With the 2009 racing season squarely in the rearview mirror, the Lucas Oil Speedway construction crew is in high gear preparing for 2010. The largest project currently underway is the addition of the first purpose built Drag Boat Racing Facility in the world. This newest addition to the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" motorsports complex is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2010. Initial plans call for Lucas Oil Speedway to host Two Nationally Televised events per season once the "strip" completed. "This is an exciting time in the Drag Boat World as not only do we get a brand new state of the art facility here in Wheatland, Missouri but we are also excited to begin working with the newly formed Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series" stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.
The Drag Boat Strip will be located just south of the existing dirt track and will be approximately 4,000 feet Long, up to 400 feet wide, and approximately 8 feet deep. As with most other projects that Lucas Oil is involved in, the Wheatland, Missouri facility will be state of the art, with onsite camping, sky boxes and numerous other amenities for the racers and race fans alike. Racing action will be sanctioned by the newly formed Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.
Lucas Oil Products recently announced the formation of this 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 five 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. For more information please visit www.LucasOilDragBoats.com.
The 2010 Lucas Oil Speedway Oval Track Season kicks off on April 3rd-4th with the Rex Merritt Driving School. We will also be hosting a Test and Tune Session on Saturday, April 3rd. The first racing event of the season will be on April 10th as the MLRA Dirt Late Model Racing Series headlines the evening's activities. Please call (417) 282-5984 for more information.