2007 SEATTLE RACE RESULTS
Steve David drove Oh Boy! Oberto to an upset victory in the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair race on Sunday on Lake Washington, handing favored Dave Willwock his first loss of the unlimited hydroplane season.
David led wire-to-wire in the winner-take-all final heat over the two-mile course.
Villwock, driver of Ellstrom E-Lam Plus, was nearly run over by Jean Theoret in Miss Beacon Plumbing in the turn before the start of the race. He had to turn inside the course to avoid a collision. Theoret struck a course buoy and was immediately disqualified by officials.
"Theoret came over right in front of me," Villwock said. "I don't know how he hit the buoy without hitting me."
Villwock was behind the field by the time he got back on the course and David was already on his way to his win. David averaged 135.689 mph.
Second went to David Bryant in Hoss Mortgage Investors. He challenged for the lead in the first lap, but was unable to catch Oberto.
J. Michael Kelly took third in Car Pros. Kelly closed on Bryant on the fifth and final lap, but was unable to overtake Hoss. Villwock finished fourth. Fifth went to Jeff Bernard in Formulaboats.com and Ken Muscatel finished sixth in Procraft Windows.
"When I nailed the start I knew it was my race," David said.
During the heat, David said he cautioned himself, "Don't mess up."
Although Villwock had won all four previous races of the 2007 season, David said he felt confident going into the final that the Ellstrom boat would not sweep the season. No boat or driver has ever won every unlimited hydroplane race in one season.
The first indication Villwock would not win the Chevrolet Cup came in his two preliminary heats on Sunday, when he was beaten both times by Theoret. Had Theoret been able to avoid the disqualification in the final, he would have been a threat to win the race.
However, when the penalty was announced by officials, Theoret backed off and trailed the rest of the field around the course.
1st ... U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 135.689
2nd ... U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors ... 132.733
3rd ... U-13 Miss Car Pros ... 131.847
4th ... U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus ... 125.842
5th ... U-5 Formulaboats.com ... 119.656
6th ... U-25 Procraft Windows ... 108.986
DSQ ... U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing
U-5 Formulaboats.com ... 135.228
U-13 Miss Car Pros ... 134.478
U-25 Procraft Windows ... 122.558
U-1 Formulaboats.com ... 111.042
U-100 Mirageboats.com ... 106.219
U-17 Miss Red Dot/USNW Express ... 99.999
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing ... 141.705
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus ... 138.333
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 135.636
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II ... 133.546
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors ... 132.986
U-21 The Plumbing Joint ... 106.613
U-100 Mirageboats.com ... 137.399
U-17 Miss Red Dot/USNW Express ... 133.893
U-25 Procraft Windows ... DNF
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving ... DNS
U-9 Miss Tri Arc Electric Supply ... DNS
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors ... 140.349
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 140.021
U-5 Formulaboats.com ... 133.010
U-13 Miss Car Pros ... 130.974
U-1 Formulaboats.com ... 114.406
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing ... 145.647
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus ... 141.966
U-21 The Plumbing Joint ... 114.454
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II ... 130.006 (Gun Jump)
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto ... 142.144
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II ... 137.007
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors ... 136.478
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving ... 113.718
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing ... DNF
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus ... 137.803
U-25 Procraft Windows ... 135.271
U-100 Mirageboats.com ... 125.700
U-17 Miss Red Dot/USNW Express ... 121.638
U-9 Miss Tri Arc Electric Supply ... DNS
U-5 Formulaboats.com ... 141.528
U-13 Miss Car Pros ... 140.642
U-1 Formulaboats.com ... 119.066
U-21 The Plumbing Joint ... DNS
Chris Bertram, in the repaired U-9 Miss Tri Arc Electric Supply, couldn’t
get his boat started and the remaining drivers jumped the start, resulting
in a one-lap penalty across the board for the remaining five drivers. Nate
Brown was the first to jump and took an early lead in the U-17 Miss Red Dot,
but Ken Muscatel powered his U-25 Miss Procraft Windows past Brown on the
inside and claimed the trailer position for the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.
Winner: Muscatel, U-25.
Qualifying Results ...
U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus ... (Dave Villwock) 156.501
U-10 Miss Hoss Mortgage Investors ... (David Bryant) 154.119
U-5 FormulaBoats.com ... (Jeff Bernard) 151.905
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto ... (Steven David) 151.681
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing ... (Jean Theoret) 150.316
U-3 Hoss presents R.McDonald House ... (Jimmy King) 149.688
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows ... (Ken Muscatel) 145.451
U17 Red Dot ... (Nate Brown) 142.227
U-21 The Plumbing Joint ... (Brian Perkins) 139.876
U-13 Car Pros ... (J M Kelly) 138.448
U-9 Miss Tri Arc Electric Supply ... (Chris Bertram) 136.038
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving ... (David Williams) 132.577
U1 FormulaBoats.com ... (Jimmy Shane) 132.550
U100 Mirage Boats ... (Greg Hopp) 132.163