. David had actually cut the margin to 60 heading into the final and would have a 171-point lead had he not been penalized.
Shane sits third in points, 967 points back, while Kelly rose from eighth to fourth with his big weekend and is 1,478 back.
The Air National Guard Series now moves a few hours to the west to Seattle for the fourth of six races on the schedule. David has won the last two races on Lake Washington.
Columbia Cup Results LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP
Columbia River, Tri-Cities, Wash.
Length: 2.5 miles
Sunday, July 29
1. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 144.694 mph; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 144.462; 3. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 142.419; 4. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 129.142; 5. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Service, 126.521; 6. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 120.135*; Greg Hopp, U-100 Leland Unlimited I, DNS.
Fast Lap: Kelly, No. 1, 148.839.
*-penalized one lap for passing score-up buoy early.
Saturday, July 28
1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 140.957; 2. Ryan Mallow, U-99 Leland Unlimited II, 117.871; N. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com/Tire Factory, DNF; Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, DNS.
Fast Lap: Villwock, No. 1, 147.616.
1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 145.076; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 143.022; 3. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 133.963; 4. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Service, 132.525.
Fast Lap: David, No. 1, 153.518.
1. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 144.420; 2. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss HAPO, 142.480; 3. Nate Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 137.360; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Leland Unlimited I, 133.312; 5. Kelly Stocklin, U-18 Bucket List Racing, 98.675.
Fast Lap: Shane, No. 2, 145.748.
Sunday, July 29
1. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 147.351; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 138.772; 3. Greg Hopp, U-100 Leland Unlimited I, 134.234; 4. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Service, 128.791*; 5. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss HAPO, 95.712. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, DNF.
Fast Lap: Villwock, No. 1, 150.862.
*-penalized one minute for striking a course buoy
1. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 144.168; 2. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 140.055; 3. Nate Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 134.800; 4. N. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com/Tire Factory, 127.471; 5. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 123.420; 6. Ryan Mallow, U-99 Leland Unlimited II, 116.497.
Fast Lap: Kelly, No. 1, 145.198.
1. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 142.987; 2. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 141.895; 3. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Service, 138.085; 4. N. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com/Tire Factory, 128.936; 5. Nate Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 119.710; 6. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 121.460*.
Fast Lap: Kelly, No. 1, 144.904.
*-penalized one lap for early start and 50 points for illegal lane change.
1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 150.601; 2. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 148.402; 3. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 129.885; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Leland Unlimited I, 137.248*; Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss HAPO, DNF.
Fast Lap: David, No. 2, 150.943.
*-penalized one lap and 100 points for lane encroachment.
CURRENT POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 6 races)
1. U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 4,600; 2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 4,410; 3. U-5 Graham Trucking, 3,633; 4. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 3,122; 5. U-88 Degree Men, 2,768; 6. U-9 Jones Racing, 2,714; 7. U-17 Miss Red Dot, 2,295; 8. U-11 Miss Peters & May, 2,172; 9. U-100 Leland Unlimited I, 2,099; 10. U-57 Formulaboats.com, 1,882; 11. U-22 Matrix Systems, 510; 12. U-21 Miss HAPO, 457; 13. U-99 Leland Unlimited II, 264; 14. U-18 Bucket List Racing, 127; 15. U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 30.
1. Dave Villwock, U-1, 4,600; 2. Steve David, U-6, 4,410; 3. Jimmy Shane, U-5, 3,633; 4. J. Michael Kelly, U-37, 2,295; 5. Scott Liddycoat, U-88, 2,768; 6. Jon Zimmerman, U-9, 2,714; 7. J.W. Myers, U-37, 2,172; 8. Greg Hopp, U-100, 2,099; 9. N. Mark Evans, U-57, 1,882; 10. Kip Brown, U-17, 1,718; 11. Nate Brown, U-17, 577; 12. Mike Webster, U-22, 510; 13. Brian Perkins, U-21, 457; 14. Cal Phipps, U-13, 30; 15. Ryan Mallow, U-99, 0; 15. Kelly Stocklin, U-18, 0.
Final Qualifying Speeds ...
Number - Sponsor Driver Speed Points
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 159.645 100
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 158.155 80
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 154.342 70
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 153.152 60
9 Les Schwab presents Sound Propeller Services Jon Zimmerman 149.3 50
37 Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 149.263 40
57 Formulaboats.com Tire Factory Mark Evans 148.952 30
21 Miss HAPO Brian Perkins 148.797 30
100 Leland Unlimited Greg Hopp 146.194 30
99 Leland Unlimited II Ryan Mallow 132.337 30
17 Miss Red Dot Nate Brown 0 0
18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 134+ 0
11 Peters & May JW Myers