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Holy Shootout!

If you follow anything fellow OffshoreOnly.com columnist Matt Trulio and I have been writing about lately on speedonthewater.com, you should know what event is just around the corner—the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri. The 28th annual one to be exact.


Between the Shootout on the Strip, the poker run and the top-speed event, the Wake Effects 52 MTI will be all over the place during Shootout week. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

To be more exact, the Shootout technically started already as the eighth annual golf tournament took place at Old Kinderhook Golf Club a few days after the volunteer kick-off party at The Stables at Cannon Smoked Saloon officially got the ball rolling. There’s also this weekend’s seventh annual Mini Shootout with RC boats racing on The Springs at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, the Shootout on the Strip Wednesday evening, the Make-A-Wish rides on Thursday followed by the massive Performance Boat Center Party on Thursday, Friday’s poker run and the awesome Super Cat Fest. But really, it’s all about the Saturday and Sunday top-speed runs.

Between the return of the last year’s Top Gun winner—Don Onken’s quad-engine American Ethanol Mystic Powerboats catamaran that ran 208 mph—to the major emphasis on “girl power” such as teammates Tristan Collins-Garvin and Yvonne Aleman running a 30-foot Skater Powerboats cat, Summer Richardson driving her Swoop Motorsports Dial 911 Skater, Nikki Amos driving a triple-engine 47-foot Fountain Powerboats V-bottom (with her husband Ricky) and the induction of Playcraft matriarch Carolyn Dorris (and her husband, Jim) into the Shootout Hall of Fame, this year’s top-speed event at the 34 mile marker in front of Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach is going to be an amazing one.

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