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Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series discontinued - Parker Pioneer

Lucas Oil has announced they are ending their involvement in drag boat racing. In a statement issued Nov. 8, Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison said, “The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series will cease to exist after all matters related to the 2018 season have been concluded. It was a difficult decision to make, especially given our long history with the sport. However, the time has come for us to move on and afford the sport an opportunity to seek a new direction.”

The announcement was published on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series website and on their Facebook page. A graphic depicts the Lucas Oil logo with several race boats and reads, “Thank you, drivers and fans!”

No further explanation of why the series is being discontinued was offered. Lucas Oil has had several drag boat racing events in Lake Havasu City and at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker. The most recent event was “Thunder on the River,” held Oct. 13 and 14 at the BlueWater.

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series concluded its 2018 season with their World Finals held Nov. 3 and 4 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.

A press release on Lucas Oil Drag Boats website said the post-season awards banquet scheduled for Jan. 19 has been cancelled and awards and points cash will be sent to competitors “in the near future.”

According to their website, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series began in 2010, bringing together associations from across the nation under one sanctioning body. They held events at top racing venues across the nation. Their events were often covered by CBS and NBC sports networks.

The series had several events at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City. These events ended in 2015 and were moved to Parker due to high winds.

In 2013, Lucas Oil entered into a five-year contract with Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. to host two events a year, including their world championship races. The facility was formerly known as Firebird International Raceway.

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Malibu Boats: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot - FOX13 Memphis

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{* createAccountButton *} {* /registrationForm *} LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) _ Malibu Boats Inc. (MBUU) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $11.3 million.

The Loudon, Tennessee-based company said it had net income of 54 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 67 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share.

The maker of performance sports boats posted revenue of $123.5 million in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $114.1 million.

Malibu Boats shares have increased 41 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has risen 33 percent in the last 12 months.


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Boatyard safety: A little care can keep you out of hospital - Delmarva Daily Times

Boatyard safety: A little care can keep you out of hospital It's time to bring the boats on to the dock for maintenance and a little a little common sense and extra care can help keep you out of hospital. Check out this story on

This first week of November marks an anniversary for me when I had a "little" accident while working on my boat in the boatyard.

She had just been hauled out that morning and at the end of the day I needed to go aboard but instead of using a ladder to ascend 8-feet up into the cockpit I elected to climb up the side of the boat.

A little precarious "yes," but something I've done many times before. This time, however, my hands slipped as I was going up and I came down hard enough on my left leg to shatter the femur. That's the "thigh bone," the largest bone in the body and not easy to break unless you do something really STUPID.

Lucky for me, after an ambulance ride, a couple nights in Shock-Trauma, and a couple months of rehab all the health care providers were able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again — at least 95 percent of him anyway.

Currently my boat is once again out of the water for the annual boatyard maintenance stuff that'll help her get ready for next season.

Last year's little mishap didn't make me gun-shy about working on a boat, but now that I'm even more aware about how ugly things can get with just the slightest mistake, you can bet that I work with a little more caution these days — I don't need to go through al THAT again!

You can trust me when I say that the "falling thing" is something everyone needs to pay attention to. Falling off a boat in water can be bad for many different reasons, but you also might get away with just an embarrassing bath and a ruined smart phone.

Fall off a boat that's out of the water and you'll quickly learn how hard the ground can be! Much of the work done to boats while they're "on the hard" involves topside work that has them crawling all over the vessel from bow to stern and up on the towers and bridges.

Waxing, polishing, sanding, painting, with one or two hands on a tool or a brush it doesn't leave much else to hold on with. My feet were only about four feet off the pavement when I came down.

Walk around most boatyards and you'll see folks working 10-20 (or more) feet up with nothing to break their fall but the ground below. Safety harnesses are not necessarily a practical solution to the hazard, but in some cases they could be.

At the very least, those working on boats that are out of the water should be mindful of the perils of one misplaced step or handhold. And by all means — use a ladder when you're going up the side of a boat.

Another concern is the stability of the boat while it's out of the water. Particularly if you're working under the hull the last thing you want is for the boat to be improperly blocked and fall over.

It's not unheard of for boats that are chocked on cinderblocks to fall over when the ground under the blocks sinks from the weight of the boat or even when the blocks themselves crack. When a boat is properly blocked up there should be absolutely zero movement in it and all the blocks or jack-stands must be level and sitting on solid ground.

More than anything else it's sanding and painting is what boatyards are all about. And in most cases the paint that's either being applied or removed is some pretty toxic stuff.

Designed to hold up under extremely harsh conditions, most boat paints are a toxic mix of chemicals that you do not want to have on or in your body, because even if it doesn't kill you today, long-term exposure to much of it can lead to real problems later.

Folks need to protect themselves from breathing paint and solvent fumes and make every effort to...



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