Jimmy Shane drove the Oberto/Miss Madison to victory in the APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, giving the community-owned boat its first win since 1971 in unlimited hydroplane racing’s marquee event.
Shane’s job was made easier when two of his five competitors in the final — J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking and Mike Webster in the 22 Auto Value/Webster Racing — incurred one-lap penalties while jockeying to the starting line before the decisive heat.
For Madison, Ind., whose residents share in ownership of the boat, it was the city’s first Gold Cup win since Jim McCormick did it.
“It’s a big relief and really, really neat,” said sponsor Larry Oberto. “My dad (Art) started sponsoring boats 40 years ago. It’s been 43 years since Madison had a Gold Cup win and 14 years that we have been partners. Those are all big numbers.”
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Shane and Kelly had two wins each in the day’s four earlier heats.
The series moves to the Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities July 25-27 and the Seafair race in Seattle Aug. 1-3.
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From sports-information reports.