HPROP: Miss Budweiser Tri-Cities report

(Tri-Cities, Wash.) - Dave Villwock timed the start perfectly and went on to finish second in Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser at today's Budweiser Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, Wash. The race was won by Znetix II driver Terry Troxell. His teammate...

(Tri-Cities, Wash.) - Dave Villwock timed the start perfectly and went on to finish second in Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser at today's Budweiser Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, Wash. The race was won by Znetix II driver Terry Troxell. His teammate Greg Hopp finished third.

"I haven't said this too many times in my career, but I can say that I am happy with finishing second today," said Villwock. "I was glad that we were able to race with some other guys who had a lot more power than we did. We knew going into the race that we weren't going to be faster than everyone, so we had to have the boat set up perfectly, and that's exactly what the team did...they gave me a perfect boat. It was very windy going down the backside of the race course and I was able to really stand the boat on the propeller and make it go. That's how I was able to pass Greg Hopp. This is a lot better than last year, that's for sure (withdrew from competition after a collision in the second heat).

"Coming into the weekend, we wanted to pick up as many points as we could and make sure that we could put the boat on the trailer at the end of the day. We were able to do both of those things, so now we are off to Seattle next week."

"I am so proud of Dave and this team," said Little. "They proved again today that they are the best. We didn't have the power that the others had today, but my team is made up of racers and today they put on quite a show. We always like winning, but finishing second after starting in Lane Six is good."

Villwock qualified fourth fastest with a speed of 152.460 mph behind of Mike Hanson's speed of 154.374 mph. Villwock won all three of his preliminary heat races.

Villwock has 36 career victories, four national championships and four Gold Cups to his credit. Little has 131 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories, 20 national championships and 13 Gold Cup victories.

* Villwock Extends Points Lead - Villwock continues to unofficially lead the O'Doul's National High Points Championship with 595 points over Mark Weber with 492, Greg Hopp with 440, Steve David with 427, and Mike Hanson with 338.

* Next Race - The Miss Budweiser team will return to its base in Tukwila, Wash. to prepare for next weekend's annual General Motors Cup at Seafair in Seattle. Villwock is the three-time defending Seattle winner, with five career wins in his hometown ('94, '96, '98, '99 and 2000). Little has 14 wins in Seattle (1969, '70, '76, '81, '83, '84, '87, '88, '91, '93, '95, '98, '99 and 2000).

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