(Seattle, Wash.) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser successfully defended their title today at the General Motors Cup at Seattle, Washington, the fourth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat ShopperÂ® magazine. The...
(Seattle, Wash.) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser successfully defended their title today at the General Motors Cup at Seattle, Washington, the fourth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine.
The victory marks the second win for the team this year and the 41st for Villwock. Joe Little also secured his second career victory as team owner while adding to the Miss Budweiser's victory total of 136 race wins.
"I wanted this victory for this team and for our fans in my hometown of Seattle," said Villwock. "I have been fortunate to win Seattle's General Motors Cup seven times and every one of them is very special. I am getting closer to Bill Muncey's record of nine Seattle wins and look forward to every chance I have to attain that record. The fans here are terrific and I am proud to win for them and this community."
"Today's victory is all about the championship," continued Villwock. "With the win we have gained valuable points for the championship. I know how important winning a championship is to the Little family and to this team. The Miss Budweiser team has one goal in mind and that is to win the championship in memory of Bernie and for our new leader, Joe Little."
Villwock was able to take advantage of the pre-lap positioning between Nate Brown and Mike Weber and took lane one for the final. As the field reached the starting line, Villwock put the hammer down and lead at the first turn. Villwock cruised to the victory while the battle behind him was hard fought. In the end, Weber was able to capture second place and Steve David claimed the final podium position finishing third. Rounding out the top five were Brown and Mark Evans.
Thousands of fans lined the shores and log-boom of Lake Washington watching today's race as did the Television viewers on KIRO TV. KIRO TV broadcasted eight hours of live TV to its viewers in the Seattle market.
* Preliminary Heats Continue to Produce Different Victors
There has been a steady increase in the competition and parity among the Unlimiteds over the past few years. A clear indication of that trend is evident in the results of the preliminary heats. The number of different heat winners at each event has improved during the past two years. This season, the number of different heat winners is at a remarkable 77% compared to 57% in 1999, 64% in 2000, 62% in 2001 and 75% in 2002.
That trend continued with another highly contested weekend of preliminary heats at Seattle. Today there were four different heat winners, which included a heat victory for Rookie Doug Brow and Steve David, the eighth and ninth Unlimited drivers to win a heat this year.
* Doug Brow Makes Highlight Season Debut
Doug Brow made his Unlimited Hydroplane debut this weekend at Seattle piloting Fred Leland's U-99 Fairweather Masonry Presents Interstate Batteries. Brow was able to run the required number of laps in qualifying and testing to become an official Unlimited Hydroplane driver. In his first competitive preliminary heat, Brow thrilled the crowd and took the victory. His win in the preliminary heat produced the eighth different heat winner this year.
* Piston Powered Record Broken
Mitch Evans and the U-3 Vacationville Presents Kirkland Toyota's qualifying speed of 153.266 miles per hour broke the two-mile world record for a Piston Powered Unlimited.
* O'Doul's High Point World Championship Standings
With his victory today, Dave Villwock still leads the O'Doul's High Points World Championship. Villwock currently leads the championship with 535 points over Mark Evans with 444 points. The current top five include:
<pre> Driver O'Doul's High Points 1 Dave Villwock 535 2 Mark Evans 444 3 Mike Weber 433 4 Terry Troxell 358 5 Michael Hanson 356
* General Motors Cup Results: 1. U-1 Miss Budweiser, Dave Villwock 2. U-10 EMCOR Presents Miss Grand Central Casino, Mike Weber 3. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David 4. U-16 Miss Elam Plus, Nate Brown 5. U-8 LLumar Window Film, Mark Evans 6. U-2 Miss Trendwest, Terry Troxell Did Not Make Final: U-99 Fairweather Masonry Interstate Batteries, Doug Brow U-9 Skyway Park Bowl & Casino, Michael Hanson U-25 Silver Dollar Casinos Presents Miss Rock, Dr. Ken Muscatel U-100 Miss Nicole Marie Yacht Charters, JW Myers U-3 Vacationville.com Presents Kirkland Toyota, Mitch Evans U-19 Miss Graham Trucking, Jerry Hale