1995 San Diego Bayfair Presents the Bill Muncey Cup on Mission Bay
Mission Bay, San Diego CA, September 17, 1995


Results

Hanauer Pushes Record to 172.166 mph
Budweiser Flips, Smokin' Joes Wins
Results
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      WINNER   U-10   Smokin' Joe's   Mark Tate
         2nd   U-99.9 Miss Von's      Mark Evans
         3rd   U-2    Miss T-PLUS     Steve David
         4th   U-50   Cascade West    Scott Pierce
         5th   U-19   Appian Renegade Tom Hindley
         DNS   U-100  PICO Am. Dream  Dave Villwock

A sudden reversal of form found Mark Tate and his Smokin' Joe's the victors in today's San Diego Bayfair KCBQ Bill Muncey Cup on Mission Bay. He stormed past Mark Evans and the Miss Vons to win a restarted final, precipitated by the first-lap crash of Miss Budweiser. Without the Bud around, Smokin' Joe's climbed back atop the Eagle Snacks Presents O'Doul's High Point championship lead, 12,214 to the Budweiser's 12,175, with only Honolulu remaining on the 1995 Hooters Unlimited Hydroplane Series schedule.

But all this didn't seem possible an hour before. Chip Hanauer had set a world record speed of 172.166 miles an hour in qualifying, cruised to three easy preliminary heat wins and seemed poised to sweep the boards. The Smokin' Joe's had blown a prop, destroyed a motor, tore up a drive shaft and had a gaping hole in the bottom of the boat after Heat 3B, which was shortened to two laps when Tate's craft also briefly caught fire.

But then the Budweiser violently crashed entering the second turn of the first lap at some 165 miles an hour. The 6,000-pound unlimited hydroplane hooked a wave and lost its right sponson, causing it to cartwheel and land upside down. Hanauer was able to free himself from the safety cockpit and swim to the surface and gave a thumbs-up sign to rescuers. He said afterward he felt fine.

The Bud was fending off a challenge from Smokin' Joe's, which had almost miraculously been put back together by Jim Lucero and his crack crew in less than an hour. Then Tate got a good start from lane four and was right on Bud's right rear when Hanauer's chances of victory dissolved in a huge spray of water and bright red boat parts.

Tate got another good start in the re-run, and had only to deal with Evans when defending Muncey Cup champion Dave Villwock's PICO boat stalled on a warmup lap. Steve David, who hadn't started a heat all day due to his engine devouring too much salt water, managed to scramble into the final by winning the provisional heat and then finished third overall. It was that kind of a day.

Heat 1A (11:30)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points  Speed 


U-1    Miss Budweiser      Chip Hanauer   1/400          158.244 mph #
U-10   Smokin' Joe's       Mark Tate      2/300          155.607 mph
U-50   Miss Cascade West   Scott Pierce   3/225          136.685 mph
U-3    Mill Bay Casino     Mitch Evans    4/169          123.427 mph
U-7    Miss Bayfair        Mike Jones     5/127          112.329 mph
U-14   Aunt Mary's Tavern  Ken Muscatel   6/95           109.145 mph

#  - Fastest lap: U-1 (1st),  161.052


Heat 1B (12:00)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points  Speed 


U-100  PICO Amer. Dream    Dave Villwock  1/400          147.709 mph #
U-99.9 Miss Von's          Mark Evans     2/300          145.782 mph
U-19   Appian Renegade     Tom Hindley    3/225          128.014 mph
U-6    DeWALT Tools        Mike Hanson    4/169          102.147 mph
U-16   Miss Elam Plus      Nate Brown     DNF/0
U-2    T-PLUS Engine Trtmt Steve David    DNS/0  

#  - Fast Lap: U-100 (1st), 150.972


Heat 2A (1:00)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points   Speed


U-10   Smokin' Joe's       Mark Tate      1/400/700       155.042 mph #
U-6    DeWALT Tools        Mike Hanson    2/300/469       141.080 mph 
U-14   Aunt Mary's Tavern  Ken Muscatel   3/225/320       127.414 mph
U-50   Miss Cascade West   Scott Pierce   4/169/394       116.117 mph
U-3    Mill Bay Casino     Mitch Evans    DNS/0/169
U-2    T-PLUS Engine Trtmt Steve David    DNS/0/0

#  - Fast lap: U-10 (1st), 158.398


Heat 2B (1:30)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points   Speed


U-1    Miss Budweiser      Chip Hanauer   1/400/800       153.519 mph #
U-99.9 Miss Von's          Mark Evans     2/300/600       140.658 mph
U-19   Appian Renegade     Tom Hindley    3/225/450       122.433 mph
U-100  PICO Amer. Dream    Dave Villwock  4/169/469       107.157 mph %
U-7    Miss Bayfair        Mike Jones     DNF/0/127
U-16   Miss Elam Plus      Nate Brown     DNF/0/0

#  - Fast Lap:  U-1 (2nd), 156.761
%  - Penalized one lap for hitting buoy; physically finishes third after
     stalling on 2nd lap


Heat 3A (2:30)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points   Speed


U-99.9 Miss Von's          Mark Evans     1/400/1000      145.102 mph #
U-50   Miss Cascade West   Scott Pierce   2/300/694       139.814 mph
U-19   Appian Renegade     Tom Hindley    3/225/750       139.240 mph
U-16   Miss Elam Plus      Nate Brown     DNF/0/0
U-14   Aunt Mary's Tavern  Ken Muscatel   DNF/0/320
U-6    DeWALT Tools        Mike Hanson    DNF/0/469

#  - Fast Lap:  U-99.9 (1st), 148.674


Heat 3B (3:00)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points   Speed


U-1    Miss Budweiser      Chip Hanauer   1/400/1200      156.841 mph #
U-100  PICO Amer. Dream    Dave Villwock  2/300/869       138.596 mph
U-7    Miss Bayfair        Mike Jones     3/225/352       119.029 mph
U-3    Mills Bay Casino    Mitch Evans    4/169/338       118.044 mph
U-10   Smokin' Joe's       Mark Tate      DNF/0/700
U-2    T-PLUS Engine Trtmt Steve David    DNS/0/0

#  - Fast Lap:  U-1 (1st), 159.691


Provisional Heat (3:30)

Boat   Name                Driver      Finish Speed


U-2    T-PLUS Engine Trtmt Steve David    1   149.404 mph
U-6    DeWALT Tools        Mike Hanson   DNF $
U-7    Miss Bayfair        Mike Jones    DNF
U-3    Mill Bay Casino     Mitch Evans   DNS

$  - Ran deck-to-deck with U-2 until missing a buoy on lap 3


Final Heat (4:10)

Boat   Name                Driver         Finish/Points   Speed


U-10   Smokin' Joe's       Mark Tate      1/400/1100      149.160 mph #
U-99.9 Miss Von's          Mark Evans     2/300/1300      144.735 mph
U-2    T-PLUS Engine Trtmt Steve David    3/225/225       138.590 mph
U-50   Miss Cascade West   Scott Pierce   4/169/863       112.875 mph
U-19   Appian Renegade     Tom Hindley    5/127/802
U-100  PICO Amer. Dream    Dave Villwock  DNS/0/869
U-1    Miss Budweiser      Chip Hanauer   DSQ/0/1200 *

#  - Fast Lap:  U-10 (2nd), 152.211
*  - Hanauer not injured by a strange flip in the first during the
     original running of the final

Summary written by J Michael Kenyon

(Reprinted from UHRA.com)


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