1989 Budweiser Las Vegas Silver Cup


Chip Hanauer, whose seven-race winning string in APBA Gold Cup events ended last Sunday when the turbine in his Miss Circus Circus quit on the first tap of the final, will try to give his sponsors a victory in their hometown Saturday in the Budweiser Las Vegas Silver Cup races on Lake Mead. His chief challenger on the two-mile course figures to be the new Gold Cup champion, Tom D’Eath, in Miss Budweiser in the 10th and final race of the season.

Miss Budweiser, defending race champion, needs only a few points to win the boat championship, and Hanauer is also a virtual cinch to win the drivers' title. He has a 1,300-point lead with only 1,600 points available. Other hopefuls include Mr. Pringles, driven by Scott Pierce; Winston Eagle, driven by Larry Lauterbach; Holset/Miss Mazda, Mike Hanson, and Oh Boy! Oberto, George Woods Jr. Qualifying runs will be held today and Friday with the heats and final on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.

(Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1989)