Glenn Kennedy Holy Smoke III Team

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake's biggest boat race will be celebrating its 25th birthday in August.

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has brought racers from around the world to display the limits of speed in vessels ranging from PWCs to catamarans sporting horsepower in the thousands.

Lake Expo focuses its Shootout Spotlights on men and women who have distinguished themselves in recent Shootouts, and who offer the promise of exciting runs this year.

Shootout Spotlight

Name: Glenn Kennedy

Co-racer’s Names: Throttleman – Doug Valentine. Crew Chief – David Pyc

Boat Name: Holy Smoke III

Port of Call: Sarasota, Fla.

Boat make/model:  Outer Limits SLV 43 Carbon Edition

Shootout Race Classification: NV5P2    

Horsepower: 2,150 horsepower

Modifications: None    

Fastest Speed: 125 mph

Notable Races/Wins: Kennedy was the winner of 2012 Shootout NV5P2 Class, Doug Valentine is a three-time World Champion, and David Pyc is a five-time World Champion.

Sponsor(s): International Performance

Business: Chief Operating Officer of World Wide Manufacturing

Family: One daughter, Ali

Describe the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in one word: Exciting!

What do you like about the LOZ Shootout? I like the variety of boats along with the camaraderie of the group of manufacturers that come together for the event.   

What is your racing strategy for the 2013 LOZ Shootout? To make adjustments to the X-dimension and props.

How did you first start racing?  I started out racing sprint cars, moved on to motorcycles, then boats.

What separates boating at Lake of the Ozarks from other destinations? It is very beautiful country and great people!

How does the LOZ Shootout event compare to other races? The safety and general organization is outstanding—from the safety crew to the law enforcement. They all work well together.

Best racing memory? When something didn’t break!

Worst racing memory? When everything breaks! Once the overdrive blew!

What do you do when you're not racing boats? My hobby is racing boats.  

Photo cutline: 2012 Shootout NV5P2 Top Guns throttleman Doug Valentine, from left, driver Glenn Kennedy and crew chief Dave Pyc.

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