OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (September 24, 2007) Dave Scott and the Budweiser Select Offshore Team will compete in the final Offshore Super Series (OSS) race of the year this weekend on Lake of the Ozarks. Owner and driver Dave Scott is excited to have the...
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (September 24, 2007) Dave Scott and the Budweiser Select Offshore Team will compete in the final Offshore Super Series (OSS) race of the year this weekend on Lake of the Ozarks. Owner and driver Dave Scott is excited to have the OSS National Championships on his home lake, and the Edwardsville native had a hand in making this dream a reality.
"It actually started several years ago when I was talking with a friend of mine who owns the Horny Toad Complex," Scott began. "We talked about how nice it would be to have a race here, and each year we talked about it, we got a little more serious. There were several things we had to do before we would actually have a race on Lake of the Ozarks."
Everyone involved worked hard to bring the race to Missouri, securing permits from water patrol, negotiating with OSS and raising funds to bring an event of this magnitude to the lake. After nearly everything was in place, Scott realized the need for one more addition.
"I recognized we would need a coordinator for this race," Scott said. "We needed someone to coordinate between Horny Toad Complex and OSS. Alvin Heathman, a fellow racer who lives at the lake, accepted the challenge and has worked to put everything together. Once he was working on it, I kind of stepped back and was able to focus on racing again. I've attended a few meetings though, and I've seen that things have progressed very well. I'm happy with it, and I hope it carries on in years to come."
In addition to the planning for the event itself, Scott and his crew have to focus on the challenges this course and this body of water will throw their way. Scott and throttleman Johnny Tomlinson will race a shorter course than they are accustomed to. Most of the races this year have been on six-mile courses, however this one will be less than five miles per lap.
"This is a short course, relative to what we usually run," Scott said. "It has a lot of turns, somewhere around nine I think, and set-up is going to be critical. Because of all the turns, not only will the driver and throttleman have to work really well together in the cockpit, but this race will be a real team effort, there's no doubt about it."
In 2006, Scott and crew won their ninth National Championship on Lake Mead in Las Vegas. They also brought home the checkered flag in seven regular season races, won their class at the Lake Rescue Shootout 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 came during the 2007 Lake Rescue Shootout, where they brought home three class wins. The team now looks to bring home its 10th national title on Lake of the Ozarks this weekend.
Scott and crew will run the 50' Mystic in the Extreme Class on Sunday, as well as enter the 44' MTI in the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPRA) race Saturday afternoon. According to Scott, this course will cater to the smaller boats, so he and his team have their work cut out for them.
"We will be around a lot of land and there will also be spectators on the outside of the course," Scott explained. "It's going to be a tight race, and I think the smaller boats will have the advantage here. Those boats usually have a better horsepower-to-weight ratio and can usually come off the corners harder than bigger boats. However, we feel very good about our chances. We have put ourselves in great position to win another national title and plan to work hard this weekend."
Proud and pleased to have the race in his `backyard,' Scott hopes to see many fans and friends come out to support the Budweiser Select Offshore Team.
"Everyone on this lake knows our boat, and we plan to put on a good show," Scott concluded. "Our fans and friends always show up in full force at the Shootout, and we are looking forward to seeing them all again this weekend at Nationals. I think it's going to be an exciting event."