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Drivers test out their engines at Smokin the Sound

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 6th Annual Smokin the Sound began Saturday. Thousands of people watched as drivers tested out their engines.

Jimmy Winters said, "Tell 'em back it up, the boss is here, we're winning the race."

Owner and driver of the Pro Cat 750 series Jimmy Winter is fairly new to the game. He and his team began racing together about three years ago.

"Nascar on water, that's what they say. You have your favorites. The fans have their favorite boats, and it's really something to see," said Jimmy Winters.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said, "This is as close as anyone will be able to get to these race boats because of the way this sound is set up. They'll be right on top of the thunder."

Executive Director of Smokin the Sound, Woody Bailey, said Biloxi has a unique venue for off shore racing that brings in thousands of fans.                

"We have basically stadium seating. The proximity of the parking garages of all the casinos, the beaches and all the fans get the chance to feel that rush that some of those races feel while behind the wheel," said Bailey.

Lt. Governor Phil Bryant is an avid fan of the sport and said he wants everyone to know the coast is open for business despite the oil crisis.

"It's about the fun, the sun, racing and the economic impact for Mississippi here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

Bailey said an actual study has not been done on exactly how much money the event brings in, but Bailey has worked with local universities and said officials believe it brings anywhere from $3 to $5 million ever year. 

"Economic impact is what we're doing here. This is fun. This is a fun event, but the economy is our focus. And that's why were doing that," said Bailey.

Smokin the Sound officials estimate the event will bring out 100,000 people between the two days. 

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