Shane, HomeStreet need 1 lap to top speed chart
Jimmy Shane needed only one attempt to secure the top qualifying position for this weekend’s H1 Unlimited Series Albert Lee Cup on Lake Washington in Seattle. Shane, who was the last driver to make an attempt by virtue of being the season points leader, seized the top spot on his first lap on Friday and increased his margin over the next two laps top finish with an average speed of 148.975 mph while driving the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison. Andrew Tate, who was the top qualifier last week at the Tri-Cities, made a run at Shane’s top spot in the U-9 Les Schwab Tires, pulling a lap of 148.355 that came up more than a half a mph short. J. Michaell Kelly, last week’s race winner, was third at 146.100. Only two other drivers recorded official lap speeds during the two-hour qualifying session. J.W. Myers, making his return to a points a race after a five-year absence, drove the U-16 Oh Boy! Oberto to the fourth-fastest speed at 143.625. A second attempt by Myers later failed to yield a speed in excess of 134 mph. The final driver to score points in the session was Brian Perkins, who steered the repaired U-21 Albert Lee Appliance to the fifth-fastest speed at 132.396. The boat, badly damaged at Tri-Cities when a propeller broke and took with it the rudder while also tearing up the bottom of the hull, was a late arrival in the Stan Sayres pits. The team thrashed all week and didn’t arrive in the pits until the midway point of Friday’s qualifying session. However, Perkins was still able to make it on the water in time to post an official speed. The only other driver to make an attempt was Dustin Echols, but it didn’t last long. As his U-440 Bucket List Racing entered turn one on his first lap, the propeller sheared off the shaft causing the boat to come to the stop. It was the second damaged propeller the team sustained on the day, although there was no damage to the boat. Two other drivers never got off the docks. Greg Hopp’s U-99.9 Miss Rock was experiencing engine problems earlier in the day that never were resolved. Tom Thompson’s U-11 J&D’s opted to wait until tomorrow to make a non-points attempts while the team waited for the arrival of its best engine at the race site. Testing for the Albert Lee Cup will continue today with the first of two sets of preliminary heats scheduled for a 2:40 p.m. EDT. Heats 2A and 2B are scheduled for 6:40 p.m. There will be only one set of preliminary heats on Sunday along with the winner-take-all final. Sunday’s racing will be streamed live online at www.KIRO7.com. A live chat will also be available on www.H1Unlimited..com --- H1 Unlimited Series ALBERT LEE CUP Lake Washington Seattle, Wash. Length: 2 miles QUALIFYING RESULTS FINAL Friday, Aug. 4 1. Jimmy Shane, U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison, 148.975 mph; 2. Andrew Tate, U-9 Les Schwab Tires, 148.355; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-12 Graham Trucking, 146.100; 4. J.W. Myers, U-16 Oh Boy! Roberto, 143.625; 5. Brian Perkins, U-21 Albert Lee Appliance, 132.396; Dustin Echols, U-440 Bucket List Racing, no speed; Tom Thompson, U-11 J&D’s, no attempt; Greg Hopp, U-99.9 Miss Rock, no attempt.