Preparations are being made for 2011 Smokin' the Sound

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi's southern hospitality is bringing powerboat racers back for yet another weekend of Smokin' the Sound. This year you will be able to see the high speed boats race four times in one weekend.

Spectators will see speeds topping 200 miles per hour along this part of the race track that will send chill bumps down their spine

Woody Bailey said, "We do have some that can really turn up some numbers they can really turn it on down those straight aways. So, we'll see what they can do this year."

High powered boats will be smokin the sound in May. Executive Director for this year's event Woody Bailey said it will be the first major event to attract tourists to the coast for the summer season. Bailey said each year the crowd continues to grow along the I-10 corridor.

"So typically we are trying to get people from out of town here to stay in our hotels and to enjoy the gulf coast restaurants and what we have to offer. So we are looking for this event to bring an economic impact," said Bailey.

Bailey said the event has hit a home run with city officials up and down the coast this year.

Bailey said, "We're excited this year, too, because we are including all three coastal counties with the poker run. There will be a stop in Jackson County, a stop in Hancock County, as well as stops in Harrison County."

High speed racing will differ from years in the past. You will be able to see a new class of boats start their engines.

Bailey said, "P1 USA. It's a class that's been running in Europe, and it's debuting at our race this year. So we're excited about that. It's a 28-foot boat with 250 horse power outboard."

Spectators can buy wrist bands to watch from premium viewing areas such as the tops of casino parking lots. Which also gets you in Race Village where you can see the boats up close and personal.

Smokin the Sound will be held May 12-15th. And following that is Smokin the Lake which will be held May 20 - 22nd at Gulfport Lake.

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