Seattle: Series Saturday qualifying summary

Bernard & Villwock Win Seafair Prelims Seattle, WA (August 1, 2009) Heats 1-A and 1-B of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair were nearly carbon copies, won from lane two after three very close laps of racing. Jean Theoret was the top qualifier in...

Bernard & Villwock Win Seafair Prelims

Seattle, WA (August 1, 2009) Heats 1-A and 1-B of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair were nearly carbon copies, won from lane two after three very close laps of racing. Jean Theoret was the top qualifier in 1-A and chose lane one for the U-47 Hoss Mortgage Investors. Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com stayed with him for three laps, in spite of a bad hop in turn one of lap two which cost him some ground, and took the lead coming off the final corner.

Theoret said, "It was my strength," referring to the fact that he is still recovering to a blow over accident in the first race of the season at Madison, Indiana. "I am not driving any more this weekend," Theoret continued. JW Myers, who subbed for Theoret in the Gold Cup at Detroit, will do the driving for the U-37 team on Sunday.

Top qualifier Dave Villwock had first lane choice in 1-B and chose to put the U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus in lane two, giving rival Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto the inside. The two battled deck to deck for all three laps, with Villwock winning the drag race to the finish line coming off the final corner.

"The water gets rougher as the heat goes on," explained Villwock., "and I figured if I just stayed with him I would have better water for the run to the finish."

Racing continues at 2:40 pm PDT Sunday, with Heat 2-A. Villwock and David will face off again in heat 2-A, with David in lane three and Villwock in lane four.

Order of finish:

Heat 1-A

1-Jeff Bernard U-5 Formulaboats.com 2-Jean Theoret U-37 Hoss Mortgage Investors 3-Kip Brown U-17 USNW Express 4-J Michael Kelly U-7 Graham Trucking 5-Greg Hopp U-100 Mirage Boats.com 6-Mike Webster U-22 Miss Airbag Services

Heat 1-B

1-Dave Villwock U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus  2-Steve David U-1 Oh Boy!
Oberto  3- Brian Perkins U-48 Albert Lee  4-David Williams U-9 Jones
Racing  5- Jimmy King U-3 Grandview on the Lake

-credit: abra/apba

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