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September 1, 2021

Logan ready to top 200 mph again in pursuit of another title at Diamond Drag Boat Nationals

Marty Logan in "Livin' Tha Dream" set a Lake Lucas record in the Top Alcohol class in his last appearance on Lake Lucas, with a run of 207.94 miles per hour. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (Sept. 1, 2021) - Marty Logan is one of the most-decorated and most-colorful competitors in professional drag boat racing history, with eight world championships to his credit and a chance to add another this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway.
The personable Texas native added to his thick list of accomplishments a month ago on Lake Lucas, setting a new track record in the Top Alcohol Hydro division in both speed (207.94 miles per hour) and elapsed time (4.294 seconds) over the 1,000-foot course.
“Everything was working really well that day,” Logan said. “Hopefully, we can repeat that this weekend.”
Logan and his boat “Livin’ Tha Dream” will be taking aim on the Kentucky Drag Boat Association Top Alcohol championship during the 11th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, Friday through Sunday.
It's part of a huge racing weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, that also includes the Lucas Oil MLRA Ron Jenkins Memorial on the dirt track Saturday night.
Logan leads Andy Reynolds 969-870 in the TAH points race heading into this weekends final event on the KDBA schedule.
“This is for all the marbles. This is for the championship,” Logan said. “We’ve already won the SDBA (Southern Drag Boat Association) Top Alcohol championship. If we win the KDBA, that would be considered a world championship. That would be considered beating the best of the best.”
The 65-year-old Logan, who jokes he’s been racing drag boats “forever,” has been at a championship level for years. This after he began racing outboard motorboats in the 1980s, just as a fun hobby.
“I didn’t really get serious about it until about 2000, running an unlimited outboard with the Outboard Drag Boat Association,” Logan said. “We won four world championships with them in a row. In 2004, I got divorced and took about 3 years off from racing.
“In 2007 I started racing again. Travis Tuttle was driving a Pro Mod at that time and I called him up and said, ‘What’s that Pro Mod racing like?’ He said, ‘Man, imagine going as fast as you ever got to go in that outboard and then it shifts into high gear.’ I said that sounded pretty cool.
“We toured with them all summer and wound up buying Travis’ boat and started Pro Mod racing in 2007 and raced for 12 years before going to Top Alcohol in 2019.”
Logan, who said he’s competed in every drag boat event at Wheatland since Lake Lucas opened in 2011, moved to the faster Top Alcohol class in 2019 as he sought a new challenge.
“It’s just crazy fast,” Logan said of the TAH boat. “The Pro Mod, you’re running about 160 or so at 1,000 feet. In this thing, you’re running over 200 at 1,000 feet. Everything happens a lot faster. It doesn’t last very long, just about 4 1/2 seconds.
“I mean, how bad can you screw up in 4 1/2 seconds?”
Logan said drag boat racing has been a passion since the first time he climbed behind the wheel. He said it gives him no choice but to stay young.
“I love it. It’s our passion,” he said. “We just love what we do. The drag boat racing family is just a big family. Everybody goes out there and tries to win, but that’s not what it’s all about. It’s about the relationships you make along the way, the camaraderie and the friends and all the great people you wouldn’t have met if you hadn’t been in the sport.”
Wanting to include his friends, he and wife Michelle decided to get married at a drag boat race in 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.
“It was the second marriage for both of us,” Logan said. “We figured, all our friends will already be there, let’s just do it at a drag boat race and she said, ‘OK.’ The money we would have spent at the wedding, we gave to the racers, about $20,000 went to the drag boat racers that day.
“Michelle and I had twin boys in 2010. I was a first-time daddy at age 54. It’s been a blessing. They’ve been raised in it. They went to the Waco race about six weeks ago and after chapel on Sunday morning, they were baptized in Brazos River. It was pretty cool.”
Now Logan looks to add another cool accomplishment this weekend, shooting for another championship.
“We’re gonna do our best to get it done,” Logan said.
The Diamond Drag Boat Nationals will have a $40,000 purse as the television cameras will be rolling to catch the action for future airing on MAVTV Motorsports Network, CBS Sports and the CBS Sports Network.
In addition to the drag boat racing on Friday, the Steve Moeller Band will play from 8 p.m. until midnight at the beer tent on the Lake Lucas drag boat midway. Fans are invited to attend.
For more information on the Kentucky Drag Boat Association, please visit
11th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals
Friday tentative schedule:
7 a.m. - Registration opens
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. - Round 1 Sportsman qualifying
10:30 a.m. - Round 1 Pro qualifying
12:30 p.m. - Round 2 Sportsman qualifying
2 p.m. - Round 2 Pro qualifying
Friday drag boat admission:
Three-day general admission/pit pass combo - $60
Senior/Military three-day general admission/pit pass combo - $54
Youth (ages 6-15) three-day general admission/pit pass combo - $30
Ages 6 and over general admission/pit pass combo - $10
Kids 5-and-under - FREE
Saturday tentative schedule:
7 a.m. - Registration opens
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. - Round 1 Sportsman qualifying
10:30 a.m. - Round 1 Pro qualifying
12:30 p.m. - Round 2 Sportsman qualifying
2 p.m. - Round 2 Pro qualifying
Saturday drag boat admission:
Adults (16 and over) general admission/pit pass combo - $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military general admission/pit pass combo - $22
Youth (6-15) general admission/pit pass combo - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass (2 adults and up to 3 kids ages 6-15 - $60
Adult 2-day general admission/pit pass combo - $50
Seniors/Military 2-day general admission/pit pass combo - $44
Youth (6-15) 2-day general admission/pit pass combo - $20
*All Saturday, 3-day and 2-day tickets include FREE admission to dirt track on Saturday night
Sunday tentative schedule
8 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9 a.m. - Eliminations begin
Sunday drag boat admission
Adults (16 and over) general admission/pit pass combo - $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military general admission/pit pass combo - $22
Youth (6-15) general admission/pit pass combo - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass (2 adults and up to 3 kids 6-15) - $60
MLRA on the dirt: The Lucas Oil MLRA visits Lucas Oil Speedway for the final time in 2021, for the 2nd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Ron Jenkins Memorial. Winner of the Late Model event will earn $6,000, which includes a $1,000 bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, original builder of Wheatland Raceway.
Mary Jenkins also is donating a $500 Fast Qualifying Bonus in memory of her husband.
Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon holds a 220-point lead in the MLRA championship chase over Garrett Alberson of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The Ozark Golf Car USRA B-Mods will also be in action as the drivers battle for a special $750 to win top prize. The O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars will also be in action as the drivers battle for $750 to win.
While the track points season concluded last Saturday, B-Mod and Stock Car drivers will be pursuing USRA national points.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.
Lucas Oil MLRA admission:
Adults (16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $17
Youth (ages 6-15) - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass (2 adults and up to 3 kids) - $50
Pit pass - $40
*Admission free with 3-day drag boat, 2-day drag boat or Saturday drag boat ticket
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
Danny Lorton
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984 
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