HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison Preview
Hometown boat ready to set sail
for fourth title
Shane set to defend his championship title
(June 23, 2017) – Coming off its third consecutive year of winning the H1 Unlimited series High Points title, the HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison team is gearing up to vie for its fourth title as it prepares for the 67th Madison Regatta.
The Regatta, set for June 30 – July 2 on a two-mile course on the Ohio River in Madison, Ind., this year will pit four Unlimiteds against each other in contention for the Indiana Governor’s Cup on Sunday, July 2. The pared down schedule will be bolstered by a race card featuring eight Grand Prix World automotive-powered limited boats and three Grand National limited boats. They will contest for the Midwest Tube Mills Championship, while running various heats in between the Unlimiteds on Saturday and Sunday.
Miss Madison Drivers Through the Years:
(* = Deceased)
2014-17: Jimmy Shane
2001-2013: Steve David
2000: Nate Brown
2000: Charley Wiggins
1999: Todd Yarling
1988-98: Mike Hanson
1988: Mitch Evans
1986, 2000: Jerry Hopp
1985-86: Andy Coker
1985-86: Jon Peddie*
1976, 1982-84, 1986-88:
1975: Jerry Bangs*
1974, 1978-81, 1984: Milner Irvin
1973, 1982: Tom Sheehy
1972-73: Charlie Dunn*
1967-68: Ed O’Halloran*
1966, 1969-71: Jim McCormick*
1963-65: Buddy Byers
1963: Morlan Visel*
1961-62: Marion Cooper*
HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison Crew Chief Dan Hoover, entering his third year with the team, says a totally rebuilt race boat in the offseason should provide the speed to put driver Jimmy Shane into the winner’s circle again this year.
“We did a cosmetic rebuild last year just to keep the thing together, but this past winter we have done a much-needed complete rebuild of the boat. And as a result, our speeds are back up where they should be,” said Hoover, 44, a native of Pasco, Wash.
Hoover and his squad know that because of two recent test days – one held June 2 on the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Wash., and another on June 17 at Lake Guntersville, Ala. The latter is the site of a new race on the H1 Unlimiteds circuit to be held next year. It will be the first race there in more than 40 years.
“We had two really good tests in a lot of respects,” said Hoover, who was working on the race boat at the Madison, Ind., shop just a few days after returning from the test day in Alabama. “And judging by just how organized they were at Lake Guntersville, it should be a great race there next year.”
In addition to the Madison boat, the U-27 Wiggins Racing boat also tested at Lake Guntersville, along with the replica U-55 Gale V. Each boat took separate turns on the two-mile course across the lake.
2017 HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison Team Members
Volunteer Crew: Pat Furnish, Richard Dunn, Mark Hooton. Julie Hooton, Matt Sontag, Karl Hemfort, Nick Bononcini, Donnie McAlister, Nancy Grooms, Cati Grooms, Angela Zeek.
Core Crew: Team Manager Charlie Grooms; Crew Chief Dan Hoover; Driver Jimmy Shane; Boat Chief Cindy Shirley, Jimmy Gilbert, Trey Holt.
“They were unbelievably professional,” Shane told a TV news crew after the test in Alabama. “It’s amazing to see the amount of preparation and effort that went into this. There’s a buzz there. I think we will see racing there for many years to come.”
The HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison boat reached top speeds of 196 mph in the straightaways, while Cal Phipps driving the U-27 topped 194 mph., according to reports.
Hoover said the flat water, however, usually makes for slower times because the boat tends to stick to the surface and trouble lifting onto plane. “It makes it hard for the boat to break free,” he said.
Shane said of his boat’s performance at Lake Guntersville, “The boat ran great, as it always does. The setup up was good, but it was a little sticky due to the water conditions.”
Hoover said Shane will arrive in Madison on Thursday, June 29, in time to test the boat on Friday and Saturday, then race on Sunday. He will face Andrew Tate driving the U-9 Jones Racing boat, Tom Thompson driving the U-11 Peters & May boat, and Phipps driving the U-27 Wiggins Racing entry. The U-9 Jones Racing entry is being sponsored locally by Auxier Marketing of Madison, as well as its season-long sponsors Delta Research Group and Realtrac Performance ERP Software.
Photo by Don Ward
Entering his fourth year with the team, Crew Chief Dan Hoover is getting the HomeStreet Bank-Miss Madison boat ready to compete for its fourth consecutive National High Points title in 2017.
Hoover said the team is eager to get the new season under way.
Hoover has been involved in the sport since 1988 as a mechanic and crew member, beginning on the West Coast. He took off for 10 years to build boats in Daytona Beach, Fla., but returned to the sport in 2013, when he teamed with driver Shane to win the H1 Unlimited season title with the Graham Trucking boat, owned by Ted Porter. When Shane took over driving the Oh boy! Oberto-Miss Madison, in 2014, Hoover joined him as crew chief.
They continued their winning ways, taking the championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“We go back a long way in this sport,” Hoover said of the partnership with Shane.
That partnership doesn’t seem to end any time soon, considering that HomeStreet Bank just signed a five-year sponsorship contract with the team and recently purchased all the remaining parts and the moldings for a new race hull from Joe Little, Bernie Little’s son and the owner of the former Seattle-based Budweiser race team. The team retired from the sport in 2004. The amount of the sale of Budweiser assets was not disclosed.
The Bud team quit working on the new T-7 hull in the wake of Bernie Little’s death in 2003. Hoover said that new hull should be ready to hit the water next year, leaving the current boat as a backup hull.
Photo courtesy of
H1 Unlimited Drive Jimmy Shane is pictured in between test runs June 17 at Lake Guntersville, Ala.
The deal included leasing the shop once used by the Budweiser team. It also included the purchase of a dynamometer engine testing machine, engine spares and other parts, tools and the exterior fiberglass moldings that will form the backbone of the future new boat.
HomeStreet Bank is based on the West Coast. Its many branches operate in California, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii and Arizona.
The team will use the shop while on the West Coast, “but this shop here in Madison will continue to be our home base,” Hoover said. The Seattle shop will operate separately from the Miss Madison team, he added.
A new race boat would have cost upwards of $350,000, Hoover said, so thanks to HomeStreet Bank, the team is getting a new boat and all the assets for about half that cost. Hoover said HomeStreet Bank President Mark Mason “loves this sport and really sees the value of it for his company.”
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