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Drag boat racer in ICU after incident at Marble Falls LakeFest

Residents Charlotte Bales Dilworth of Kingsland and her sister, Brenda Bales Jefferson, posed with Spirt of Texas drag boat racer Scott Lumbert during LakeFest weekend Aug. 12 -14 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. Lumbert is recovering from injuries after a incident Aug. 14 during a pass in the top fuel hydro category. Courtesy photo

Residents Charlotte Bales Dilworth of Kingsland and her sister, Brenda Bales Jefferson, posed with Spirt of Texas drag boat racer Scott Lumbert during LakeFest weekend Aug. 12 -14 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. Lumbert is recovering from injuries after a incident Aug. 14 during a pass in the top fuel hydro category. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: According to a Facebook post by his wife, Lynn Lumbert, on Dec. 25, Scott Lumbert has been discharged from the hospital and is now home.

UPDATE: As of Aug. 19, Scott Lumbert’s condition has improved and the swelling on his brain has subsided, according to a statement by his wife, Lynn Lumbert. Doctors also removed his chest tube. He remains at an Austin-area hospital recovering from injuries related to the drag boat crash.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — A drag boat racer from Illinois remains in the intensive care unit at an Austin-area hospital after an incident Aug. 14 during LakeFest, according to reports.

Scott Lumbert, 35, driving Spirit of Texas in the top fuel hydro division, was in his final pass at about 3:30 p.m. that afternoon on Lake Marble Falls when his boat caught fire and there was an explosion.

He was taken to an Austin-area hospital with a head injury, according to witnesses, and was in ICU as of Aug. 15.

Online race information about the team stated that Lumbert won eight top fuel races on the competitive circuit in 2015.

He achieved the “world’s fastest recorded speed at 274.927 miles per hour on the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona.”

More information about his condition and the cause of the fire is pending from race officials.

Last year during LakeFest, 52-year-old Mike Fry of California, driving Meanstreak II, died while competing in the top alcohol hydro division.

For this year’s event, Marble Falls officials unveiled a 15-inch-by-15-inch marker at the out ramp used by competitors to memorialize the racer.

editor@thepicayune.com

5 thoughts on “Drag boat racer in ICU after incident at Marble Falls LakeFest

  1. we were both so excited to have this photo, we now cherish. many prayers to the family and race boat family…

    1. our prayers are with Scott, Ray & Ellie, we knew Scott when he was growing up in Aurora, he is a great guy, pray he gets through this
      BIGJOHN

  2. Scotty get well soon. My brother use race and i was worried everytime he raced. I’ve seen 2 crashes both tf and both walked away i pray you do the same. I watched you race for a long time. Last time i watched you race was at Lake Red Bluff. Scotty get well soon.
    Bob Ryland

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