Between Matt Trulio’s column a few weeks back featuring reaction to the change in course length adopted by a few top-speed shootout events around the country, including the top-dog Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri, to the program stories I’ve been working on for both the Lake of the Ozarks event (August 26-27) and the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Performance Boat Challenge Shootout (July 13-16) in Oklahoma, I’ve been knee-deep in shootout conversations and I’m pretty amped up because of it.

George Ogden is going to run his E-Ticket Luxury Cat with recently repowered Teague Custom Marine engines at the Desert Storm Poker Run next week.

George Ogden is going to run his E-Ticket Luxury Cat, which was recently repowered with twin 1,100-hp Teague Custom Marine engines, at the Desert Storm Poker Run next week. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

Of course, the Desert Storm Poker Run Shootout that takes place a week from Saturday—the day after the popular Lake Havasu Ariz, City., poker run—is the first one of the year and I’ve spoken with several participants gearing up to run on the one-mile course. From Win Farnsworth’s Low Altitude Mystic Powerboats catamaran, George Ogden in his updated E-Ticket Performance Boats 29 Luxury Cat and a great deal of DCB Performance Boats customers, the field for the only event that didn’t change to a three-quarter-mile course this year is expected to be strong.

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