Auburn’s Dave Villwock maneuvered the U-16 Miss Elam Plus into position to easily outrun Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto in the championship heat, then drove to his seventh Gold Cup victory Sunday on the Detroit River.
At the one minute gun before the race started, Villwock positioned himself in the first lane by barely making “forward progress” – all within the rules – and David had to settle for the second lane.
“We knew what he was up to when he made the slight modification to his boat last night,” an unhappy David said.
Instead of being “on-plane,” as rules required in the past, officials only required Villwock to make “forward progress” approaching the start of the race.
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“I guess I just have to keep coming back until I win this thing,” David said about the Gold Cup, the only race on the circuit that he hasn’t won.
Villwock 141.239 mph to edge David (138.270 mph). Jeff Bernard, from Kent, was third in the U-5 Formulaboats.com (136.266 mph) and J. Michael Kelly was fourth in the U-7 Miss Graham trucking (136.200 mph).
Despite losing the final, David left Detroit with more points (1,980) than Villwock (1,677).
The unlimited tour stops in Polson, Mont., next week before two stops in Washington – Tri-Cities the week of July 26 and Seafair ending Aug. 2.
Franchitti takes series lead
Dario Franchitti won the Honda Indy on the street course in Toronto, easily holding off Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power on a late restart for his third win of the season.
It was the first race in Toronto for the IndyCar Series. Starting from the pole, Franchitti was both lucky and good in winning his third race of the season and regaining the series points lead over Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon.
Franchitti is seeking his second series championship in three years after racing last season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. Penske and Ganassi drivers have won 16 of 18 races dating to last season.
Aussie wins in Germany
Mark Webber won his first Formula One race after overcoming a penalty to take the German Grand Prix and give his Red Bull team momentum in its bid to catch Jenson Button in the driver championship.
The Australian beat teammate Sebastian Vettel by 9.2 seconds despite a drive-through penalty for bumping Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello out of the start while defending his pole position.
Bad blood on NASCAR?
Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson traded paint. It might be a while until they exchange pleasantries.
Busch was fuming about Johnson after two of NASCAR’s top stars got into some late-race bumping Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway that left each of them wondering if one has a problem with the other.
Johnson, though, seemed more ready to move on from Joliet, Ill., and let the incident slide.
Busch might still be upset when the Sprint Cup series picks up July 26 at Indianapolis.
Johnson had lost his lead to Denny Hamlin late in the race and fell back into three-wide racing with Busch and Jeff Gordon. Gordon appeared to get under Johnson, and the three-time defending Cup champion’s No. 48 Chevrolet got loose and made contact with Busch.
Angry at the contact, former champion Busch appeared to deliberately turn into Johnson. Their tangle was a spark of excitement in a 400-mile race that Mark Martin dominated.
“The No. 2 (Busch) and I touched and he bodyslammed me after that,” Johnson said.
Busch and Johnson also tangled at Sonoma earlier this season. Johnson slid into Busch and later apologized.
“A couple of runs spoiled by the 48 car,” Busch said. “I’m not digging it.”