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Sun., July 12, 2009, 7:30 p.m.


 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

Dave Villwock picked up career victory number 58 behind the wheel of the U16 Miss Elam with defending ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane champion, Steve David, chasing throughout the afternoon's final heat only to fall short at the checkered flag.

Courtesy: ABRA Media Relations

DETROIT, Mich.–"We through them a huge curve. We did a lot of testing and did some changes that we thought we would never do. Saturday night we waited till all the teams went home and then we bolted on something that would keep the engine alive even at no speed:" stated an elated Villwock after his 58th career victory.

"While on the course I started thinking I think I can, I think I can. I hate lane one, but we lowered the gear ratio so I could run in lane one. Normally I dont like the inside, I just dont like the inside". stated the Gold Cup winner "You know this is a good boat. I abuse this thing everytime I go out but she takes it."

"Winning the 100th is a once in a lifetime win. It is most special to me here." 

On the subject of the starts, "I think that the the way we did in Madison last weekend was the most professional. It made us competitive and it was best for the fans. Stated the U16 driver. 

Dave Villwock of the U16 Miss Elam has won the Detroit APBA Gold Cup. With his boat running like a scalded dog, Villwock just about walked away with the race. At the start which was under review, it was rumored that the U!6 and U100 Miss Jarvis Painting had both jumped the gun, that left the U1 Oh Boy! Oberto as the boat. However after review it was determined that all boats were clean and Villwock screamed around the course with the rest of the field in tow. 

Steve David in the U1 Oh Boy! Oberto was holding Villwock tight to the bouys as he pressured him all the way around the course before the Miss Elam Plus pulled away. The battle for third ended up being between the U5 and U7 as both drivers were back and forth all through the race. In the end it was Jeff Bernard over J Michael Kelly at the line. The U100 was fifth. 

Exciting racing this weekend as the weather cooperated and the fans loved the competition. 

This was Dave Villwocks 58th win along with his 7th Gold Cup. 

Gold Cup Final Field

U1 Oh Boy! Oberto                    1600

U16 Miss Elam Plus                  1177

U100 Jarvis Painting                   1050

U7 Graham Trucking                  1027

U5                1019

U37* Glacial Energy Presents Miss DYC      821

* Trailer Boat

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.