June 17, 2019, St. Louis Region – Three local rock ‘n’ roll bands will entertain race fans Saturday at Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, during the NASCAR-ARCA doubleheader. The bands will perform on the Mid America Chevy Dealers Stage on the WWTR midway behind the main grandstands.
Dazed ‘n’ Confused will open the show at 2 p.m. with top rock hits.
The Fighting Side describes themselves as St. Louis honkytonk rock ‘n’ roll and will take the stage at 4 p.m.
Brother Lee & The Leather Jackals are described as having “the growl of ‘70s riff rock, modernized with a skate punk attitude.” Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals recently unleashed their ground-shaking sound in a groundbreaking album. They will take the stage at approximately 7 p.m.
WWTR’s annual NASCAR-ARCA doubleheader is an action-packed one-day show featuring two exciting, big-league races on the Metro Easts area’s challenging 1.25-mile oval. The sixth annual NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series CarShield 200 presented by CK Power is slated to take the green flag at 9 p.m. The ARCA Menards Series Day to Day Coffee 150 presented by Lucas Oil will start at 6:45 p.m.
Adult general admission tickets for this one-day doubleheader start at $40. Kids 15 and under are free. Spectator gates will open at 9:30 a.m. The driver autograph session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be located beneath the main grandstand.
RUMBLE BEFORE THE ROAR PARTY ZONE: WWTR’s new Rumble Before the Roar ultimate pre-race party zone features DJs, the Gateway Girls, special guest appearances, beer Olympics, t-shirt giveaways and entertainment. The party zone opens at 3 p.m. and runs until the green flag is waved for the INDYCAR race. Admission is only $25 and includes a souvenir mug, complimentary beer and soft drinks and light snacks. The party zone expanse includes WWTR’s all-new cash bar, concession stand and food truck area. It’s the ultimate way to party with friends before a great night of racing under the lights. Ticket price increases to $30 at the gate. RBTR is open to adults age 21 and older. Race ticket required for entry.
RIDE TO THE RACETRACK SHUTTLE: WWTR and the St. Clair County Transit District are teaming up to give NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA fans a lift to the races. Race fans will receive a round-trip bus ride to WWT Raceway events from the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station for only $5. The shuttle is a cost-effective and convenient alternative for fans travelling to and from WWTR. Buses will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The $5 ride ticket is cash-only. Buses will depart and return to the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station’s Park-and-Ride Lot at 9200 St. Clair Avenue in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Buses will drop fans off at WWTR’s northwest parking area.
MITTLER MEMORIAL TROPHY (#ThisOnesForMike): Longtime NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series team owner Mike Mittler passed away on Friday, May 10, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. The respected St. Louis-area race team owner had been involved in racing for more than 50 years and had a hand in the early careers of NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace. In 1995, Mittler launched MB Motorsports and fielded front-running rides for NASCAR stars like Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith and Spencer Boyd, to name a few.
To honor Mike, WWTR will name its NASCAR trophy after the local legend. From now on, the annual NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series CarShield 200 presented by CK Power’s trophy will be known as the Mittler Memorial Trophy. The trophy will be presented to the winner of the race by current and former members of the MB Motorsports team and Mittler family members.
MOTOR RACING NETWORK NASCAR BROADCAST: The MRN broadcast of the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power will be carried by WBGZ-AM/FM in Alton, Illinois. The station has a clear signal at WWTR and may be tuned in on 1570 AM (stronger signal) or 94.3 FM. The broadcast also may be livestreamed from the station’s website, http://www.wbgzradio.com/.
To purchase tickets or obtain additional more information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.wwtraceway.com. Follow WWTR on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway 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. World Wide Technology Raceway’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. World Wide Technology Raceway 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. In 2018, owner and CEO Curtis Francois received the Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission in recognition of his work for restoring World Wide Technology Raceway (known then as Gateway Motorsports Park) to prominence.