HPROP: Seattle Seafair Miss Budweiser race report

SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 3, 2003 -- Normally steadfast and unemotional, Dave Villwock dedicated his victory here today to his ailing mother. Villwock drove the Miss Budweiser to victory in the General Motors Cup at Seafair, making it his seventh win...

SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 3, 2003 -- Normally steadfast and unemotional, Dave Villwock dedicated his victory here today to his ailing mother. Villwock drove the Miss Budweiser to victory in the General Motors Cup at Seafair, making it his seventh win here and the team's 16th victory in Seattle. Seattle now marks the site of the most victories in the Miss Budweiser Team's history. The U-10 Miss EMCOR finished second today while the U-6 O'Boy Oberto finished third, followed by the U-16 Elam Plus, U-8 Llumar Window Film and the U-2 Miss Trendwest.

"Coming home to Seattle to race in front of family, friends and the fans here can always be emotional," said Dave Villwock, driver and team manager for the Miss Budweiser team. "With the loss of Bernie this year and the possibility that this could be my mother's last Seafair race it was especially emotional to me, so I broke from my normal mode. I really wanted to take home a victory for my mom today, and that's what I did."

Joe Little, president of Hydroplanes, Inc., owner of the Miss Budweiser team was elated with his second victory in the ownership role.

"I couldn't help but think about my dad a lot this weekend as we rolled into Seattle," said Joe Little. "Last year, similar to this year, we had a tough time in Tri-Cities. Last year, dad made an extra effort to make it here to Seattle and he gave the team the motivation and support to win a General Motors Cup. I didn't have dad here physically this year, but I learned a lot from last year and helped pull the team together to repeat our victory. I couldn't be happier with the effort of Dave Villwock, Mark Smith our crew chief and the entire crew. They really demonstrated what a dedicated group of professionals can accomplish against all odds."

The final heat pitted the fastest boats in the 2003 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine against each other in a fight for lanes. Dave Villwock cleverly won the inside lane as both Nate Brown in the U-16 Elam Plus and Mark Webber in the U-10 Miss EMCOR lost the inside lane as they reached the score up buoy too soon and had to run around the course. A perfect start by Dave Villwock put the Miss Budweiser in the lead and the team never looked back.

"I thought about how the lanes would end up over and over before the heat," said Villwock. "I really wanted to be in Lane one or two and then ended up in three, but when I saw Nate and Mark up ahead and the one minute clock approaching I knew they weren't going to make it, so I pulled back on the throttle and got lucky."

Earlier in the day, Dave Villwock drove the Miss Budweiser to victory in Heats 1 and 3. An outside lane lead to a fourth place finish in the second heat. The team now takes two weeks off before heading to Detroit for the 99th running of the famous APBA Gold Cup, a trophy the team won last year and has won 14 times.

O'Doul's High-Points Championship -- The Miss Budweiser team, after the strong performance here today extended it's lead in the O'doul's National High Points Championship by 91 points to 535 points. Mark Evans and the U-8 Miss Llumar Window Film team is in second place with 444 points followed by the Mike Weber in the U-10 boat with 433 points. Terry Troxell in the U-2 Miss Trendwest is in fourth place with 358 points and Mike Hanson in the U-9 rounds out the top five with 356 points.

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