The U-16 Elam was brought back to shore after the flip in Heat 1A, but was unable to make the start for Heat 2A. The Elam team withdrew for the heat, but has not withdrawn for the weekend while they assess the damage to the boat. You may remember that Dave Villwock and the Elam team managed to win a race in the Tri-Cities after flipping and putting the boat back together in 2006.
J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking and Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto both made great starts. David grabbed the lead into the first turn and never looked back. David took a two roostertail lead and then stretched that out to three roostertails to take the win with Kelly in second.
Some drama from the U-25 Mr. Home Loan as Dr. Ken Muscatel's boat lost its cowling on the second lap, but managed to finish the race in 3rd place.
Heat 2A Results
1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto - Steve David 2. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly 3. U-25 Mr Home Loan - Ken Muscatel 4. U-48 Albert Lee - Brian Perkins 5. U-22 Airbag Services - Mike Webster
DNS. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock
Jean Theoret in the U-37 led the pack across the start line, barely ahead of Jeff Bernard in the U-5 and Jimmy King in the U-3. All three boats were packed tightly going into the first turn.
Bernard grabbed the lead while Theroet and King fought for second. Jimmy King managed to move past Theoret on the second lap to settle into second place. Greg Hopp in the U-100 finished fourth to round out the field. The U-17 did not make the start.
Heat 2B Results
1. U-5 Formulaboats.com - Jeff Bernard 2. U-3 Master Tire - Jimmy King 3. U-37 Renton Coil Springs - Jean Theoret 4. U-100 Mirageboats.com - Greg Hopp
DNS. U-17 Seal Shield/ActiVwater -Kip Brown
EVANSVILLE 2009: U-1 Steve David wins Heat 2A, U5 Jeff Bernard wins Heat 2BMore>>
Sunday, August 23 2009 6:12 PM EDT2009-08-23 22:12:53 GMT
U-16 goes upside down in Heat 1A - PHOTO: Dean Edwards
A wild weekend of racing that saw the top two teams battle it out in the first heat, resulting in the U-16 Dave Villwock flipping and U-1 Steve David being disqualified. Meanwhile, Ted Porter's team was having a spectacular weekend. U-5 Jeff Bernard won all three heats and the final, while teammate J. Michael Kelly took second in the U-7.More >>
The two teams have battled all year with just 249 points separating the U-16 Elam and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto coming into the second to last race of the year. In Heat 1A, the two boats were matched up again. In the final turn, Dave Villwock in the U-16 flipped. After review, officials ruled that Steve David moved out on the U-16. David was disqualified. More >>
Sunday, August 23 2009 1:59 PM EDT2009-08-23 17:59:53 GMT
The battle between Dave Villwock / U-16 Elam and Steve David / U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto was in the spotlight Saturday. The Ellstrom team floated down river to the Oberto team a watermelon. Watermelons a known in boat race as bad luck.
That didn't stop David from grabbing the top qualifying spot. "Right before Villwock left for his last attempt at qualifying our team returned the watermelon,"said David. Villwock's top speed was wiped out due to a violation.More >>