Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series


Hear the roar? Drag boats exceeding 250 mph on Lake Marble Falls all weekend

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Safety checks takes place in Johnson Park before an entry is ready for LakeFest Drag Boat Races, underway through Sunday, Aug. 13, on Lake Marble Falls. Driver of the entry Nitrochondriac, Bryan Sanders of Houston, left, goes over the list with Matt Schubauer of Lucas Oil, corporate sponsor of the race. Sanders is the driver that pushed to the world elapsed time (ET) record of 3.38 seconds at 268 mph.

Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Bryan Sanders of Houston calls it as “quite a rush” and “hard to describe,” while Daryl Ehrlick of Round Rock says it is “terror and pleasure at the same time.”

Sanders and Ehrlick are drivers in the 2017 LakeFest Drag Boat Races, today through Sunday, Aug. 11-13,

the 26th year of the races. Both will be driving Top Fuel Hydroplane boats. Ehrlick’s is called “Problem Child.”


Lumbert showing signs of progress after injuries

Contributed/Eric Debris

Scott Lumbert survived this crash of his top fuel hydro drag boat "Spirit of Texas" at LakeFest on Sunday, Aug. 14, and he is still hospitalized at University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

By Christi Bertelson

Highland Lakes Newspapers


Scott Lumbert is showing signs of progress after injuries sustained during the boat races at LakeFest on Sunday, Aug. 14, according to his wife Lynn.

“Scott is showing progress; it is baby steps and we still have a long road, but we are celebrating each success,” said Lynn via social media.

“Today they did a tracheotomy, hoping to wean him off the ventilator gradually over time. Scott, being the strong man he is, is breathing on his own right off the start.

“I wanted to thank everyone for all their prayers. You all are amazing, Please continue with all the prayers. Because of your prayers and support, I know Scott and I are not facing this journey alone. Thank you.”


LakeFest honors Fry as competition begins

By Lew K. Cohn

and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Water will be spraying hard and fast when drag boats zip across Lake Marble Falls this weekend during the 25th annual LakeFest, but it will be hard for pilots not to be reminded the tragic accident that claimed the life of veteran racer Mike Fry last year.

A tribute was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, to remember Fry and honor his fellow drivers. The festival kicks off in earnest today, Friday, Aug. 12, with qualifying rounds starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

Competitors and fans alike especially will miss that one entry not in this year's field. Fry, pilot of the Meanstreak II, a Top Alcohol Hydro (TAH) boat, died around 10:30 a.m on Aug. 9, 2015, after his boat disintegrated at the end of a run.

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