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8/6/2012 3:00:00 PM
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David leapfrogs field for wire-to-wire repeat win
THREE STRAIGHT AT SEATTLE: Steve David (below) celebrates after winning the Albert Lee Cup in Seattle for the third-straight year. Davidís Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (above) won three heats and leap-frogged the field to easily seize the final. (Photos courtesy of Owen Blauman)
THREE STRAIGHT AT SEATTLE: Steve David (below) celebrates after winning the Albert Lee Cup in Seattle for the third-straight year. Davidís Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (above) won three heats and leap-frogged the field to easily seize the final. (Photos courtesy of Owen Blauman)
Steve David & Miss Madison Career wins
a-Steve David (15)

1993

May 30 - Lewisville (Texas), Miss T-Plus

Oct. 24 - Honolulu, Miss T-Plus

1995

June 18 - Kansas City (Mo.), Miss T-Plus

2001

July 8 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2005

June 26 - Evansville (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2007

Aug. 5 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

Sept. 16 - San Diego (Calif.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2008

July 27 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2009

July 26 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2010

July 4 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto

July 25 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

Aug. 4 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2011

July 3 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto

Aug. 7 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto

2012

Aug. 5 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto




a-CITY OF MADISON (17 wins)

1965

June 27 - Guntersville (Ala.), Miss Madison, Buddy Byers

1971

July 4 - Madison (Ind.), Miss Madison, Jim McCormick*

July 25 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Miss Madison, Jim McCormick

1983

May 22 - Lake-of-the-Ozarks (Mo.), Miss Rich Food Plan, Ron Snyder

1993

Sept. 19 - San Diego (Calif.), Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Mike Hanson

2001

July 8 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2005

June 26 - Evansville (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2007

Aug. 5 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

Sept. 16 - San Diego (Calif.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2008

July 27 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2009

July 26 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2010

July 4 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

July 25 - Tri-Cities (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

Aug. 4 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2011

July 3 - Madison (Ind.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

Aug. 7 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

2012

Aug. 5 - Seattle (Wash.), Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David

a - Active

David Campbell
Courier Sportswriter

SEATTLE - After incurring one penalty and risking damage in two other heats, Steve David decided he'd had enough of the "park and start" strategy and it was time to pull out the old "slingshot."

David laid far behind the field at the start of Sunday's Albert Lee Cup at Seafair, then rocketed around four trolling boats to steal lane one and power the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison to a convincing win on Lake Washington in Seattle on Sunday.

In the process David also seized the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited National High Points lead.

It was the exact same strategy David employed last year to win at Seattle and it worked nearly identically this year.

"We tried four different starts today and saved that one for the final," said David, who has now won the last three Albert Lee Cups at Seafair and four of the last six races at Seattle. "I tried it once earlier but the engine stalled for a moment and I couldn't make it work."

David didn't need the slingshot start in winning his first two heats but he ran into trouble in Heat 3A. David and chief rival Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar were both assessed one-lap penalties when they tried - along with J.W. Myers, Jimmy Shane and Jon Zimmerman - to squeeze into the two inside lanes right before the entrance buoy to turn two at the start. Villwock was also assessed a 100-point penalty.

With that debacle fresh in everybody's mind, it was somewhat surprising that with four minutes before the start of the winner-take-all final, four boats had already come to a near-stop roughly a half-mile from the one-minute score-up buoy.

One driver who didn't park was David. He continued to circle the two-mile course at speed and with just under two minutes to go, he was still on the opposite side of the course.

But that was all by design. With about 1:25 remaining before the start, David pounded the throttle and the Oberto came to life. Although he was way out in lane five, David had no problem flying past his idling competitors.

David hit the score-up buoy right at 59 seconds and barely let up to easily slide over into lane one. By the time the rest of the field reacted and caught up, it was too late.

The only thing left for David was to win the race and he did that in style. Shane, driving the U-5 Graham Trucking in lane two, stayed on David's right hip for two laps before starting to fade. Villwock, stuck in lane three, never mounted a challenge to the lead.

"We had planned on doing that (kind of start) from the get-go. We just didn't want to show it," said David, whose winning speed was 135.021 mph. "I knew we had it after turn one as long as I could keep it running."

Shane, who had two preliminary heat wins, finished second and actually scored the most points on the day. Villwock finished third while Brian Perkins was fourth in the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, Zimmerman was fifth in the U-9 Sound Propeller Service, Scott Liddycoat was sixth in the U-88 Degree Men and J. Michael Kelly was seventh in the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

It ended up being a rough weekend for Villwock, who saw his lead in the National High Points evaporate. Villwock won Heat 1B, but was far off the start in Heat 2B and settled for second and he was sixth in Heat 3A.

Kelly was the only other driver to win a heat, taking Heat 3B.

The victory was the 15th of David's career, moving him into a tie for ninth all-time with Chuck Thompson. It was the 17th win for Miss Madison Racing, which also moved into ninth all-time and is now tied with the late Fred Leland.

David joins Bill Muncey (1977-80) and Villwock (1998-2000 and 2002-04) as the only drivers to win Seafair three years in a row.

