HPROP: Miss Budweiser Seattle pre-race notes

Miss Budweiser Race Notes General Motors Cup at Seafair, Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 3-5) Round Five of the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Laughlin * Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser is the defending champion in ...

Miss Budweiser Race Notes
General Motors Cup at Seafair, Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 3-5)
Round Five of the 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Laughlin

* Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser is the defending champion in Seattle, having won the 2000 event at an average speed of 133.266 miles per hour. Driver Dave Villwock was the fastest qualifier (152.416 mph) and finished third, third and second respectively in his three preliminary heat races.

* Little has 14 wins in Seattle (1969, '70, '76, '81, '83, '84, '87, '88, '91, '93, '95, '98, '99 and 2000). In total, Little has 131 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories, 20 national championships and 13 Gold Cups.

* Villwock is the three-time defending Seattle winner, with five career wins in his hometown ('94, '96, '98, '99 and 2000). In total, Villwock has 36 career Unlimited Hydroplane victories (third on the all-time list), four national championships and four Gold Cups.

* The Miss Budweiser team is headquartered in Tukwila, Wash., just minutes from the racecourse.

*        "Seattle is our home race and it's also a very prestigious race,"
says Villwock.  "But we're not going to approach Seattle any differently
that we do any other race.  Our mantra this year has been to go to each race
and do the best we can.  That's the plan for Seattle."

* "We've had a lot of success in Seattle over the years," said Little. "Winning my 100th Unlimited Hydroplane race in 1995 in Seattle is a very special memory for me and I am very proud of that accomplishment. I am equally proud of my team...they are the best, best, best. They proved last weekend in Tri-Cities that they are racers by preparing the boat perfectly for the conditions. And Dave Villwock is one in a million, both as a driver and as a team manager. We know that the competition in Seattle is going to be tough, but we're going to try as hard as we can to give all of our hometown fans something to cheer about."

* "My most memorable race in Seattle was in 1994, my first win there," recalls Villwock. "I was driving for Fred Leland and we were definitely the underdogs. But we managed to win Fred's first race ever and everyone thought that it was a fluke. Then we went to the next race in San Diego and won again. That was the beginning of our success there...and the gratifying thing is that we did it without the largest budget. We had some good people and we worked really hard for everything that we accomplished."

* Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the season-opening Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville on July 1. A week later in Madison, Villwock finished sixth at the Belterra Casino Madison Regatta. He finished fifth at the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup in Detroit on July 15. Last weekend in at the Budweiser Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, Villwock finished second.

* Villwock comes to Seattle leading the O'Doul's National High Points Championship. Villwock leads with 595 points over Mark Weber (492), Greg Hopp (440) Steve David (427) and Mike Hanson (338).

-MB-

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