2005 SEATTLE RACE AND
QUALIFYING RESULTS!



By Bob Condotta ... Seattle Times staff reporter ... Asked to say a few words Tuesday at a news conference to kick off Seafair week, Bill Wurster, the owner of the U-8 Llumar Window Film unlimited hydroplane, momentarily turned into Joe Namath circa 1969. "Welcome back Dave Villwock," he said, pointing at the third-winningest driver in the history of the sport who a week earlier returned to pilot the Miss Elam. "But we are going to beat you." Wurster, who recently turned 82 and is known for his soft-spoken manner, said he didn't really intend to call out Villwock and the Elam. "I've never done that before, and it was completely out of character for me," Wurster said. "But I was completely unprepared to say anything, so I just went up there and said what was in my heart." Yesterday, Wurster's Llumar team specifically driver Jean Theoret made his words stand up, just as Namath's New York Jets won Super Bowl III after a little more famous guarantee. Behind a marvelous driving performance by Theoret, the Llumar upset Villwock and the Elam to capture the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair. It was the first win of Theoret's career, making him the first driver to win in his inaugural appearance at Seafair since Jim Ranger in 1966. It also was Wurster's first win on his home course since 1992. Wurster said one reason he was so confident of victory was the presence of the 43-year-old Theoret, a native of Lery, Quebec. "He's the best driver in the sport," said Wurster of Theoret, who won six national titles in Grand Prix racing. After years of trying, he finally got the call to drive an unlimited this year after Wurster's crew impressed by watching film of Theoret race at the Grand Prix level talked Wurster into it. "I fought for him for two months," said Llumar crew chief Scott Ramey. "He drove the heck out of the boat today. I'm speechless." Wurster, who needed a driver after J.W. Myers was lured away to drive the Elam Myers was then fired two weeks ago to clear the way for Villwock's return said he was initially concerned about a rookie in his boat. But eventually, he was sold by Theoret's propensity to always be in the best position at the start. And that was the key to the winner-take-all championship final as Theoret got Lane 1 while Villwock was in Lane 2. The Elam qualified more than 10 mph faster than Llumar, and Theoret said he knew the best way to win was to make Villwock take the long route. "The inside lane was the win," said Theoret, who took up racing in 1983, two years after watching his older brother Pierre die in a Grand Prix race. "No doubt that made the whole difference." Villwock, though, said he wanted to be in Lane 2. The Elam came into the final having had a tough day, finishing third in Heat 2B after Villwock incurred a one-lap penalty for coming off plane before the start. It was third again in Heat 3A when it lost its canard the wing on the front that helps control the boat when it was washed down by the U-13, driven by Terry Troxell. A replacement canard was hastily put into place, but Villwock said the boat ran at only about 90 percent in the final. "I wanted to get Lane 2 and hope to box him [Theoret] in," Villwock said. For a moment it looked like the plan might work as Villwock took a slight lead into the first turn. But Theoret cornered perfectly and emerged from the turn with the lead. "I couldn't get off that turn the way I wanted to," Villwock said. Theoret gradually pulled away and won handily while Villwock was second and Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto third. The victory was sweet redemption for Theoret, who might have won the Columbia Cup last week in the Tri-Cities if he hadn't jumped the gun by about half a boat length. Theoret had the inside lane and the lead on Villwock before slowing down once informed of his penalty. But Wurster said it was that performance that led to his confidence this week. "I just felt we were on a learning curve and those things were not going to happen again," Wurster said. "I was arrogant and cocky and I probably shouldn't have said it." Theoret, informed of the guarantee after winning, wishes he hadn't. "I don't like that," Theoret said. "I want to be humble." Theoret's win capped a day of racing that was relatively uneventful there were no flips or accidents, though there were five different winners of the four prelim heats and one consolation final. The most exciting heat was a come-from-behind win by 20-year-old Jeff Bernard in his first unlimited event in the consolation, outdueling stepfather Troxell. But little could beat the sight of Wurster taking a celebratory plunge into the lake along with one of the Seafair pirates. Wurster said he helped organize the original pirates in 1949 and remembers when jumping in the lake after the race was an annual tradition. He has owned unlimiteds since 1976 and usually has been on the short end. Yesterday's victory was the eighth of his career and only his second since 1992. But with Theoret in the fold, Wurster said he doesn't think he'll have to wait long for another win, which caused him to make what sounded like another guarantee. "He proved himself today," Wurster said. "And he's going to go right on through the season and do this race after race."

