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MADISON 2010: Steve David, Dave Villwock, JW Myers win Saturday Unlimited Hydroplane heats

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U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto
U-96 Spirit of Qatar U-96 Spirit of Qatar
U-37 Peters & May U-37 Peters & May

Madison, IND. - July 3, 2010

The 2010 Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup got off to a bang with the biggest field at the venue in the last 20 years. Heat 1A matched up defending national champion Steve David head-to-head with 2009 world champion J. Michael Kelly.

Heat 1A

David started in lane one after taking the top qualifying speed of the weekend at 154.575, but it was Kelly taking the lead in lane three across the start line and held it after the first lap. In the back stretch of lap two, David flew the boat and grabbed the lead, lengthening it out to a roostertail lead by the end of the second lap.

David held the lead the rest of the way as Kelly stayed in second. Cal Phipps qualified as an Unlimited Hydroplane driver on Friday, starting in the trailer position, but managed to pass up Jeff Bernard to finish third.  Bernard said the U-5 never had any real power during the entire run and he took it easy through the race, just finishing to get the points.  After crossing the finish line, he immediately shut down the engine and waited to be towed back to the pits.

 Heat 1A Results

  1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison ~ Steve David
  2. U-7 Graham Trucking ~ J. Michael Kelly
  3. U-13 Spirit of Detroit ~ Cal Phipps*
    * Started as trailer
  4. U-5 ~ Jeff Bernard

"J. Michael gave me a heck of a race," said Steve David. "Great water everywhere."

Heat 1B

Heat 1B looked like an easy romp for the sport's winningest driver, Dave Villwock, in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar, previously known as the U-16 Elam.

With the fastest qualifying time of the heat 1B field, Villwock had his choice of lanes and opted for lane two. Villwock timed the start perfectly and grabbed the lead over Brian Perkins in the U-21, grabbing a full roostertail lead by the back stretch.

At the finish, Villwock had a two roostertail lead. Perkins settled into second. Jon Zimmerman in his first race after qualifying started as the trailer and was forced to raise wide, but took a third place finish.

Heat 1B Results

  1. U-96 Spirit of Qatar ~ Dave Villwock
  2. U-21 Albert Lee Appliance ~ Brian Perkins
  3. U-25 Superior Racing ~ Jim Zimmerman*
    * Started as trailer
  4. U-22 Miss Broadway Tavern ~ Mike Webster

"We struggled a little earlier this week," said Villwock. "I think we got all the systems worked out. That was a good first heat."

Perkins running the U-21 for the first time in competition in several years, said the boat's getting faster every time out.  Perkins originally drover the U-21 for Kevin Aylesworth.  The boat was bought by Greg O'Farrell in the off-season and returned to racing this season.

Heat 1C

Fred Leland's U-100 had a battery problem and was unable to get out on the course, which meant a two boat heat.

JW Myers in the U-37 came off the exit pin of the final turn before the start a bit early and had to slow a bit, opening the door for Kip Brown in the U-17 to grab the lead on the outside at the starting line. Brown grabbed a two boat lead on the backstretch, but Myers reeled him in. Brown was half a boat ahead at the end of lap one.

Myers cornered well in turn two of lap two and took over the lead, opening a half a roostertail lead. But wait a minute! Myers apparently hit a buoy on the turn and was assessed a one-lap penalty. That meant Brown would take over the lead. Unfortunately, the U-17 went dead at the start/finish line of lap two, giving the U-37 the win as the only boat left on the course.

It appears the gear box let go on the U-17, which could be bad news for the rest of the weekend.

  1. U-37 Peters & May ~ J.W. Myers

    DNF. U-17 Cruisin' Auto ~ Kip Brown
    DNS. U-100 Leland Unlimited ~ Gregg Hopp


"Hopefully we'll do a little better at the start," said Myers.  "We had a game plan to be cautious.  I messed that up a little bit."