Speed Shootout Will be Family Affair for Janssen

More than a month away, this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout August 23-29 is looking to be another classic speed battle on the liquid mile. Already committed to being there is local favorite Dave Scott, who took Top Gun honors last year for his 19...

22nd July 2010.
By Matt Trulio

More than a month away, this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout August 23-29 is looking to be another classic speed battle on the liquid mile. Already committed to being there is local favorite Dave Scott, who took Top Gun honors last year for his 196-mph run in Nauti Marine, a 50-foot Mystic catamaran.

On the V-bottom front, Michael “Doc” Janssen will return with Saratoga Stampede, a 42-foot-long Fountain recently re-powered with Mercury Racing 1025/1200 engines, to defend his 2009 Top Gun V-bottom title. Janssen earned the honor last year with a top speed of 136 mph.

“We are going to push the envelope for Top Gun V-bottom,” said Janssen.

But Janssen isn’t limiting his efforts to one class at the Missouri event. In fact, he’s bringing two more boats: Taz, a 47-foot-long Fountain with twin Mercury Racing 1075SCI engines and Watch Your Back, a 30-foot-long Fountain with a Mercury Racing 525EFI engine. What’s more, his son, Brian, daugher, Madisen and Brian Forehand (from Fountain Powerboats) will help him with the piloting duties.

“We’re looking for Top Gun and three class winners in 2010,” said Janssen.


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