By DAVID CAMPBELL

Special to the Courier

sports@madisoncourier.com

The newest era of Miss Madison Racing is off to a flying start.

Jimmy Shane broke in the newest boat to wear the city’s seal with a rousing lap at 153.846 mph to claim top qualifying honors for this weekend’s Albert Lee Cup on Lake Washington in Seattle.

Shane’s speed aboard the U-1 Miss HomeStreet on Friday was the fastest on the 2-mile race course in four years — since Shane posted a near-record 156.243 mph in the Oberto in 2014, and the 10th-fastest in the fuel-restricted era.

Shane was driving the seventh Miss Madison, dubbed HomeStreet “White” by the team due to its white sponsons, which rolled out of the shop just last week. The team’s other hull, which has won 24 races and eight National Championships since 2007, did not get off the trailer Friday.

With hopes for a repeat national championship all but lost due to last weekend’s fiasco in the Tri-Cities, Washington, that saw the team disqualified three times, the plan has shifted to running the new boat for the rest of the season.

Those plans went swimmingly on Friday. Shane was more than 3 mph faster than H1 points leader Andrew Tate, who qualified second at 150.630 in the U-9 Les Schwab Tires. Tom Thompson was third at 148.071 in the U-11 J&Ds.

J. Michael Kelly was fourth-fastest with a speed of 146.890 in the U-12 Graham Trucking after an earlier speed of 149-plus was disallowed. Brian Perkins was fifth at 143.200 in the U-21 PayneWest Insurance, Cal Phipps was sixth at 141.835 in the U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, Aaron Salmon was seventh at 137.116 in the U-99.9 KISW Miss Rock and Kelly Stocklin was eighth at 130.673 in the U-440 Bucket List Racing.

The boats only hit the water one other time on Friday for a morning test session. Phipps’ Oberto just missed disaster when the propeller spun off his Oberto and flew through the rear wing. But there was little other damage to the boat.

After a morning test session today the fleet will hit the water for the first set of heats starting at 8:40 p.m. EDT. The final heat is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

H1 UNLIMITED

HYDROPLANE SERIES

2018 ALBERT LEE CUP

AT SEAFAIR

Lake Washington,

Seattle, Washington

WEEKEND H1 SCHEDULE

All Times EDT

Today

1:10 p.m. Testing

8:40 p.m. Heat 1A

8:55 p.m. Heat 1B

Tomorrow

11:30 a.m. Testing

2:10 p.m. Heat 2A

2:25 p.m. Heat 2B

6:50 p.m. Heat 3A

7:05 p.m. Heat 3B

8:30 p.m. Final Heat



A live webcast from 6-9 p.m. EDT on Sunday will be streamed by regional digital sports station SWX-TV at:

www.swxrightnow.com