Madison Regatta July 3-5
MADISON, Ind. --- Dave Villwock continued his winning ways by notching his 57th career victory by winning the 59th annual running of the Madison Regatta Indiana Governor's Cup Sunday..
Villwock (Auburn, Wash.), piloting the U-16 Miss Elam Plus notched a perfect weekend by posting the top qualifying speed and winning every elimination heat
to set up for his championship run. This was his eighth Indiana Governor's Cup win on this Ohio River course--the most of any unlimited driver.
"An old pr man once told me this was a grand slam," said a jubilant Villwock. "We won the fastest qualifying, we won every elimination heat and we won the race championship."
With competition from Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com to Villwocks left and the U-7 Graham Trucking boat of Jay Michael Kelly (Payallup, Wash.) on the right, it looked like Villwock would have a battle on his hands. But after a tight first lap, the fluorescent orange boat pulled away to clinch the victory.
Although Villwock's victory was almost never in doubt, a battle was ensuing for the right for a podium finish. Behind Villwock was Kelly who usurped his teammate and last year's Madison winner Bernard for second place.
But finishing third was hometown Madison boat the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.). He placed third.
David, who was running in fourth throughout the race, caught a break when the U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep sustained engine problems just feet from the finish line. With the U-3, driven by Jimmy King (Wales, Mich.) dead in the water, the U-1 managed to speed by to come in third.
Rounding out the field was the Bernard in the U-5 and Greg Hopp (Snohomish, Wash.) driving the U-100 Shoreline Propellers.
King who was just feet away from third place was unable to finish the race.
Now with another Indiana Governor's Cup in hand, Villwock hopes to carry the momentum to next week's 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup in Detroit.
Results of the Indiana Governor's Cup ...
QUALIFYING SPEEDS ... July 3, Unlimited Time Trials
||Oh Boy! Oberto
||Miss Activ Water
||Miss Chrysler Jeep
Dave Villwock WORX RADIO
1st ... U16 Miss ELAM Plus ... 138.054
2nd ... U7 Graham Trucking ... 136.515
3rd ... U1 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 130.713
4th ... U100 Shoreline Propellers ... 121.434
5th ... U5 FormulaBoats.com ... 118.424
DNF ... U3 Chrysler-Jeep
1st ... U3 Miss Chrysler Jeep ... 141.550
2nd ... U100 Shoreline Propellers ... 139.298
3rd ... U17 Active Water ... 131.652
DNS ... U22 ... Miss ServPro
1st ... U7 Graham Trucking ... 136.976
2nd ... U48 Albert Lee ... 128.846
3rd ... U5 FormulaBoats.com ... 111.686
1st ... U16 Miss ELAM Plus ... 146.759
2nd ... U1 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 145.280
3rd ... U25 Superior Racing ... 126.530
1st ... U5 FormulaBoats.com ... 145.996
2nd ... U3 Chrysler-Jeep ... 145.241
3rd ... U7 Graham Trucking ... 136.443
4th ... U48 Albert Lee ... 123.313
1st ... U100 Shoreline Propellers ... 138.326
2nd ... U25 Superior Racing ... 130.898
DNF ... U22 ... Miss ServPro
1st ... U16 Miss ELAM Plus ... 149.286
2nd ... U1 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 147.651
3rd ... U17 Active Water ... 129.584
1st ... U5 Formulaboats.com ... 141.261
2nd ... U3 Miss Chrysler Jeep ... 138.134
3rd ... U100 Shoreline Propellers ... 110.456
DNS ... U25 Superior Racing
1st ... U7 Graham Trucking
2nd ... U48 Miss Albert
3rd ... U22 ... Miss ServPro
DNF ... U37 Miss Bellos Pizza (Crashed)
1st ... U16 Miss ELAM Plus
2nd ... U17 Active Water
3rd ... U1 Oh Boy! Oberto (1 Lap Pen)