April 20, 2018, St. Louis Region – Chad Barton of Valles Mines, Missouri won Gateway Motorsports Park’s opening round of the new Sharks of the Strip outlaw heads-up racing program. Barton’s 1989 Mustang defeated the 1969 Nova of Derek Hollonsfine of Quincy, Illinois in the final round of eliminations. The win was worth $1,000.

The “no-time,” heads-up (first car to the eighth-mile finish line wins) season-opener had a nine-car field and is expected to grow quickly as many cars chose to test tonight in preparation for the next meet, on May 4.

Barton defeated Jeremy Goehman of Perryville, Missouri in the first round. He eliminated Jacob Rueschoff in the second and Dustin Kurz of Frankfort, Missouri in the semi-final. Barton’s reaction time in the final, .089 to Hollonsfine’s .290, sealed the deal. Hollonsfine won $500 for the runner-up position.

 

2018 MIDNIGHT MADNESS FUELED BY NOSENERGY DRINK AND SHARKS OF THE STRIP SCHEDULE: May 4, June 15, July 13, August 17, October 12, November 2.

 

For more information on participating in the Sharks of the Strip program, please contact series coordinator Aaron Isom at (901) 605-40121 or [email protected]

 

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.