HPROP: Miss Budweiser fifth in Detroit

(Detroit, Mich.) - Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser finished fifth in today's Chrysler-Jeep APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, Mich. As he was racing to the starting line, driver Dave Villwock caught a rough patch of water and spun the Miss Budweiser, ...

(Detroit, Mich.) - Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser finished fifth in today's Chrysler-Jeep APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, Mich. As he was racing to the starting line, driver Dave Villwock caught a rough patch of water and spun the Miss Budweiser, stalling the engine. He re-started the engine and went on to finish fifth. Mike Hanson, followed by Greg Hopp and Steve David, won the race.

"I thought that I was in a perfect position for the start and was going for it," said Villwock, who was starting from Lane Two. "Then I saw a big roller and thought, 'Oh, no, it's going to get me.' I tried to move outside as much as I could, but it caught the left sponson and just spun me around. I was in full counter steer, but it was just too much.

"It's just one of those things that happens," Villwock continued. "Unfortunately, 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.

"We're not going to let this get us down. We are strong enough as a team to know that we have to pack up and go to Tri-Cities and do the best we can there. We are leaving Detroit with the points lead, so we're not taking our eye off of the war."

Villwock was the fastest qualifier this weekend with a speed of 154.403 mph ahead of Mike Hanson's speed of 154.378 mph. Villwock finished first, second, first and first respectively in his four preliminary heat races.

Villwock has four Gold Cups to his credit as well as 36 career victories and four national championships. Team owner Bernie Little has 13 Gold Cup victories, 131 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories and 20 national championships.

The next stop on the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Tour presented by Laughlin will be on July 27-29 in Tri-Cities, Wash.

* Villwock Maintains Points Lead - Villwock continues to unofficially lead the O'Doul's National High Points Championship with 439 points over Mark Weber with 419, Steve David with 371, Greg Hopp with 327 and Mike Hanson with 311.

-EM

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