Liquid VoodooScott Compton in Liquid Voodoo makes a 270 miles-per-hour qualifying run on Saturday at Lake Lucas during the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Wheatland, Missouri (September 2, 2017) - Speed has always been Scott Compton's game, first as a dual-sport athlete running the football and sprinting in track. Later, he drove drag cars.

These days, Compton is a blur on the water as the pilot of the Tommy Thompson-Scott Palmer Top Fuel Hydro "Liquid Voodoo" with Saturday the pinnacle of his career. At least, thus far.

Compton zipped through a morning qualifying run with an elapsed time 3.4517 seconds and put a leg on the world record at 270.4543 miles-per-hour.

"I can't say enough about this team," Compton said after the run. "Scott Palmer and Tommy Thompson, we can't thank you enough."

On Sunday, Compton takes aim on a breakthrough first career Top Fuel victory, at the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

Just one year ago, "Lake Lucas" was the site of Compton's first final-round appearance. Now he's chasing a third straight step-ladder final in a season that he says is "getting better and better as it goes on."

Compton is something of a "hometown" favorite because of the connection to Palmer, a veteran NHRA Top Fuel driver from Cassville, Mo. Palmer, who's competing at this weekend's NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, got involved in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series as an owner a couple of years ago.

While Palmer had no desire to drive the boat himself, he found an aspiring candidate in Compton. A former drag-racer from O'Fallon, Ill., Compton had been helping out on Palmer's NHRA crew in spare time from his electrical contracting business.

The first year together on the drag-boat circuit was a challenging one as both learned the ropes of boat racing. But this year, with backing from boat-racing legend Tommy Thompson and the Liquid Voodoo has made big strides.

"I'm comfortable, but I don't know if you ever get used to it," he said of driving a Top Fuel Hydro, the water equivalent of a Top Fuel drag car. "The sensation is awesome. It's a pretty good adrenaline rush, I'll tell you. I love it."

The team entered this weekend fourth in Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series Top Fuel Hydro points. Like for Palmer in Indianapolis, this weekend is a big one for Compton and the boat team in Wheatland.

Less than 24 hours after Palmer ran a career-best in his car, going 328.54 mph, Compton and Liquid Voodoo delivered.

"He stays really involved," Compton said of Palmer. "He doesn't come around much because of his NHRA schedule. But he's on the phone constantly with us and is very supportive."

For Compton, a former standout football running back and sprint-relay runner at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., nothing would make him more proud than to give team Liquid Voodoo a Diamond Drag Boat Nationals title.

"I have confidence in myself and the team. I hope we can pull out our first win here this weekend," Compton said.

The finals could be something. Series points leader Bryan Sanders, the 2016 champ, also posted a 270 mph qualifying run on Friday in the Thompson-owned "Nitrochondriac." He came back on Saturday and went 266.

Elimination rounds begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Sunday schedule:
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. - Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. - Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. - Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. - Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. - Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. - Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. - Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. - Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. - Final Round Eliminations (All Classes)

Sunday tickets:
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) - $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) - $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) - $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages - (6-15)

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