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XINSURANCE Clearwater ‘Nationals’ Schedule And More

The second event of the season produced by Race World Offshore and the final contest in the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series—the 14th annual Clearwater ‘Nationals’ presented by XINSURANCE—is on tap this weekend in Southwest Florida. But unlike the first Race World Offshore event this season and all Powerboat P1-produced contests in the 2023 APBA series, racing action will happen Sunday rather than being spread across both weekend days in Clearwater.

The Clearwater Nationals are the final event in the 2023 APBA Offshore National Championship Series. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“We could have changed the Coast Guard permit to make Clearwater a two-day format, but we would have had to apply for that change six months ago,” explained Rodrick Cox of Race World Offshore. “We did a two-day racing event in Marathon and we’re definitely thinking about that for Clearwater in 2024. But this year we’re going to start early and run everything on Sunday.”

Racing action on Saturday was essential for the P1 Offshore events as they included Class 1 competition, which means pole-position qualifying a day ahead of racing as is standard operating procedure under Union Internationale Motonautique guidelines. But with the Class 1 series completed earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Fla., there were no constraints for the Clearwater event.

Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s race schedule:*

11 a.m.
Bracket  200, 300 and 400 (start No. 1)
Bracket 500, 600 and 700 (start No. 2)

12:30 p.m.
Mod V/Stock V

1:30 p.m.
450R Factory Stock (start No. 1)
V Extreme (start No. 2)

2:30 p.m.
Super Stock

3:30 p.m.
Super Cat

*Race times and fields are subject to change based on weather and other factors beyond the race producer’s control.

At present, 47 teams have registered for the event.

Key West radio personality/veteran offshore racing play-by-play man Todd Swofford and speedonthewater.com contributing editor Eric Colby will handle the livestream broadcast from Clearwater. The broadcast will be carried on the Race World Offshore Facebook page.

“It’s been a while since Marathon in May, so we’re eager to get going again,” said Cox. “And then in November, of course, we have the Key West Offshore World Championships to produce.”

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