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Mr. Drag Boat Racing Tommy Thompson a big part of Haas Memorial, which wraps up Sunday

Wheatland, Missouri (June 11, 2016) - Tommy Thompson has been climbing behind the wheel of a drag boat for 34 years, but his impact on the sport goes well beyond driving.

"He is probably Mr. Drag Boat Racing," said Scott Palmer, the veteran NHRA Top Fuel drag racer who is campaigning Liquid Voodoo in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series for a second straight year.

Thompson, 72, owns a boat in each of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series' five pro divisions. He also helps at least 10 other boat teams with support, financial or parts.

The Thompson Motorsports fast fleet is out in force at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend, where the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic wraps up on Sunday with eliminations. Action begins at 9 a.m. with final eliminations at approximately 3 p.m.

Nitrochondriac, owned by Thompson and driven by Bryan Sanders, tops qualifying in the Top Fuel division headed into the final day. Nitrochondriac had a time of 3.586 and speed of 245 miles-per-hour on Saturday at "Lake Lucas."

The No. 2 qualifier in the Top Fuel division is Spirit of Texas at 3.587.

Thompson, a Tulsa businessman, loves the sport of drag boat racing and has backed up that love with his financial support. He often reaches out to help those outside his own teams to help pump necessary life into the sport.

"We need boats, we need the players," Thompson said. "Money's tough right now for a lot of the guys. Without a little bit of help, they couldn't run.

"Forrest Lucas has done a lot for the sport. Without him, it wouldn't be here today. But he can only do so much. Without a little help in the background, our sport would die."

Thompson added that drag boat racing "is a great sport. But it is an expensive sport."

One that Thompson quickly became fascinated by after attending some drag boat races near his native Tulsa some 40 years ago.

"I've always been fascinated by water," Thompson said. "I don't like being in it, but I like being on it. Used to watch them drag race (boats) in the mid-70s. I said, 'One day, I'm gonna do that.' I set my sights on it. I've been lucky. God has blessed me."

Thompson said more man-made drag-boat facilities, like the one Lucas built in Wheatland, is one of the keys to the sport's future.

"I really believe if we can build the sport and add a few boats and keep the guys excited about it ... you'll see some of the other race tracks that has room add a water feature," Thompson said. "This is what it's gonna take to make this sport."

The event honors the memory of John Haas, the four-time World Champion in Top Fuel Hydro who lost his life in a 2010 qualifying accident in Oklahoma.

