Despite windy conditions coupled with high water that rendered the facilities of Wolf Creek Park in Grove, Okla., unusable for last weekend’s inaugural GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, organizers made the best of the situation and pulled off an awesome event according to several participants.
Kevin Fulbright ran his Eliminator Boats 28 Daytona to a top speed of 110 mph at the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout in Oklahoma on Saturday. Images courtesy/copyright Jim Winters/Speedonthewater.com
“The event went well considering the water challenges, not to mention it was the first year they’ve done it,” said Mike Maasen of Poly-Lift Boat Lifts, who ran Uncharted Territory, his Cigarette Racing 42X, to a top speed of 92 mph along the 3/4-mile course on Saturday. Maasen and his brother, Mark, who ran his Cigarette 38 Top Gun Mizigarette 85 mph in the Shootout, sponsored the event as well and are glad they did.
“The community members of Grove and Grand Lake are so great, they really welcomed us,” said Mike Maasen, whose next stop is the Old Hickory Fun Run in Nashville, Tenn. “The spectators were great, too. I’m not going to say it rivaled the Saturday fleet at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, but there were enough boats there that it made the GLOC fleet seem close in size. For our company, we were very satisfied with the exposure the event provided.”
Fan favorite Kenny Mungle reached 158 mph in Gone Again, his 32-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran, and put on quite a show for the fans with seven passes along the course. Mungle’s speed, which is well shy of the 180 he posted last year on the one-mile Lake of the Ozarks course, was the second fastest boat of the day in which racers opted to play it safe on the course.
Not far behind Mungle in the top-speed department with a 150-mph run were Blake White and Jon Good in Nor’Easter, White’s 36-foot Skater. Carlton Bass laid down a 140-mph top speed in his DCB Performance Boats M35 Widebody and fellow Oklahoma DCB owner Jake Nossman reached 139 mph in his 35-footer.
Check out the slideshow above for more images courtesy of Jim Winters from the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout.
Also running a respectable 139 mph was American Offshore founder Art DiNick of Texas in his 31-foot American Offshore catamaran. Lake of the Ozarks couple David and Connie Weyer of Advantage Marine hauled their Advantage Boats 32’ Victory to the event and reached 94 mph, while fellow Ozarks boater Scott York brought his 32-foot Skater and hit 119 mph despite blowing up a drive toward the end of his first run.
“It wasn’t my finest moment but we had great fun at the event,” said York, who also ran his restored 1997 Skater at last month’s Lake Race in Lake of the Ozarks. “It was rough out there but I think we could have reached 130 if we didn’t break. If the marina was usable we could have fixed it and got back out there. Because of the flooded water we had to launch so far away that it would have taken us too long.
“I don’t blame the organizers, the high water is out of their control, and they made the best of the situation,” he added. “They did a great job considering it was their first year. I’d come back next year, I’d just like to see some more boats running and maybe a more protected course.”
Win Farnsworth’s Low Altitude was a showstopper as usual in Oklahoma. Image courtesy/copyright Jim Winters/Speedonthewater.com
Owner of the 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran Low Altitude that ran 165 mph, Colorado’s Win Farnsworth said he was proud of his team for once again posting the fastest speed at its third-straight Shootout. (He ran 182 mph at the Desert Storm Poker Run in April and 201 mph at the Texas Outlaw Challenge in June.)
“Each event has its own challenges and this one presented many,” Farnsworth said. “The one thing that was never in question was the strength in friendships that I have for my teammates and my primary competitor (Mungle). And talk about a fantastic town full of fantastic people. The hospitality we witnessed and the kind words from so many was inspiring. Thank you to each and every community member for what you guys pulled off this weekend.”
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