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13 Top Guns From The 2017 Shootout [LIST & PHOTOS]

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13 Top Guns From The 2017 Shootout [LIST & PHOTOS]

Because powerboats feature more shapes and sizes than you’ll find in a Missouri hailstorm, there are dozens of different race categories at the Shootout, designated by a string of letters and numbers indicating the boat style (v-bottom, catamaran, pontoon, PWC, etc), whether the driver is a professional or non-professional racer, and even whether the boat is “stock” or custom-powered.

The biggest winners of the weekend are collectively called “top guns,” with the ultimate “Top Gun” title being handed to the absolute fastest boat of that year's Shootout. At the 2017 Shootout, there were 13 top gun categories. Those racers hit dizzying speeds on the inaugural 3/4-mile course (up until 2017, the course had been 1 mile, but it was shortened for safety reasons, which means the opportunity for new speed records).

If you’re a fan, these are the ones to watch for this year. If you’re a racer, these are the ones to beat.

2017 Top Guns By Category 

American Ethanol

Shootout Top Gun

Tony Battiato - Driver

John Cosker - Throttleman

Don Onken - Owner

American Ethanol

204 mph

CMS #3 Open-Cockpit

Manufacturer Cat

Bob Bull - Driver

Randy Scism - Throttleman

MTI

175 mph

CMS #3

Professional Cat

Bob Bull - Driver

Randy Scism - Throttleman

CMS

177 mph

Vern Gilbert

Non-Professional Cat

Vern Gilbert

Predator

182 mph

Vinnie & Cazzo

Manufacturer V

Vinnie Diorio

Cazzo Veloce

141 mph

Factory Billet

Professional V

Jim Schultz

Factory Billet

161 mph

Dennis & Jason Parvey in Black Thunder

Non-Professional V

Dennis Parvey - Driver

Jason Parvey - Throttleman

Black Thunder

161 mph

Tooned In Two

Pontoon Division

Brad Rowland

Tooned In II

110 mph

Steve Lee

PWC Division

Steve Lee

83 mph

Big Thunder Center Console

Center Console

Jeremy Anderson

Big Thunder Marine

86mph

Brent McCormick

Bravo V

Brent McCormick

Big Show

101 mph

Scott York

Bravo Cat

Scott York

RDC Racing

127 mph

Allen Lawn Care

Single V

Andrei Allen

Allen Lawn Care

96mph

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Good luck to all Shootout racers this weekend!

Shootout Top Gun Collage
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