HPROP: APBA: Detroit Gold Cup race report

(Detroit, MI) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup on Sunday at Detroit, Mich., the fourth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. After a series of weather delays, Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss...

(Detroit, MI) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup on Sunday at Detroit, Mich., the fourth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. After a series of weather delays, Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to an unprecedented 13th Gold Cup victory.

Villwock was the top qualifier for the 10-boat field with a two lap average speed of 162.850 mph. He also won three of four heats and then the final for the prestigious Gold Cup. With Villwock's fourth Gold Cup victory he broke the legendary driver Bill Muncey's consecutive win streak of nine races in a row. Villwock won the last six races of the 1999 season and has continued his streak with victories in the first four races this year. "Winning the Gold Cup for a fourth time and breaking Muncey's record are accomplishments that I will always cherish," said Villwock.

Mark Weber in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning presents Miss DYC finished second and his teammate George Stratton in the U-5 Appian Jeronimo finished third. Fourth place went to Mark Tate in the U-2 Miss Chrysler Jeep.

* Weber and Stratton Make Formidable Teammates

Team owner Kim Gregory had an impressive Gold Cup when both of his Unlimited teams had significant results. Gregory's U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning driven by Mark Weber and the U-5 Appian Jeronimo driven by George Stratton each produced heat wins and finished second and third in the final. The heat victory for Stratton was his first ever as an Unlimited driver and Weber won his seventh heat of the season. "Gregory has put together a remarkable team and we are all honored to be a part of this organization," said Weber.

* N. Mark Evans Produces Two Heat Wins

After taking a two-race break, Evans returned to Unlimited competition and drove the U-16 Miss E-Lam Plus to two heat victories. Evans secured enough points to reach the final but, unfortunately, he was washed down and was unable to finish the final race.

* Wiggins Pulls Double Duty

Charley Wiggins had a busy and rough weekend as he competed in both the Unlimited and Unlimited Lights series. His first season behind the wheel of an Unlimited in the U-6 Miss Madison has produced some up and down moments and this theme continued on the Detroit River. He was able to produce some solid Unlimited heat finishes but unfortunately his weekend came to a sudden halt as he flipped his Unlimited Light on Sunday. After a quick visit to the hospital he returned to watch his U-6 Miss Madison, driven by Jerry Hopp, finish in fifth place in the final.

Next stop on the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series is the Budweiser Columbia Cup with Wings at Tri-Cities, Wash., on July 28-30.

<pre> Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series O'Doul's National High Points Standings (July 10, 2000)

Boat Championship Points

Pos. Number Boat Name Points 1 U-1 MISS BUDWEISER (4) 6687 2 U-10 YORK HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 4945 3 U-5 APPIAN JERONIMO 3734 4 U-2 FREDDIE'S CLUB CASINO 3260 5 U-9 CARPENTER COMMUNICATIONS 3067 6 U-8 LLUMAR WINDOW FILM 2316 7 U-6 MISS MADISON 2111 8 U-100 MISS ZNETIX 2038 9 U-25 MISS FREEI 1788 10 U-3 MASTER TIRE 1639 11 U-16 MISS E-LAM PLUS 1355 12 U-28 NEW KID IN TOWN 750 Driver Championship Points

Pos. Number Driver Name Points 1 U-1 DAVE VILLWOCK (4) 6687 2 U-10 MARK WEBER 4945 3 U-5 GEORGE STRATTON 3734 4 U-2 MARK TATE 3260 5 U-9 MIKE HANSON 3067 6 U-8 JIMMY KING 2316 7 U-100 GREG HOPP 2038 8 U-6 CHARLEY WIGGINS 1815 9 U-25 DR. KEN MUSCATEL 1788 10 U-3 MITCH EVANS 1385 11 U-16 N. MARK EVANS 1355 12 U-28 JERRY HALE 750 13 U-6 JERRY HOPP 296 14 U-3 MIKE WEBER 254 *Race wins in parenthesis

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