HPROP: New Miss Budweiser at Evansville

(Evansville, IN) - The defending Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Association champions Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser are in a familiar position, atop the point standings, heading into the second race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane...

(Evansville, IN) - The defending Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Association champions Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser are in a familiar position, atop the point standings, heading into the second race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series, the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio at Evansville, IN, June 23-25.

Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team are looking to build on the momentum they gained at the first race of the season in which they were top qualifiers, won each of their three heats and were victorious in the final. "We would really like to duplicate our efforts from Lake Havasu, but we know as the season continues, the competition will get stronger and stronger," said Villwock.

The Miss Budweiser team could be at a disadvantage at the Evansville race because they have decided to unveil their new Miss Budweiser hull (T-6). "It will be a roll of the dice with this new boat," said Miss Budweiser Crew Chief, Mark Smith. "We are not quite sure what to expect. We will just have to wait and see what she can accomplish in race conditions. You never really know about a new boat until you race it."

Villwock will be aiming for his fifth win in a row at the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio at Evansville. He won the 1996 race in the U-100 PICO and the last three years driving the Miss Budweiser. Bernie Little's success is even better with his Miss Budweiser capturing eight out the last ten races held at Evansville. "Obviously, we have had great success at this race, but with the new fuel restriction rule being enforced on us this weekend, we will be at a disadvantage," said Villwock. "Because of our victory at Lake Havasu, we will be restricted to a fuel flow of 4.2 gallons per minute (GPM) compared to the competition being at 4.3 GPM. This makes it difficult to gain points for the championship since we will be restricted for fuel in qualifying, all heats and the finals, I know the Miss Budweiser crew will do a great job in preparing the boat despite this disadvantage."

Villwock and the Miss Budweiser team lead the driver and boat standings with 1640 points, respectively. Mark Tate in the U-2 Freddie's Club Casino is second with 1255 points followed by Mark Weber in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning with 1137 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 Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio Friday, June 23 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, June 25. The race will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 8.

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