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Olson Claims 2012 Shootout Top Gun Trophy

Nebraska's Greg Olson smiles proudly while holding his 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Shotoout Top Gun trophy after running 192 mph in his Eliminator Boats 33 Daytona.

Greg Olson smiles proudly with his 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Shotoout Top Gun trophy after running 192 mph in his Eliminator Boats 33 Daytona.

With just one run on Saturday, Greg Olson secured his place in Lake of the Ozarks Shootout history. After recording a 192-mph top speed in his Eliminator Boats 33 Daytona powered by twin 1,800-hp engines from GT Performance, Olson was awarded the Top Gun trophy at the 24th annual event and will forever have his name engraved on the trophy with the likes of David Scott, Randy Scism and many Shootout legends before him.

Needless to say, both Olson and engine builder Gary Teague were ecstatic after the impressive run held up throughout Sunday—although Bob Bull put up a bit of a fight, posting a 186-mph top speed in his 48-foot Marine Technology Inc. catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.

Other notable speeds included Buck Stracener’s 148-mph run in his single-engine 28-foot catamaran from Nordic Boats (also powered by GT Performance) as well as a 138-mph run posted by a new Outerlimits Powerboats 52 SV with twin Mercury 1350 engines and a jaw-dropping 112-mph run by Brad Rowland in his South Bay pontoon boat powered by triple 300-hp outboard engines.

Below is a quick look at some of the sights surrounding this weekend’s Shootout. Be sure to check back this week for a few more in-depth stories from the weekend’s big event.

Related story: Olson In Line for Top Gun Title After 192-MPH Run

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Bob Bull's 48-foot MTI, which ran 186 mph in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, sits atop a Poly-Lift boat lift at the docks in front of Captain Ron's. Ivan 'Buck' Stracener and Louis Marchese, give a thumbs up after running the fastest speed for a single-engine boat in Stracener's 28-foot Nordic catamaran. Nor-Tech Hi Performance Boats had one its luxurious 420s on display at the docks.
Myrick Coil, John Cosker and Don Onken gather for a photo after winning their class in Onken's 50-foot Mystic catamaran with a 163-mph top speed. Nigel Hook brought his Lucas Oil Silverhook race boat to the event to add to the large display from Shootout sponsor Lucas Oil. Bob May of Bob's No Wake Zone Radio Show interviews Performance Boat Candy owner Tim Weinzirl, one of the many Shootout exhibitors.
Tim Kowalski of Bio-Kleen ran his Cigarette to a class-winning 80-mph top speed. Marine Technology Inc owner Randy Scism inspects a propeller before making a final run in Bob Bull's 48-foot MTI. John Caparell ran his outboard-powered 32-foot Doug Wright Poker Run Edition catamaran to an impressive 113-mph top speed on Sunday.
Six planes flew over the Shootout course on Saturday and Sunday to honor the lives of Bob Morgan and Jeff Tillman. Sunsation Boats had a great turnout with at least eight of its customers bringing boats to the Shootout. There was a large fleet of V-bottoms from Outerlimits Powerboats at the Shootout.