Smokin' The Sound wraps up 10th year of high speed racing

Spectators look on from the Golden Nugget parking garage
Spectators look on from the Golden Nugget parking garage

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you were out and about in Biloxi on Sunday, you may have noticed the large crowds and the colorful boats taking over the coastline. The speed boats wrapped up a final day at the races for the 10th annual Smokin' the Sound.

The day started at 9 a.m. when the Race Village opened for the public to view the boats and interact with teams. Then, the races kicked off at noon and lasted until 5 p.m. For co-producer of Smokin' the Sound, Rusty David, the day couldn't have turned out better.

"I think it was definitely a success. The weather cooperated, the crowds were out on the beach and in the parking garage," said David.

This marks 10 years since the races started back in 2004. David said he has been on board since the beginning.

"Been here since day one, and Woody Bailey and I are co-producers of this race. We're excited about it," said David.

Bailey shared the excitement. He's the Executive Director of Smokin' the Sound. His hopes include another 10 years of races for the Coast.

"We've had a pretty good run, so we're going to keep going as long as we can go, so we're looking forward to it," said Bailey.

The races brought in almost 50 different boats, and offered a purse of $75,000 which is the biggest yet. The boats raced in four different classes, with about eight boats in the fastest class, including world championship team Miss Geico. The Miss Geico boat can reach top speeds of 190 mph.

The winner of the biggest prize in the Open Class at $18,000 was SOS Venezuela. Even though the awards ceremony was Sunday night, ending the event, the Smokin' the Sound team isn't done yet.

They're gearing up for another couple of days of fun on May 2 through May 4, for Smokin' the Lake in Gulfport. Boat crews will be invited to drag race against each other at Gulfport Lake just south of Seaway Road.

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