WHEATLAND, Mo. -- In this small community, racing is big business. Lucas Oil Speedway is well known for its dirt track events. By a year from now, it'll be known for water sports as well.
Drag boat racing is intense. It's 250 miles per hour of pure adrenaline
"They shoot rooster tails 100 feet long. They're crazy to see," said Dan Robinson with Lucas Oil Speedway.
In Missouri, there isn't really a true place to watch drag boat racing. Lucas Oil Speedway is fixing that problem.
"The population is 378," Robinson said. "We plan to bring 10,000 to 15,000 people here for a weekend."
Thanks to Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland will become the Midwest mecca of racing.
"It really puts it on the map," Robinson said. "It helps the community. It brings a lot of tourism dollars."
What used to be a bean field will soon be a 4,000-foot-long, 400-feet-wide drag boat racing track. It'll be more than eight feet deep.