Ticket prices for Sunday's event: Sunday, June 12
  • Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
  • Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
  • Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
  • Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
  • Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
5th annual John Haas Memorial Qualifying
Count Racer Dial in (margin) ET MPH R/T Date/Time
TOP FUEL HYDRO 1 246L NITROCHONDRIAC -- BRYAN SANDERS, HOUSTON, 3.5860 245.258 Yes 06/11/16 14:31
2 807L MAVTV SPIRIT OF TEXAS -- SCOTT LUMBERT, CREAL 3.5870 249.750 Yes 06/11/16 10:51
3 5L E3/SAFETY KLEEN WHIS -- LEE WARREN, WICHITA 3.9120 189.394 Yes 06/11/16 10:46
4 712L PROBLEM CHILD -- DARYL EHRLICH, ROUND ROCK, 11.301 22.849 Yes 06/11/16 10:40
5 5050L LIQUID VOODOO/LUCAS -- SCOTT COMPTON, .00000 0.000 Yes 01/01/01 00:00
6 131S SHOCKWAVE -- TYLER SPEER, WOODSTOCK, GA .00000 0.000 Yes 01/01/01 00:00
TOP ALCOHOL FLAT 1 076L HABIT FORMING -- DON BAUSHER, LAS VEGAS, NV 5.1730 158.562 Yes 06/10/16 11:35
2 0556S PARTY TO THE MAX -- BILL MILLER, TAYLOR, TX 5.4280 149.194 Yes 06/11/16 13:52
3 339L SHAZAM -- TONY SCARLATA, PERRIS, CA 5.4800 150.180 Yes 06/11/16 11:24
4 737S THE OKLAHOMAN -- RANDY BALL, SHAWNEE, OK 5.5540 150.512 Yes 06/11/16 11:18
5 253L SPIRIT OF AMERICA -- SPIKE GORR, LAKE HAVASU 5.6650 144.148 Yes 06/11/16 13:56
6 556L WAR PARTY -- BILL DIEZ, BULLHEAD CITY, AZ 5.7070 143.541 Yes 06/10/16 14:45
7 217S THE FLYING DUTCHMAN -- RONNIE HAYS, 6.3010 131.372 Yes 06/11/16 11:26
TOP ALCOHOL HYDRO 1 542L UNTOUCHABLE -- STEVE STREETER, 4.3510 206.612 Yes 06/10/16 14:32
2 537L LITTLE WHITE LIE -- MIKE DE CLARK, ANAHEIM, CA 4.4240 198.203 Yes 06/11/16 11:00
3 150S TOTAL KAOS -- RICK ALLEN, FT. SMITH, AR 4.5090 273.823 Yes 06/10/16 14:22
4 066L SHORT FUSE -- TRAVIS TUTLE, RIO VISTA, Tx 4.5890 193.698 Yes 06/11/16 10:56
5 151S BAD MOON RISING -- DALE RIGGS, TROUP, TX 4.6280 192.061 Yes 06/10/16 14:27
MODIFIED ELIMINATOR 1 437K BAD INFLUENCE -- JEREMY SCHMIDT, SMITHTON, 10.005 98.793 Yes 06/10/16 12:02
2 321K THA BOUNTY HUNTER -- MIKE EDMONDSON, 10.011 103.448 Yes 06/11/16 12:14
3 941K KRAZY KRACKER -- BILL MILES, IMPERIAL, MO 10.014 106.132 Yes 06/11/16 12:15
4 088L AIN'T SCARED -- GREG CARR, SCHLATER, MS 10.031 97.826 Yes 06/11/16 09:35
5 33K SMOKIN JOE -- JOE PEROCESCHI, UNION GROVE, 10.056 112.641 Yes 06/11/16 12:12
6 493K BAD TO THE BONE -- TYLER SALSMAN, CALHOUN, 10.098 108.959 Yes 06/10/16 11:59
7 187L DRIVER: . -- GARRETT FARNSWORTH, BONNOTS MILL, MO 10.115 106.888 Yes 06/11/16 12:15
8 2001L GONE BALLISTIC -- THURL HOWARD, LEETON, MO 10.171 103.211 Yes 06/10/16 12:01
9 053K GHOST RIDER -- TERRY OLSON, RICHMOND, KY 10.570 95.238 Yes 06/10/16 09:31
10 178L PURPLE KNIGHT -- BLAINE FESSLER, KANSAS
PRO ELIMINATOR 1 937K JUST ANOTHER QUICKIE -- DAVID SCHMIDT, 8.0060 136.157 Yes 06/10/16 09:55
2 269M CRAZY TRAIN -- TIM CONNELLY, ST. ANN, MO 8.0130 142.857 Yes 06/11/16 12:35
3 508L HOT SHOT -- DAVE LIPINSKI, MADERA, CA 8.0150 141.509 Yes 06/10/16 09:54
