HPROP: Madison Regatta race report

MADISON, Ind., July 6, 2003 -- On a Fourth of July race weekend where rough waters on the Ohio River wreaked havoc on the boats in the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Series, Dave Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team proved experience and preparedness...

MADISON, Ind., July 6, 2003 -- On a Fourth of July race weekend where rough waters on the Ohio River wreaked havoc on the boats in the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Series, Dave Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team proved experience and preparedness can prevail as Villwock in the U-1 Miss Budweiser delivered a clean sweep of all heats and the final race to deliver Joe Little his first victory in the owner role.

With a fight for lanes Dave Villwock in the Miss Budweiser captured the inside lane after Terry Troxell in the U-2 Miss Trendwest went dead in the water with one minute to race start. By the start of the second lap, Villwock in the Miss Budweiser took a roostertail lead and extended that into his first victory of the season and first win in Madison since the year 2000. Mark Evans in the U-8 Llumar Window Film boat made a strong second place finish with Mike Hanson in the U-9 Miss Bellow's Pizza taking third. The U-2 Trendwest driven by Terry Troxell finished fourth followed by Ken Muscatel in the U-25 Mister Home Loan.

"I told Dave (Villwock) and the guys not to worry or dwell on last weekend's mechanical failure," said Joe Little, president of Hydroplanes, Inc., owner of the Miss Budweiser. "My direction was to go out there and recoup as many points as possible to get us back in the race for the championship."

The success today of the Miss Budweiser team at the Budweiser Madison Regatta supported by Belterra Casino Resort boosted the team from fourth to the front of the national points lead.

"It's my 40th win and to do it here in Madison was special. We go here every year just hoping to make the final and if you do well that's just a bonus," said Villwock. "I had to go out and run the best I could in every heat and that's exactly what happened. The Ohio River here in Madison is tough and can be challenging but we prevailed. I couldn't have done it without the Miss Budweiser crew. Those guys did a heck of a job over the past week pouring all over our equipment to make sure we were ready with the best boat possible."

Joe Little, with his first win was elated, "I really wanted to win here in Madison this weekend, and placing first in every heat to boost us to the points lead was unbelievable. The team did a great job this weekend and the hometown crowd in Madison is among the best out there. They do a great job putting on the race here."

Villwock qualified fastest this weekend with a speed of 153.389 mph followed by Mark Evans and his 152.529 mph qualifying time.

High Points Update -- Starting out the weekend in an uncommon fourth place in points, the Miss Budweiser team performed phenomenally as top qualifier and first place victories in all the heats and the final for a perfect weekend. The strong performance and the weekend of attrition for many other teams put the Miss Budweiser team in first place in the national points race with 280 points followed by Mike Weber and the U-10 Miss EMCOR with 241 points. Mike Hanson in the U-9 boat is in third place with 236 points. Mark Evans in the U-8 Llumar Window Film boat is in fourth place with 213 points and Mitch Evans in the U-3 Piston Powered Master Tire boat rounds out the top five with 179 points.

Speed Channel -- For those Hydro fans who missed the race or just want to see it again, they can! The Budweiser Madison Regatta will be broadcast on the Speed Channel on July 20 at 2 p.m. ET. For a complete television schedule visit www.hydroprop.com or www.speedtv.com for subscription and local broadcast information.

Next Race -- The Miss Budweiser team takes a couple of weekends off before heading to Tri-Cities Washington July 25-27 for Round Three of the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series and the 2003 Budweiser Columbia Cup.

The Miss Budweiser Team has won in Tri-Cities 11 times, which is the fewest wins of all the current race sites. The last win in Tri-Cities for the Miss Budweiser team came in 1999.

Statistically Speaking -- The Miss Budweiser team has a record in unlimited hydroplane racing that is unrivaled with 135 victories, 22 world championships and 14 APBA Gold Cups. The team has entered a record 356 races and finished in the top-three a total of 231 times in 40 years of competition. The crew of the Miss Budweiser has a combined 286 years of experience. Dave Villwock who has been racing unlimited hydroplanes since 1992, has 40 wins, six series championships and five APBA Gold Cups to his credit.

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