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U-16's Villwock Wins Madison Regatta

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MADISON, Indiana -- After taking most of the 2008 season off, Dave Villwock, driving the U-16 Miss E-Lam Plus, came back stronger than ever by winning Sunday's Indiana Governors Cup.  U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison in the hometown boat placed third after starting as an alternate boat.

"We thought by starting as a trailer we would just conserve our equipment for next weekend's Detroit Gold Cup," driver Steve David said.

It was a pleasant surprise for Oh Boy! Oberto who moved into third after Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com had difficulties in turn one of lap two, and U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep went dead in the water on the final lap.

"There is a Madison legacy you have to live up to when you race here and you have to do a good job," David said.  "I was happy to see I was picking them off."

David said it was the smoothest Ohio River water he had seen in his 20-year hydroplane career.

In an ironic twist of faith, Villwock broke his canard peddle in a earlier qualifying heat and went to the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison shop to fix the pedal.

Villwock, the Winn ingest active driver thanked the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison race team for the help in his victory.  This is Villwock's eighth Indiana Governor's Cup making him the driver with the most Governors' Cup in the races 59-year history.
 
David said after, "Once again, I am going home broke."

FINAL RESULTS:
(1) U-16 Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock, average speed 138.054 mph, (2) U-7 Miss Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 136.515 mph; (3) U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve David, 130.713 mph; (4) U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard, 121.486 mph; (5) Leland Unlimited, Greg Hopp, 118.434 mph.  U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep, Jimmy King, DNF>

Heat 2-A Results:
U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard, 145.996 mph; U-3 Chrysler-Jeep, Jimmy King, 145.241; U-7 Graham Trucking, J, Michael Kelly, 136.443; U-48 Miss Albert Lee, Brian Perkins 123.313.

Heat 2-B:
U-100  Leland Unlimited, Gregg Hopp, 138.326 ; U-100 Superior Racing, Ken Muscatel, 130.898; U-22 SerPro Mike Webster, DNF.

Heat 2-C: U-16 Miss E-Lam Plus, Dave Villwock, 149.286 ; U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve David,  147.651; U-17 Miss ActivWater, Kip Brown, 129.584

Heat 3-A U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep, Jimmy King, 190.745; U-100 Leland Unlimited, Greg Hopp, 139.298; U-17 Miss ActiWater, Kip Brown, 131.652

Heat 3-B:
U-7Miss graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 136.976;  U-48 Miss Albert Lee, Brian Perkins, 128.846; U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard, 111.686.

Heat 3-C:
U-16 Miss E-Lam Plus, Dave Villwock, 146.759; U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 145.280; U-25 Superoir Racing 126.530.
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