‘Let this thing fly!’ Lake Rescue Shootout set for this weekend
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Dave Scott and the Budweiser Select Offshore Team will compete in the 19th annual Lake Rescue Shootout this weekend, as he returns to his home port.
Over the years, as Scott moved into the top rankings of the offshore racing world, he has brought national attention to the Lake of the Ozarks.
This weekend, he will return to compete in the Shootout that will pit some of the best racers in the country against each other between the 19- and 21-mile markers of the main channel. The course is 2.5-miles long, but the race is only one mile, the last half mile is the shut-down area to give the boats time to slow from their top speeds.
This year, Scott and the Budweiser team will hit the water with their fleet of three high performance offshore boats.
Presented by Budweiser and “Powerboat Magazine,” the Lake Rescue Shootout will host boats from across the United States, all vying for the coveted Top Gun award presented to the fastest boat.
This weekend’s drag-race style event is the largest boat race in the United States not managed by an offshore powerboat racing sanctioning body and is a must-see for race fans everywhere.
Scott and crew are excited about this year’s Shootout and know it will be a busy time for everyone involved.
Team Bud will have three boats participate in the race this year, including the piston-powered 50-foot Mystic, the 44-foot MTI piston-powered Extreme Boat and the 44-foot MTI Turbine Boat.
“The crew is going to be stretched very thin trying to maintain all three, but we have a plan,” Scott said.
Scott will make one pass with the 50-foot Mystic early Saturday.
From there, he plans to get the attention of the crowd with the 44-foot MTI piston-powered boat and also make several passes each day with the Turbine Boat.
Even with such a successful year so far and three powerful boats in his fleet, Scott knows this year’s Top Gun could be determined by water conditions and not the boats themselves.
“Water conditions will play a major factor in who wins the Top Gun this year,” Scott said. “I say that because we must have good, flat water to reach the speeds our Turbine Boat is capable of running.
Hopefully we’ll have some really flat water, and we’ll be able to let this thing fly.”
In 2006, Scott and the team won their ninth national championship on Lake Mead in Las Vegas, Nev. They also brought home the checkered flag in seven regular season races.
In last year’s Lake Rescue Shootout, the Budweiser Select Team won its class with a speed of 178 mph, and later in the year took second at the OSS World Championships in Destin, Fla.
Scott and the Budweiser Select Team’s most recent win of 2007 came during the 2007 Thunder on the Gulf in Orange Beach, Ala.
Speed is always a main factor at a powerboat race, but it is especially important at the Lake Rescue Shootout, he said. Scott and his crew are constantly busy with research and development, finding ways to add another 5 mph to the top-end speed.
“We try to push both boat development and engine development simultaneously,” Scott explained. “It’s a big task, takes a lot of time and is extremely expensive. We know if you don’t constantly set the bar higher and higher, you’re going to get caught. With the help of our sponsor, we are able to do just that.”
With a race of this magnitude, Scott and throttleman Johnny Tomlinson have more than one thing running through their minds as the races begin.
With everything from water conditions, the bluffs lining the left side of the course and the thousands of spectators on the right, Scott and Tomlinson have their hands full.
“We’re definitely aware of the bluffs and the crowds, but more subconsciously,” Scott said. “We are really focused on what is going on in the boat.
“We have 20 seconds on any given pass, and the boat is constantly accelerating during that time. It’s going through the numbers so fast, both Johnny and I have to stay totally focused on the boat and on what we hear, feel and see,” he said. “It doesn’t sound like a long time, and I know those passes go by quickly, but there is a lot going on in that boat.”
With next year being the 20th anniversary of the Lake Rescue Shootout, Scott and the Budweiser Select crew are very proud to be a part of a great event and a worthy cause.
During the past several years, the event has grown significantly and continues to provide the surrounding water rescue teams and fire departments with much needed equipment.
“This is really exciting and very rewarding, especially because it is on my home lake,” Scott noted.
He is also very proud of the race’s results for the lake community.
“We worked with the Lake of the Ozarks fire districts for years on the Shootout. Any event that benefits them is certainly worth our time and energy,” Scott said.
And he was quick to give credit where it was due.
“It has been in existence for many years now and has continued to grow. The area fire districts deserve a lot of credit for their planning and execution of such a great event,” he said. “As a team, we are really proud to be a part of the Lake Rescue Shootout, year after year.”
Poker Fun Runs will take place throughout the weekend, and racing will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at Shooter’s 21, continuing through 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Dave Scott Budweiser Select Offshore Race Team is one of the most successful offshore race teams in history, having earned seven world championships and nine national championship titles since 2001.
The team is also the proud owner of six offshore speed records. Dave Scott and throttleman Johnny Tomlinson have more than 32 years of combined experience in offshore powerboat racing.
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RACE VILLAGE or DRY PITS – Area where boats are parked and spectators are allowed to view the race boats and their rigs.
HOT PITS – Where the boats are craned into the water.
WET PITS – Where the boats are staged after being craned into the water. Crew chiefs and teams work on their boats in this location prior to the race.
FUELING – The location, typically outside the race village, where all teams fuel boats with a required amount of fuel they have to purchase from the sanctioning body, which is part of the sponsorship package.
PHYSICALS – Required of drivers and throttlemen on test days and race days before they can attend the drivers meeting.
DRIVERS MEETING – Drivers and throttlemen are required to attend this meeting every race day morning. The meeting gives an overview of any changes to the course, the number of laps, and the starting order for all boats and teams for each day of competition.
ROOSTER TAIL – The large column of water thrown out from the propeller.
STEP HULL – This consists of one or two steps molded in the hull near the stern. The step allows air under the hull, reducing friction and permitting about a 10 percent increase in speed.
STUFF – When a boat launches off a wave and “stuffs” the bow into the next wave.
TURN BUOY – The orange marker that signifies the turning point of the racecourse.
YELLOW BUOY – The marker that signifies the start/finish of the racecourse.
BLOWOVER – When a boat suddenly goes airborne and flips.
ROLLOVER – Can occur when a boat turns sharply at excessive speed. The boat literally rolls over on its side, either flipping upside down or rolling back to right side up.
CANOPY – The cockpit cover or hardtop provides substantial protection to the crew and encloses the crew inside a cockpit.
CATAMARAN – Also known as a cat, a twin-hulled boat that packs air and lifts the boat, causing it to actually fly across the top of the water or tops of the waves.
V-BOTTOM – The original performance v-shaped hull designed boat.
CAVITATION – When air is drawn into the propeller blades, causing the prop to slip.
CHINE WALKING – The boat dances from side to side on the chine, the lower edge of the hull. Normally caused by exceeding the hull’s design speed or by poor balancing of the boat.
FEATHERING – Backing off the power when a boat becomes airborne so the engines do not over rev.
KITING – When a boat flies off a wave, raising the bow and flipping backward.
LOWER UNIT – The lower half of an outdrive or outboard that contains the drive gears, propeller shaft and the propeller.
MILLING CIRCLE – The area where boats circle in the water according to their actual race class prior to the start of a race.
ORANGE SMOKE – Becomes visible typically three minutes before the start of a race. It makes angel ships and teams aware that the race is about to start.
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