Friday “Show & Shine” to kick off return of Drag Boat racing to Lake Lucas

WHEATLAND, MISSOURI. (June 8, 2020) – For the first time since 2018, drag boat racing returns to Lucas Oil Speedway next weekend and a big kickoff is planned for the Inaugural Drag Boat Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas.

A Drag Boat “Show & Shine” party is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Friday on the Wheatland town square. Music, food vendors and drag boats from the Kentucky Drag Boat Association-sanctioned event on Saturday and Sunday will be on display.

After 7 p.m., activities will move a few blocks back to the speedway’s drag boat midway area. From 8 p.m. until midnight the band “Gotcha Covered” will play at the beer tent on the midway.

The event, both at the town square and on the drag boat midway, will be free to fans and the public is invited to join the festivities.

“We want this to be a way to celebrate the kick off of the return of drag boat racing at Lucas Oil Speedway,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. “It’s going to be a fun weekend and we hope everyone will come out and see the boats up close and join in the celebration.”

Tickets for both Saturday and Sunday are available through Lucas Oil Speedway’s office (417) 282-5984 or online. Admission on Saturday or a two-day ticket includes free admission to Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action on the dirt track.

Inaugural Summer Thunder on Lake Lucas tickets
Adults General Admission/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military General Admission/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth General Admission/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids General Admission/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass General Admission/Pit Pass Comb – Includes admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) $60
Adult 2-Day General Admission/Pit Pass Combo $35
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo $32
Youth Ages (6-15) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo $20

Lakeside RV Packages also are available (Must Be Reserved in Advance) for $400. That includes a 20 x 45-foot space, four two-day race passes, one vehicle pass and one golf cart.

Spots in the Lucas Oil Speedway campground are: Reserved with electric and water ($35 per  night), reserved dry (limited availability) $20 per night and dry camping (limited availability) $10 per night.

Tentative drag boat event schedule for the Inaugural Drag Boat Summer Thunder (subject to change without notice):

Saturday, June 13:
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

Sunday, June 14:
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Eliminations

For more information about the Kentucky Drag Boat Association visit

On the dirt track: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt track resumes on Saturday as iHeartMedia presents round five. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks will be featured with a 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.  The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.   Gates to the dirt track open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05 p.m. Dirt-track tickets:Adults (16 and over): $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military: $9
Youth (ages 6-15): $5
Kids (5 and under): FREE
Family Pass: $30
Pit Pass: $30 For ticket questions or information for next weekend or any event this season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at for more information.