Wind puts damper on Gold Cup heats

Herald news services July 12, 2009 

DETROIT -- Again with this wind.

High winds Saturday afternoon suspended two heat races at the 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup.

Last year was supposed to be the 100th running of this race. But high winds on the final day cancelled the race, making this year's event the 100th.

On Saturday, however, only two heat races were completed.

Steve David drove the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto to victory in Heat 1A, as he outdueled Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com and J.Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking -- who finished second and third, respectively.

Kip Brown in the U-17 Our Gang Racing was fourth, followed by Brian Perkins in the U-48 Miss Albert Lee and Mike Webster in the U-22 Matrix Systems Automotive.

In Heat 1B, Dave Villwock in the U-16 Miss Elam Plus stayed perfect on the season with another heat victory.

Ken Muscatel was second in the U-25 Superior Racing, while Greg Hopp in the U-100 Leland Unlimited was third and JW Myers and the U-37 Miss DYC was fourth. Jimmy King, driving the U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep, did not finish when he lost an engine on the third lap.

Race officials have moved Heats 2A and 2B to this morning. Four other elimination heats are scheduled before the final, which is set for 1:20 p.m. PDT.

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