HPROP: Miss Budweiser clinches 22nd World Championship

Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser clinches 22nd World Championship SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The closest run for the Unlimited Hydroplanes Championship in years was decided this afternoon in favor of Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team, making it the...

Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser clinches 22nd World Championship

SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The closest run for the Unlimited Hydroplanes Championship in years was decided this afternoon in favor of Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team, making it the 22nd World Championship for the Miss Budweiser Team and sixth career championship for Miss Budweiser driver Dave Villwock.

Dave Villwock clinched the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Championship for Bernie Little and the Miss Budweiser team after finishing second in Heat 2B behind Nate Brown in the U-16 Elam Plus at the San Diego Thunderboat Regatta benefiting Childrens' Hospital and Health Center. There are only 80 available points remaining today and this season. The Miss Budweiser team's 94-point lead over Nate Brown is more than enough points to clinch the championship.

"Bernie had three goals for the season, win the first race, win the Gold Cup and win the championship, and the Miss Budweiser team delivered," said Villwock."Personally, I had two goals, win the Gold Cup and a my sixth championship, the victories in Evansville and Seattle just made the season that much better."

Team Owner Bernie Little said,"I'm glad the battle for the championship didn't come down to the final heat in the last race of the season here in San Diego, I don't know if my nerves, or anyone's could of handled that. I think the other teams did well this year, and I'm extremely proud of my guys, the Miss Budweiser crew and Dave Villwock, they really delivered. When faced with adversity, true champions step up to the challenge and deliver victories; that's exactly what the Miss Budweiser team did this year."

Villwock qualified second this weekend with an average speed of 158.816 mph behind a record setting Mitch Evans in the U-3 Vacationville who turned in an average speed of 160.370 mph in the only piston driven boat in the 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. Villwock won the first heat, setting a Hydro-Prop race lap record lap with a fast lap of 153.964 mph.

Heats 3A and 3B begin at 2 p.m. (PT) and the final race of the San Diego Thunderboat Regatta featuring the Budweiser Bill Muncey Cup is at 4:40 p.m. PT.

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