by Janet Dabbs – LakeExpo.com
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — An annual crowd-favorite at the Shootout,Kenny Mungle has confirmed he will not be racing his catamaran Gone Again in the 2016 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
Mungle says the 32 ft. 1991 Douglas Marine Skater was damaged in July while racing in the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees (GLOC) Performance Boat Challenge Shootout in Oklahoma.
“We had fuel delivery issues and Gone Again’s engines are torn down and getting diagnosed by Mike D’Annibelle at Sterling Performance in Milford, Mich.,” Mungle said.
He lamented the mechanical issue had knocked him out of the Lake of the Ozarks event: “We are disappointed we are not going to be able to make it to granddaddy of all Shootouts!”
Mungle and throttleman Michael Lee Lockwood were unable to finish the GLOC Shootout after their fuel filter clogged, causing it to run lean and starve the engine. “We heard a pop!” Mungle recalled. That explosion bent the rotors in the blower and blew out the inner cooler.
When asked how much it was going to cost to fix, Mungle’s only answer was a laugh.
His fans were thrilled with Gone Again’s record breaking 190 mph run that earned the little boat from Texas the ultimate distinguishing moniker; “The Fastest 32 ft. Skater in the World!”
And a drag-race between Mungle in Gone Again and Randy Kent in Speed Racer at the 2015 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout was a race highlight, although Speed Racer walked away with the bragging rights.
Mungle and Lockwood have won multiple championships, including the 2015 inaugural Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, GLOC, Shootout, the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Outlaw Challenge and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in the Professional Cat category.
“The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is my target every year. I want to be sure I make that event,” Mungle said.
He said there are a few people who might be happy he’s not here: his competition, Garth Tagge and his 36-Skater Cat powered by twin 1,500 Smith Power engines (he did 188 mph last month at GLOC), Summer Richardson’s in her Dial 911 Skater, and Win Farnsworth in his 200+ mph turbine powered Mystic Powerboat. “They better enjoy it while I am not there, because they will see me next year!” Mungle challenged. He has plans to have Gone Again ready to race in the Desert Storm Shootout in Lake Havasu City, Ariz, in May 2017.
“We are pretty bummed we won’t be at the Shootout. There is a long resume of some major heavy hitters that are going to be there. It is the ‘home lake’ for racing greats like Dave Scott and MTI,” Mungle enthused.
“It is the longest running Shootout, where the fastest boats go to lay down the big numbers. And since Captain Ron’s has taken over, the race is superbly organized and you couldn’t ask for any better hospitality. Some of the nicest marine hardware in the country shows up there at the LOZ and they put on the best race anywhere.”
To keep up with Mungle and Gone Again check out their Facebook page or go to teamgoneagain.com.
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