This from the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Site ( www.lucasoildragboats.com )
12/03/09 - Lucas Oil will once again have a major presence at the 22nd Annual PRI Trade Show in Orlando, Florida on December 10-12, 2009. Touted as the gateway to the dynamic worldwide racing marketplace, the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show is the world’s largest racing trade show and has more hardcore racing products on display than anywhere on earth with 40,000 buyers and 3,900 booths covering 1,000,000 square feet of exhibitor space.
Featured vehicles in the Lucas Oil exhibition will include Hector Arana’s NHRA titleholder Lucas Oil Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle and the multi-championship winning “Speed Sports Special” Top Fuel Hydro, owned by Lou Osman and driven by John Haas. Both Arana and Haas will also be available to sign autographs at scheduled times throughout the event.
At a national press conference at 9:00am on Friday, December 11, Team Lucas Operations Director Mike Chastain and Lucas Oil Series Director Ken Dollar will offi cially unveil the formation of the new drag boat sanctioning organization, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. At the press conference, Mike and Ken will highlight a number of exciting plans for the upcoming drag boat race season including the 2010 National Series, television coverage, new race tracks and much more . Don’t miss this special occasion to be one of the first to learn more about Lucas Oil’s newest contribution to the world of competitive high performance sports!
For more information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series please call Ken Dollar at (830) 265-4790 or (951) 870-6381
Be sure to visit us at the PRI Trade Show in Peninsula #1151
12/01/09 - Lucas Oil Products is proud to announce the formation of a new drag boat sanctioning organization, The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. Beginning in 2010, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will offer ten National events which will be televised on the Speed and Versus channels. Team Lucas Operations Director Mike Chastain stated, “The televised series will include thirteen 30- minute episodes on the Speed channel and four 1-hour episodes on Versus, reaching an audience of more than seventy fi ve million subscribers. This is probably the most exciting time for the sport of drag boat racing, and Lucas Oil Products is equally excited about establishing this positive direction for the future of the sport.” The National Series will be comprised of the Top Fuel Hydro, Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Flatbottom and Pro Mod classes.
In addition to the ten National series events, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will play host to 40-plus co-santioned Divisional events with the Columbia Drag Boat Association (CDBA), Kentucky Drag Boat Association (KDBA), National Jet Boat Association (NJBA), Southern Drag Boat Association (SDBA) and St. Louis Drag Boat Association (SLDBA). Heads of State of these sanctioning associations recently met with Lucas Oil offi cials to solidify a single set of race rules and to lay the foundation for co-sanctioning agreements, making for a smooth transition into this new structure.
In addition, Ken and Patti Dollar have accepted full time positons with Lucas Oil Products to serve as Series Director and Offi ce Administrator, respectively. “Ken and Patti have been involved in the sport of drag boat racing for many years in numerous offi cial capacities and will be a valuable asset in the success of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. We are very excited to have them on the Lucas Team”, stated Mike Chastain.
Construction also began on November 23rd for the expansion of a purpose-built drag boat race track at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri facility that will be stateof- the art, with onsite camping, sky boxes and numerous other amenities for the racers and race fans alike.
Lucas Oil Representatives will issue a National Press Release at the PRI Show in Orlando, Florida on December 11, 2009.
For more information please call Ken Dollar at (830) 265-4790 or (951) 870-6381.
Note that The Lucas Series only benefits the Pro's & Pro Mod guys ..... Sportsman ... The Bracket Guys are left to their various associations and local clubs like NJBA, etc..
We here in Arizona are pretty much left out in the 'cold' if we stay in the sportsman classes as the haul to association/club races is a 'fair' distance and expensive to attend races regularly ..... especially with no significant prize money to potentially help offset expenses.
There are quite a few others of us that have competitive boats that are asking some questions about all this.
Don't get me wrong, I think this Lucas thing is in an overall sense good for drag boat racing ... the TV exposure and all for the Pro's ... but, it really doesn't, in its presently proposed form do much at all for the Sportsman Classes which are the Heart & Soul of the Sport (those who really pay for the various promoters & associations to pay for the Pro's to show up to 'make the show').
Just an old hard head's opinion ... I do think Forest Lucas and his Organization could, and should do a lot more for the Sportsman than what appears to be in the works.
Again, just my opinion ... which is never humble.