Drag Boat Races to Return to Lake Lucas, Wheatland, MO, in 2020

WHEATLAND, Missouri (August 30, 2019) - After a year's absence, drag-boat racing is set to return to Lucas Oil Speedway's "Lake Lucas" in 2020 with three events on the schedule.

The Southern Drag Boat Association and Kentucky Drag Boat Association will co-sanction events next May 15-17, 2020 and again on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5-6, 2020. The KDBA will also sanction a program June 13-14, 2020.

For more information, see the linked press release.


  1. SDBA Grove, OK race has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

  2. KDBA Evansville, IL race has been moved to September 14-15, 2019.

  3. KDBA Championship Series:

    • Available Points: Best four race total from six possible races. Points from at least 3 of the 4 KDBA races must be used. Only one Texas race may be substituted.

      • KY Lake - June -KDBA

      • KY Lake- July - KDBA

      • Livermore, KY - KDBA

      • Evansville, IL - KDBA

      • Paris, TX - SDBA

      • Waco, TX - SDBA

    • Eligibility: All four KDBA races. Due to the cancellation of the Grove, OK co-points race, participation in remaining SDBA race in Waco, TX will NOT be required as a replacement.

KDBA Banquet - February 2, 2019

This years KDBA banquet is again at hotel Tropicana in Evansville, Indiana. The date is February 2nd. A block of rooms is being held for Friday night and Saturday night. Dial 1-800-dial-fun. Use code G-K-Y-D-R-G-9 Call now because they seem to disappear quick. They are held till January 1st. The cost of the meal is $35.00 each. Mail checks to Barry Salsman p.o. Box 135 Buffalo, Kentucky 42716. I need these also by January 1st to get head count for meal. I will be contacting points champions to get your jacket sizes. The winners jacket is free, jackets for crew are usually $100.00 dollars each haven't priced yet but should be close. Please be talking to your crew so you have sizes when I contact each of you. The meeting room this year is much larger everyone is welcome to attend. Membership will be taken outside meeting room if you are wanting to join before meeting. Remember you must be a member in good standing to vote on club decisions. Your current membership expires first day of June 2019. The dining room for the meal will open at 6 p.m. And meal served at 7p.m. Followed by recognition and awards ceremony. The general membership meeting will be held starting at 10 a.m. Followed by a board of directors meeting. - Barry Salsman President K.D.B.A

POSTPONED - Chouteau, OK (August 4 - 5, 2018)


Attention Racers and Crew. 

We regret to inform you that the The Mid-America Summer Nationals Drag Boat Race in Chouteau, Oklahoma on August 4-5has been postponed due to low water levels.  We cannot safely launch boats into the water.  They are not expecting the water level to rise enough before the race to be able to launch boats.  We hope to reschedule the race soon and will keep you posted.

Click on the link below to find out more about this co-points race with SDBA.

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2018 KDBA Banquet

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Tropicana Casino in Evansville, Indiana.

Hotel Reservations: 1-800-DIALFUN (1-800-342-5386)
Block of Rooms Code: GKYDRAG

General Membership Meeting: 11:00 am, Saturday February 3, 2018.  Followed by Board of Directors Meeting.


  • Banquet Room opens at 6:00 pm.  Dinner severed at 7:00 pm.
  • Awards for 2017 Points Champions and recognition of several others
  • Meals: $35.00 per person.  Mail checks to Barry Salsman (PO Box 135, Buffalo, KY 42716).  PLEASE send checks to Barry so he receives them NO LATER than January 6, 2018.

Barry will contact the points champions to get sizes soon.  Extra jackets may be purchased for your crew...contact Barry for details.

Barry Salsman
Phone: 270-763-2833
Email: salsman@scrtc.com   




Graybeard - Cargo Craft enclosed hauler trailer for Sale

Margie Johnson is selling one of Graybeard's trailers.  It was made by Trailers123 and is a 8.5 x 20 Cargo Craft enclosed hauler.  They did add some extras-  V nose, 36" side door, Smooth screw-less Aluminum Exterior, spare tire, interior tire mount, 12v vent fan, Rear fold down jacks.  This trailer is brand new never used and has been under cover since it was purchased.  My total cost was $4745. If anyone is interested they can check out the standard features on the trailers123 web site.  It is a very well made trailer.

If anyone wants to know more on the trailer they can call Margie at 636-456-0806 or send her an email  mshesse@socket.net

New Kentucky Lake Sponsor - Quality Inn & Suites

Please support our newest KDBA sponsor, the Quality Inn & Suites in Benton, Kentucky.  Located next door to the delicious and always fun J's Steakhouse.  
They have reserved 50 rooms for the KDBA group for both Friday and Saturday of each Kentucky Lake race weekend.  Stay at the Quality Inn and receive 10% off your bill at J's Steakhouse!

$80/ night for a suite, king, queen, or queen double room--whatever you want if still available!!  You must mention on the phone that you are with the KDBA group.

Quality Inn & Suites
173 Carroll Road
Benton, KY 42025
Call 270-527-5300 and ask for the special KDBA rate

Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Update

From Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Website:

ATTENTION RACERS New Racing Format For 2017 Season. LODBRS Officials have issued a new racing format for the 2017 race season.

