Miss Elam Plus
to Madison Regatta victory
MADISON, Ind. (July 7, 2002) In a race marked by
a dramatic come-from-behind move in the third of five laps, Nate Brown
piloted his bright-orange U-16 Miss Elam Plus to victory here in the
Budweiser Madison Regatta Presented by Cruisin Auto.
by Don Ward
Brown After Race
Brown, a former Miss Madison driver, emerged from his
craft elated and hugged several crew members on a submerged floating
dock before reaching the shore and removing his helmet.
Brown trailed U-99 Miss Troxzilla driver Terry Troxell into across the
starting line and into the first turn but finally overcame Troxell in
the turn just before the last lap.
He had the inside lane and I think he tried to hold the inside
too long instead of moving out into clean water, Brown said. If
he had stayed out on clean water with me, it might have been a different
The two drivers held off U-1 Miss Budweisers Dave Villwock to
third place and the U-9 Miss Bellos Pizza, driven by former Miss
Madison pilot Mike Hanson, to fourth place. Mike Weber in the U-10 Miss
EMCOR and Mark Tate in the U-2 Miss Trendwest completed the field. The
community owned Oh Boy! OBerto-Miss Madison, driven by Madison
Regatta defending champion Steve David, did not qualify for the final.
The hometown boat experienced fuel flow problems and was defeated by
Miss Trendwest in the provisional heat.
The Bud team competed without its venerable owner, Bernie Little, who
was rushed to the hospital Thursday night, July 4, after suffering an
asthma attack. He was transported to Jewish Hospital in Louisville,
where he remained throughout the weekend.
by Don Ward
Brown Receives Trophy
Villwock also had to contend with Hydro-Prop imposed fuel
restrictions as part of the circuits new rules to make the sport
more competitive. Despite the restrictions, the Miss Budweiser managed
two preliminary heat wins and a second place finish. It was a
great race for me because Terry is a good driver and he has a fast boat
this year, Brown said. And its a great day whenever
you beat the Bud boat, which has six paid guys and a seven-figure budget.
Like most of the 11 boats on this years circuit, Browns
team has an all-volunteer crew.
Driving the U-16 Miss Elam Plus for the Ellstrom family, Brown notched
his third career race victory and third in four consecutive races. He
won the final two races of last season at Seattle and San Diego.
It was the fourth career victory for the Ellstrom family.
Brown averaged 138.862 mph. over the 2.5-mile Ohio River course after
turning in the top qualifying speed of 151.819 mph in Saturdays
time trials. He started the day with a one-lap penalty in the first
heat because he jumped the gun on the start. He came back to win two
At the season opener in Evansville, Ind., the previous week, Brown was
disqualified for nearly causing a collision with the Oh Boy! OBerto-Miss
Madison in the final heat. At Madison, the team endured gearbox problems
and had to borrow parts from the Miss Madison squad.
Browns team moved into third place with 237 points in the ODouls
High Point Season Championship race. Miss Budweiser lead with 291 points,
followed by Miss Troxilla with 266 points.
by Don Ward
Madison Regatta vice president Ann Center estimated the
crowd attendance at 150,000 over the three days. The Madison Regatta
will be televised at 6:30 p.m. (EDT-fast time) on ESPN2 on Saturday,
2002 Madison Regatta Final Heat Results
1. Miss Elam Plus, Nate Brown, 138.862; 2. Miss Troxilla, Terry Troxell,
137.584; 3. Miss Budweiser, Dave Villwock, 130.878; 4. Miss Bellos
Pizza, Mike Hanson, 125.965; 5. Miss EMCOR, Mike Weber *, 6. Miss Trendwest,
Mark Tate, 124.254.
* = one-lap penalty for fuel violation.
Morgan Foods 2.5 litre limited final
1. Wayne Dunlap, Madison Discount Tobacco/W.D. Racing, Madison, Ind.;
2. Beth Gilday, Eastpointe, Mich.; Other local participants: 4. Myron
Jackson, Vevay, Ind.; 5. Dan Walls, Bellevue, Ky.
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