Thunder on the Chain!
Welcome to the unique world of Blarney Island Drag Boat Racing. Now entering its 36th season, Blarney Island on Grass Lake (Antioch, IL) is the only location in the world where high performance drag boat racing takes place every Thursday Evening, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This is bare-knuckles, heads-up, ‘race-what-you-brung’ drag racing. The racecourse length is approximately 800 feet and it is located on an open lake. The notoriously choppy waters have given Blarney Island racers a reputation for being both fast and fearless.
Want to watch the Races?
The front row to the race course *Blarney Island pier parking* is reserved, or pay by race night spots. The pit area is race boat parking ONLY! These are reserved from 5:30 to 7:30 (or race ending). Once the races are over, all slips are once again open to FREE parking.
There is also an expanded section of FREE parking on Blarney Island during race nights, now including the brat bar row. Please view the parking map below for FREE vs. RESERVED vs RACER ONLY parking.
Thursday night races boat parking 5:30 – 7:30