GOLD CUP FINAL HEAT - 5 Laps

1st ... U-1 Miss Bud - 143.112
2nd ... U-99 CJeep-Green - 138.401
3rd ... U-9 Tubby's - 135.810
4th ... U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - 132.584
5th ... U-2 Trendwest - 124.546
6th ... U-10 DYC - trailer

RECAP -- Villwock takes fifth Gold Cup ... Miss Budweiser's owner celebrates victory from Florida ... By Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News ... DETROIT -- Dave Villwock played cat-and-mouse and kept his opponents guessing until the moment he took the inside lane of the Gold Cup final. Then, the suspense was over. Villwock, driving Miss Budweiser, won his fifth Gold Cup, going wire-to-wire Sunday on the Detroit River. Terry Troxell was second for his third straight race this season, and Mike Hanson was third. "I just came in and looked for a hole," said Villwock, who decided to change his approach to the start by sitting back and waiting for his chance. "It was a (eight-time Gold Cup champion) Bill Muncey move, sneaking around behind and looking for the hole. It's kind of a risky move, but Muncey did it a lot and it worked for him. I snuck in the back door and got the inside lane and that was the difference in the race." Bernie Little, owner of the Miss Budweiser team, was home in Lakeland, Fla., recovering from respiratory problems and pneumonia. Little, 76, had been hospitalized since July 4, but he was released Sunday. He enjoyed his 14th career Gold Cup victory via telephone play-by-play by his son, Joe. "Not having Bernie here all weekend was really hard for our team to stay centered," Villwock said. "Without him here, we struggled to stay focused. He really wanted to win another Gold Cup." Troxell had the fastest boat, which he proved in the last heat before the final, beating Villwock with a 5-mph advantage. Troxell said he wanted Villwock to his outside at the start of the race but said Hanson moved aside and gave him the inside lane. "I really thought we could beat Bud," Troxell said. "I thought he would have to be outside of me, so I was disappointed he got inside."

HEAT 1A - 3 Laps

U-16 ELAM Plus - 129.914
U-3 Master Tire - 119.593
U-9 Tubby's - 108.775
U-2 Trendwest - 104.557
U-100 C-Jeep - 91.263
U-8 Llumar DNF

HEAT 1B - 3 Laps

U-1 Miss Bud - 143.900
U-10 DYC - 141.914
U-99 CJeep-Green - 140.546
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - 132.898 (no points)
U-25 AIM - 126.350

HEAT 2A - 3 Laps

U-9 Tubby's - 142.848
U-100 C-Jeep - 138.411
U-16 ELAM Plus - 138.021
U-2 Trendwset - 126.128
U-3 Master Tire - 118.735
U-8 Llumar - 115.012

HEAT 2B - 3 Laps

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - 128.011
U-99 CJeep-Green - 126.947
U-10 DYC - 112.874
U-1 Miss Bud - 108.234 (Penalty)
U-25 AIM - 106.916

HEAT 3A - 5 Laps

U-1 Miss Bud - 142.271
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - 132.841
U-9 Tubby's - 126.899
U-16 ELAM Plus - lap penalty
U-99 CJeep-green - lap penalty

HEAT 3B - 5 Laps

U-2 Trendwest - 136.862
U-8 Llumar - 129.298
U-10 DYC - Gun Jump
U-25 AIM - 98.159
U-100 C-Jeep - Gun Jump
U-3 Master Tire - DNS

HEAT 4A - 5 Laps

U-99 CJeep-Green - 139.344
U-1 Miss Bud - 134.882
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - 133.548
U-8 Llumar - 128.783
U-10 DYC - 125.096
U-25 AIM - 122.146

HEAT 4B - 5 Laps

U-2 Trendwest - 137.013
U-9 Tubby's - 133.221
U-100 C-Jeep - 121.821
U-3 Master Tire - 115.155
U-16 ELAM Plus - DNF

QUALIFYING SPEEDS (FINAL SPEEDS)
(2 Lap Average)
U-16 Miss ELAM Plus, Nate Brown - 157.468
U-1 Miss Budweiser, Dave Villwock - 156.247
U-9 Tubby's Subs, Mike Hanson - 156.140
U-10 Miss DYC, Mike Weber - 154.820
U-2 Trendwest, Mark Tate - 153.784
U-99 C-Jeep (green), Terry Troxell - 152.269
U-100 C-Jeep, Greg Hopp - 150.354
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steven David - 143.409
U-3 Master Tire, Mitch Evans - 137.836
U-8 Llumar Films, Jimmy King - 130.000
U-25 SRP, Ken Muscatel - 130.000

