September 5 — Officials at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois have made several changes to its drag strips schedule for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Under the threat of remnants of a tropical storm and a forecast for heavy rain Thursday through Sunday, GMP and United Black Drag Racer Association (UBDRA) officials have rescheduled the September 7-9 Black Sunday meet to October 13-14. GMP and UBDRA officials made the decision after consulting with multiple weather agencies in an effort to prevent race teams from traveling long distances only to have the event rained out. A detailed run schedule for the new two-day format will be released by September 12. The UBDRA event has been a staple on the Gateway Motorsports Park schedule for more than 20 years and many groups were involved in making this reschedule work in an already busy month.
In addition to the reschedule of the UBDRA event, the Super Chevy Show event originally scheduled for October 5-6 has been rescheduled to April 26-27, 2019. The Super Chevy event will be run in conjunction with the first of two visits to GMP for the Midwest Pro Mod Series and the Premier Street Car Association (PSCA). The new date will be one of the earliest car show events on the 2019 calendar in the St. Louis region and will avoid conflict with two other local events scheduled on the October date. In addition, the partnership with the other sanctioning groups will provide a tremendous on-track spectacle to the existing show.
GMP will host three days of drag racing – the Fall Bracket Battle — on the original date of the Super Chevy Show that will be open to all makes and manufacturers (the car show element will not be held at this time). What was the original Super Chevy weekend will now have a Battle of the Brands bracket event on Friday, October 5 that will pay $1,500 to win Box and $1,000 to win No-Box. Saturday, October 6 will feature the Fall Bracket Battle that will pay a guaranteed $5,000 to win in Super Pro along with racing in other categories. The event weekend will conclude on Sunday, October 7 with the NHRA National Dragster Challenge that will award NHRA “Wally” trophies to bracket class winners. Car show participants are encouraged to support either the Don Brown Chevrolet Taste of the Hill car show or the KSHE-FM car show that will be held on Saturday at their respective locations.
GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK DRAGPLEX SCHEDULE (REVISED SEPTEMBER 5)
Wednesday, September 12 — Wide Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, September 14 — Monster Muscle Car
Saturday, September 15 — Monster Muscle Car
Sunday, September 16 — Import Face-Off
Friday, September 21 — AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Saturday, September 22 — AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Sunday, September 23 — AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
Monday, September 24 — Professional team testing
Wednesday, September 26 — Wide Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, September 28 — Midwest Jr. Dragsters
Saturday, September 29 — Midwest Jr. Dragsters
Sunday, September 30 — Midwest Jr. Dragsters
Wednesday, October 3 — Wide Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, October 5 (Day) — Battle of the Brands Shootout and Fall Bracket Battle Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, October 5 (Night) — VP Racing Lubricants Mid-America Super Car Showdown
Saturday, October 6 — Fall Bracket Battle featuring $5,000 to win Super Pro
Sunday, October 7 — NHRA National Dragster Challenge
Wednesday, October 10 — Wide Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, October 12 — Midnight Madness Halloween Spooktacular powered by NOS Energy
Saturday, October 13 — UBDRA Black Sunday
Sunday, October 14 — UBDRA Black Sunday
Thursday, October 18 — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Test ‘n’ Tune
Friday, October 19 — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series qualifying
Saturday, October 20 — NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series All-American Hot Rod Showdown
Wednesday, October 24 — Wide Open Wednesday Test ‘n’ Tune – Season Finale
Friday, October 26 — VP Racing Lubricants Mid-America Super Car Showdown Season Finale
Saturday, October 27 – TBA
Sunday, October 28 – TBA
Friday, November 2 — Midnight Madness powered by NOS Energy Season Finale
Saturday, November 3 – TBA
Sunday, November 4 – TBA
Saturday, November 10 — STL Drift
Sunday, November 11 — TBA
For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.