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Columbia Cup 2007: U-16 Ellstrom's Elam & Dave Villwock win fourth straight unlimited hydroplane trophy

KENNEWICK, Wash. - It was supposed to be the most competitive field of boats in years, but so far 2007's been a one-man show.  Dave Villwock in the orange and white U-16 Ellstrom's Elam blew away the field for the fourth straight weekend of boat racing.   He's now swept 4 of 6 race sites and looking unstoppable in his quest for an unpecedented sweep of the season.

Villwock did it starting on the outside in lane four of the finals.  He spent the first two laps chasing down Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto who finished second for the third straight time.  In lap two, turn two, Villwock ran David down and pulled past the U-6 and cruised the rest of the way for the win.

It was a great weekend for the U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors and drive David Bryant.  Despite fighting mechanical problems all weekend, and sitting out the Detroit race with a broken boat, Bryant was solid, made it to the finals, and will take home a third place trophy.

J. Michael Kelly in the U-13 Spirit of Detroit almost didn't make the last two heats because of steering problems, but he did... then went out and won the provisional heat giving him the trailer position in the finals.  He made the most of it, passing up the U-9 Conover Insurance and Chris Bertram and U-5 FormulaBoats.com and Jeff Bernard to finish fourth.

Jean Theoret in the U-37 Beacon Plumbing has struggled the last few weekends and was penalized in the finals for a lane encroachment in the second turn of lap one, and finished seventh.

After the win, Villwock said "Erick (Ellstrom) told me to get out there in free water and let it fly. Get some big speed." The team had to tear the gear box apart before the final. Why? "Because they wanted to win," Villwock said. Owner/crew chief Erick Ellstrom said "The Tri-Cities is always good to us. Just a great day."

KNDU's Scott Reister asked him... with four wins in a row... can you dynasty now? Ellstrom: "No."

FINAL RESULTS

Boat Driver Avg. Speed
1 U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 145.013
2 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 142.164
3 U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 137.454
4 U-13 Spirit of Detroit J Michael Kelly 134.687
5 U-5 Formulaboats.com Jeff Bernard 122.296
6 U-9 Miss Conover Insurance Chris Bertram 117.456
7 U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 124.814

FINAL POINT TOTALS FOR COLUMBIA CUP 2007  Points
 U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus  1700
 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto  1249
 U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing  1241
 U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors  1190
 U-5 Formulaboats.com  1104
 U-9 Miss Conover Insurance  894
 U-13 Spirit of Detroit  799
 U-100 Mirageboats.com  724
 U-21 Myers' Auto Tech  668
 U-25 Superior Racing  649
 U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving  480
 U-1 Formulaboats.com  255
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II Presents Ronald McDonalds House  60

COMPLETE RE-CAP OF RACE RESULTS:

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Boat Driver
1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David
2. U-13 Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly
3. U-9 Conover Insurance Chris Bertram
4. U-48 Miss Lakeridge Praving  David Williams
DNF. U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II
Presents Ronald McDonald House
Jimmy King

Unlimited Heat 1A

Boat Driver Points
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 400
U-13 Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 300
U-1 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane 225
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 169
U-5 Formulaboats.com Jeff Bernard 127

Unlimited Heat 1B

Boat Driver Points
U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 400
U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech Brian Perkins 300
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 225
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 169

Unlimited Heat 1C

Boat Driver Points
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 400
U-9 Miss Conover Insurance Chris Bertram 300
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II
Presents Ronals McDonald House
Jimmy King DNF
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams DNS

U-3 DNF after losing a prop in the first turn

Unlimited Heat 2A

Boat Driver Points
U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 400
U-37 Miss Becon Plumbing Jean Theoret 300
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams 225
U-9 Miss Conover Insurance Chris Bertram 169
U-1 Formulaboats.com Jimmy Shane DNF

U-9 penalized for hitting a buoy on the track

Unlimited Heat 2B

Boat Driver Points
U-5 Formulaboats.com Jeff Bernard 400
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 300
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 225
U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech Brian Perkins 169

Unlimited Heat 2C

Boat Driver Points
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 400
U-13 Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 300
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 225
U-3 Hoss MOrtgage Investors II
Presents Ronald McDonald House
Jimmy King 0

 

Unlimited Heat 3A

Boat Driver Points
U-5 Formulaboats.com Jeff Bernard 400
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 300
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors David Bryant 225
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 169

Unlimited Heat 3B

Boat Driver Points
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 400
U-9 Miss Conover Insurance Chris Bertram 300
U-13 Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly DNF
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II
Presents Ronald McDonald House
Jimmy King DNS

U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II driven by Jimmy King, has withdrawn

Unlimited Heat 3C

Boat Driver Points
U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 400
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 300
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams 225
U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech Brian Perkins 169

U-1 Formulaboats.com driven by Jimmy Shane, has withdrawn

Unlimited Provisional Heat

Boat Driver
1.  U-13 Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly
2. U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams
3. U-21 Meyers' Auto Tech Brian Perkins

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