1998 Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup

Saturday Update

Final Qualifying Order:

Qualifiying ended today for the 48th Annual Budweiser Indiana Governors Cup Race on the Ohio River in Madison, Ind.

Top qualifier was the Miss Budweiser driven by Dave Villwock with a best lap on the 2.5 mile course of 160.858 mph.

Second was the home town favorite, Mike Hanson in the Miss Madison at 149.975 mph.

Mike Weber in the U-9 Carpenter Communications qualified third at 148.449 mph.

The PICO American Dream upped their speed to 147.951 mph with N. Mark Evans driving.

U-2 running as Freddie's Club arrived late Friday night and qualified in the afternoon session with a speed of 142.980.

Sixth was the Miss Northwest Unlimited driven by Ken Muscatel at 141.855.

The piston powered U-3 Master Tire driven with Mark Weber is the final qualifier at 132.509 mph

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Flag start for Heats 1A and 1B:

Madison, Ind. (September 6, 1998) - The action of heat 1A began on the shores of the Ohio River when there was a sudden loss of power to the start/finish line judges stand where the PICO sponsored Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Association's clock is located.

The officials from the UHRA quickly responded and decided a flag start was in order for heats 1A and 1B.

In Heat 1A Dave Villwock in Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser maintained a one-and a half boat lead over the home town boat of Miss Madison. The Budweiser speed on the 2.5 mile course was 138.782 mph. Mike Hanson in the Miss Madison was 136.240 mph in the three lap heat. Third place went to Dr. Ken Muscatel in the Northwest Unlimited with an average speed of 130.909 mph. Fourth place went to Mark Weber in the Evansville entry of U-3 Master Tire at 115.949 mph.

Villwock said, "It is nice to have a second card if we have a problem, we want to give the fans a good show."

The flag start remained in effect for heat 1B. Mark Evans in the PICO American Dream came out of the first turn with the lead over the U-9 Carpenter Communications, driven by Mike Weber.

In heat 1B the 3 o'clock winds of Madison, came earlier, the PICO American Dream held onto the lead despite the strong up-river winds with a time of 133.679 mph. A surprisingly strong Carpenter Communications with Mike Weber finished second at 131.372 mph. Third went to a rough riding Freddie' s Club at 116.767 mph.

Heat 1A: 

Dave Villwock, U-1, Miss Budweiser, 138.782 mph 
Mike Hanson, U-6, Miss Madison, 136.240 mph 
Ken Muscatel, U-14, Northwest Unlimited, 130.909 mph 
Mark Weber, U-3, Master Tire, 115.949 mph 

Heat 1B: 

N. Mark Evans, U-100, PICO American Dream, 133.679 mph 
Mike Weber, U-9, Carpenter Communications, 131.372 mph 
Steve David, U-2, Freddie's Club, 116.767 mph 

The draw for Heats 2A and 2B are the same as for Heats 1A and 1B.

Unlimited Order of Finish, Heats 2 and 3:

Heat 2A: 
Dave Villwock, U-1, Miss Budweiser
Mike Hanson, U-6, Miss Madison
Mark Weber, U-3, Master Tire
Ken Muscatel, U-14, Northwest Unlimited
Heat 2B: N. Mark Evans, U-100, PICO American Dream Mike Weber, U-9, Carpenter Communications Steve David, U-2, Freddie's Club/PrimeStar
Heat 3A:
N. Mark Evans, U-100, PICO American Dream
Steve David, U-2, Freddie's Club/PrimeStar
Mark Weber, U-3, Master Tire
Mike Weber, U-9, Carpenter Communications, DNS
Heat 3B:
Dave Villwock, U-1, Miss Budweiser
Ken Muscatel, U-14, Northwest Unlimited
Mike Hanson, U-6, Miss Madison, DSQ

(Reprinted from UHRA.com)