Get ready for one of the most exciting events ever to hit the coast! It’s time once again for thrills on the water as Smokin the Sound and Smokin the Lake return for their annual powerboat racing extravaganza.
This year, the producers of Smokin the Sound have collaborated with Lake Race in Lake Ozark, Mo. in hopes of developing a future multi-site invitational powerboat racing series beginning with the 2014 competitions.
This series is being billed as a “Racers Race” with each site offering a $75,000 purse with a combined total of $150,000 up for grabs. Additional money will be awarded to those winners participating in races at both Smokin the Sound in Biloxi and Lake Race in Lake Ozark. The Smokin producers gave out approximately $40,000 last year.
Miss Geico will be a part of this year’s Smokin. The 2014 Race Village will be just west of Grand Casino on Hwy 90 where those attending can view the boats up close and meet the drivers in person. Wristbands are only $10 and are good from Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27.
A $25 wristband is a great deal too because it gives you entrance into VIP and premium viewing areas as well as Race Village. If you are only going to attend Race Village for one day, your best bet is the $5 per person, one day ticket.
Sponsorship and VIP Packages are also available through the Smokin office at 228-594-3442.
The Edgewater Rotary will handle the food and drinks for Race Village and there will be a live radio broadcast of the races on Sunday, April 27th from noon until 3 p.m. on News Radio 104.9 FM.
Hard Rock Casino will have a VIP viewing area that will sport a uniquely prime spot to watch the straight-a-way part of the course. Similar ticket deals are available for Smokin the Lake May 2-4.
The boats entered are the fastest in the world and you can expect to see various classes where some boats will reach speeds in excess of 200 mph. There will be the traditional Category 5 Shootout on Friday, April 25th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the STS Poker Run on Saturday the 26th. The shootout features Poker-Run style boats competing in radar speed runs and side-by-side racing. The STS Poker Run will showcase recreational vessels on the Mississippi Sound performing for the crowds.
New this year is the additional racing that will be on BOTH Saturday and Sunday to provide even more thrills for the spectators.
So, what’s the difference in Smokin the Sound and Smokin the Lake? It all boils down to different types of boats on different types of courses. The Mississippi Sound will have an oval course perfect for big, offshore racers and the Gulfport Lake will feature drag boat racing.
The one thing that remains the same at both sites is the fact that it’s a recipe for a smoking good time no matter what your vantage point!