HPROP: Miss Budweiser season wrap up.

Miss Budweiser clinches 2002 world championship finishes fifth in Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup. SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to a fifth place finish this afternoon for the Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup at the...

Miss Budweiser clinches 2002 world championship finishes fifth in Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to a fifth place finish this afternoon for the Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup at the San Diego Thunderboat Regatta benefiting Children's Hospital and Health Center. Dave started the final from outside in Lane 6 and was unable to catch the leaders, including Mike Hanson in the U-9 Sun Harbor Mortgage who took home the Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup. Earlier in the day, Dave Villwock clinched the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Championship for Bernie Little and the Miss Budweiser team after finishing second in Heat 2B behind Nate Brown in the U-16 Elam Plus.

"Winning today would have been a nice finish for the season, but I can't complain, we're taking the Miss Budweiser home in one piece and with a 22nd World Championship," said Villwock." It's actually kind of nice, I've got a six pack of driver championships now."

Team owner Bernie Little added,"It's been a great season, it always is when you finish on top and that's always our goal. We run every race, every heat and every season with the intent of taking home a championship and I'm thrilled that we get to add a 22nd Championship logo to the side of trucks. Dave and the Miss Budweiser crew are first class and I'm proud of them for their great performance this year. I also think it's important to congratulate the other teams on their efforts this year, we've seen drivers, crews and boats improve, which is important for the sport."

O'Doul's National High Points-- Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team finished the season on top of the pack, winning the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Championship with 836 points. Nate Brown who contested the Miss Budweiser team all season finished second with 759 points. Mike Hanson in the U-9 point finished third with 709 points, Mark Tate in the U-2 boat finished fourth with 644 points and Terry Troxell in the U-99 rounded out the top five with 535 points.

2002 Miss Budweiser Season at a Glance-- The 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series season proved fruitful for Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team and driver Dave Villwock as they entered a 22nd World Championship into the record books. A few other notable highlights:

* Won 3 of 6 races (Evansville, Ind., Detroit, Mich., Seattle, Wash.);

* Won a 14th APBA Gold Cup;

* Placed first in 14 of 24 heats (58 percent); and,

* Set two Hydro-Prop fast race lap records (141.961 mph at Seafair in Seattle and a 153.964 mph in San Diego).

Statistically Speaking-- In 40 years of Unlimited Hydroplane Competition, Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team entered a grand total of 354 Unlimited races. Since 1963, Little's team has claimed 134 Unlimited victories, 22 world championships and 14 APBA Gold Cups. The team also has finished in the top-3 a total of 230 times. Little's team has a nearly perfect attendance record. In 40 seasons, only twice have boats that Bernie either owned or leased missed a race. He did not have an entry at Madison, IN, 1966, or Detroit, MI, 1979.

Villwock, who has been racing Unlimited Hydroplanes since 1992, has 39 wins, six series championships and five APBA Gold Cups to his credit.

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