In a thrilling display of skill and determination, MCON Racing has once again emerged as the undeniable champions, securing a first-place win in the Super Cat class at the Clearwater Nationals! The team showcased their dominance, seizing early leads and navigating the waters with precision. Coming off of our third consecutive national championship title, our sights now set on Key West. Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil are now aiming to achieve back-to-back world champion titles! Continue reading to learn more about the triumph in Clearwater!
With American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series titles on the line at the 14th annual Clearwater Nationals—produced Race World Offshore and presented for the first time this year by XINSURANCE—in Clearwater, Fla., on September 24, the points leaders in virtually every class charged to the front and never looked back. From Super Cat to Bracket 700, the boats that captured the early lead took advantage of the calm conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and ran their preferred line to dominant victories.
In the Super Cat class, owner/throttleman Tyler Miller and driver Myrick Coil in the 38-foot Skater, M CON/Monster Energy didn’t have the lane they wanted, but it didn’t matter when they roared to the lead. They maintained the position at turn one off Pier 60 on the five-mile course along Clearwater Beach and, as the old saying goes, they never looked back.
“As we took off from the start, in the last quarter mile, it started packing some air and we pulled away,” Miller said.
The M CON team’s performance locked down its second Super Cat national championship in as many years. Next stop is Key West, Fla., in early November where Miller and Coil hope to become back-to-back world champions.
“We are super-pumped to have won the 2023 national championship,” Miller said. “The season was full of highs and lows and action-packed racing.
“We woke up this morning and started our game plan and discussing strategies for the upcoming world championships in Key West,” he continued. “We’re looking forward to defending the title against a very talented and stacked group of Super Cats.”
Just under 60 boats made the trek to Clearwater for the final race of the 2023 APBA offshore season. For some classes, the national championship was already decided, but for others, this event would decide the title.
In the Super Cat points chase, M CON/Monster Energy had a lead over Grant Bruggemann and owner Wayne Valder in their 40-foot MTI, Valder Yachts/Pro Floors Racing, but at the last minute, the popular Kiwi/Aussie combo withdrew from the event citing much needed engine preparation for the upcoming Race World Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla.
This left five boats in the Super Cat class and the defending champs as the team to beat, but Graydel, which had been dominant in rough water, found some calm-water speed recently.