Tug It 66 and Pump It 540 on the straightaway during theĀ  Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix powerboat races this summer. Officials announced Thursday that the event will return to Atlantic City in 2014.

The Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix will be back next year.

The New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association announced Thursday that the races will be held again off the coast of Atlantic City on June 20-22, 2014.

"We were very pleased with this year's event and we're very excited to be able to come back next year," NJOPRA president Toni Potthoff said Thursday in a phone interview. "We were very happy with everything and so were the racers, sponsors and whole organization."

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With the help of the Atlantic City Alliance, Golden Nugget Atlantic City and GEICO, the event was held in Atlantic City last month for the first time in nearly 25 years and proved to be very popular among the competitors.

Two races were held off the beach, drawing hundreds of fans who watched from Steel Pier and along the boardwalk.

"We thought it would be a tremendous success," Potthoff said. "But it turned out to be even better than we expected."

Like this year, the 2014 event will take place over three days that will begin with the completion of the annual Poker Run, which is a non-competitive race trip from Toms River to Atlantic City in which boats make five stops along the way to pick up cards to compose their poker hand.

The next day, U.S. military veterans and their families will be given the opportunity to ride on a powerboat as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

On race day, more than 40 boats will compete in various classes.

"The race will basically follow the same format, but we're going to be tweaking some things as we go," Potthoff said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to set up more places along the beach for viewing areas."

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