World championship racing returns to MC
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — World championship boat racing will return to Morgan City Saturday and Sunday as Deep South Racing’s “Battle on the Basin,” its ¼-mile and 1/8-mile outboard Drag Boat Racing World Championships, will be held at Russo’s Landing in Morgan City.
Racing will be held Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. until dusk, while on Sunday, the first races will begin between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and also continue until dusk.
Race promoter Marvin Catrett said he expects about 60 to 70 boats at the event. They will compete in seven classes: Performance Bass and Ski, Lake Racer, Super Stock, Pro Stock, 1400 Mod, Pro Gas and Outlaw.
In addition to Louisiana boats, others will come from states such as Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, as well as Arkansas and South Carolina.
Catrett said fans can expect “some of the best boat racing you’ll ever see in your life.”
He said the boats will run anywhere from 90 mph to 120 mph with the Performance Bass and Ski class running around 90 mph and the Outlaw class hitting 120 mph.
Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for those ages 5 to 12 and admission is free to those under age 5.
Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be sold onsite, while patrons can bring ice chests and alcohol, said Linda Crappell, treasurer of the Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department.
Event proceeds will go to the Morgan City Volunteer Fire Department, Catrett said.
Locally, quite a few racers will participate, including Catrett’s son, Todd Catrett, who races in the Super Stock and Pro Stock classes. Marvin Catrett said his son has gone undefeated in those two classes the last two years.
Other local racers include Paul Gautreaux of Pierre Part (1400 mod), Josh Broussard of Stephensville (Performance Bass and Ski), Taylor Crabtree of Florida, who is sponsored locally (Lake Racer), Craig Walker of Patterson (Pro Gas), Ivan Ray of Patterson (1400 mod), Oren St. Marie of Donner (Performance Bass and Ski), Randy Tisdale of Amelia (possible runner in Pro Stock), Corey Melancon of Morgan City (Super Stock) and Blake Melancon of Belle River (Super Stock). Blake Melancon is Corey Melancon’s nephew.
All boats will run the quarter mile track except the Pro Gas and Outlaw classes, who will race in the 1/8-mile track.
Competitors will be racing for world championships in every class and high-points championships in nearly every class, Marvin Catrett said.
Todd Catrett already has won the Super Stock and Pro Stock high-points titles, Marvin Catrett said.
While the points champion will be based on points earned at this race as well as the four others on the racing circuit, the world champion will be determined by whoever wins the finals at this weekend’s event.