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We regret to announce the cancellation of the Marble Falls Lakefest event.

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series and the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce have been involved in discussions regarding this National Series event; however neither party were able to reach a mutually-acceptable agreement.

We are considering many venue options for a replacement event, and expect the location and dates to be announced shortly.

2018 Race Schedule & Rule Changes Officially Released

2018 Purse & Payout Announcement

The Lucas Oil Dragboat Racing Series announced today a total revision of the purse and payout structure, as well as event registration modifications.

In order to continue to promote the series at the highest level, it has become necessary to eliminate costly and non-funded incentive programs, such as “Winner’s Circle” and “Tow Pro” monies that were offered to specific classes under certain circumstances. Those who have pre-paid for the Diamond Club will receive a full refund. Payout will consist solely of the announced purse, which has been increased substantially! We are excited to announce that racers will be competing for a share of $100,000 per event! The payout for all classes is listed here.

Event registration incentives have also changed for 2018. Fees will not increase; however, the program has been modified to be more consistent with other racing series’ and organizations.

Pro Classes will receive, with their paid entry, a total of 6 (six) crew bands, one car pass, and one golf cart pass. Pro Class entries may purchase, at a discounted rate, up to 10 (ten) additional crew bands, plus one additional car pass and one additional cart pass.

Sportsman Classes will receive, with their paid entry, a total of 4 (four) crew bands, one car pass, and one golf cart pass. Pro Class entries may purchase, at a discounted rate, up to 6 (six) additional crew bands, plus one additional car pass and one additional cart pass.

Please direct questions to Paul Hosler at, or by calling (800) 342-2512.

ATTENTION RACERS: 2018 Racing Season

Ken and Patti Dollar, who have served as Director and Administrator of the Drag Boat Racing Series for the past 8 years; have announced their retirements, effective immediately. We thank them for their dedication, hard work and loyalty in building and maintaining a great program.

Paul Hosler, the Lucas Oil Products Safety & Regulatory Compliance Director and former National Drag Boat Rescue Director, has been appointed to administer the series. Racers are encouraged to call Paul Hosler or Bob Patison for answers to series-related questions or issues. Both can be reached at the Corporate Office at 800-342-2512.

Please be assured that Forrest Lucas and all of us here at Lucas Oil Products, Inc. are fully-committed to the Drag Boat Racing Series and its continued success. We are working non-stop with our partners at the National Jet Boat Association (NJBA) on 2018’s first National Series event in Bakersfield this coming April. This promises to be one of, if not the, largest drag boat races in decades. We hope to see you there!

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Bryan Sanders in Nitrochondriac
Bryan Sanders in "Nitrochondriac"
Photo by Marty Reger

Top Qualifiers include Mike De Clark, Tony Scarlata, Gary Bauer, and Tyler Speer

PARKER, Ariz. (April 14) - Fresh off a record-setting weekend a fortnight ago in Phoenix, Bryan Sanders remains the king of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series after qualifying Tommy Thompson's "Nitrochondriac" Top Fuel Hydro boat atop the Colorado River Challenge elimination ladder with a steady pass of 3.488 seconds at 252.3 mph.

Mike De Clark (Top Alcohol Hydro), Tony Scarlata (Top Alcohol Flat), Gary Bauer (Pro Mod), and Tyler Speer (Pro Outlaw) also impressed the appreciative crowd lining the Colorado River in front of the Blue Water Casino, putting their vessels in the No. 1 slots of their respective categories.

Just as it was in Phoenix when he set a world record of 268.40 mph, Sanders has been the star of the race so far. As usual, the understated Texan seemed nonplussed by his success.

"That was a pretty good run," Sanders said. "It's a little windy out there but the boat's performing perfect. It was a good pass for us. We're happy with it.

"I ran the inside lane both times. The first pass was smooth as glass. The water was good. The last pass, the wind picked up a little bit and it got a choppy at the big end but all-in-all it was a good day."

Mike Robbins' "Nitro Nuts" boat was second best in Top Fuel Hydro with an early-shutoff pass of 3.904 at 174.10 mph.

Owner/driver De Clark led Top Alcohol Hydro with a 4.409 at 201.40 mph in "Little White Lie."

"We started out the day with a soft tune-up," De Clark said. "We went out and ran a 4.42 (in Q1) and we were kind of happy with that. Then we came back out and put a little more to her, and she ran a 4.40 and put us No. 1, so overall it was a good day. It wasn't a great day but it a good day. If we were in the 4.30s, then we're having a great day.

"We have a first-round bye so we're thinking we might change some things; then again we might not. It depends on how the day starts out. If there's no wind, we might just throw the kitchen sink out and see how she does. I'll never tell anyone exactly what I'm doing. They'll have to see for themselves tomorrow."

Scarlata piloted "Shazam" to the No. 1 spot for the second race in a row to front Top Alcohol Flat. Scarlata was happy with his 5.212-second, 154.30-mph run, but gave props to the No. 2 qualifier, Bill Miller, who went 5.297 at 150.32 mph.

"There's a really steady seven-boat field so we are pleased to be No. 1," Scarlata said. "Actually, a very impressive run was made by Bill Miller and 'Party To The Max' crew. Those guys ran a 5.29, which is hugely impressive. He did a good job of driving. We will have a first-round bye but seeing Bill we're not going to sit back on our haunches. We are going to test this thing and make sure everything is perfect."

Second-place Miller was pleased with his group's effort.

"On the first pass we just slipped the new prop too much and it made the boat real hard to drive," Miller said. "With only two qualifying rounds, we tried a different prop and went out there and ran perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better boat.

"It's a great come back from the last time we were here when we crashed. And in the first round in Phoenix this year, the boat wouldn't start on the line. We are always counting championship points so that was a big kick in the stomach to not even get the boat started. We'd like to have a better day tomorrow, for sure."

Bauer has a moderate grip on the Pro Mod pole after a 7.012 at 171.57 mph, ahead of Phoenix winner Shawn Reed's 7.035 at 168.89 mph. Pro Mod 's are not allowed to run quicker than seven seconds.

Another Phoenix titlist, Tyler Speer, is tops in Pro Outlaw with a 5.413 at 171.69 mph.

"So far we've been pretty good this year," Speer said. "We were okay in Phoenix but we're using a new motor and a new blower package. We really felt we had to pick it up three tenths (of a second) so we came here and rolled the dice a little bit first pass and right off the trailer it ran a 5.41, so we couldn't be happier."

Sportsman class top qualifiers include Tom Wedic in Pro Eliminator, Sam Nasise in Quick Eliminator, Garrett Breistig in Top Eliminator, Dan Blayney in Modified Eliminator, Tanya Scribner in Stock Eliminator, Randy Melvin in River Racer, and Brittney Hegemann in Personal Watercraft.

Problem child driven by Daryl Ehrlich
"Problem child" driven by Daryl Ehrlich


Flat Confused piloted by Joe Martin and Abracadabra driven by Bob Prigmore
"Flat Confused" piloted by Joe Martin and "Abracadabra" driven by Bob Prigmore


Pro Mod Can't Touch This driven by Shelby Ebert
Pro Mod "Can't Touch This" driven by Shelby Ebert

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