Jimmy Shane, in the U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison, leads Andrew Tate, in the U-1 Delta/Realtrac, across the start line in a preliminary heat. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Jimmy Shane, in the U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison, leads Andrew Tate, in the U-1 Delta/Realtrac, across the start line in a preliminary heat. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Jimmy Shane served notice that he was the driver to beat for this weekend’s APBA Gold Cup with two dominating wins in preliminary heat action aboard the hometown U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison on Saturday.

Shane nailed the start in Heat 1A and ran away from the field to open the day then overcame a one-minute penalty for jumping the gun to win Heat 2B.

In both cases, Shane bested his chief rival Andrew Tate, the defending Gold Cup and National High Points champion, who was in the U-1 Delta/Realtrac.

“Top qualifier, two heat wins and top in boats going into the Sunday for the Gold Cup,” Shane said. “That’s all you can ask for.”

Shane and Tate drew each other in the first two sets of heat, but the much-anticipated dual never happened.

Shane took lane one in Heat 1A and rolled on the gas, pulling away from the field before the first lap was complete. Tate, who was in lane third, was unable to drive around Bert Henderson who claimed a close second place in the U-7 Spirit of Detroit. Corey Peabody was fourth in the U-98 Graham Trucking.

Shane, Tate and Peabody locked up again in Heat 2B but the rookie Peabody appeared to have the win sewn up after both Shane and Tate jumped the gun.

While Tate clearly backed off the gas after the penalty was called, Shane kept the pedal down. With Peabody’s aging Graham Trucking plowing water, Shane suddenly had a chance in the four-lap heat.

“I had no idea I had jumped the gun until the start of the fourth lap,” Shane said. “When I found out, I went all out. I bet that last lap was the fastest I’ve gone all season.”

Peabody had about a half a lap on Shane at the start of that fourth lap but Shane ate up the distance as he roared down the backstretch. As they entered the final turn, Shane sped past and took the checkered flag. Despite the one-minute penalty, Shane’s elapsed time was still quicker.

Peabody finished second while Tate came in third.

“That was an interesting heat,” Shane said with a smile.

J. Michael Kelly won Heat 1B easily aboard the U-12 Graham Trucking but settled for second place in Heat 2A after he was taken out of contention by an illegal lane encroachment by Tom Thompson. Thompson’s U-11 J&D’s was disqualified and Henderson took the win. Dustin Echols was third in the U-440 Bucket List Racing.

With 900 points, Shane will take a perfect weekend into the final day of racing for the APBA Gold Cup. Racing begins at noon.

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Sunday, July 7

10:45-11 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies

11 a.m.-Noon — H1 Testing

Noon — APBA Gold Cup Heat 3A

12:30 p.m. — Gold Cup Heat 3B

12:45 p.m. — Grand Prix World Heat 4A

1 p.m. — Grand Prix World Heat 4B

1:30 p.m. — APBA Gold Cup Heat 4A

2 p.m. — APBA Gold Cup Heat 4B

2:30 p.m. — Grand Prix World Final

3 p.m. — APBA Gold Cup Final

4 p.m. — Awards Presentation