By Fred Farley - ABRA Unlimited Historian ...

2004 Seattle Seafair Regatta marked another triumph for MISS BUDWEISER owner Joe Little, pilot Dave Villwock, and crew chief Mark Smith in the Chevrolet Cup. Villwock and MISS BUDWEISER were physically second in the Final Heat on Lake Washington. Officials ruled, however, that front-running Terry Troxell and MISS E-LAM PLUS had jumped the gun and had to run an extra lap. This elevated Villwock and the "Beer Wagon" from second to first to victory, ahead of J.W. Myers in LLUMAR WINDOW FILM, Steve David in OH BOY! OBERTO, Troxell in MISS E-LAM PLUS, and J. Michael Kelly in GRAHAM TRUCKING in the corrected order of finish. The one major mishap of the weekend was the accident to MISS EMCOR, which flipped during Heat 2-A. Pilot Nate Brown fortunately escaped serious injury. MISS BUDWEISER and MISS E-LAM PLUS stalked each other before the start and were way early. Both slowed down to a crawl. E-LAM jumped the gun by about a boat length. BUDWEISER was barely a boat length from the line at the moment of clock zero. E-LAM "led" out of the first turn and pulled away. BUD ran a steady "second" and did not attempt to pass the penalized E-LAM. LLUMAR WINDOW FILM stayed within striking distance of the legally leading MISS BUDWEISER for one lap before BUD pulled away. BUDWEISER averaged 132.318 for the 10-mile distance, compared to 129.366 for LLUMAR and 125.373 for OBERTO.

Qualifying Results ...

U-16, Miss E-Lam Plus, Terry Troxell, 152.548
U-10, Miss Emcor, Nate Brown, 148.392
U-1, Miss Budweiser, Dave Villwock, 143.965
U-6, Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 141.947
U-8, Miss LLumar Window Film, J.W. Myers, 140.175
U-100, Toyota of Kirkland, Greg Hopp, 139.713
U-2, Seattle Boat presents Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 138.262
U-00, Skyway Park Bowl, Doug Brow, 137.339
U-25, Silver Dollar Casino, Ken Muscatel, 128.433
U-99, Miss Beacon Plumbing, Steve Hook, DNQ -- fuel flow violation