Effective immediately, the starting line holding rope will be located fifty (50) feet behind the starting line. The start clock will remain at the same location in order to facilitate a good view of the countdown. The shorter starting length was decided upon in order to help insure safety and also to make the starting sequence in drag boat racing more closely aligned to that which is seen in asphalt drag racing. Because of the shorter distance from the holding rope to the start clock, elapsed times will be affected and therefore, class indexes will have to be reset.

In order to determine the new indexes as quickly as possible, the ADBA/LODBRS Division 1 race event scheduled in Parker, Arizona during the weekend of February 10- 12, 2017 will provide for both 1,000- foot and 1,320-foot times and both capsule boats and open boats will be invited to run. A Test and Tune session will be held on Friday, February 10, to reset the indexes. Because some adjustments may need to be made after this first race, the LODBRS National Series opener at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona will offer another Test and Tune opportunity on Friday, March 31, 2017 to tweak the new indexes. After that, the new indexes will be permanently set.

For more information concerning the new racing format or any other questions regarding the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, please contact Ken Dollar at (830) 265-4790.

Test and Tune - Kentucky Lake June 3, 2017

A Saturday morning Test & Tune is scheduled for June 3, 2017 at Kentucky Lake.  To participate, you MUST preregister and have completed tech inspection (preferably Friday afternoon) before going to the holding rope.  All participants will be called to the water by 9:00 am.  Qualifying will start no later than 12 noon.  Go to Registration and select "Entry Fee and Test & Tune" to pay the applicable entry fee and the additional $50 test & tune fee if you wish to participate. 

Preregister no later than May 25, 2017!!!


The Kentucky Drag Boat Association awards banquet will be at the Tropicana Evansville Hotel and Casino on Saturday, January 28, 2017. 

A general membership meeting will take place at 11:00 a.m. that morning and will be followed by a director and officers meeting at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the general membership meeting so don't be shy and be sure to attend!

Donna and Julie will have a table set up collecting membership dues at the entrance to meeting room. We urge everyone to have membership paid before the June race.   Membership dues can also be paid by website under REGISTRATION.
Lets try and get this done NOW so in June, registration doesn't take away from qualifying. 

The banquet room will open at 6:00 pm and the dinner will begin at 7:00 pm.  The cost of the meal is $35.00 per person and checks can be mailed to Barry Salsman PO Box 135 Buffalo, KY 42716. 
Also a block of rooms are reserved for Friday and Saturday, call 1-800-DIALFUN. 
Rooms are $109.00 per night and are available until January 7- 2017. 
We would also like to have meals paid by this date so we can order food for banquet. In the next week or two I will be contacting the 2016 Champions to get jacket sizes.  

We hope to see each and everyone of you in Evansville, Indiana on January 28, 2017 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. 
Also we would like to thank everyone for helping to make this sport of dragboat racing alive and going.

Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year!

Tropicana Evansville Hotel
Address: 421 NW Riverside Dr, Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: (812) 433-4000

J's Steakhouse Drag Boat Show - Friday, August 5, 2016

J's Steakhouse and Quality Inn & Suites in Benton, KY are new supporters of the Kentucky Drag Boat Association.  They'd like to start a new tradition and partnership by hosting a Drag Boat Show & Shine on Friday, August 5 from 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  We'll need a minimum of 11 boats and PWC displayed in the J's Steakhouse parking lot that evening.  J's is a family friendly steakhouse complete with salad bar and a great outdoor dining patio! Full service bar, extensive menu and daily drink specials.  It will be a fun night so please plan to attend and show off your boats!!

Please send a quick email to Barry Salsman and let him know you'll be coming so the group can plan accordingly.  Thanks!

Event Details:

Friday, August 5, 2016
4:30 to 8:30 pm

J's Steakhouse
109 Carroll Rd., Benton, KY
(270) 252-9223

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Hotel Details:

Quality Inn & Suites
173 Carroll Road
Benton, KY 42025
Website - www.choicehotels.com


Junior Drag Boat Racing Series Suspended

From Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Website:

www.LucasOilDragboats.com (February 24, 2016) - Lucas Oil is sad to announce that plans for running the Junior Drag Boat Racing Series as a competition class in 2016 has been suspended.

It has recently been brought to the attention of LODBRS officials that there are legalities in certain states that prohibit minors from racing. In order to abide by state laws, the JDBRS program will be put on hold until further notice. Lucas Oil Director Of Operations, Mike Chastain, stated, “We deeply regret that this decision had to be made. The JDBRS was a hit with many of our youngsters and fans alike, and we were eager to expand the program. However, we have come up against some legal complications and our legal department has put a halt to its continuation.”

For more information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series please visit www.lucasoildragboats.com. 

Test and Tune - Kentucky Lake, June 4, 2016

A Saturday morning Test & Tune is scheduled for June 4, 2016 at Kentucky Lake.  To participate, you must pre-register and have completed tech inspection (preferably Friday afternoon) before going to the holding rope.  All participants will be called to the water by 9:00 am.  Qualifying will start no later than 12 noon.  Go to Registration and select "Entry Fee and Test & Tune" to pay the applicable entry fee and the additional $25 test & tune fee if you wish to participate.