I confess: I took great personal pleasure in reporting that The Hulk took first place in the SuperStock Cat class during yesterday’s Race World Offshore Clearwater Hooters Offshore Nationals event. That I respect and enjoy the team’s Dan Lawrence and Rob Nunziato has (almost) nothing to do with it. I was just glad to see yet another Stock-class team taking to the water this season.
A bullish outlook for offshore racing’s hottest class. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Because it’s been a banner year for the outboard engine-powered canopied-catamaran class.
So far during six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series, the class has averaged eight teams per race—with a high of 13 teams registered and 12 taking the green flag for the Sarasota Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix in July. A pair of teams—FJ Propeller and Jackhammer—are making history this season by running 32-foot Victory Team cats in the Stock-class ranks for the first time in domestic offshore racing.
New for 2019, the Performance Boat Center Stock-class team of Myrick Coil and Rusty Williams currently sits first in APBA series points. And Performance Boat Center is one of five teams from the Midwest including CR Racing, Jackhammer, Team Allen Lawncare and Landscaping and WIA Marine Insurance.