Miss Budweiser Race Notes Budweiser Columbia Cup, Tri-Cities, Wash. (July 27-29) Round Four of the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour presented by Laughlin * Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser was the fastest qualifier (160.148 mph) at...
Miss Budweiser Race Notes
Budweiser Columbia Cup, Tri-Cities, Wash. (July 27-29)
Round Four of the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour presented by Laughlin
* Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser was the fastest qualifier (160.148 mph) at the Budweiser Columbia Cup last year. A collision with Mike Hanson in Heat 2A resulted in damage to the right sponson and forced the team to withdraw from competition before Heat 3 and the final. Driver Dave Villwock finished second in his first heat and placed third in his second heat after the collision.
* Miss Budweiser won the inaugural Tri-Cities event in 1966 with Bill Brow at the controls. In fact, this was Miss Budweiser's first victory. In total, Bernie Little has 11 victories in Tri-Cities (1966, '73, '78, '87, '88, '90, '92, '93, '94, '98, '99). Little has 131 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories, 20 national championships and 13 Gold Cups.
* Villwock has three career wins in Tri-Cities (1996, '98 and '99). In total, Villwock has 36 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories (third on the all-time list), four national championships and four Gold Cups.
* "We're at mid-season and we have one race win, are leading the points championship and the boat is still in one piece," said Villwock. "So, we're in a pretty good position heading to Tri-Cities. We're going to go to Tri-Cities and do exactly what we did at the first three races of the year...do the best we can regardless of the conditions. That's what great teams do. We are a veteran team and our focus right now is totally on preparing Miss Budweiser the best we possibly can. Obviously, I hope that we have a little better fortune there this year than we did last year."
* "Tri-Cities is special to me because it was the first win for Miss Budweiser," said Little. "So, I always like going back there. But this year's race is going to be tough...three different drivers won the first three races this year. So, we have our work cut out for us. We have a good driver, a good team and a good boat. So, I'm optimistic about our chances for success."
* Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the season-opening Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville on July 1. A week later in Madison, Villwock was penalized a lap for jumping the start at the Belterra Casino Madison Regatta final and finished sixth. At the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup in Detroit on July 15, Villwock was the fastest qualifier, won three of four preliminary heats and placed fifth in the final (while racing to the start, he spun and stalled the engine, putting him almost a lap behind the leader).
* Villwock comes to Tri-Cities leading the O'Doul's National High Points Championship. Villwock leads with 439 points over Mark Weber (418), Steve David (371), Greg Hopp (320) and Mike Hanson (311).