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David, Villwock win San Diego heats

SAN DIEGO -- Steve David and Dave Villwock look to be heading for another Sunday showdown as the duo won their respective heats Saturday at the Air National Guard Championship at San Diego Bayfair.

Villwock and U-7 Valken.com driver Scott Liddycoat ran one of the best heat races of the season.

Liddycoat had the lead for most of the three-lap race when Villwock ran him down just before the finish line and slipped past him.

"I just had to take my time," said Villwock, who has won on San Diego's Mission Bay eight times. "We were just running as hard as I could. It's only three laps, not five laps, so you have to get it done a little quicker."

David left no doubt who was going to win his heat. The U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto driver led from start to finish, easily putting some distance between himself and second-place finisher driver Kip Brown.

"I ran hard for a lap and was able to kind of conserve stuff," David said. "But I don't think we've seen everything the other teams have to offer this weekend."

Saturday's heats were the first time the series went to a new starting procedure because of the saltwater.

Heats were drawn at random but drivers could pick their lanes based on the order they were drawn.