HPROP: Villwock and Miss Budweiser stake claims at Madison

(Madison, Ind.) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup on Sunday at Madison, the third race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. Villwock was able to capitalize on a perfect start in...

(Madison, Ind.) - Dave Villwock and Miss Budweiser won the Belterra Resort & Casino Indiana Governor's Cup on Sunday at Madison, the third race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series.

Villwock was able to capitalize on a perfect start in the final and cruised to his third win of the season. Miss Budweiser was the top qualifier in the nine-boat field with an average lap speed of 153.262 mph and won all three of their preliminary heats. "After last year's disappointment when the Ohio River got the best of me, I wanted to come to Madison and take home the Indiana Governor's Cup," said Villwock.

Mark Weber in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning finished second and Mike Hanson in the U-9 Jones Racing finished third. Fourth place went to George Stratton in the U-5 Appian Jeronimo.

* Weber Has Up and Down Ride at Madison During Mark Weber's first qualifying run at Madison, his U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning hit a log floating on the river and did substantial damage to his rudder. The U-10 crew worked feverishly throughout the night and was able to fix the boat in time for its first heat. Weber then proceeded to win all three of his heats and battled Villwock to the end but was not able to catch him in the final. "My performance at Madison is all due to a fantastic crew," said Weber. "I could not have won those three heats if it weren't for them and their dedication to this team."

* Wiggins Drives Hometown Miss Madison Charley Wiggins in his second Unlimited race ever drove the hometown Miss Madison to a respectable sixth place finish at Madison. Wiggins won the consolation heat in order to make the finals and thrilled the crowd with his performance.

* Unlimited Hydros Prepare for APBA Gold Cup The Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series makes its annual stop this weekend (July 6-9) at the prestigious Chrysler Jeep American Power Boat Association (APBA) Gold Cup on the Detroit River. If there is a single race that Unlimited Hydros drivers want to win more than any other throughout the season, it would be the APBA Gold Cup. Many drivers refer to the event as their Super Bowl or Indy 500 and Detroit Gold Cups are the biggest of all.

Careers have been built around success in Detroit. The legendary Bill Muncey, whose name graces the pit area in Detroit, scored eight of his 62 career wins in Detroit. Chip Hanauer, who retired earlier this year, made a remarkable return to competition last year and won an unprecedented 11th APBA Gold Cup. Miss Budweiser team owner Bernie Little, the most successful boat owner in the history of Unlimited racing, has 12 ABPA Gold Cups to his credit.

"The APBA Gold Cup is the one race that I focus my attention on every year," said Little. "The Gold Cup always seems to get my competitive juices running and each season I look forward to winning another Gold Cup."

* Tate and Weber Hometown Favorites in Detroit Mark Tate, Canton, Mich., in the U-2 Miss Chrysler Jeep and Mark Weber, St. Clair Shores, Mich., in the U-10 York Heating & Air Conditioning will be racing in front of their family and friends when the Hydros compete at the APBA Gold Cup. Both Tate and Weber grew up watching the Unlimited's race along the Detroit River and could not ask for a better treat than to win the Gold Cup.

Weber has enjoyed a great season as he currently stands in second place in the O'Doul's National High Points Championship after posting a second place finish last weekend at Madison and two third-place finishes at the Mohave Unlimited Hydrofest, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and the Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio, Evansville, Ind.

Tate, a two-time winner of the APBA Gold Cup in 1991 and 1994, is also off to a great start of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series. Tate is currently in fourth place in the O'Doul's National High Points Championship after securing two second-place finishes at Lake Havasu City and Evansville.

"Mark Weber and I will enjoy racing in front of our hometown crowd," said Tate. "But we can't rely on the fan support alone to take us to victory. The Gold Cup always brings out the best in every Unlimited driver and with one little mistake, your hopes and dreams of winning could be gone. The Detroit River has always been a challenging race course but hopefully I can use some local knowledge to my advantage and take home my third Gold Cup."

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.

<pre> Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series May 19-21 Lake Havasu City, AZ

Empire Power Systems Presents the Second Miss Budweiser Annual Mohave Unlimited Hydrofest - River Palms Cup Challenge

June 23-25 Evansville, IN Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio Miss Budweiser

July 1-2 Madison, IN Belterra Resort & Casino Miss Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup

July 6-9 Detroit, MI Chrysler-Jeep APBA Gold Cup

July 28-30 Tri-Cities, WA Budweiser Columbia Cup with Wings

August 4-6 Seattle, WA General Motors Cup at Seafair

Sept. 15-17 San Diego, CA San Diego's Bayfair Ralphs/Food4Less Bill Muncey Cup

For more information please refer to UHRA Web site: http://www.hydros.org

Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series O'Doul's National High Points Standings (July 3, 2000)

Boat Championship Points

Pos. Number Boat Name Points 1 U-1 MISS BUDWEISER (3) 4920 2 U-10 YORK HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 3690 3 U-9 JONES RACING 2396 4 U-2 FREDDIE'S CLUB CASINO 2309 5 U-5 APPIAN JERONIMO 2209 6 U-100 MISS ZNETIX 2038 7 U-8 LLUMAR WINDOW FILM 1640 8 U-25 MISS FREEI 1182 9 U-6 MISS MADISON 1111 10 U-3 MASTER TIRE 935 11 U-28 NEW KID IN TOWN 750 12 U-16 MISS ELAM PLUS 313

Driver Championship Points

Pos. Number Driver Name Points 1 U-1 DAVE VILLWOCK (3) 4920 2 U-10 MARK WEBER 3690 3 U-9 MIKE HANSON 2396 4 U-2 MARK TATE 2309 5 U-5 GEORGE STRATTON 2209 6 U-100 GREG HOPP 2038 7 U-8 JIMMY KING 1640 8 U-25 DR. KEN MUSCATEL 1182 9 U-6 CHARLEY WIGGINS 1111 10 U-28 JERRRY HALE 750 11 U-3 MITCH EVANS 681 12 U-16 MARK EVANS 313 13 U-3 MIKE WEBER 254

*Race wins in parenthesis

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