(Evansville, IN) - Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to their second win of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series at the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio. The win was Villwock's fifth win in a row at Evansville and the ninth...
(Evansville, IN) - Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to their second win of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series at the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio. The win was Villwock's fifth win in a row at Evansville and the ninth victory in the past eleven years for team owner, Bernie Little.
Villwock took Miss Budweiser to the top of qualifying with an average lap speed of 155.858 mph. Villwock produced wins in all three heats and is currently on a six-heat win streak this season. "The Miss Budweiser crew is continually setting up the boat to run well in all conditions," said Villwock. "This was the first race for our newest Miss Budweiser hull (T-6) and we were hoping for some good results. I think a clean sweep at Evansville is proof to what a fabulous job everyone has accomplished with our newest Miss Budweiser."
"I was curious to see how the boat would run with it being her first race," said crew chief Mark Smith. "The new fuel restriction rule cost us about 100 horsepower so we were all interested in how the boat would react. After this performance, I can't wait to watch this new boat race at all the venues." But because of their first two wins and the fuel restriction rule, the Miss Budweiser team heads to Madison down 200 horsepower.
Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser are looking forward to the third race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series this weekend at the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup at Madison, IN, July 1-2.
The Miss Budweiser team heads to Madison with an abundance of momentum after sweeping the first two races of the season. Combine this with Bernie Little's success in Madison over the years (12 victories) and the fact that the Miss Budweiser has been the top qualifier for twenty-three races in a row, they appear to be the favorites, but a second cut in their fuel flow rate may put this string in jeopardy.
Villwock will attempt to score his 23rd career victory driving Miss Budweiser. Dave is currently tied for second place with 22 wins with Chip Hanauer and Jim Kropfeld, only one victory behind the record held by Dean Chenoweth.
Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team lead the driver and boat standings with 3280 points, respectively. Mark Weber in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning is second with 2290 points followed by Mark Tate in the U-2 Freddie's Club Casino with 2279 points. Points are awarded for qualifying rank and finishing place in each heat of competition and the finals.
Practice and qualifying will begin for the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup Saturday, July 1 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, July 2. The race will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 15.