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Dave Villwock Dominates First Weekend of Hydroplane Racing

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Dave Villwock and Miss Elam won every race they entered - sweeping three straight heats and then cruising to a win in the finals of the Thunder on the Ohio Race, the opening weekend of the unlimited hyrdoplane racing season.

Dave Villwock regained his mastery of the Ohio River at Evansville, capturing his ninth Thunder on the Ohio hydroplane race in 11 years.The 49-year-old Villwock, the longtime driver of the Miss Budweiser, piloted the Miss Elam Plus. He won with an average speed of 139-point-974 miles per hour over the two-mile course.

Villwock also won the Thunder in 1996 in the Pico American Dream boat and in Miss Budweiser from 1997 to 2002 and in 2004. He was returning to Evansville after a one-year absence because the Miss Budweiser team disbanded following the 2004 season.

Jimmy King, driving the locally owned Master Tire boat, placed second at 136-point-049 miles per hour.

Two boats dominated the weekend:  Miss Elam and the U-37 Master Tire.  Jimmy King piloted the U-37 to three straight heat wins to set up the showdown with Villwock in the finals.  In the end, Villwock outran King to the finish line.

During 3-A, Jeon Theoret in the U-37 Master Tire did a barrel roll coming out of a turn.  He immediately popped the cockpit hood and got out.  He seems to be OK.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
U-1 Miss Elam & Dave Villwock
U-3 Master Tire & Jimmy King
U-5 Mike Weber & FormulaBoats.com,
U-7 Mike Allen & FormulaBoats.com II,
U-6 Steve David & Oh Boy! Oberto
U-100 Remax & Greg Hopp DNF
U-10 Emcor & Nate Brown  DNF

HEAT WINNERS
1A Dave Villwock U-1
1B Jimmy King U-3
2A Jimmy King U-3
2B Dave Villwock U-1
3A Dave Villwock U-1
3B Jimmy King U-3

VIDEO COURTESY ABRA
VIDEO:  Heats 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A 3B
VIDEO:  U-37 Rolls in Heat 3A
VIDEO:  Final Heat & Interviews with Villwock, King

OFFICIAL RESULTS:

 HEAT 1-A  Finish Points  HEAT 1-B  Finish  Points
U-1:  Miss Elam 1 400 U-3: Master Tire 1 400
U-6:  Oh Boy! Oberto 2 300 U-37: Miss Seattle 2 300
U-5: FormulaBoats.com 3 225 U-7: FormulaBoats.com 3 225
U-1: Miss EMCOR 4 169 U-100: Remax 4 169
U-2.25: Michigan Mortgage 5 127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT 2-A Finish Points HEAT 2-B Finish Points
U-3:  Master Tire 1 400 U-1:  Miss Elam 1 400
U-5:  FormulaBoats.com 2 300 U-7: FormulaBoats.com 2 300
U-10: Emcor 3 225 U-2.25: Michigan Mortgage 3 225
U-37: Miss Seattle 4 169 U-6:  Oh Boy! Oberto DNS  0
U-100:  Remax DNS 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEAT 3-A Finish Points HEAT 3-B Finish Points
U-1:  Miss Elam 1 400 U-3:  Master Tire 1 400
U-6:  Oh Boy! Oberto 2 300 U-100:  Remax 2 300
U-5:  FormulaBoats.com 3 225 U-7: FormulaBoats.com 3 225
U-37: Miss Seattle 4 169 U-2.25: Michigan Mortgage DNS  0
U-10: Emcor DNS 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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