Andrew Tate wins the season-ending race in San Diego, but the U-1 HomeStreet Bank had already clinched the seasonlong race.
Andrew Tate won the battle but Jimmy Shane won the war.
Tate took home the Bill Muncey Cup at the season-ending San Diego Bayfair unlimited hydroplane race on Sunday.
Tate, who drives the Kent-based U-9 Realtrac, held off J. Michael Kelly and the U-12 Graham Trucking to win the race.
“The Bill Muncey Cup is definitely a prestigious award that I’m very proud to have my name on with the U-9 team,” said Tate, who won his third race of the season.
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But Shane won his fifth consecutive National High Points Championship.
Shane, who calls Renton home, locked up the national title for the U-1 HomeStreet Bank in Heat 2A when Tate, who was close behind him all season, was disqualified for a prerace infraction. Tate had the Seafair title taken away from him last month for another prerace infraction, which could have changed the seasonlong race.
Shane, who was third in the final, won his first title with Graham Trucking in 2013 and the next four with the Miss Madison Racing team (which has been sponsored by HomeStreet for the last two years). It’s the 10th title for the Madison team, all since 2005.
“Our team goal is always the national championship, and we accomplished that goal this year,” Shane said. “I’m honored to be in great equipment with a great team, great sponsor, and that’s what it takes to win a national championship.”
With only five boats in the race, the four preliminary heats were raced by the same boats. Normally a field of 8-10 boats are mixed and matched. Shane and Tate won all four heats.
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