4 0494K CALCULATED RISK -- RICK CONKLIN, OTTAWA, IL 8.0300 144.231 Yes 06/10/16 09:55
5 073K MOTORVATION -- JEFF SCHALLER, QUINCY, IL 8.0570 148.760 Yes 06/11/16 09:52
6 357M ON THE EDGE -- DARYL BUSBY, ST. LOUIS, MO 8.1270 145.867 Yes 06/10/16 09:50
7 739L FUELISH PLEASEURE -- RICHARD TIPPETT JR, 8.1470 127.479 Yes 06/10/16 09:57
8 326L FUELIN AROUND -- JOHN IVANCIK, LUSBY, MD 11.714 38.793 Yes 06/11/16 09:56
PRO MOD 1 103L WILDFIRE -- ROBERT LEAS, CLIMAX SPRINGS, MO 7.0080 172.745 Yes 06/11/16 14:52
2 605S BUSTED KNUCKLES -- COLE ALLEN, FORT SMITH,, 7.0110 168.539 Yes 06/11/16 15:04
3 593L FIST FULL OF DOLLARS -- KEVIN HELM, MOORE, OK 7.0140 169.173 Yes 06/10/16 12:52
4 697L HILLBILLY XPRESS -- JIMMY BOOHER, ROGERS, AR 7.0170 169.492 Yes 06/11/16 11:31
5 410K CLIMAX -- TYLER SPEER, WOODSTOCK, GA 7.0350 170.132 Yes 06/11/16 11:45
6 518L ANOTHER SPLIT DECISI -- CASEY BEAL, 7.0520 169.173 Yes 06/11/16 11:42
7 111L JUST ONE MORE -- MIKE LAMB, GREENFIELD, IA 7.2800 157.618 Yes 06/11/16 11:42
8 326S CAN'T TOUCH THIS -- SHELBY EBERT, WAMEGO, 7.2910 167.910 Yes 06/10/16 10:16
9 881S DRIVER: LIVIN THA DREAM -- MARTY LOGAN, MIDLOTHIAN, 7.3120 164.234 Yes 06/10/16 12:48
10 1967L ANIMAL -- KEITH FUNK, CHANDLER, AZ 7.5850 157.343 No 06/10/16 10:20
PRO OUTLAW 1 765L WHISKY TANGO FOXTROT -- GUS WARD, Sonora, 5.4060 165.490 Yes 06/10/16 13:25
2 028L DESPERADO -- TOM BRASHER, OSAGE BEACH, MO 5.4200 169.607 Yes 06/11/16 13:37
3 777L REAL BAD BOY -- ERIC DEMENT, SAN ANTONIO, TX 5.4330 166.704 Yes 06/11/16 13:42
4 501L ALKA-HAULER -- JIM RICHARDS, SILOAM SPRINGS, 5.4490 172.612 Yes 06/10/16 11:16
5 711M DIRTY DUCK -- SLUG HEFNER, POPLAR BLUFF, MO 5.4500 164.690 Yes 06/11/16 10:28
6 245L A FEW DOLLARS MORE -- TOMMY THOMPSON, 5.5230 157.828 Yes 06/10/16 13:20
7 521S WILD THING -- RICK BLETHROADE, ODESSA, TX 5.5390 155.312 Yes 06/11/16 10:20
8 152L BLOWN CRAZY TOO -- JACOB SCHNEIDER, 5.5600 161.186 Yes 06/11/16 13:27
9 851L EAM SOUND DESIGN -- CHRIS BEAN, HORSESHOE 5.7380 160.051 Yes 06/10/16 13:37
10 517L SPLIT DECISION 2 -- SHANNON BEAL, SHAWNEE, 5.9020 161.568 Yes 06/11/16 10:17
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT 1 1 922L LIL SPEED DEMON -- HALEY HUGHES, FREEBURG, 16.911 58.027 Yes 06/11/16 11:55 2 008K NO REIMER REASON -- DOUG REIMER, 14.615 64.516 Yes 06/11/16 09:18
3 007K I TOWED YOU -- JAMES D. REIMER, 15.290 61.560 Yes 06/11/16 11:55
4 404L OHEEZY ON THE SHAMRO -- RYAN O'HARA, 15.843 59.406 Yes 06/10/16 08:56
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT 2 1 363S DOMINATOR -- NATE STEPHENSON, SHAWNEE, OK 17.254 54.022 Yes 06/11/16 09:08
2 996S JUST A LITTLE QUICKI -- HALEE MCINTYRE, 17.350 53.957 Yes 06/10/16 08:52
3 352S NUCLEAR FISHIN' 3 -- KYLE KINDLEY, INOLA, OK 14.668 64.748 Yes 06/11/16 11:51
4 66L KABOOM -- COLE TUTLE, RIO VISTA, TX 20.406 45.593 Yes 06/11/16 11:51
QUICK ELIMINATOR 1 751K RED HOT -- ED ANDERSON, COLUMBIA, TN 6.0010 146.000 Yes 06/10/16 13:11
2 578K FISH KILLER -- RONNIE SMITH, CENTRAL CITY, KY 6.0010 138.300 Yes 06/10/16 10:27
