JMK Racing for National Titles


No rest for the weary. Almost immediately after driving at Seattle Seafair, U-13 driver J. Michael Kelly hopped on a plane and headed across country. Why? To race in the APBA Stock Outboard National Championships in Whitney Point, NY. The event started Monday August 4 and concludes Sunday August 11.

JMK raced in 6 classes of outboard hydros and qualified for 4 finals. Impressive considering he had never sat in the drivers seat for any of these hydros until he raced the boats.

As of this writing, JMK finished 2nd in the A Stock Hydro class and 4th in the 25SS Runabout class. He still has to race in the C Stock Hydro and B Stock Hydro finals. We'll update those results when we recieve them.

What's more impressive about Kelly's success is the level of competetion he is facing. Each final has 12 boats competing, and is some classes 2 or 3 rounds of elimination heats just to make a final. Up to 34 boats could be competing for the 12 spots in the final. Add to that, the class National champ from the previous year, the Region champ are invited, so only 4-6 spots are open. One must finish in the top two or three to qualify. Remember that JMK is racing in these different classes in boats he has never driven until this week!

Several of the class boats, the A Stock and C Stock that JMK is driving are owned by Mark Tate, the former Gold Cup and 4 time National driving champ. Ironically the current U-13 Graham Trucking hull that JMK is driving was also driven by Tate.

The event will conclude on Sunday August 11. Check back for more results for J. Michael Kelly as he competes in the Stock Outboard National Championships.