HPROP: Gold Cup: Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser race notes

Dave Villwock drives Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to Gold Cup victory. DETROIT-- Dave Villwock secured Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team a 14th APBA Gold Cup today with his victory here on the Detroit River in Round 3 of competition in the...

Dave Villwock drives Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to Gold Cup victory.

DETROIT-- Dave Villwock secured Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team a 14th APBA Gold Cup today with his victory here on the Detroit River in Round 3 of competition in the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. Villwock, now with five Gold Cups to his credit leads the O'Douls' National High Points Championship with 466 points.

Battling it out at the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup race, Villlwock waited for the field to battle it out and then was able to sneak into the inside lane (one). Villwock, in the Miss Budweiser, then lead all five laps of the Gold Cup race.

"Bernie Little really put together a great crew and has had some great teams over 40 years, and I'm just lucky to be part of it," Villwock said."The Detroit River and the Gold Cup Race isn't easy, so I focused on my start, then focused on the lane and the water and then the checkered flag."

Bernie Little hospitalized a week ago for respiratory problems and pneumonia was released from a Kentucky hospital today and returned to his Lakeland, Fla., home."I've never missed a Gold Cup race until this weekend," Little said."It's just fantastic that Dave and the Miss Budweiser team could bring home a 14th Gold Cup."

Joe Little represented his dad on-site at the race,"I had him on the cell phone for the entire race and when I told him that Dave won it, he just said Fantastic," Joe Little said."Dad was speechless, and that's a rare thing."

Dave Villwock qualified second this weekend in the Miss Budweiser behind the U-16 Elam Plus boat with a top speed of 156.247 miles per hour. Villwock started off the weekend with a victory in heat 1 with an average speed of 143.9 miles per hour. Put on the outside lane in heat two, Dave Villwock timed the start of the race perfectly and ran away from the rest of the pack before being penalized a lap for encroachment, which caused a disappointing fourth place finish for the team. In heat three he was able to place first again and in heat four he placed second behind Terry Troxell in the U-99 boat.

O'Doul's High Points Update-- Dave Villwock leads the O'Doul's National High Points standings by 81 points over Mike Hanson and the U-9 boat. Terry Troxell in the U-99 boat is in third with 370 points, Nate Brown in the U-16 boat is in fourth with 327 points and Mark Tate in the U-2 Boat rounds out the top five with 326 points.

"Our goal every time we go out onto the water is to get points and that was how I set up for the start of the APBA Gold Cup race today. We may not of had the speed that the other guys had, but with the inside lane, we were able to hold everyone back and bring home the Gold Cup."

Round 4: Tri-Cities Water Follies: The 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series takes a week off before taking to the Colombia River in Washington, July 26-28 for the Tri-Cities Water Follies and the Budweiser Columbia Cup. In 2001, Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser driven by Dave Villwock finished second in the final heat after winning his first three heats.

Statistically Speaking-- Villwock, now with five APBA Gold Cups to his name has been racing Unlimited Hydroplanes since 1992. He has 38 wins and five series championships to his credit. Little, now with 14 APBA Gold Cups continues his 40th consecutive year of Unlimited Hydroplane competition. Since 1963, Little's Miss Budweiser team has claimed 133 Unlimited Hydroplane victories and 21 world championships.

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