Organizers Prepare To "Smoke The Sound" - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/20/05

Organizers Prepare To "Smoke The Sound"

"Once you've seen these races, it's unbelievable. It raises the hair on your arms. You feel the roar. It's no way to describe it other than to experience it," said Smokin' The Sound co-producer Gene Oswalt.

And it is that experience Oswalt as well as hundreds of avid boat racing fans are gearing up for.

"We're excited. We're gonna have more boats this year. Last year, we went with 30, 34 boats. This year, we're gonna have 40, if not more.We've added a new category- Off Shore Super Series Out Board. The first lady is coming back this year," said Oswalt.

And while the 5-day event is fun, it can also be dangerous as spectators witnessed last year when boat driver Randy Linebach of Michigan lost his life while testing his speed boat out on the water.

A sportsmanship award in Linebach's name will be presented this year to a deserving racer.

Oswalt says extreme safety precautions will be taken this year.

"These drivers know there's a certain degree of risk involved and our thoughts are still with the family, you know, not to minimize it but basically we take every precaution possible," said Oswalt.

And what keeps the Offshore Super Series Powerboat Racing Association coming back to Biloxi?

"Great race course between Deer Island and Casino Row. They love the fact that their racing in calm water and then get out into exposed water as well so they have a couple of different type of water to race in. They love the fact that we have all the different hotels and what not, scenic parking garages so it's almost like stadium racing for them," said Oswalt.

So with that being said, let the races begin.

Smokin' The Sound will hit the Mississippi Sound April 20 through 24.

By Karla Redditte

  • NEWSMore>>

  • SWAT team surrounds Gulfport home, armed person inside

    SWAT team surrounds Gulfport home, armed person inside

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-06-19 20:29:08 GMT
    Police in Gulfport are responding to reports of a person armed inside their home. (Photo Source: WLOX)Police in Gulfport are responding to reports of a person armed inside their home. (Photo Source: WLOX)
    Police in Gulfport are responding to reports of a person armed inside their home. (Photo Source: WLOX)Police in Gulfport are responding to reports of a person armed inside their home. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    Gulfport residents are concerned with the the presence of police officers and SWAT teams in a Gulfport neighborhood is causing concern for residents. 

    More >>

    Gulfport residents are concerned with the the presence of police officers and SWAT teams in a Gulfport neighborhood is causing concern for residents. 

    More >>
  • Ocean Springs named one of "Coolest Small Towns" in U.S.

    Ocean Springs named one of "Coolest Small Towns" in U.S.

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:54 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:54:41 GMT
    Budget Travel named Ocean Springs as one of the coolest small towns in America. (Photo Source: WLOX)Budget Travel named Ocean Springs as one of the coolest small towns in America. (Photo Source: WLOX)
    Budget Travel named Ocean Springs as one of the coolest small towns in America. (Photo Source: WLOX)Budget Travel named Ocean Springs as one of the coolest small towns in America. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    Ocean Springs made Budget Travel's list of the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America 2018."

    More >>

    Ocean Springs made Budget Travel's list of the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America 2018."

    More >>
  • Moss Point dog surrendered after Facebook outcry

    Moss Point dog surrendered after Facebook outcry

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:01 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:01:09 GMT
    On the left is Annie, shown at the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday morning. To the right is the picture posted to Facebook by a concerned resident Tuesday night. (Photo source: Facebook)On the left is Annie, shown at the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday morning. To the right is the picture posted to Facebook by a concerned resident Tuesday night. (Photo source: Facebook)
    On the left is Annie, shown at the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday morning. To the right is the picture posted to Facebook by a concerned resident Tuesday night. (Photo source: Facebook)On the left is Annie, shown at the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday morning. To the right is the picture posted to Facebook by a concerned resident Tuesday night. (Photo source: Facebook)

    Community concern over the health of a dog in Moss Point led the owners to surrender their pet to the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday. And workers at the shelter are optimistic she will recover and be fine. 

    More >>

    Community concern over the health of a dog in Moss Point led the owners to surrender their pet to the Jackson County Animal Shelter Tuesday. And workers at the shelter are optimistic she will recover and be fine. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly