Boy! A winner!
Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
wins national championship
David clinches title in
season-ending race at San Diego
(October 2008) The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss
Madison, driven by Steve David, clinched its first National High Points
Championship in the 47-year history of the team, after a second-place
finish in Heat 2B at the 2008 San Diego Bayfair powered by the San Diego
Union-Tribune on Sept. 21. Despite finishing second, David needed only
to finish the heat in any place to clinch the High Points title.
photo by Don Ward
Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison driver
Steve David has made history by
giving the community owned
hydroplane its first National
High Points title.
In a telephone interview a week after the race, David,
said, Oh Boy! This is bigger than winning a single race. More
than one boat can win a race during the year, but at the end of the
season, there will only be one U-1.
During the start of the finals, David jumped the gun, which took the
U-6 out of the running for the race. We were looking for the perfect
weekend, but I got a bit ansy, he said.
It didnt really matter, though, because the Miss Madison team
found itself with a commanding points lead over the weekend.
The team needed only 677 points out of a possible 1,200 to win the title.
The first 100 of those points came when David turned in a speed of more
than 161 mph to give the Miss Madison the top qualifying position on
Saturday. Four hundred points were added shortly thereafter when the
U-6 scored a victory in Heat 1B. With just a few points left to add,
David only needed to merely finish either of the next two heats to clinch
the national title. Instead, he tenaciously battled Jean Theoret and
the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing before succumbing to a second place finish
in Heat 2B. He knew at the end of the race that Miss Madison, after
47 years of toil and struggle, had finally added her name to the history
It feels great to be among the biggest names in unlimited hydroplane
racing history, he said. Our victory today is magnified
because of the ownership of the boat. The people of Madison who have
supported the team have been wonderful. They deserve this.
As for the teams expectations for 2009, David said Once
you win, you dont want to give it up. Weve certainly raised
the bar on expectations.
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