There are many new additions to offshore racing this season and for a multitude of reasons. There’s no better feeling than racing in a new race boat as Johnny Tomlinson, TNT co-owner and professional offshore racer, has experienced. Tomlinson will be in the seat of a new MTI 390XR raceboat this season as the boat debuted on the racecourse in 2021 has been sold. Continue reading more below to learn about the 450R Factory Stock Class entries for 2022!
Iowa-based performance boater Randy Keys has been around boats most of his life but his passion for go-fast boats began more recently and is about to reach another level all because his friend—Bill Allen, the owner of the Team Allen Lawn Care And Landscaping Super Stock-class raceboat—gave him a ride in the S-17 canopied Doug Wright catamaran almost two years ago back on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.
The former owner of a Wright Performance Powerboats 360 catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines that he picked up after taking that ride with Allen and ran up to 106 mph in last year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, Keys recently purchased the first MTI 390XR raceboat, which was campaigned in the 2021 class exhibition season by driver Taylor Scism and throttleman John Tomlinson. Scism, client relations manager for the Wentzville, Mo.-based MTI, and Tomlinson, co-owner of TNT Custom Marine in Miami, are going to be racing in a new boat that is expected to be finished before the season opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in May.
Keys, who is president and owner of Schaal Heating & Cooling, the award-winning HVAC contractor based in Des Moines that is the primary team sponsor, is planning to race the 39-foot MTI alongside Allen, the world champion throttleman who is going to pull double-duty at most races with talented driver Cody McDowell in the extremely competitive Super Stock class.