"Winning three straight is incredible. Considering that only a couple of other guys have done that - and who they were - it really hasn't sunk in yet," David said. "Me and Dave (Villwock) are rivals but we have incredible respect for each other. It hasn't sunk in yet. Maybe after a couple of cold ones it will."

David also put to rest any talk of a possible retirement.

"This win guarantees that I will be back next year," said the 58-year-old who has driven for the Miss Madison team since 2001. "There's a lot left to do."

In two weeks, David has erased a 535-point series deficit to Villwock and now holds a 193-point lead. Shane has gained nearly 1,000 points over the past two weeks and now trails by 714.

After four races in five weeks, the Air National Guard Series takes a five-week break before heading to San Diego Sept. 15-17. The season finale will be four months after that on Jan. 9-11 in Doha, Qatar.

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ALBERT LEE CUP

Lake Washington, Seattle, Wash.

Length: 2 miles

RESULTS

Sunday, Aug. 5

FINAL HEAT

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 135.021 mph; 2. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 133.495; 3. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 129.905; 4. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, 125.936; 5. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Services, 123.433; 6. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 116.776; 7. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 130.310*.

*-penalized one lap for lane encroachment.

PRELIMINARY HEATS

Saturday, Aug. 4

HEAT 1A

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 133.836; 2. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Services, 129.656; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 127.692; 4. N. Mark Evans, U-57 Miss DiJulio, 119.533; 5. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, 109.906; Ryan Mallow, U-99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too, DSQ.

Fast Lap: David, No. 1, 137.142.

HEAT 1B

1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 135.039; 2. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 131.544; 3. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 124.719; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing, 122.620; 5. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 111.429; 6. Nate Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 97.138*.

Fast Lap: Villwock, No. 1, 138.087.

*-penalized one lap and one minute for illegal lane change.

Sunday, Aug. 5

HEAT 2A

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 134.344; 2. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Services, 132.363; 3. Greg Hopp, U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing, 128.895; 4. Jeff Bernard, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 124.754; 5. N. Mark Evans, U-57 Miss DiJulio, 119.177; 6. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 110.616.

HEAT 2B

1. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 137.319; 2. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 135.319; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 134.793; 4. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, 127,633; 5. Ryan Mallow, U-99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too, 116.285; Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, DNS.

HEAT 3A

1. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 128.642; 2. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Sound Propeller Services, 125.126; 3. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 124.945; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing, 120.334; 5. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 99.718*; 6. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 98.746**.

*-penalized one minute for illegal lane change

**-penalized one minute and 100 points for illegal lane change

HEAT 3B

1. J. Michael Kelly, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 133.269; 2. Brian Perkins, U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, 123.981; 3. N. Mark Evans, U-57 Miss DiJulio, 120.000; 4. Jeff Bernard, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 109.810; 5. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 115.034*; Ryan Mallow, U-99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too, DNS.

*-penalized one lap for leaving the course.

PROVISIONAL HEAT

(no points)

1. Scott Liddycoat, U-88 Degree Men, 140.659; 2. Greg Hopp, U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing, 139.862; 3. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 131.444; 4. Jeff Bernard, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 126.431.

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Qualifying Results ...
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 151.626
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 149.756
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 148.981
11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 145.636
17 Miss Red Dot Nate Brown 145.636
9 Jones Racing Jon Zimmerman 145.592
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 144.497
37 Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 143.549
21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance Brian Perkins 141.09
100 Miss Fox Plumbing Greg Hopp 139.89
57 Miss DiJulio Mark Evans 138.254
99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too Ryan Mallow 130.835
18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 117+ DNQ

CURRENT POINTS STANDINGS

(after 4 of 6 races)

BOATS

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 5,817; 2. U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, 5,620; 3. U-5 Graham Trucking, 5,103; 4. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 4,073; 5. U-9 Jones Racing, 3,781; 6. U-88 Degree Men, 3,145; 7. U-17 Miss Red Dot, 2,788; 8. U-100 Leland Unlimited I, 2,692; 9. U-11 Miss Peters & May, 2,669; 10. U-57 Evans Brothers Racing, 2,433; 11. U-21 Go Fast Turn Left Racing, 1,252; 12. U-22 Matrix Systems, 510; 13. U-99 Leland Unlimited II, 421; 14. U-18 Bucket List Racing, 127; 15. U-13 Tubby's Grilled Subs, 30.

DRIVERS

1. Steve David, U-6, 5,817; 2. Dave Villwock, U-1, 5,620; 3. Jimmy Shane, U-5, 5,103; 4. J. Michael Kelly, U-37, 4,073; 5. Jon Zimmerman, U-9, 3,781; 6. Scott Liddycoat, U-88, 3,145; 7. Greg Hopp, U-100, 2,692; 8. J.W. Myers, U-11, 2,669; 9. N. Mark Evans, U-57, 2,433; 10. Kip Brown, U-17, 1,718; 11. Brian Perkins, U-21, 1,252; 12. Nate Brown, U-17, 732; 13. Mike Webster, U-22, 510; 14. Jeff Bernard, U-17, 338. 15. Ryan Mallow, U-99, 157; 16. Cal Phipps, U-13, 30. 17. Kelly Stocklin, U-18, 0.

Madison Chamber & Econ Dev




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