wins Madison Regatta
for eighth time in career
becomes the winningest driver on Madison course
MADISON, Ind. Dave Villwock of Auburn, Wash.,
continued his winning ways July 5 by notching his 57th career victory
by winning the 59th annual running of the Madison Regatta Indiana Governors
Villwock, piloting the U-16 Miss Elam Plus, notched a perfect weekend
by posting the top qualifying speed and winning every elimination heat
to set up for his championship run. This was his eighth Indiana
Governors Cup win on this Ohio River course the most
of any unlimited driver.
An old PR man once told me this was a grand slam, said a
jubilant Villwock. We won the fastest qualifying, we won
every elimination heat and we won the race championship. You can't get
much better than that.
With competition from Jeff Bernard of Kent, Wash., in the U-5 Formulaboats.com
to Villwocks left and the U-7 Graham Trucking boat of Jay Michael Kelly
of Payallup, Wash., on the right, it looked like Villwock would have
a battle on his hands. But after a tight first lap, the fluorescent
orange boat pulled away to clinch the victory.
Although Villwocks victory was almost never in doubt, a battle
was ensuing for the right for a podium finish. Behind Villwock was Kelly,
who usurped his teammate and last years Madison winner Bernard
for second place.
of the Indiana Governors Cup
Boat, Driver, Final Heat Avg.
1: U-16 Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.),
2: U-7 Graham Trucking, Jay Michael Kelly (Payallup,
3: U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison, Steve David (Lighthouse
Point, Fla.), 130.713
4: U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.),
5: U-100 Shoreline Propellers, Greg Hopp (Snohomish,
6: U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep, Jimmy King (Wales, Mich.),
But finishing third was hometown Madison boat, the U-1
Oh Boy! Oberto, driven by Steve David of Lighthouse Point, Fla.
David, who was running fourth throughout the race, caught a break when
the U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep sustained engine problems just a few hundred
yards from the finish line. With the U-3, driven by Jimmy King of Wales,
Mich., dead in the water, the U-1 managed to speed by for the podium
Rounding out the field was the Bernard in the U-5 and Greg Hopp of Snohomish,
Wash., driving the U-100 Shoreline Propellers.
Now with another Indiana Governors Cup in hand, Villwock hopes
to carry the momentum to next weeks 100th running of the Chrysler
Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup in Detroit on July 11-12.
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