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    Default Boat racing stadium to be built in Missouri

    From todays Marine News..

    I was at the Wheatland race track earlier this year and took many photos of this enormous
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    Only o few miles from my Ranch.

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    Boat racing stadium to be built in Missouri

    December 09, 2010

    Lucas Oil is constructing a new marine stadium in Wheatland, Mo., adjacent to its 3/8-mile clay track, called "The Diamond of Dirt Tracks."
    Roughly rectangular, it is 3,800 feet long, 400 feet wide and 10 feet deep. When it is filled with more than 11 million gallons of water, it will stage boat drag racing competitions, beginning next July.
    "This is truly the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the world," Lucas Oil operations director Mike Chastain said in a statement. "We're building this new facility from the ground up to be the perfect place to run drag boats with great views for the fans and to be as safe as possible for the competitors."
    Water skiing, jet skis, sailing and even rowing - just about any sort of recreational activity or floating competition that can be done on water - is a possibility for this fully engineered lake, the company said.
    The Wheatland waterway is slightly larger than Lake Lloyd at Daytona International Speedway and its site is already an aerial landmark in Missouri's Hickory County.
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    Default Boat racing stadium to be built in Missouri

    I went to Lucas Oil Speedway this summer..and the manager for the project
    took me around.
    Pretty interesting to see how this place is slowly coming to life..
    I hope you enjoy all my photos..
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    More from digging the big hole..
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    Lots of dirt moving equipment..you need a big hole to go 200 plus MPH with a boat..
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    Ten more pictures is coming after dinner..
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    I think my pictures are pretty special..and can only be seen here at Boatracingfacts..
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    I used Google Earth to check the width of the Kankakee River where the OPC Nationals are held. And it was 600 to 650 feet wide. Is 400 feet wide enough for a tunnel boat race?
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    I think so..thatīs why I am so excited about Lucas Oil is spending all this money
    to do this.

    We where racing Formula One at Holme Pierrepont outside Nottingham, England
    A row boat stadium and that place was less than 400 feet wide.

    Hopefully Lucas Oil is ready to try a tunnel boat race there..
    I called Mr. Bill and asked him if he thinks you can race in a circle there and
    his answer was..
    Yes..probably.
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    Lucas Ranch is close to the race track..A beautiful place.

    http://www.lucascattlecompany.com/
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    Default Just curious Lars.........

    Did they mention how they were going to fill the lake, i.e. deep well pumps like at Firebird Lake, or do they have a stream that will be diverted some way when required?

    And yes, if this is similar in layout and dimension to the rowing stadium at Nottingham, I would think you could have Stock, Mod, PRO, and certainly Tunnel Boats. When Eileen and I went to Nottingham in the mid 80's for a several class championship race for PRO type boats, they started well over the amount of boats we start here, except for some Tunnel Boat races I have witnessed some years ago. Of course they used jetty starts, not clock starts, and the boats had a chance to spread out a little before they got to the first turn. I think I remember the turn was maybe a one bouy turn or at the most two fairly close together.

    I know some don't like jetty or LeMans type starts, but the WC's at Lake Alfred two years ago and last October, have proved to me at least, if our drivers are serious about winning on the world stage at the present time, (using the Euro style hydro) that is what they need to be practicing, and have boats, props, and setups for, because that is what they will be competing against.

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