Although the team didn't reach its 200-plus-mph goal, Don Onken's American Ethanol Mystic still won its seventh straight overall Top Gun title at the 33rd annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri. Photos by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

2021 Lake Of The Ozarks Shootout Wrap-Up: Under 200 But Up To Par

Written by Jason Johnson and Matt Trulio

During the past 10 years, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout fans have come to expect at least one 200-plus-mph performance. American Ethanol, a 51-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran driven by Tony Battiato and throttled by company owner John Cosker, had gone seven for seven with such performances since 2014-the same year the Spirit of Qatar Mystic cat reached an untouchable 244 mph on the then mile-long course at the annual Central Missouri event.

But it wasn't to be this year. On Saturday, Battiato and Cosker led off with a slow-pokey, at least for them, 175-mph run on the three-quarter-mile course. The longtime cockpit duo followed that up with 180- and 184-mph passes before the course closed for the day, and vowed to return on Sunday.

And return they did with a top speed on their first pass of 190 mph. That run cost them a blower belt on one of their four piston engines that combine to a total output of 12,000-plus hp, but they replaced the belt and headed back out. About an hour before the course closed, Cosker and Battiato ran the 51-footer to 194 mph, enough for overall Top Gun honors but still shy of the 200-mph club of which they are charter members.

"We were working with a sick motor all weekend but we made the best of it," Cosker said. "I am happy for Don (Onken, the boat's owner)-it's American Ethanol's seventh overall Top Gun win in a row."

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