HPROP: Seafair: Miss Budweiser race notes

Dave Villwock and Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser sweep at Seafair with General Motors Cup victory. SEATTLE, Wash.-- Dave Villwock and Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team had a sweep at Seafair today as the team took first place in every heat...

Dave Villwock and Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser sweep at Seafair with General Motors Cup victory.

SEATTLE, Wash.-- Dave Villwock and Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team had a sweep at Seafair today as the team took first place in every heat they raced today on Lake Washington. Today's success and General Motors Cup victory marks the 15th win for Bernie Little and the Miss Budweiser team at Seafair and a career fifth for Villwock who has now won here in 1996,1998,1999,2000 and 2002.

"It was really rough out there today with heavy wind gusts and lots of rollers, which is exactly what we hoped for," said Villowck."We worked hard this morning in testing to set up the boat right for the conditions and our strategy paid off, but a little luck always helps."

The Miss Budweiser team is based in Tukwila, Washington, a suburb of Seattle."We really wanted to bring home a victory to our hometown fans, friends and family," Villwock said."It didn't hurt either that Bernie was back on the road with us to give the team that extra boost we needed to bring home the win. He's really our central post that we all revolve around."

"When I got here this weekend I told these guys they we're going to win, and that's exactly what they did," said Miss Budweiser owner Bernie Little. Little had been hospitalized over the Fourth of July weekend with a bout of pneumonia and missed the races in Detroit, Mich., Madison, Ind., and Tri-Cities, Wash., while recovering at his Lakeland, Fla. home."Hydroplane racing is my life and missing races is torture. I really wish I could have been in Tri-Cities last weekend as the team struggled. We all have off weeks and the teams was last week, but we're definitely on now and the championship is in our sights."

Dave Villwock started out the weekend qualifying the Miss Budweiser second with a top average speed of 152.632, seven tenths of a second behind the U-16 Elam Plus boat. Villwock won the first heat after setting a Hydro-Prop fast race lap record at Seafair of 141.961 mph. In heat two, Villwock drove the Miss Budweiser to his second victory of the day from the outside lane and in heat three Villwock drove to his third victory from lane four.

O'Doul's High Points Update-- Dave Villwock with his General Motors Cup victory extended his O'Doul's National High Points lead of 722 by 92 points of Nate Brown in the U-16 Elam Plus. Michael Hanson in the U-9 boat is in third with 496 points. Mark Tate and the U-2 boat currently sits in fourth with 544 points and Terry Troxell in the U-99 is fifth with 482 points.

"I've had some great drivers and great crews over the past 40 years," said Miss Budweiser owner Bernie Little."If I hadn't I wouldn't have won 21 World Championships. But my current team mix is definitely the best I've ever had and I know that Dave and the crew will get the job done in San Diego so that we can claim a 22nd championship."

Round 6, San Diego Thunderboat Regatta: The 2002 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series takes several weeks off before the final race of the season in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 21-22, 2002. This year's San Diego Thunderboat Regatta will benefit Children's Hospital and Health Centers. Dave Villwock has won the San Diego event four times ('94,' 98,' 99 and 2000). Miss Budweiser and Bernie Little have 13 wins in San Diego (1966,' 69,' 70,' 77,' 81,' 84,' 85,' 89,' 91,' 96,' 98,' 99, 2000).

Statistically Speaking-- Villwock, who has been racing Unlimited Hydroplanes since 1992, has 39 wins, five series championships and five APBA Gold Cups to his credit. Little is competing in his 40th consecutive year of Unlimited hydroplane competition. Since 1963, Little's Miss Budweiser team has claimed 134 Unlimited victories, 21 world championships and 14 APBA Gold Cups.

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