Wins both weekend Pro class finals and NHRA King of the Track title
September 4 – To say Tyler Richardson of St. Louis had a good weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park would be an understatement. On the final weekend of the 2016 ET Bracket Racing season, Richardson won the Pro class final on Saturday night, repeated the feat on Sunday and then went on to win the 2016 NHRA King of the Track title. Richardson’s weekend wins moved him up to third in the final point standings in the Pro class.
Since he won on both nights, Richardson “raced himself” (bye) in the first round of King of the Track eliminations. He defeated Tommy Heaney in the semi-final round and outran Charles Willis Jr. in the final. Richardson and Willis posted identical elapsed times in the final (6.320 sec.) but it was Tyler’s reaction time (.017 to Willis’ .073) that made the difference.
Sunday ET Bracket Racing Series winners included: Bill Beever (Super Pro), Aaron Hagen (Sportsman), Ed Biggs (Super Pro Motorcycle), Steve Pearson (1/4-Mile Bonus Box vs. No-Box), Ed Miller (Trophy), Luke Albietz (Jr. Dragster Lightning) and Sam Stewart (Jr. Dragster Thunder).
By Sunday afternoon, all but one class championship had been clinched: Super Pro. After Saturday’s eliminations, Corey Landolt of Hermann, Missouri, led Tim Reid by just four points. Landolt won the first round of eliminations and lost in the second. Reid lost in the first, used a buy-back to rejoin the fight and again lost in the second round. With all focusing on the pair, no one paid much attention to Greg Rice, who was in third place after Saturday’s eliminations. Rice needed to earn 55 points on Sunday to pass both Landolt and Reid who were sidelined in the second round, but came up just nine short of the title. His efforts for the day moved him up to second place in the final standings as Landolt claimed the Super Pro championship, 510 to 502.
2016 Gateway Motorsports Park ET Bracket Racing Series champions (unofficial):
Corey Landolt (Super Pro), Jeremy McKague (Pro), Erik Lipka (Sportsman), Charles Willis Jr. (Super Pro Motorcycle), Jake Metternich (Jr. Dragster Thunder), Clayton McGinnis (Jr. Dragster Lightning). High School champion to be determined in final race on September 7.
September 7 — Wide Open Wednesday and High School class points final.
September 9-11 — 22nd annual UBDRA “Black Sunday.” Link to event page: UBDRA
Final-round results, indicating racer, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, elapsed time, top speed:
NHRA King of the Track
Winner: Tyler Richardson (St. Louis) 1967 Camaro .017 6.320 sec. 104.70 mph.
Runner-up: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Illinois) 2002 Hayabusa .183 6.320 sec. 114.51 mph.
Winner: Bill Beever (Columbia, Illinois) 1988 Camaro .003 5.568 sec. 123.54 mph.
Runner-up: David Reid (Mount Olive, Illinois) 1970 Maverick .033 6.109 sec. 110.16 mph.
Winner: Tyler Richardson (St. Louis) 1967 Camaro .017 6.325 sec. 107.26 mph.
Runner-up: Larry Richards (Bourbon, Missouri) 1983 Camaro .034 6.582 sec. 104.42 mph.
Winner: Aaron Hagen (High Ridge, Missouri) 2001 Firebird .064 12.690 sec. 103.40 mph.
Runner-up: Paul Hagen (Fenton, Missouri) 2001 Firebird .042 12.422 sec. 109.69 mph.
Super Pro Motorcycle
Winner: Ed Biggs (Troy, Missouri) 2003 Hayabusa .260 9.088 sec. 153.86 mph.
Runner-up: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, Missouri) 2002 Hayabusa .117 9.798 sec. 136.22 mph.
1/4-Mile Bonus Race — Box vs. No-Box
Winner: Steve Pearson (St. Charles, Missouri) 1977 Vega .026 10.393 sec. 128.71 mph.
Runner-up: Brad Matthews 1992 Camaro .183 9.665 sec. 139.20 mph.
Jr. Dragster Lightning
Winner: Luke Albietz (Wentzville, Missouri) .045 7.878 sec. 82.82 mph.
Runner-up: Clayton McGinnis (Independence, Missouri) -.015 (fouled) 7.884 sec. 83.82 mph.
Jr. Dragster Thunder
Winner: Sam Stewart (Washington, Missouri) .029 8.952 sec. 71.05 mph.
Runner-up: Lindsey Schmidt (Imperial, Missouri) .068 8.925 sec. 72.96 mph.
Winner: Ed Miller (Belleville, Illinois) 1955 Chevrolet .460 11.532 sec. 105.65 mph.
Runner-up: Loren Graham (St. Charles, Missouri) 1998 Mustang -.107 (fouled) 13.113 sec. 105.52 mph.