With the first of today’s Supercat-class races at Offshore At The Ozarks—Cat Edition scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., there’s already a bit of drama at the Central Missouri event. Texan Kenny Mungle, the owner and planned throttleman for the Gone Again team is stepping out of the cockpit with back issues. Veteran throttleman Billy Moore will replace him in the team’s Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran with driver Christian McCauley.
Though he practiced yesterday on the Lake of the Ozarks, Gone Again’s Kenny Mungle is giving up his seat to Billy Moore for today’s two races, as well as tomorrow’s race. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“I did practice yesterday,” said Mungle, a well-known figure at waterway thanks to his Lake of the Ozarks Shootout performances in his 32-foot Skater cat. “It was bad when I woke up this morning. I think this hotel mattress did it.”
Having endured multiple back and neck surgeries in the past few months, Mungle’s plan from the start was to have Moore there as a back-up throttleman in case he was unable to race. Moore, who tested with McCauley in Texas last month, said he’s ready. In addition to replacing Mungle in today’s two eight-lap races, he will sit in for the humble and affable Texan in tomorrow’s 15-lap contest.
“It’s a three-race format, so the plan is to finish all three races and see where we can improve our position in each race,” said Moore.
“When I asked Billy to take over, he said, ‘Yes sir, I’ll be glad too,’” Mungle said, then laughed. “Then he told me, ‘Thank you, sir. This boat is one bad bitch.’”
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