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June 7, 2021

Drag boats return this weekend to Lucas Oil Speedway for KDBA Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas

Drag boat action fires back up Saturday and Sunday with the KDBA Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (June 7, 2021) - On the heels of a successful season debut last month in unseasonably cool conditions, the Kentucky Drag Boat Association returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday and Sunday for the KDBA Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas.
Action is scheduled in both Pro and Sportsman divisions starting at 9 a.m. Saturday as drivers compete for a guaranteed $30,000 purse. Both days of the event will find television cameras rolling for later airing on both MAVTV Motorsports Network and CBS Sports.
Spectators purchasing tickets for the Saturday portion of the Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas will gain free entry into Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action on the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track.
The KDBA opened its season in mid-May on Lake Lucas with the KDBA Spring Shootout. Winners included Eddie Campbell (Top Eliminator), (Bill Miles) Modified Eliminator, Matt Schweiker (Stock Eliminator), Marty Logan (Top Alcohol Hydro), Robert Leas (Pro Outlaw), Shelby Ebert-Spring (Pro Mod), Tyler Salsman (Quick Eliminator), Daryl Busby (Pro Eliminator), Andrew Chandler (Pro Comp Flat) and Jimmy Schultz (Personal Watercraft).
KDBA President Barry Salsman said there were 87 boats in attendance at the Spring Shootout and he's estimating around 100 coming to Lake Lucas this weekend.
"We're happy with everything going on," Salsman said of the four-event KDBA affiliation with Lake Lucas in 2021. "We'd like to grow the numbers, but we're trying to improve on a few things and do the best we can."
For more information on the Kentucky Drag Boat Association, including registration details, visit
Saturday’s tentative event schedule:
7 a.m. - Registration opens
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. Round 1 qualifying Sportsman session
10:30 a.m. - Round 1 qualifying Pro session
12:30 p.m. - Round 2 qualifying Sportsman session
2 p.m. - Round 2 qualifying Pro session
Saturday Drag Boat tickets:
(*General Admission/Pit Pass combo, plus admission to Saturday-night dirt-track races)
Adults (16 and over) - $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $22
Youth (ages 6-15) - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass (includes two adults and up to three kids 6-15) - $60
Adult 2-day Pass - $50
Seniors (62 and over)/Military 2-day Pass - $44
Youth (ages 6-15) 2-day pass - $20
Sunday tentative event schedule:
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. - Eliminations begin
Sunday Drag Boat tickets:
(*General Admission/Pit Pass combo)
Adults (16 and over) - $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $22
Youth (ages 6-15) - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass (includes two adults and up to three kids 6-15) - $60
On the dirt: Saturday night on the dirt track, the Bolivar Herald-Free Press along with KTTS Presents the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Midseason Championship. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars will be featured, running a 25-lap, $750-to-win feature. In addition, Lucas Oil Speedway and Dallas County Speedway will combine to pay a $250 USRA Stock Cars bonus to any driver who can win both Friday night at Dallas County Speedway in Urbana and at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday. 
Dirt-track tickets:
(FREE to those purchasing Saturday or two-day drag boat tickets)
Adults (16 and over) - $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $9
Youth (ages 6-15) - $5
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass (two adults and up to three youth 6-15) - $30
Pit pass - $30
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
Danny Lorton
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984 
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About Lucas Oil Speedway 
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.
Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the ninth season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.
Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA. 
In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Racing Series features the ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.
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