(Madison, IN) - Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to their third win of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series at the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup at Madison, IN, on Sunday. This was Bernie Little's 13th ...
(Madison, IN) - Dave Villwock drove Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser to their third win of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series at the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup at Madison, IN, on Sunday. This was Bernie Little's 13th Indiana Governor's Cup victory and his 127th career victory.
Villwock and Miss Budweiser were the fastest qualifiers with an average lap speed of 153.262 mph. Villwock also captured all three of his heats and has won every heat this season. "I know how important it is to win at Madison, especially with it being their 50th Anniversary," said Villwock. "Madison is like a second home to Bernie Little and he wanted this win very badly. Once again the Miss Budweiser crew did a great job in setting up the boat and I was able to bring home the victory for Bernie."
With his victory at Madison Villwock is currently on a nine-race win streak. With this win he tied the legendary driver Bill Muncey for the record of consecutive wins. "To be mentioned in the same sentence with Bill Muncey is an accomplishment that I can't fathom," said Villwock. "He is the greatest Unlimited driver in the history of the sport and I am honored to tie him for the record."
* Miss Budweiser Aims for 13th APBA Gold Cup in Detroit Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser are looking forward to the fourth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series this weekend at the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup at Detroit, MI, July 6-9.
Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser has enjoyed great success at the Gold Cup winning 12 throughout his career. "We set three goals for the Miss Budweiser team at the start of the season; to win the first race, the APBA Gold Cup and the championship," said Little. "We're off to a great start with our win at Lake Havasu, but the Gold Cup is always a major challenge. When it comes to the Gold Cup, no one holds anything back. This is a special time and we owe it to our Miss Budweiser fans to bring home the 13th Gold Cup."
Villwock recently moved into a tie for first on the all-time career victory list driving Miss Budweiser with his 23rd win at Madison, IN. Since joining the Miss Budweiser team in 1997, he has won 23 of 29 starts. With a victory at Detroit he would pass Dean Chenoweth and take sole position of first as Miss Budweiser's winningest driver. "I could not ask for a better place than the Detroit Gold Cup to become the all-time career winningest driver of Miss Budweiser," said Villwock.
Villwock and the Miss Budweiser will have to beat not only the Detroit River, but a highly competitive field that includes Mark Tate, a two-time APBA Gold Cup winner. "We are going to have to race very hard and very smart to win my fourth Gold Cup," said Villwock. "If the competition does not get you, the Detroit River can. You have to beat both to win here."
Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team lead the driver and boat standings with 4920 points, respectively. Mark Weber in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning is second with 3690 points followed by Mike Hanson in the U-9 Jones Racing with 2396 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 Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup Thursday, July 6 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, July 9. The race will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, July 23.