Gold Cup Winners List!
YearBoatDriverAvg. MPH
1904Standard (June)Carl Riotte*23.160
1904Vingt-Et-Un II
(Sept.)
W. Sharpe Kilmer*24.900
1905Chip IJ.M. Wainwright*15.000
1906Chip IIJ.M. Wainwright*25.000
1907Chip IIJ.M. Wainwright*23.903
1908Dixie IIE.J. Schroeder*29.938
1909Dixie IIE.J. Schroeder*29.590
    
1910Dixie IIIF.K. Burnham*32.473
1911MIT IIJ.H. Hayden*37.000
1912P.D.Q. IIA.G. Miles*39.462
1913Ankle DeepC.S. Mankowski*42.779
1914Baby Speed
   Demon II
Jim Blackton
& Bob Edgren
48.458
1915Miss DetroitJohnny Milot
& Jack Beebe
37.656
1916Miss MinneapolisBernard Smith48.860
1917Miss Detroit IIGar Wood*54.410
1918Miss Detroit IIGar Wood51.619
1919Miss Detroit IIIGar Wood*42.748
    
1920Miss America IGar Wood*62.022
1921Miss America IGar Wood*52.825
1922Packard ChriscraftJ.G. Vincent*40.253
1923Packard ChriscraftCaleb Bragg43.867
1924Baby BootleggerCaleb Bragg*45.302
1925Baby BootleggerCaleb Bragg*47.240
1926Greenwich FollyGeorge Townsend*47.984
1927Greenwich FollyGeorge Townsend*47.662
1928Not held  
1929ImpRichard Hoyt*48.662
    
1930Hotsy TotsyVic Kliesrath*52.673
1931Hotsy TotsyVic Kliesrath*53.602
1932Delphine IVBill Horn57.775
1933El LagartoGeorge Reis*56.260
1934El LagartoGeorge Reis*55.000
1935El LagartoGeorge Reis*55.056
1936ImpshiKaye Don45.735
1937Notre DameClell Perry63.675
1938AlagiTheo Rossi*64.340
1939My SinZ.G. Simmons Jr.*66.133
    
1940Hotsy Totsy IIISidney Allen*48.295
1941My SinZ.G. Simmons Jr.*52.509
1942-45 Not held  
1946Tempo VIGuy Lombardo*68.132
1947Miss Peps VDanny Foster57.000
1948Miss Great LakesDanny Foster46.845
1949My SweetieBill Cantrell73.612
    
1950Slo-Mo-Shun IVTed Jones78.216
1951Slo-Mo-Shun VLou Fageol90.871
1952Slo-Mo-Shun IVStan Dollar79.923
1953Slo-Mo-Shun IVJoe Taggart
& Lou Fageol
99.108
1954Slo-Mo-Shun VLou Fageol92.613
1955Gale VLee Schoenith99.552
1956Miss ThirftwayBill Muncey96.552
1957Miss ThriftwayBill Muncey101.787
1958Hawaii Kai IIIJack Regas103.000
1959MaverickBill Stead104.481
    
1960Not held  
1961Miss Century 21Bill Muncey99.678
1962Miss Century 21Bill Muncey100.710
1963Miss BardahlRon Musson105.124
1964Miss BardahlRon Musson103.433
1965Miss BardahlRon Musson103.132
1966Tahoe MissMira Slovak93.019
1967Miss BardahlBill Shumacher101.484
1968Miss BardahlBill Shumacher108.173
1969Miss BudweiserBill Sterett98.504
    
1970Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth99.562
1971Miss MadisonJim McCormick98.043
1972Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey104.277
1973Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth99.043
1974Pay 'n PakGeorge Henley104.428
1975Pay 'n PakGeorge Henley108.921
1976Miss U.S.Tom D'Eath100.412
1977Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*111.822
1978Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*100.412
1979Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*100.765
    
1980Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth106.932
1981Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth116.387
1982Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer120.050
1983Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer118.507
1984Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer130.175
1985Miller AmericanChip Hanauer120.643
1986Miller AmericanChip Hanauer116.523
1987Miller AmericanChip Hanauer127.620
1988Miss Circus CircusChip Hanauer
& Jim Prevost
123.756
1989Miss BudweiserTom D'Eath131.209
    
1990Miss BudweiserTom D'Eath143.176
1991Winston EagleMark Tate137.771
1992Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer136.282
1993Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer141.296
1994Smokin' Joe'sMark Tate145.532
1995Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer149.160
1996Pico/American DreamDave Villwock149.328
1997Miss BudweiserDave Villwock129.366
1998Miss BudweiserDave Villwock140.704
1999Miss PicoChip Hanauer152.591
2000Miss BudweiserDave Villwock139.416
2001Miss Tubby's SubsMike Hanson140.022
2002Miss BudweiserDave Villwock143.112

Note that (*) indicates driver was also owner of the winning boat