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SEATTLE 2012: Villwock, David win Unlimited Hydroplane Heat Races

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Seattle, WA - It was one of the hottest weekends on record for Seafair weekend in Seattle.  On the water, there was preliminary heat racing and plenty of confusion for drivers and fans.

Heat 1A

Ryan Mallow in the 99 boat went dead in turn 1 and some of the other drivers had to stop.  The black flag came out and stopped the heat.  So... Heat 1B was run first.

Heat 1B

Right before the race, the 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 crew was thrashing in the pits, but it didn't seem to make a big difference as Dave Villwock grabbed lane one and ran to victory.  Jimmy Shane was in lane two and held his own for the first lap, but Villwock started to pull away.

Lots of confusion in the heat as the start was under review by officials.  It was a three lap race, but no checkered flags came out and the boats kept running. 

Heat 1B Results
Unofficial pending review

  1. 1 Spirit of Qatar 96 - Dave Villwock
  2. 5 Graham Trucking - Jimmy Shane
  3. 88 Degree Men - Scott Liddycoat
  4. 100 Fox Plumbing - Greg Hopp
  5. 11 - Peters & May - JW Myers
  6. 17 Red Dot - Nate Brown
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN

Heat 1A Re-Start

Then it was back to Heat 1A.  Steve David grabbed the lead with J. Michael Kelly giving chase in the 37 Beacon Plumbing and Jon Zimmerman in the 9 Seattle Suntan in third.  David started in lane three, but it didn't stop him from hitting the turn first, and leading the boats out of the turn onto the backstretch.

The 9 crew had that boat in great shape for the weekend after a strong run in the Tri-Cities.  And Jon Zimmerman made the most of it, passing up J. Michael Kelly in the 37 by a couple of boat lengths and grab second place.

Heat 1A DRAW

  1. 6 Oh Boy! Oberto - Steve David
  2. 9 Seattle Suntan - Jon Zimmerman
  3. 37 Beacon Plumbing - J. Michael Kelly
  4. 57 Miss DiJulio - Mark Evans
  5. 21 Albert Lee Appliance - Brian Perkins

    DNS.  99 Fox Plumbing Too - Ryan Mallow

FINAL QUALIFYING SPEEDS
H1 Unlimited

Number - Sponsor Driver Speed Points
1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 151.626 100
6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 149.756 80
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 148.981 70
11 Acura of Bellevue presents Miss Peters & May JW Myers 145.636 50
17 Miss Red Dot Nate Brown 145.636 60
9 Seattle Suntan presents Sound Propeller Services Jon Zimmerman 145.592 40
88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 144.497 30
37 Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 143.549 30
21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance Brian Perkins 141.09 30
100 Miss Fox Plumbing Greg Hopp 139.89 30
57 Miss DiJulio Mark Evans 138.254 30
99 Miss Fox Plumbing Too Ryan Mallow 130.835 30
18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 0 0
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