FINAL HEAT

# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-8 Llumar Window Film Jean Theoret 137.448 
2 U-16 Miss Elam Dave Villwock 133.955 
3 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 128.043 
4 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Mike Weber 124.474 
5 U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving Jeff Bernard 123.304 
6 U-25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar Casino Ken Muscatel 113.44 
Did not finish: U-3 Toyota of Kirkland 
 
Consolation heat 
# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving Jeff Bernard 129.706 
2 U-13 SportBoat NW Terry Troxell 129.240 
3 U-2 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 80.795 
Did not start: U-60 Miss Thriftway, U-100 Miss Beacon Plumbing. 
 
Heat 2A 
# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-2 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 128.723 
2 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 127.808 
3 U-3 Toyota of Kirkland Jimmy King 126.936 
4 U-25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar Casino Ken Muscatel 126.311 
5 U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving Jeff Bernard 122.676 
Did not start: U-100 Miss Beacon Plumbing. 
 
Heat 2B 
# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-13 SportBoat NW Terry Troxell 129.163 
2 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Mike Weber 120.402 
3 U-16 Miss Elam Dave Villwock 113.612 
4 U-8 Llumar Window Film Jean Theoret 131.696 
Did not start: U-60 Miss Thriftway. 
U-16 penalized a lap for violating 45-second rule; 
U-8 penalized a lap for dislodging a buoy and one 
lap for incorrect direction of travel when cutting the course. 
 
Heat 3A 
# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 126.444 
2 U-25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar Casino Ken Muscatel 117.889 
3 U-16 Miss Elam Dave Villwock 110.395 
4 U-13 SportBoat NW Terry Troxell 126.913 
Did not start: U-2 Graham Trucking and U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving. 
U-13 penalized one lap for jumping the gun and penalized one lap 
and fined for changing lanes too early. 
 
Heat 3B 
# Boat Name Driver Mph 
1 U-8 Llumar Window Film Jean Theoret 135.824 
2 U-3 Toyota of Kirkland Jimmy King 129.364 
3 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Mike Weber 119.337 
4 U-100 Miss Beacon Plumbing Jerry Hopp 72.097 
Did not start: U-60 Miss Thriftway. U-60 fined for infraction of 
starting procedure and no radio communication. 
 
Boat standings 
# Boat Pts. 
1 U-16 Miss Elam 7,369 
2 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 5,810 
3 U-8 Llumar Window Film 5,215 
4 U-3 Cooper Motorsports 5,040 
5 U-5 FormulaBoats.com 4,382 
6 U-2 Graham Trucking 2,847 
7 U-13 Spirit of Detroit 2,968 
8 U-100 Leland Racing 2,395 
9 U-25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar 2,196 
10 U-99 Leland Racing 483 
 
Drivers standings 
# Driver Pts. 
1 Steve David 5,810 
2 Jean Theoret 5,215 
3 Jimmy King 5,040 
4 J.W. Myers 4,594 
5 J. Michael Kelly 2,847 
6 Mike Weber 2,797 
7 Dave Villwock 2,775 
8 Terry Troxell 2,698 
9 Greg Hopp 2,395 
10 Ken Muscatel 2,196 
11 Dick Lynch 1,585 
12 Jeff Bernard 453 
13 Jerry Hale 30 

Heat 1A ...
1. U-16 Miss Elam, Dave Villwock, 139.252; 2. U-3 Toyota of Kirkland, Jimmy King, 136.563; 3. U-16 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 132.878; 4. U-2 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 119.793; 5. U-13 Sport Boat NW, Terry Troxell, 118.276; 6. U-60 Jerry Rise Presents Miss Thriftway, did not start.

Heat 1B ...
1. U-8 Llumar Window Film, Jean Theoret, 133.711; 2. U-25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar Casino, Ken Muscatel, 121.276; 3. U-5 Formulaboats.com, Mike Weber, 115.385; 4. U-99 Todd Hoss Presents Miss Lakeridge Paving, 115.064; 5. U-100 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Greg Hopp, did not start.

Qualifying Results ...

U16 Miss Elam Dave Villwock 157.184 < (N2v) 150.662
U3 Toyota of Kirkland Jimmy King 146.908
U8 Llumar Window Film Jean Theoret 145.864
U25 Miss Rock/Silver Dollar Casino Ken Muscatel 144.659
U6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 142.625
U13 SportboatNW Terry Troxell 140.723
U2 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 138.023
U5 FormulaBoats.com Mike Weber 136.219
U100, U99, U60 (no speed)

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