Well it's that time of year again; the Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO) OSS Nationals are fast approaching. Once again the beautiful backdrop of central Missouri's Ozarks Mountains will rumble with sounds of big power and fast boats as the Offshore Super...
Well it's that time of year again; the Lake of the Ozarks (LOTO) OSS Nationals are fast approaching. Once again the beautiful backdrop of central Missouri's Ozarks Mountains will rumble with sounds of big power and fast boats as the Offshore Super Series Powerboat Racing Association (OSS) teams up with the Offshore Performance Association (OPA) for a weekend of racing Sept. 25-27, 2009. OSS Chairman of the Board, Ray Contreras said, "We are very excited about OPA coming to the lake and sharing the water with us. I'm sure they will have a new favorite race site after seeing how nice the lake is and friendly everyone is at LOTO."
OSS is proud to announce a $10,000.00 Prize Purse for it's Pro/Am racing classes at the LOTO Championship Event. The OSS will be running their Pro/Am classes 1-4 as well as the OPA's Super Vee Class. EVERYONE from the serious performance boater to the seasoned racing pro are welcome to come out and try their hand in the Pro/Am format. Boats must meet the requirements as listed in the Pro/AM class rule book, found in the racers resource section at www.offshoresuperseries.com
Something new for LOTO this year will be the addition of OSS Speed Runs. The Speed Runs will be similar to a drag, two boats running side by side in a contest for "Top Gun" bragging rights as the fastest boat in its class. The Speed Runs will be open to any Teams providing their boat conforms to the OSS Spec class rule book. OSS Chief Referee, Mike Tomlinson said, "I'm sure that the Speed Runs will be very popular with both the Teams and Fans. I see them becoming part of a regular race weekend next year." At the time of this writing the OSS Speed Runs will be held on Saturday afternoon September 26.
This will be a double points race for OSS Teams as they fight for the National Titles. Ellen Greenleaf, Event / Media Director for OSS said, "Since the points are so close for this last race of the 2009 season, we expect a very good turn out. I think almost everyone has a mathematical chance to place in their class. We are co-hosting, with our OSS Cares Charities and the Central Missouri's Boys and Girls Club, some local children and their families over the weekend for VIP treatment at the race."
This year the race can be viewed from either Shady Gator's or The Horny Toad Complex. Merlyn Vandervort of the Toad Resort complex said "The fastest boats in the world competing head to head for the National Title, there is nothing else like it; it's like NASCAR* on the open water. The Offshore Super Series National Championship Powerboat Race is without question, the biggest event to ever come to the Lake of the Ozarks." The boats will be on the water from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday for testing and the OSS Pro Am Teams will hold their National Championship that afternoon. Sunday racing starts at 12 noon for an afternoon of heat style racing. General Admission is free for both days and there are still some VIP Packages still available. Contact Ashton Leslie at 573-365-5620 for your VIP Package.
The OSS is a not for profit association dedicated to the advancement of the further development and growth of offshore powerboat racing in North America. For more information visit www.offshoresuperseries.com
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