Drag Boat and Water Speed Record Racer Memorial


Mike Fry

Born:  July 23, 1962

Died:  August 9, 2015

Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Covina, California

Age:  53

Full Name:  Michael Edward Fry


Location:  Lake Marble Falls, Texas

Event: LakeFest Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races

Accident Date:  August 9, 2015

Boat: "Mean Streak" Top Alcohol Hydro

Biographical:  He was fatally injured when he inexplicably crashed after his run which occurred at 10:30 A.M. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He resided in Rancho Cucamonga, California.



"Boater Mike Fry dies in Marble Falls boat drag race," Statesman.com, Aug. 9, 2015


John Haas

Born:  October 27, 1954

Died:  August 7, 2010


Age:  55

Full Name:  


Location:  Grand River, near Chouteau, Oklahoma

Event:  Southern Drag Boat Association Mid-America Summer Nationals

Accident Date:  August 7, 2010

Boat:  "Speed Sport Special" top fuel hydro

Biographical:  He had just crossed the finish line on his second qualifying pass, timed at 217 MPH, when his boat hit a small wave.  It tipped to the left, started tumbling sideways, rolled sideways, then splintered into several pieces.  His capsule shot about thirty feet into the air, but came down upside down and backwards.  The water penetrated into the capsule, blowing the windshield out from the inside.  He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was dead on arrival.  He was from Allegan, Michigan and was survived by his wife, Deanna, and two sons.  He'd been racing boats for 32 years and was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.  Several times he was world champion in top fuel hydro and a holder of national records in both speed and time.


"Driver killed in drag racer crash," KTUL.com, August 7, 2010

"Champion Mich racer dies in Tulsa crash," WOODTV.com, August 8, 2010

http://www.mmshof.org/inductees/Haas_John.html  (accessed 8/8/10)

"Michigan man killed in Okla drag boat race," Chicago Tribune, August 8, 2010 

"Allegans John Haas knew danger of racing drag boats before dying in high-speed accident," MLive.com, August 8, 2010 


"Driver killed in drag racer crash," KTUL.com, August 7, 2010

http://www.dragracingonline.com/raceresults/2008/x_4-ihba-1.html  (accessed 8/8/10)



Wade Stanley


Died:  February 13, 2016


Age:  46

Full Name:  David Stanley


Location: Colorado River, Parker, Arizona

Event: Arizona Drag Boat Association "Southwest Showdown 5"

Accident Date:  February 13, 2016


Biographical:  He was killed while racing in the stock eliminator class on the river in front of the BlueWater Resort and Casino, which hosted the event. He was from Phoenix and was survived by his wife, Holly, and their three children.


"Drag boat racer killed in accident," ParkerPioneer.net, Feb. 17, 2016

"Obituary," Arizona Republic, Feb. 17, 2016