HPROP: Gold Cup: Miss Budweiser - Detroit Thunderfest preview

Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team looks for Gold Cup. A MID-SUMMER GOLD CUP DREAM-- Miss Budweiser Driver Dave Villwock is looking to bring the APBA Gold Cup back to Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team this year, having last won the Gold Cup...

Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team looks for Gold Cup.

A MID-SUMMER GOLD CUP DREAM-- Miss Budweiser Driver Dave Villwock is looking to bring the APBA Gold Cup back to Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team this year, having last won the Gold Cup in 2000. Last year in Detroit, Mich., Driver Villwock caught a rough patch of water as he was racing to the starting line and spun the Miss Budweiser, stalling the engine. He re-started the engine and went on to finish fifth.

"Not winning the Gold Cup last year was a huge disappointment," said Miss Budweiser Owner Bernie Little. " Winning the Gold Cup in Detroit is one, if not the most important race of the season for us. I know this year that the Miss Budweiser team will be ready and winning."

Villwock is ready for Detroit."I'd like to win every race and every heat, but that's probably not realistic this year, so I'll get as many points as I can. However, when it comes to Detroit, nothing is more important than bringing home the Gold Cup for Bernie (Little) and the Miss Budweiser Team."

Villwock describes the Detroit River as being very tough on the boats and drivers."When you race on the water, the track conditions are always changing and you just have to do the best you can at the time. Last year was one of those unfortunate incidents where the water got the best of me, but if you don't learn from your mistakes, you might as well not race. I'll be ready for Detroit."

Every Heat Counts! It's a short season for the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series with only six races, so every heat and every race counts toward the championship. This weekend's Chrysler/Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup race on the Detroit river will be the third round of competition this year and the half-way point in the season. The Gold Cup has a long and prestigious history as the oldest continually awarded trophy in all of motorsports. The first Gold Cup race was held in 1904.

Dave Villwock with four Gold Cup victories in his career last won the Gold Cup for the Miss Budweiser Team in 2000. Villwock also won the Gold Cup in 1997 and 1998 in Miss Budweiser and in 1996 in the PICO American Dream. Bernie Little has won 14 times in Detroit and has racked up an unprecedented 13 Gold Cups in his 40 years with Unlimited Hydroplane racing; his first Gold Cup was won in 1969.

Statistically Speaking-- Villwock, who has been racing Unlimited Hydroplanes since 1992, has 37 wins, five series championships and four APBA Gold Cups to his credit. Little is competing in his 40th consecutive year of Unlimited hydroplane competition. Since 1963, Little's Miss Budweiser team has claimed 132 Unlimited victories, 21 world championships and 13 APBA Gold Cups.

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