HPROP: Madison Miss Budweiser finishes sixth

(Madison, Ind.) - Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser finished sixth in today's Belterra Casino Madison Regatta in Madison, Ind., the second stop on the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour. Driver Dave Villwock jumped the start, ending his race...

(Madison, Ind.) - Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser finished sixth in today's Belterra Casino Madison Regatta in Madison, Ind., the second stop on the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour. Driver Dave Villwock jumped the start, ending his race before it ever began.

The race was won by the hometown Oh Boy! Oberto driven by Steve David. Greg Hopp and Jimmy King finished second and third respectively.

"We were in a tough position and felt good that we were even in the final," said Villwock, who has 36 career wins to his credit. "I knew that we were going to have to make a perfect start if we were going to have a chance to win. I gave it everything that I had and unfortunately was just a little bit quick to the starting line. The good news is that we have all of our equipment in tact for the Gold Cup next weekend."

Villwock qualified fifth fastest with a speed of 142.239 mph and finished second, first and third respectively in his three preliminary heat races.

* Villwock Maintains Points Lead - Villwock maintains his lead in the O'Doul's National High Points race. Unofficially, with the 108 points scored in Madison, Villwock now has 266 points, followed by Mark Weber with 255 and Steve David with 239.

* APBA Gold Cup Next Race - The next stop on the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour is next weekend's APBA Gold Cup in Detroit. Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser is the defending champion.

"The Gold Cup is the biggest race of the year, it's the Indy 500 or the Daytona 500 of unlimited hydroplane racing," said Villwock, who has four Gold Cups (1996, '97, '98 and 2000) to his credit. "It is the race that everyone wants to win and I've been fortunate enough to win it four times. To win, you not only have to beat the other boats, you have to beat the river. The Detroit River is very tricky...you have to be aggressive but always respect that it can bite you. It's going to be a very tough race...we're just going to go to Detroit and do the best we can."

"Winning the Gold Cup is always one of my goals," said Little, who has 14 victories to his credit in Detroit, seven of which were for the Gold Cup (Little has 13 total Gold Cups). "Just thinking about a Gold Cup in Detroit gets me on edge. We've won seven of the last eleven races in Detroit, but the river is so tough and the competition this year is going to be just as tough. So, I won't relax until the checkered flag falls."

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