It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who can hardly believe the Lake Race in Central Missouri is happening for the seventh time this year on the famed Lake of the Ozarks. To me, it doesn’t feel like that long ago when I wrote my OffshoreOnly.com column on the press event announcing the Lake of the Ozarks Invitational Powerboat Race in March 2013 (read the story).
With new teams in the Super Stock class—including local performance boater Loren Peters, who recently purchased the FJ Propeller Doug Wright cat—the competition should be intense on this year’s new Lake Race course. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
Then again, the race, which has been sanctioned by the Offshore Powerboat Association for the last five years, has grown year in and year out, and had several notable champions crowned from the likes of Bob Bull and Randy Scism to the late Keith Holmes of Cat Can Do fame. It also continues to grab more of a national spotlight, earn additional community recognition and offer improvements, the latest of which are quite radical thanks to the new course and new host venue.
That’s right, after six races at the Bagnell Dam Strip, the Lake Race, which is presented by title sponsor Performance Boat Center and scheduled for May 30-June 1, is moving down the lake to Camden on the Lake Resort with a course situated between the five- and nine-mile marks on the lake. The course, which is actually the same one used between 2007 and 2009 when the Offshore Super Series hosted a race at the lake, is expected to be more spectator friendly than the previous one.