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Thunder Results Adds To U-1 High Points Lead

Steve David was penalized 150 points in addition to be disqualified for contact with Dave Villwock during Sunday’s heat race, but David went on to score 775 points on the weekend.

Courtesy: ABRA Media Relations

When Steve David’s U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto and Dave Villwock’s U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus got together in Heat 1-A of Thunder On The Ohio in Evansville Sunday, the ensuing accident and penalty had a profound effect on the 2009 ABRA National High Points chase.

David was penalized 150 points in addition to be disqualified from the heat, but went on to score 775 points on the weekend.  The U-16 ended up uside down in the Ohio River with its weekend finished, giving team Elam only the 80 points earned in qualifying and 264 earned by Nate Brown in a renamed, renumbered U-17.

The result saw the U-16 drop to third place in points with 5910, with Thunder winner Jeff Bernard’s U-5 moving up to second with 6384.  The defending National High Point Champion’s total after Evansville is 6690, giving team Oberto a 316 point lead over the U-5 and a 780 point lead over the Elam team as the Unlimited fleet prepares for the the trip to Doha, Qatar for the final event of the 2009 ABRA season November19-21.

2009 National High Points Standings (team)

Number - BoatDriverPointsFrom LeadFrom Next
U-1 Oh Boy! ObertoSteve David669000
U-5 FormulaBoats.comJeff Bernard6374316316
U-16 Ellstrom Elam PlusDave Villwock5910780474
U-7 Graham TruckingJ. Michael Kelly49791711931
U-37 Renton Coil Spring
Jean Theoret41452545834
U-3 Master Tire Jimmy King39162774229
U-100 Mirageboats.comGreg Hopp3857283359
U-48 Albert LeeBrian Perkins34733217384
U-17 Seal Shield
Kip Brown346532258
U-25 Mister Home Loan
Ken Muscatel217145191294
U-22 Matrix Systems
Mike Webster15345156637
U-9 Jones RacingDavid Williams42162691113

2009 National High Points Standings (driver)

DriverNumber - BoatPoints  
Steve DavidU-1 Oh Boy! Oberto6690  
Jeff BernardU-5 FormulaBoats.com6374  
Dave VillwockU-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus5646  
J. Michael KellyU-7 Graham Trucking4979  
Jimmy KingU-3Master Tire
Greg HoppU-100Mirageboats.com3857  
Brian PerkinsU-48 Albert Lee3473  
J.W. MyersU-37 Miss DYC2970
Kip BrownU-17 Seal Shield 3180
Ken MuscatelU-25 Mister Home Loan 2201  
Mike WebsterU-22 Matrix System 1339  
Jean TheoretU-37Renton Coil Spring
Nate BrownU-17- U-16
David WilliamsU-9 Jones Racing421

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