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Villwock finds gold again, leads chase in the unlimiteds
With just two weeks and one race left before the Albert Lee Cup at SeaFair in Seattle, unlimited hydroplane driver Dave Villwock is on top in the driver's high-points standings.
Villwock, an Auburn resident who drives the U-1 Spirit of Qatar, leads Steve David and the Kent-based U-^ Oh Boy! Oberto, 3,650 to 3,185, in the high points race.
Last weekend Villwock snagged his 10th Gold Cup in Detroit, piloting the U-1 boat past David in the finals. The win was also Villwock's fifth straight Gold Cup victory.
"It feels great to get into double digits," Villwock told The Detroit News after the win. "It's an unbelievable feeling. The guys did a great job with the boat and we got to the finish. We just had to run the boat off of (Lane) 3 to get out front and we did, so it was great."
Villwock also edged out David on July 7 to capture the Madison Regatta in Indiana.
Villwock, who won the high-points race last year, is the sport's winningest driver. Last year he surpassed legends Bill Muncey (62 wins) and Chip Hanauer (61). Villwock has 67 career victories.
Villwock will look for his third win of the season at the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities on July 27-29, the precursor to the Albert Lee Cup on Lake Washington Aug. 3-5.
The H-1 season wraps up stateside with the Diamond Cup in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and the Bayfair in San Diego on Sept. 14-16.
The Diamond Cup marks the first time the unlimiteds have had a sanctioned race on Lake Couer d'Alene since the 1960s.
The season finishes with the Oryx Cup World Championships on Nov. 8-10 in Doha, Qatar.