SEATTLE — Nate Brown of Preston, Wash., piloted Miss Elam Plus to victory at the Seafair General Motors Cup August 5. The Seafair event was the fifth race on the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Laughlin. Each of the five events has produced a different winner, a first in history of the sport.
The win was the first of Brown's career and for Miss Elam team owners, the Ellstrom family. Brown averaged 135.504 mph to take the victory.
"It is about time," said Brown. "It has been a long road from being Rookie of the Year in 1992 to my first victory today. This win is a total team effort and I would not be here if it weren't for their dedication. They worked feverishly during the off-season and especially over the past few weeks trying to get the new boat finished. I owe this victory to them."
Dave Villwock finished second in Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser. APBA Gold Cup winner, Michael Hanson in the Skyway Park Bowl & Casino finished third.
General Motors Cup Results
|Finishing Position||Boat Name||Driver|
|1||Miss Elam Plus||Nate Brown|
|2||Miss Budweiser||Dave Villwock|
|3||Skyway Park Bowl & Casino||Michael Hanson|
|4||Miss Znetix II||Terry Troxell|
|5||Miss Diamond Lil's||Mark Weber|
|6||Miss Trendwest||Scott Pierce|
|7||Miss Znetix I||Greg Hopp|
|9||Oh Boy! Oberto||Steve David|
|10||Miss EMCOR||Mike Weber|
|11||Silver Dollar Casinos||Dr. Ken Muscatel|
|12||Golden Nugget Casino||Jerry Hopp|
|13||LLumar Window Film||Jimmy King|
The General Motors Cup will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, September 16 at 6 p.m. (EDT). The sixth and final stop on the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Laughlin is the San Diego Bayfair on Mission Bay September 14-16.