Approximately 10,000 people are expected to drop into Parker, AZ this weekend for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat races April 10-12th.
These are some of the fastest boats in the world, capable of doing over 200 mph on the water and relying on nitromethane ‘Top Fuel’ to get them there. In the process, the boats vaporize the fuel in just a few seconds and travel the classic quarter-mile in that time.
The racers will be running for a national division championship in Parker this weekend, with lots of sponsorship money wrapped up in pushing the horsepower of the vessels’ high performance engines in the competition. The spectator-friendly races typify what racing fans are looking for: the thrill of raw speed, loud engines and a water-borne spectacle that can be felt as well as seen from the water’s edge.
Regular Parker visitor Eddie Knox will be here for the races, bringing ‘Problem Child‘ with him, a boat known for breaking speed records. This race joins many other dates in the Parker calendar when racing of various sorts takes center-stage.
The action will get started Saturday, with an expectant crowd ready for the qualifying rounds at BlueWater Resort & Casino, with elimination rounds on Sunday. The weekend days will start with a forecast low of 60 degrees, going up to the high 80s by late afternoon.