APBA Gold Cup
Penalties cost Oberto/Miss Madison pair of wins on first day of Gold Cup
Shane scores two heats win, Brown, Webster one each
Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:00 PM
DETRIOT, Mich. - A pair of penalties on top qualifier Steve David cost the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison two victories on the first day of competition at the 104th APBA Gold Cup in Detroit on Saturday.
Ryan Mallow blows over the 100 Jarvis Fire Water Repair at the APBA Gold Cup on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
David was leading the re-run of Heat 1B by a quarter of a lap when he clipped a buoy exiting turn two of the third lap and incurred a one-lap penalty. He finished third. In Heat 2B, David again held a large lead when he was assessed a one-lap penalty for veering out two lanes. This time he finished fourth.
David, looking for his first win in the Gold Cup in 23 attempts, did not quibble with either penalty and took responsibility.
"I got unhooked and skipped out," David said. "It's just something that happens." The end result of the penalties is that David sits in sixth place in Gold Cup points, outside if the front row for the final midway through the weekend with two more preliminary heats on Sunday.
Jimmy Shane won both of his heats in dominating fashion aboard the Graham Trucking and Mike Webster and Kip Brown won the other two heats.
For Webster, who flipped on this same river a year ago, the win was the first in his Unlimited driving career.
"This just means so much to the team," Webster said. "It's hard not to get choked up." Webster's win came in Heat 1B, which had to be re-run after Ryan Mallow blew over his Jarvis Restoration boat in front of the Detroit Yacht Club - the same spot Webster went over last year.
The boat appeared to have minimal damage but Mallow was going to remain in a local hospital overnight for "precautionary" reasons.
Mallow posted a message from the hospital later on Saturday thanking rescue worker and confirming that the escaped serious injury.
"Huge shout out to the H1 rescue crew today and the people at Detroit Receiving trauma unit for taking care of me," Mallow wrote. "Sore as hell at the moment, go figure. Boat was running super strong and I'm looking forward to getting back in the drivers seat as soon as possible.
Heats 3 and 4 of the Gold Cup will be run Sunday afternoon with Gold Cup final slated for 4 p.m.