Brown, Miss Elam Plus win Madison Regatta ... July 7, 2002 ...
MADISON, Ind.- Terry Troxell's foot slipped on the throttle of Miss Troxilla with three laps to go in the final heat, enabling Nate Brown to pass him in the Miss Elam Plus and win his first Indiana Gov.'s Cup at the Budweiser Madison Regatta. Not that it would have made any difference if Troxell's foot had not slipped. "I hit a big roller under that bridge and my foot slipped off the throttle, and when your foot gets off that throttle, it takes a little while to get back up to speed. But really, I wouldn't have been able to hold him off for five laps," said Troxell, who finished in second place at 137.584. Miss Elam Plus appeared to have a speed advantage over the other unlimited hydroplanes throughout the weekend. Brown dogged Troxell for the first two laps before passing him and winning at 138.862 mph. Miss Budweiser Pilot Dave Villwock was only able to coax 130.584 from Miss Budweiser, which was working with a fuel reduction that was less than the rest of the hydroplanes. Brown said he took advantage of mistakes by Troxell. "For one, he tried to hold the inside too long. I was able to plow outside in the clean water and get around him," Brown said. The win was the third in four races for Brown, who closed out the 2001 season with back-to-back wins at Seattle and San Diego.

FINAL QUALIFYING SPEEDS ...
Number Name Driver Speed
U-16 Miss Elam Plus Nate Brown 151.819
U-1 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock 150.117
U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza Mike Hanson 149.414
U-2 Miss Trendwest Mark Tate 147.958
U-10 Miss EMCOR Mike Weber 146.847
U-8 Llumar Window Film Jimmy King 142.893
U-99 Miss Troxzilla Terry Troxell 142.680
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 141.522
U-100 Miss US Greg Hopp 139.028
U-3 Master Tire Mitch Evans 136.171
U-25 Security Race Products Ken Muscatel 134.736

HEAT 1A

U-99 Miss Troxzilla 139.130
U-2 Trendwest 132.160
U-3 Master Tire 114.550
U-16 E-Lam (Gun Jump)

HEAT 1B

U-1 Bud 140.225
U-6 Oh Boy! 139.153
U-10 EMCOR 137.579
U-25 SRP 119.601

HEAT 1C

U-100 Miss U.S. 143.141 (fuel Violation*)
U-9 Bello's Pizza 140.145
U-8 Llumar 133.364 (fuel Violation*)

HEAT 2A

U-16 E-Lam 137.716
U-99 Troxilla 135.465
U-2 Trendwest 126.465
U-3 Master Tire 126.325

HEAT 2B

U-1 Bud xxx.xxx
U-10 EMCOR xxx.xxx
U-6 Oh Boy! xxx.xxx
U-25 SRP xxx.xxx

HEAT 2C

U-9 Bello's Pizza 136.471
U-8 Llumar 135.401
U-100 Miss U.S. 130.839

HEAT 3A

U-16 Miss Elam Plus 141.523
U-1 Miss Budweiser 137.809
U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza 134.569
U-99 Miss Troxzilla 111.529

HEAT 3B

U-10 Miss EMCOR 137.131
U-2 Miss Trendwest 133.086
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 131.217
U-3 Master Tire 104.217

Provisional:

U-2 Miss Trendwest 141.303
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 138.136
U-25 Security Race Products 120.569
U-8 Llumar Window Film - DNS

F I N A L - H E A T

U-16 Miss Elam Plus 138.862
U-99 Miss Troxzilla 137.584
U-1 Miss Budweiser 130.878
U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza 125.965
U-10 Miss EMCOR (hit buoy - lap penalty)
U-2 Miss Trendwest - DNF

* No Points