3 815S HYDRO COMMANDO -- JOE MC INTYRE, BROKEN 6.0040 134.216 Yes 06/11/16 12:42
4 135L ABSOLUTE WITHDRAWAL -- TERRY WILLIAMS, 6.0180 147.580 Yes 06/10/16 13:13
5 1062L WHO'S WHO -- BOBBY BOOHER, ROGERS, AR 6.0240 143.541 Yes 06/11/16 10:03
6 728S RIPSAW -- RONNIE HODGE, SAN ANTONIO, TX 6.0260 133.168 Yes 06/10/16 13:16
7 612S ANOTHER WET DREAM -- TODD EBERT, WAMEGO, 6.0260 151.179 Yes 06/11/16 12:39
8 928S BLOWN CRAZY -- JEFF LEBLANC, NORMAN, OK 6.0420 140.872 Yes 06/11/16 10:03
9 7771S LUCKY DRAW -- HENRY BEHNE, RICHMOND, TX 6.1010 141.163 Yes 06/10/16 10:27
10 427K DRIVER: ANOTHER OBSESSION -- ALEXANDREA BAILEY, 6.1290 129.377 Yes 06/11/16 12:48
11 60K TROPHY GIRL -- FORREST WARREN, ACWORTH, 6.3730 125.104 Yes 06/11/16 10:06
12 211L GOT 1 MORE -- LEVI WALKER, GREENFIELD, IA .00000 0.000 No 01/01/01 00:00
RIVER RACER 1 101S AQUATIC THERAPY -- DENISE HODGES, EMPORIA, 12.016 86.622 Yes 06/11/16 12:00
2 746S BLACKIE'S MAGIC -- GLENDON BOEHME, RIO 14.222 69.767 Yes 06/11/16 12:00
3 148S WHITE TRASH -- RONALD JONES, LUBBOCK, TX 12.327 79.858 Yes 06/10/16 11:42
4 280S INTIMDATOR -- TRACY LOWE, ARKADELPHIA, AR 12.364 93.264 Yes 06/11/16 09:15
5 420K OVERDOSE -- RON METCALFE, WARSAW, MO 14.084 59.524 Yes 06/10/16 09:06
STOCK ELIMINATOR 1 147S BANANA SPIT -- PAUL HODGES, LUBBOCK, TX 11.000 89.731 Yes 06/10/16 09:14
2 018S BOOGER RED -- SHANNON WILSON, ODESSA, TX 11.011 90.817 Yes 06/10/16 09:12
3 424S PLUM KRAZY -- AL KIRSCHNER, LAKE JACKSON, TX 11.015 90.090 Yes 06/10/16 11:52
4 555S SOTALLY TOBER -- STEVE WALLS, SAN ANGELO, 11.034 91.931 Yes 06/10/16 11:56
5 327L NUBY RIPPLES -- HARDY COLE, JOPLIN, MO 11.049 102.857 Yes 06/10/16 11:53
6 745K OLD EUROTAN EXPRESS -- ROB PARKS, CARRIER 11.190 90.817 Yes 06/10/16 09:15
7 306L EL DIABLO -- PATRICK PEDERSON, JETMORE, KS 11.317 92.213 Yes 06/11/16 12:06
8 717K NUTHING FANCY -- PERRY A. HYDE, MONTICELLO,, 11.907 82.342 Yes 06/10/16 11:50
TOP ELIMINATOR
1 063S WAR EAGLE -- SCOTT RAINBOLT, OAK GROVE, MO 9.0080 113.636 Yes 06/11/16 12:27
2 003M RAT INFESTED -- EDDIE CAMPBELL, PACIFIC, MO 9.0100 104.530 Yes 06/10/16 12:12
3 300S ELECTRO FREEZE EXPRE -- JUSTIN CHANDLER, De 9.0120 110.294 Yes 06/11/16 12:23
4 821K KWITCHABITCHIN -- BRANDON HAMPEL, ST. LOUIS, 9.0140 116.580 Yes 06/11/16 09:44
5 434L BLURRED LINES -- G W GOFF, BROKEN ARROW, 9.0200 108.959 Yes 06/11/16 09:46
6 689K AMAZIN -- BARRY SALSMAN, BUFFALO, KY 9.0240 117.340 Yes 06/11/16 12:29
7 444K BAD IDEA -- BILL DEL'VE, NEW PALESTINE, IN 9.0330 120.805 Yes 06/11/16 12:22
8 828S TEXAS HIGHRISK -- KEVIN CONKLIN, MIDLAND, TX 9.0440 110.429 Yes 06/11/16 09:37
9 433L BAD MAGIC -- GEORGE D. GOFF, CHOUTEAU, OK 9.0450 110.429 Yes 06/11/16 09:50
10 177K GAME CHANGER -- JUSTIN SCHMIDT, SMITHTON,, 9.0650 123.119 Yes 06/10/16 09:37
11 436K FAMILY FEUD -- JIMMY WHITE, BEECH BLUFF, TN 9.0670 112.219 Yes 06/10/16 09:41
12 075S FLAT NASTY -- LARRY SKERO, MARBLE FALLS, TX 9.2480 111.248 Yes 06/11/16 09:46

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