The Largest Unsanctioned Powerboat Race in the U.S. Returns to the Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO – The largest and longest-running unsanctioned powerboat race in the country, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, returns to Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 with multiple events leading up to the big race weekend.

There will be lots of high-octane action during the Shootout powerboat races at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill on Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29. American Ethanol is the reigning champion taking home the “Top Gun” title the last six years running.

The high-speed, action-packed main event, which has been hailed as one of the “must-see boating events in the country” by Boating Magazine, takes place at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach with powerboats racing individually to see who can log the fastest speed to be crowned the overall “Top Gun” for 2021.

Throughout the racing weekend of August 28 and 29, the high-octane vessels will top out at speeds of over 200 miles per hour along the race course near the 34.5 mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks at Captain Ron’s. The competitive field features roughly 100 boats competing in over 60 different race divisions, including professional, non-professional and manufacturer classes, among others.

The reigning Shootout champion is American Ethanol, which has won the Top Gun title the last six years running with a winning speed of 202 miles per hour in 2020. Spectators and racers alike will be eager to see if American Ethanol will extend their winning streak and break the long-standing fastest-ever time logged at the Shootout of 244 miles per hour set by the Spirit of Qatar in 2014.

In addition to the boat races that weekend, highlights include acrobatic aerial stunts performed by Brian Correll Air Shows, vendor villages, live music, fundraiser auction and an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

All proceeds raised from the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and its corresponding events are donated to eight Lake-area fire and rescue departments and numerous charitable organizations around the Lake of the Ozarks. In 2020, the Shootout raised $400,000 for the local fire departments and 32 different charities.

Other special events leading up to the Shootout weekend include:


  • “Mini Shootout” remote control boat races at Ha Ha Tonka Spring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton






  • Wishing on a Ride” powerboat rides for the Make a Wish Foundation at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach



For more information on the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and a complete schedule of events, visit

Anyone traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks will find accommodations to fit every style and budget. There are full-service large-scale resorts and smaller family-owned and operated resorts as well as charming bed and breakfasts or comfortable cabins and cottages. There is no shortage of fully furnished vacation rental homes and condominiums. There also is a selection of familiar hotels and motels at the Lake. For those who prefer sleeping under the stars, there are spacious campgrounds and RV parks interspersed throughout the area. For a complete list of accommodations available at the Lake, visit the “Lodging” tab at

Visitors also can learn more about all the fun events, attractions and activities, as well as lodging and dining options available all year at the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” at or by calling the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

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