On Saturday the sun came out for preliminary heats, and Little demonstrated anew that when it comes to titles, Miss Budweiser is the one boat to have when you're having more than one. She defeated Miss Madison at an average speed of 101.656 mph, giving her foe nothing but the kiss of the hops. Next day all Miss Budweiser had to do was survive two heats. Nevertheless, Chenoweth drove aggressively and clinched the title in the opener by finishing second to the flat-out Miss Madison and picking up 300 points, all Miss Bud needed. Really standing on it once again in the final, Chenoweth was washed down, i.e., drenched by another boat's rooster tail, in the first turn and lost a lap getting his big Rolls engine restarted.
"Ah, well, it's no good playing it safe," said Little, who was content with the national title as Pride of Pay'n Pak, driven by Billy Schumacher, went on to win the Dallas race. "When you do, something always goes wrong." But how would he know?