1978 Columbia Cup
Columbia River, Tri-Cities WA, July 30, 1978


Columbia Cup Recap

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HEAT 1A ó Bill Muncey in the Atlas Van Lines was first across the line but couldnít get Milner Irvin in Miss Madison off his tail for four laps. Irvin trailed by less than 2 seconds after four laps but lost ground in the first turn of the fifth and final lap and went dead briefly in the final turn. Bob Saniga in the Miss Bud of Australia had a terrible start ó he thought the race was going to start one minute later than it did. He also pulled toward the pits after finishing only four laps but was waved back onto the course and finished the heat in third place. The Squire Shop U-65 never got rolling and died right after the start. Oh Boy Oberto survived two laps before dying.

1. Atlas Van Lines (Bill Muncey) 110.647 miles an hour. 2. Miss Madison (Milner Irvin), 104.287. 3. Miss Bud (Bob Saniga), 84.810. Did not finish: Squire Shop U-65 (Chip Hanauer) and Oh Boy Oberto (Bob Maschmedt).

HEAT 1B ó Elliott Dog Ration (U-66) driven by Tom Martin was first across the line but quickly was passed by Miss Budweiser on the inside and the Squire Shop U-64. Barney Armstrongís Machine (U-96) and Vanís PX trailed. Budweiser held a 12-second lead over Squire Shop after the first lap. Barney Armstrongís Machine passed the Squire in the second lap. The Squire went dead after three laps. Vanís PX passed Elliott Dog Ration in the third lap and wound up third.

1. Miss Budweiser (Ron Snyder), 106.458. 2. Barney Armstrongís Machine (Chuck King), 104.603. 3. Vanís PX (Jack Schafer, Jr.), 91.538. 4. Elliott Dog Ration (Bob Miller), 86.873. Did not finish - Squire Shop U-64.

HEAT 2B ó The heat was run after Heat 2A was stopped when Hanauer was flipped out of The Squire Shop U-65 and injured.

The Atlas, the Squire Shop U-64 with Bob Miller substituting for the injured Chip Hanauer, and Vanís PX all crossed the line within a second of each other. Muncey in the Atlas held a big lead cat of the first turn and held it. The Squire lost its propeller after half a lap. After Muncey had completed three laps to make it a legal heat, Miller jumped into the water and stop the race to get a tow boat to The Squire. The tow boat didnít arrive on the scene for several minutes and Muncey kept running and took the checkered flag after five laps. Later, officials declared that the race had ended after three laps. That suited the Vanís PX fine because the boat had died after crossing the finish line in lap three and thus was awarded second place.

Oh Boy Oberto never got started and Barney Armstrongís Machine died at the starting line of the first lap.

1. Atlas, no time available. 2. Vanís PX, no time available. Did not finish: Squire Shop U-64 and Barney Armstrongís Machine.

HEAT 2A (restart) ó Miss Budweiser barely made it onto the course before the one minute gun and was the lost boat across the line. Elliott Dog Ration was the first boat across followed by Miss Madison and Miss Bud. Miss Bud briefly held the lead coming out of the first turn, but Miss Budweiser quickly caught up and took over in the backstretch. From then on it was a parade.

1. Miss Budweiser, 104.920. 2. Miss Bud, 96.753. 3. Miss Madison, 92.308. 4. Elliott Dog Ration, 86.705.

Championship ó The Atlas led across the line and out of the first turn but blew a rod and came to a stop in the backstretch. Miss Budweiser took over and with a first-lap speed of 116.129, the dayís fastest lap, held nearly o 10-second lead over the second-place Miss Madison. Miss Madison and Miss Bud dueled up the backstretch with the Australian boat taking over second place by the end of lap two. It stayed that way until the Miss Bud lost power on the first turn of the final lap. Miss Madison took over second place and Miss Bud hung on to finish third ahead of the lagging Elliott Dog Ration. The other boat in the final heat, Barney Armstrong Machine, which got into the heat as the alternate when Vanís PX wouldnít start, lost power in the first lap.

Miss Budweiser, 109.462. 2. Miss Madison, 102.859. 3. Miss Bud, 88.235. 4. Elliott Dog Ration, 79.759.

(Reprinted from The Seattle Times, July 31, 1978)


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