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SEATTLE 2008: David, Villwock, Theoret win Saturday heat races at Seafair

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Coming off a win at Tri-Cities, Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison would like to repeat their 2007 performance at Seafair, where the crew won their first final in their new Unlimited Hydroplane.

They staked claim right away winning in Heat 1A.

Heat 1A Results

  1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve David
  2. U-5, Jeff Bernard
  3. U-13 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly
  4. U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown

    DNF.  U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too, Jimmy King

The U-5 and Jeff Bernard hit the starting line first, but David in the U-6 grabbed the inside lane and overtook the U-5 in the first turn.  He stretched out the lead to a two roostertail lead after the second lap and took a relatively each cruise around the course for the Heat 1A win.

"We held with him (David) the first lap," said Bernard.  "The boat's going great."

King and the U-3 have been plagued by engine problems all season.  They blew another one on Friday in Seattle and the gremlins got them again in Heat 1A.  The U-3 ran fast out of the gate on the outside, but something "flashed" around the engine in the first turn and it went dead.

It was the U-3's only remaining engine and they were unable to continue.  "It's been a long and hard weekend," said owner Ed Cooper on KPTK radio.  "We broke the bottom end of the engine yesterday, and broke two today.  It's been a run of bad luck.  I hate saying that, but I don't know what else to call it."  After the heat, Cooper had no choice but to withdraw for the rest of the weekend.

"This is an exciting time for me," said Kip Brown after the heat.  "The boat's all over the place right now, but we'll get her tamed down."

"Once we had top end on him and got through the turns, we knew we had him," said David.  "We hope one down and three to go."

Heat 1B Draw

  1. U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
  2. U-100, Greg Hopp
  3. U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins
  4. U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel

Greg Hopp in the U-100 and Brian Perkins in the U-50 led everyone across the line, but Dave Villwock blew past the two boats in lane three and took the lead in the turn.  Villwock had the fastest qualifying of the weekend and turned on the jets right off the bat, settling into the lead and keeping the speed on for a heat win.

"Pretty good start, ran the laps, didn't hurt the boat," said Villwock.  It was a great draw for Villwock in Heat 1B.  "You don't always know you're going to get a good draw." 

Villwock has not won a title at Seafair since joining the Elam team.  "I'd like to win one for Elam," he said.

The battle for second place was between Hopp and Perkins and Perkins pushed him the whole time.  Hopp and the U-100 held off for second.  "I was trying to get and trying to get him, but just couldn't do it," said Perkins.  "I'm really happy with the way the boats running."

"We knew we couldn't beat Dave (Villwock)," he said.  "But we had to beat everyone else."  They did, grabbing second place and 300 points. 

Heat 1C Draw

  1. U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant
  2. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
  3. U-7, Jimmy Shane
  4. U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams

If people were wondering whether the U-37 Beacon Plumbing was ready to go after suffering extensive damage in Tri-Cities, the question was answered in Heat 1C at Seafair.  David Bryant in the U-10 started in lane two and had boat speed on Theoret, but Theoret was inside and got the jump.

Theoret settled into a 7 boat length lead.  By the second lap, Bryant had closed the lead by half, but then fell back in the far turn.  Theoret held on from there.

Theoret was on his way to winning the Tri-Cities race when the boat threw a prop and damaged the boat.  "We seriously damaged the boat in Tri-Cities," said U-37 owner Billy Schumacher. 

The Schumacher Racing team worked nearly around-the-clock during the week between races.  The work paid off.  "15 guys put in 100 hours," said U-37 driver Jean Theoret.  "Just did a great job."

"I think if we'd have held a little tighter line, we might have been able to win that one," said Matt Gregory, crew chief of the U-10.  "But we got a good race boat for tomorrow."

"He (Bryant) kept pushing me, trying to make me make a mistake," said Theoret.  He didn't and Theoret racked up the heat win and 400 points in his first outing at Seafair 2008.

The U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors flips in Heat 2B in Seattle ~ PHOTO SEQUENCE: Karl Fortner
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