J. Michael Kelly won the Bill Muncey Cup at San Diego Bayfair on Sunday, capping the 50th anniversary celebration for the three-day event on Mission Bay.
Kelly was declared the winner after the leader Jimmy Shane was ruled by H1 Unlimited officials to have veered into Kelly’s lane on Lap 4 in the Final. Shane, who won Bayfair in 2013, was penalized one lap and received a monetary fine.
An emotional Kelly soaked in the victory that became official about 30 minutes after the final was completed on the 2 ½-mile Bill Muncey course. Fran Muncey, wife of the late Bill Muncey, presented the trophy to Kelly on the 50th anniversary.
“It’s very cool to be a part of the history of Bill Muncey,” Kelly said. “Knowing I’ll never have what he’s done, but to be part of that history is pretty special.”