The Gateway Motorsports Park Dragplex has wrapped up a busy, cash-loaded weekend of drag racing. Racing included MegaBucks races for Box and No-Box cars, the rescheduled JEGS Super Quick Series, Door Car-vs.-Dragster shootout and two complete editions of GMP’s ET Bracket Series. There were 16 finals and only one repeat winner: Jeremy McKague of Chamois, Missouri, won Friday’s $1,000 MegaBucks No-Box final and also Saturday’s $1,000 Pro finale.
Sunday’s JEGS Super Quick final pitted Phil Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) against Cristy Back (New Carlisle, Ohio). Bryant, in the right lane, posted a .007 reaction time and won the $2,000 winner’s purse.
Saturday’s Door Cars-vs.-Dragsters competition was won by Tommy Heaney of Imperial, Missouri. Heaney’s Mustang “door car” collected the $6,000 winner’s check by defeating the dragster of Al Peavler of Olney, Illinois.
On Friday, Scott Offerman of Highland, Illinois, scored a $2,500 victory by defeating Greg Rice of Maryland Heights, Missouri, in the MegaBucks Box finale. Jeremy McKague of Chamois, Missouri, collected $1,000 for defeating Jesse Garcia of St. Louis in the final round of MegaBucks No-Box eliminations. As they say, “timing is everything” — Offerman’s opponent “went red” on the starting line while McKague turned in a near-perfect reaction time of .002 sec. to take the No-Box win.
Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:
Friday $2,500-to-win MegaBucks Box
Winner: Scott Offerman (Highland, Illinois) 2005 Trak Chassis .013 5.015 sec. 131.87 mph.
Runner-up: Greg Rice (Maryland Heights, Missouri) 2015 ProFab -.010 (foul) 8.222 sec. 58.61 mph.
Friday $1,000-to-win MegaBucks No-Box
Winner: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 1969 Nova .002 6.425 sec. 104.68 mph.
Runner-up: Jesse Garcia (St. Louis) 1978 Nova .021 6.515 sec. 100.89 mph.
Saturday Door Cars vs. Dragsters ($6,000 to win)
Winner: Tommy Heaney (Imperial, Missouri) 1991 Mustang .034 6.119 sec. 112.38 mph.
Runner-up: Al Peavler (Olney, Illinois) 2016 American dragster .025 4.808 sec. 141.64 mph.
Saturday Super Pro ($1,500 to win)
Winner: Jeremiah Hall (Evansville, Indiana) 2006 MRJ .010 4.616 sec. 148.35 mph.
Runner-up: Brian Amileham (Lawndale, Illinois) 2004 Undercover .041 4.839 sec. 141.77 mph.
Saturday Pro ($1,000 to win)
Winner: Jeremy McKague (Chamois, Missouri) 1969 Nova .017 6.420 sec. 103.70 mph.
Runner-up: Brad Matthews 1972 Camaro .067 6.190 sec. 110.88 mph.
Winner: Craig Powell (St. Louis) 1985 Monte Carlo .003 12.473 sec. 108.47 mph.
Runner-up: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) 2001 Camaro .024 13.147 sec. 99.68 mph.
Saturday Super Pro Motorcycle
Winner: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa .062 9.909 sec. 138.83 mph.
Runner-up: Scott Leonard (Canton, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa .029 9.114 sec. 139.01 mph.
Saturday Jr. Dragster Thunder
Winner: Jake Metternich (East Peoria, Illinois) .086 8.871 sec. 73.90 mph.
Runner-up: Lilly Kinne (Canton, Illinois) .117 12.032 sec. 54.29 mph.
Saturday Jr. Dragster Lightning
Winner: Logan Back (New Carlisle, Ohio) .031 7.953 sec. 81.84 mph.
Runner-up: Sierra Bird (Oak Grove, Missouri) .038 7.957 sec. 75.62 mph.
Sunday JEGS Super Quick Series ($2,000 to win)
Winner: Phil Bryant (Litchfield, Illinois) 2001 Miller dragster .007 5.091 sec. 135.43 mph.
Runner-up: Cristy Back (New Carlisle, Ohio) 2003 Racetech dragster .020 4.686 sec. 145.89 mph.
Sunday Super Pro ($1,500 to win)
Winner: Mike Egglesten (Highland, Illinois) 2013 Racecraft dragster .017 4.610 sec. 145.09 mph.
Runner-up: Bill Beever (Columbia, Illinois) 1988 Camaro .038 5.533 sec. 123.04 mph.
Sunday Pro ($1,000 to win)
Winner: Lloyd Jennings (St. Charles, Missouri) 1966 Chevelle .060 6.780 sec. 100.88 mph.
Runner-up: John Ratulowski Sr. (Highland, Illinois) 1971 Camaro -.002 (foul) 6.573 sec. 104.37 mph.
Winner: Ron Beach (Troy, Illinois) 1969 GTO .013 12.038 sec. 106.68 mph.
Runner-up: Mike Ratulowski (Highland, Illinois) .063 13.432 sec. 103.54 mph.
Sunday Super Pro Motorcycle
Winner: Phil Humphrey (Collinsville, Illinois) 2006 Kawasaki .184 8.752 sec. 158.33 mph.
Runner-up: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa -.014 (foul) 9.820 sec. 140.71 mph.
Winner: Deb Schneider (Collinsville, Illinois) 2001 Camaro .207 13.420 sec. 102.71 mph.
Runner-up: Steve Halenberger (Union, Missouri) 2012 Challenger .142 13.524 sec. 106.08 mph.
Sunday Jr. Dragster Lightning
Winner: Clayton McGinnis (Independence, Missouri) .003 7.904 sec. 82.71 mph.
Runner-up: Paige Hoghe (Granite City, Illinois) .031 7.936 sec. 83.76 mph.
Sunday Jr. Dragster Thunder
Winner: Lindsey Back .151 8.929 sec. 72.76 mph.
Runner-up: Nick Dokman (Fairview Heights, Illinois) .151 8.977 sec. 70.28 mph.
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